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Old 09-08-06, 10:31 AM   #1
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Rollerblades.. extinct like the dinosaur?

Ok, so I went out the other day looking to buy some rollerblades to prepare for an urban adventure race I am entering. I used to skate all the time, and was very into agressive inline skating about 8 years ago. I have skated on and off during the previous 8 years, but really not much at all.

Anyway, I go to Sports Authority to buy some fitness type skates. They had 2 pair. They both sucked. Then I went to Dick's sporting goods, which is a HUGE store. They had 1 pair, and not even a display. Just a couple boxes on the floor. I talked to the employee there, and he said they wont even be carrying rollerblades next year!

So I ask you... where the heck did all the rollerbladers go? Is there a new substitute product out there or did people just go to running or biking? I find it weird that it is impossible to buy a pair of skates in the St. Louis area, unless you want some really cruddy ones.
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Old 09-08-06, 10:47 AM   #2
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Big sports stores have always had crappy skates. Try some of your local hockey stores. If they don't have what you're interested in, they might be able to direct you to someone that does.

Is there a particular style of skate you're looking for?
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Old 09-08-06, 10:51 AM   #3
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try a roller rink pro shop
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Old 09-08-06, 10:53 AM   #4
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I think I got my skates at Gart Sports and they had a pretty good selection!
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Old 09-08-06, 10:54 AM   #5
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Damn. Now I'm looking up speed skates online, mourning the days that I could just jump out my front door and go skating...
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around here, Big-5 is the largest sporting-goods store and their selection of skates suck! There's a small consignment store called "Play it again Sports" that has used stuff which has very nice high-end stuff at used prices. Throw some new bearings & wheels on there we're set.
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Big 5 totally sucks. I hear you on that. You could always check out eBay too, but that is risky without being able to try on the skates first.
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Old 09-08-06, 11:16 AM   #8
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Danno, I know the Play it again Sports stores in Kali are good, but the ones in Michigan and ohio are terrible.
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Old 09-08-06, 12:01 PM   #9
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I actually dont need to buy any now... I shoulda cleared that up. I finally found a friend who had some I am borrowing. What I am more amazed about is that like 5 yrs ago all these stores had displays with 10 styles of skates to choose from, now there are like 2. They arent something I would ever buy online without trying them first either because they all fit so differently.
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I was suprised to see rollerbladers on two of my commutes recently-- there's still people out there doing it!
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Old 11-07-06, 01:29 AM   #11
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I was suprised to see rollerbladers on two of my commutes recently-- there's still people out there doing it!
I just bought a pair of used skates today, and am enjoying it tremendously! It reminds me of when I was a kid (which wasn't that long ago).
Actually, I've always been more of a skater than a biker. I learned to ride a bike 6 months ago, but I've known how to skate for years and years.
And, I hate to admit it here, I joined a skating forum.
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I was in our local Dunham's Sports a couple days ago and found a rather large display of skates. I don't skate, so I don't know if these were good quality ones or not, but they sure were expensive! There was a whole display on the wall and a row of shelves full of inline skates. Pretty weird since skates would probably be useles around here this time of the year.
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Old 11-07-06, 06:59 AM   #13
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Move to CA.

The sporting goods stores here have wall fulls...
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I was on the moonlight ride in Central Park on Friday and there was one rollerblader who kept up w/ us no problem. Years ago on the ride, there'd be a whole group...
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There was a rollerblader on the NYC Century ride too - freakin' incredible!
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Roller what now?
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Riding at White Rock Lake in Dallas recently and saw a full team of guys and gals in matching kit pace lining and TAKING UP THE ENTIRE DAMN TRAIL WITH THAT STUPID SIDE TO SIDE MOTION. Absolutely no regard for the yellow center line. They are worse than house fraus three abreast walking dogs on those damn leashes that are 50ft long! I sure hope they are extinct.
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The inline skates are being taken over by these:






Wow, those are some sweet decks!
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skateboards were always around I had one
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inlines are dead - imho - landrollers are in

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I wish we had an inline speed skating track here.

That, or enough interest to get the city to build one.
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Around the area I live in Michigan it's also next to impossible to buy skates from a store. But with all the internet sources that help with sizing and have decent return policies it's still easy to get some.

swatskates.com is a good one for speed boots, frames, wheels, bearings etc.

Great crosstraining for cyclists and with the new big wheel innovations speeds can be 20mph plus.
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