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Thanks, Xavier!! Cool, I’m off to order them 🙂 . Is there any place I can find the mounting skates article in English? (The Google translation isn’t all that great, so I didn’t really understand how to drill the holes, i.e. what drills to use etc.)
I hope you don’t mind me answering in English (I can’t write French, sorry). I bought Starways eight years ago – the white ‘Marathon’ boots model that prosper4tie mentions with Kryptonics Cruiser wheels. I was in a similar situation as you are now – I hadn’t skated for years, and I think they made a very good first pair of skates for the price: Because of their rather longer frame and the sturdy leather boots I felt very safe on them from the beginning. The skates and original components also lasted very long: I only replaced the wheels last year – I wanted bigger 70mm ones to be more comfortable on not-so-good surfaces. The boots have become a bit wide now with wear, so I’m looking to replace them – but they were fine for years and years.
Finally, I think you can’t go wrong with these skates, but as the others said, if you want to do more than just street skates or skating around, you’ll need different skates. Mine for example are not very good for slalom (because of the long plates and comfortable boots which don’t give me enough support and control), so I use different skates for that.
Whatever skates you decide to get, I wish you a lot of fun with them.
This is what the Google translator says I wrote:
J’espère que vous ne me dérange pas de me répondre en anglais (je ne peux pas écrire le français, désolé). J’ai acheté il ya huit ans Starways – le blanc bottes Marathon « modèle qui prosper4tie mentionne avec des roues Cruiser Kryptonics. J’étais dans une situation similaire que vous êtes maintenant – je n’avais pas patiné depuis des années, et je pense qu’ils formaient un couple très bon premier de patins pour le prix: En raison de leur cadre et non plus et les bottes en cuir robuste je me sentais très fort sur eux depuis le début. Les patins et les éléments d’origine également duré très longtemps: je ne remplacé les roues l’an dernier – je voulais plus les 70mm d’être plus à l’aise sur les surfaces non-ainsi-bon. Les bottes sont devenues désormais un peu large à l’usure, donc je suis à la recherche pour les remplacer – mais ils étaient très bien depuis des années et des années.
Enfin, je pense que vous ne pouvez pas vous tromper avec ces patins, mais comme les autres ont dit, si vous voulez faire plus que simplement la rue ou patins de patinage autour, vous aurez besoin de patins différents. Mine par exemple ne sont pas très bonnes pour le slalom (en raison des plaques de long et des bottes confortables qui ne me donne pas suffisamment de soutien et de contrôle), c’est pourquoi j’utilise patins différents pour cela.
Quelle que soit patins vous décidez de prendre, je vous souhaite beaucoup de plaisir avec eux.
Okay, just a quick post to say a big thank you to all of you again, especially Neilime and Walid.
Though I haven’t bought new plates yet (I’ll probably get a Lazer plate in T2 from Hawaiisurf as you all recommended), I took your advice and tightened my trucks on my ‘artistic’ skates. I also put in firmer bushings (94A, before that I had had very soft Variflex Clouds, about 75A). Today was my first chance to try out this set-up and wow . . . suddenly I was able to do everything in a 80 cm line (before I could only do most tricks in a 120 line), getting around cones didn’t take as much effort as it had before and I learned a new trick (the Nelson :oops:) as well. I was also able to do a « Shoot the duck » (though not yet around cones, of course – I’m not that good) – that got the inliners green with envy :wink:.
Merci beaucoup to you for taking the time to answer all my questions (and in English on top of that) and helping me to significantly improve my skating 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!
Merci beaucoup, Walid!!
Thank you very much, again, neilime. I really appreciate it that you took the time to answer all my questions!! I’ve posted my question about the plates on the English language forums, too, and I’ll just wait and see if anyone knows the Std ones. If not, I’ll probably get the Lazer plate you recommended or a Giotto – and until then I’ll just practise with the skates I have – at the moment it’s snowing here, though 😕 .
Thanks for your reply, Xavier!! Hm, now the question is . . . are they a good copy?
I’ve also been looking at the Roll line Giotto and Variant M plates (the Energy is a bit too expensive for me :wink:). Would you recommend it, or would something like a Lazer plate be just as good for my purposes (slalom and normal skating like on nightskates – I don’t do highjumps or speed skating)?
Merci beaucoup, again, for your extensive reply, neilime!
I’m in the lucky position that I’m much too old for my feet to still grow 🙂 and I could get a really expensive plate if I wanted to (like a Roll line Giotto, for example), but I’m not sure if I should. Do people say it’s much better than the Lazer? And do you mean this Lazer plate?
I think I’ll just see if anyone knows anything about the Std plate I asked about in my second thread (somehow I like the way it looks – typical girl, me 😉 ) and then decide.
The two plates I have are both too long according to the table/picture you linked; they’re size 150 (the one on my artistic skates) and 155 (my Starways), so I really should get a new plate.
By the way, do you have basketball boots or artistic boots on your slalom skates? I find I have better control in my artistic boots (I do not tie them up to the top), but the Starway basketball shoes are much more comfortable, of course, and I can slalom okay in those, too.
Actually, I can only do two or three of the Kompakombo level two tricks, so really it just means I’ve mastered the basic level one tricks
😉 – I was just happy to find a site that doesn’t say I’m an absolute beginner anymore (English and German sites I’ve read expect you to be able to do many more and much more difficult tricks before you’re not a complete beginner anymore).
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer in such detail, neilime!!
So am I right in thinking that I should get a size 140 plate (I think I might get size 38 boots for skating, actually, my mondopoint is something like 255)? Which plate would you recommend, actually?
And do you set your trucks tight and use hard bushings (=gommes?) or are they loose and with soft bushings? I find that with my soft bushings my skates are very flexible and manoeuvrable, but I cannot use my edges at all.
I’ve got two pairs of skates, so I think I’d keep the long plate on my Starways for regular (long distance) skating, b.t.w..
Yes, I do the Crazy in a 50cm line, and can just about manage the Stroll in an 80cm line. I’m on Kompakombo level two (so not very good).
Again, merci beaucoup!!
I’m very busy actually so i didn’t had time to answer.
After the 31th i will try to find a few minutes for my point of view about slalom in Quad and the pair i use.
I’m looking forward to that. Thanks in advance!!!
ps: sorry i’m can’t write very well in english 😉
Never mind!! I’m very happy that you’re replying to my question at all!!
Thank you very much for your welcomes!! Well, I’ll just wait – maybe someone will answer 🙂 .