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Old 06-13-2006, 01:50 AM   #1
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i gotta get into the blades groove, summer is kicking this year, and girls dont really like blading with a guy that only rides bike..

im looking at getting some used or cheaper new ones off ebay... what does everyone suggest...

i know NOTHING about em, but i can blade

edit = i need size 13 i think, my shoes are
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Please ship me my polo shirts first, I see a "hey guys... I'm in traction at the hospital " post coming.
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haha no i got skillz

between these 3
http://cgi.ebay.com/Salomon-Rollerbl...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/K2-Cadence-Inlin...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/K2-Velocity-Inli...QQcmdZViewItem
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I had good luck with ROCES.

Solomon'* also are good to start with.


Agressive skating is not hard to learn either, I had it down after about 2 months as was able to grind and pull off clean 580s
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I own a pair of K2'* and they are GREAT! i wouldn't get anything less then an ABEC 5 bearing on them though, you could go less but you'll have to work noticable harder. when you do get them make sure that the wheels are good too. i like a softer wheel to grip the pavement (or ashphalt) better. sometimes they come with a cheap hard plastic wheel. if thats the case, ditch em and get new wheels before you meet the ground head first!

and as dorky as it sounds, if you're new to the sport, consider some protection (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards...). i'm not a good exampl and i don't ware anything... but i should have been last year when i A$$ planted myself in a parking lot... OUCH!
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I'm not sure what exactly you're thinking of doing with them...but here'* my experience...

I'm a former streethockey player. For this, I preferred Bauer skates. They're hard to come by and expensive, but durable and fast. They took my crap for YEARS, until I decided to trade after I wasn't playing much anymore.

My current pair is more for exercise than sport. They're more comfortable, and not quite as fast. I now have a pair of Nikes that fit like tennis shoes. I can skate in them for HOURS.

The basics of what to look for: Look for a harder rubber wheel. They'll last you longer. If you can't find one, though, that'* fine...they can easily be replaced. Also, getting a used skate may not be your best bet, since you don't know how they were maintained (wheels rotated, cleaned, etc). Avoid skates that have a hard outer layer and a "sock". Those inner liner things don't stay put. Most of your better skate brands don't have 'em anymore.

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I love my K2'*.

If I were you I would find a place that you can try them on real quick. In my experience blade sizes are weird. I wear 10 shoes, but 9 blades.
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I have a pair of K2s that I've had for a year. The softboots are really much nice and like previously mentioned if you get the ABEC 5s, they are a really smooth skate. Mine are a more recreation pair then the ones you were looking at, but at 100 bucks, I really don't think I needed anything else. You might want to look at new ones, because if youi're bearings have been treated poorly you'll never know until you get them and start going.
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I have a pair of K2s that I've had for a year. The softboots are really much nice and like previously mentioned if you get the ABEC 5s, they are a really smooth skate. Mine are a more recreation pair then the ones you were looking at, but at 100 bucks, I really don't think I needed anything else. You might want to look at new ones, because if youi're bearings have been treated poorly you'll never know until you get them and start going.
and just to throw this in too, a noew set of bearings and wheels cost me about $40. there are probibly better prices if you look hard enough but i just went to Summit Sports by my house.
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