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Saturday, May 12, 2021

blade runnerI’ve been jonesin’ for a pair of inline skates for a while now. I chucked my ancient (vintage 1991) Rollerblades a couple of years ago; and even though those were in okay condition, I hadn’t used them for probably a couple of years before that.

I’m back on the horse now, though. I made an impulse visit to the BLADES Board and Skate shop on Broadway, and walked out with the Rollerblade Twister II Pro blades.

I would have preferred pure hockey blades, but the selection at the store was limited. The Twisters are something of a cross between the recreational and aggressive/stunt models, although the only thing about them that suggests rail-shredding is the outer-boot plastic shell that has fewer aeration holes than the prevailing styles. Plus, the normal-sized wheels in no way resemble the tiny little pea-rollers that define aggressive boots. These skates are very reminiscent of my old pair, so I’ve got a high level of comfort there. And I admit, the minute I tried them on, the fit was so perfect that there was no way I wouldn’t buy them.

The biggest sticking point was the heel brake. I don’t like it. And yet… I’m loathe to admit it, but at this point, with all the downtime, I actually need it. Otherwise, I see myself taking a few too many painful tumbles.

So I took advantage of the beautiful day to strap on the blades and do a little urban gliding. My biggest challenge was finding enough concrete surface in which to stretch my legs/break in the skates — without colliding with anyone. I lucked out and found a spot to do about 45 minutes of rolling.

It was fun. Only spilled twice, resulting in a few burst blood vessels in the palms and a slight knee-scraping. Which was actually two spills too many. But I had to keep reminding myself: Baby steps. I was more amazed at how I could have forgotten so many basic cut-and-swerve moves, proper balance shifting, and other subtle body adjustments after only a few years. But by the end of the break-in, I was making the proper moves, and felt confident enough to take some time next weekend to head up to Central Park for an extended session of blading. (I am going to need that damned heel brake; but it’s removable, so eventually it’ll end up in the closet.)

Longer-term step: New hockey stick, and finding a for-fun league to get some games in.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/12/2021 07:18:14 PM
Category: Other Sports
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  1. Cos, your 80s cred has been revoked — only QUADS are acceptable to maintain your 80s cred status, dude…

    Comment by david — 05/12/2021 @ 08:05:38 PM

  2. I’ll gladly toss that ’80s retro accreditation overboard, then. This is one of those times when performance override nostalgic sensibilities. Besides, I don’t think I’ve ever put on a pair of quads in my life — but the first time I saw inlines, they instantly appealed to me.

    (Forgive me, Heathcliffe Huxtable!)

    Comment by CT — 05/13/2007 @ 10:42:19 PM

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