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Old 06-08-21, 11:19 AM
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Inline skating?

I've always enjoyed inline skating growing up, and seeing the amount of people skating on bike or park trails has increased. It looks like a blast cruising around and may be easier on the back and my knees than biking or running.

Any recs on skates? Was thinking about the Rollerblade (brand loyalty from growing up) Macroblade 80, 84, or 90 (4 wheels). I am pretty tall so the center of gravity will be high, and higher if going with the wheel size of 90. I care more about outdoor fitness mostly, possibly going longer distances for the cardiovascular benefits. The aluminum chassis over plastic seem to be a better investment. Looking around $150-200 for the skate and flexibility with changing wheel size. Also outside of a helmet, a wrist, knee, and elbow pads seem like a good idea too.
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Old 06-08-21, 12:07 PM
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One of the few activities where I'd prefer to never be going downhill.
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I did look into roller skis a few times. Same deal. Was unconvinced/uncomfortable with the means of braking.
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Old 06-08-21, 02:24 PM
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I took up inline skating around the same time I took up cycling as an adult (mid 1990s). Skated outside- its free, but ya have to deal w/the weather. Broke my arm cpl times- decided to skate inside- perfect skate conditions, but ya have to deal w/kids. After 25 yrs, gave it up, only b/c my technique was wrong & it was hurting my knee. Its more fun than cycling, but I think its more dangerous. I liked skates that were 'rockered'; nobody does that anymore.
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Old 06-08-21, 03:25 PM
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I just love it. I can ride for hours.
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Originally Posted by luckypenguin View Post
I just love it. I can ride for hours.
Actually just ordered a pair of the RB Cruiser. Thought 4 wheels will be a better bet for now. Should come in a few days and going to pick up some safety equipment this week. Hopefully in the future will pick up the 3 wheel 100-110 size and can ride for hours
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People in-line skate even in rural Texas I was on my bike and this woman was flying on in-line skates. I gave her thumbs up then she maced me just kidding she was a cool lady…
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Old 06-08-21, 04:48 PM
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I'd get heat stroke from inline skating, between the full face mask, mouthpiece, gloves, knee pads, elbow pads, full EOD suit...
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Old 06-09-21, 12:35 PM
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Inline skating does not sound like fun to me. Any fall would hurt now even with the best protective gear. We've always said that a crash on your bike isnt a matter of IF as it is WHEN, but with inline skates, the WHEN would happen a lot more frequently. I'm outie.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I'd get heat stroke from inline skating, between the full face mask, mouthpiece, gloves, knee pads, elbow pads, full EOD suit...
cruised 32 miles today in that humid soup damn nothing but sweat. I would imagine in-line skating would have been the same. Not going to in-line skate because I know I would love it eventually wreck and end up with another orthopedic surgery
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Old 06-11-21, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
Actually just ordered a pair of the RB Cruiser. Thought 4 wheels will be a better bet for now. Should come in a few days and going to pick up some safety equipment this week. Hopefully in the future will pick up the 3 wheel 100-110 size and can ride for hours
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Old 06-13-21, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Holy smokes where you been EJ??
Been around! Post a few times a week now. This place keeps pulling me back
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Hoping not to use the brake so can remove it and brake naturally from the skates
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Old 06-14-21, 09:21 PM
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I used to inline skate in college and a bit after, using the "aggressive" skates with small wheels for maneuverability. Rocks and bumps will ruin your day if you're not paying attention. Taller wheels may help with that. It's a lot of fun though.

Definitely learn to stop by dragging the wheels on one skate sideways behind you. It's much easier to put a lot of weight on that rear foot to stop quickly. Harder wheels may last longer with a lot of stopping, but of course you can rotate them a few times to extend their useful life.
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Old 06-15-21, 08:11 AM
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Skating is definitely coming back though. I have been seeing a lot of revival of quads. I used to do that back in the day but my really good skates dont' fit me any more. Can't find any like that now, all leather, including the heel.
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Old 06-15-21, 11:40 AM
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Skating is definitely coming back though.
IKR. I have been seeing more and more people doing it again. Just yesterday a guy came into my local haunt wearing a pair.
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Old 06-22-21, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
I used to inline skate in college and a bit after, using the "aggressive" skates with small wheels for maneuverability. Rocks and bumps will ruin your day if you're not paying attention. Taller wheels may help with that. It's a lot of fun though.

Definitely learn to stop by dragging the wheels on one skate sideways behind you. It's much easier to put a lot of weight on that rear foot to stop quickly. Harder wheels may last longer with a lot of stopping, but of course you can rotate them a few times to extend their useful life.
Been out for a few sessions now (crappy gravel and some smooth concrete) and each session it's more and more fun. Especially with having more stability and feeling comfortable with stops and rolling over cracks and what not. I want to try the 90mm wheels next. That wheel drag T stop has been tough to learn since if those wheels catch and start rolling, it could start pulling your direction a different way leading to falls. Oh well, seems like it all revolves around balance as the common denominator, but man it's a blast on skates. Falls don't even hurt with all the protective gear on.
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