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The worlds dumbest inline skate question

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've never skated but have always considered it for ski training. I was just surfing Salomon's site and saw they sell inline skates. I clicked on a few models and noticed something scary...no stoppers.

When inline skates first became popular, didn't they have a big rubber knob on the back that was used for stopping? I understand they weren't super effective but how do skaters stop now??
post #2 of 14
Nearly all recreational 4-wheel skates still come standard with a heel brake. I've seen plenty of the Salomons out there with heel brakes—I'd be surprised if they didn't come with one (dchan don't yours come with a brake?). It's still the most efficient and cost-effective way to stop. 5-wheel skates, aggressive skates (or maybe I should say sk8s?), and hockey skates don't come with heel brakes because they get in the way of crossovers and other moves. In that case you can use any number of techniques (see http://www.faqs.org/faqs/sports/skat...ine-faq/part2/ ); probably the most common is the T-stop.
post #3 of 14
They all come with the heel brake. I looked at about 6 different Salomon Skates. I think they eliminate it on the pictures so you can see the wheels better. Not that the brakes are much help at first. It still takes me about 30 ft to stop from a slow roll. I'm working on it. There's something to be said for skating in a rink. There's always a wall to stop you
The skates I looked at were all the cross trainers and X-trainers. I also looked at K2 and rollerblade. The salomons were the most comfortable in the store and seemed very smooth and light. I purchased the TR Mag elite and had a set of Superfeet Orthotics made for them. Still have arch cramping but it's getting better as I learn not to grab with my toes and balance better. I'm very happy with them.

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post #4 of 14
I've always just taken the brakes off skates as soon as I bought them. They were always a bretty useless way to stop. Plus, when you add a break to the back of a 5 wheel skate, and try to cross your feet when skating through turns..... baaaaaaad!
post #5 of 14

I am planning on getting inline skates and I am new to it (although I am okay at ice skating) .. if you remove the brake, how do you brake? I read the link above, but it lists a ton of options.. just wondering what the best would be. Would that be the T-Stop or toe drag? If so, do they really wear the wheels a lot?

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post #6 of 14
Take your pick: street lights, telephone poles, parked cars, slow moving old people, the ground...
post #7 of 14
wedge? or is it "LMD" or "SMD"
Hmm doesn't work to well.

Oh well..
by the way, no rotary movement on the skates means going pretty straight pretty fast if you have those long speed type skates. I was skating around my friends backyard and kept ending up in the grass because I was trying to tip without any steering. Good thing I got wrist, knee and elbow guards.

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post #8 of 14
More often than not, I don't even try to brake. I just try to "avoid". Heh, heh.

Rollerblade has what I consider to be the best brake system out there. The brake is attached (and actuated) from the top of the boot cuff. You can brake and brake HARD, by simply pushing your brake foot forward. I've been on a few different brands (currently on Salomons), but these seemed to work FAR better than anything else I've ever tried.
post #9 of 14

Usually the best option is the T-stop or toe drag, especially if you don't have a lot of room to work with. They do wear down the wheels but I tend to skate with very hard wheels anyways (84a) so it isn't a big deal for me. Just rotate the wheels regularly.

Powerslides work great but you have to be comfortable transitioning forwards-backwards very quickly. T-stops and powerslides work even at higher speeds.

Spinouts work but they take up more width and are harder to pull off at faster speeds and on uneven pavement.

Gill, I have to say that I'm not that crazy about the Rollerblade ABT because the brake will activate every time you push that skate forward, which is what you need to do for sharp turns and transitioning fowards-backwards. But it does work. To each his/her own.
post #10 of 14
Don't worry about stopping. Stopping is a dead end maneuver. Aim for something soft. Buy all the padding in the store and a helmet. If you sit back your skates will shoot out from under you. Very bad. If you can ice skate you can rollerblade.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
I hate to be a TOTAL pain, but can someone explain what a T-stop, wheeldrag, and powerslide is?
post #12 of 14
Click on the link in Andrews post and scroll down. I think it will answer your question.
post #13 of 14
Andrew - Good point and as I remember, that was an issue for me too. The pair I had (Fusion MX) allowed me to adjust the brake pad up or down. I raised it up enough that it didn't catch on cross-overs, but was still low enough to function. It took a bit of time to dial it in, but don't all of our toys? Heh, heh...<FONT size="1">

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post #14 of 14
With that Rollerblade brake, if you skate with long hard strokes, you end up pushing the cuff back. Wouldn't that engage the brake?

I'm actually very BAD at T-stopping, and have never done a toe drag, because the front wheel of my skates is completely in front of the boot.

I stop by one of two methods.
1) hop into the grass. I usually skate along the side of roads, and will just turn into the grass (if no curb), or step up onto the grass. Even on a hill, they will come to a pretty quick stop. If the grass is really soft, you'll stop instantly (and sometimes on your face).

2)Turn to stop. The same way you should be controlling speed on your skis, you can use on skates. And if you turn hard enough, you can do the ol' 8-10 wheel power slide. Pretty freaky the first time you do it. But it works great. It's the same way a hockey skater would stop on the ice, only a lot trickier, since ice skaters can get on a flat blade to pivot the skates before engaging the edges.

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