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Greensboro Bur-Mil Park Great Esskate Replacement Therapy Skate

roadskater's picture

Eebee, Timv, Bryan and Roadskater went out for a skate for some of us at least to get over not being in Miami. We had fun.

Here are some pics for ye...

 

Bryan's Skatey Grin

Bryan's Skatey Grin


Bryan's Bont Jet Skates

Bryan's Bont Jet Skates

   

 


 

Location

Bur-Mil Park (aka Bur Mill Park)
5834 Bur Mill Club Rd
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
United States
36° 9' 54.09" N, 79° 52' 13.296" W

Comments

Bryan's picture

Wow, I really AM a dork!!!

Wow, I really AM a dork!!!
MikeB's picture

New Skates Bry?

I thought you had Semi-Race last time you were in Apex for a skate. Is that right? How do you like the Jets? (oh, and in all white? - excellent fashion statement. Can you wear all white before Easter? We'll have to ask a French person I suppose.
Bryan's picture

My series of Bonts has been

My series of Bonts has been comical... It resulted from incorrect sizing advice from a well-intentioned discount retailer. I started off with 9.5 Jets, which I did almost a thousand miles in. After admitting that those just weren't working for me, I moved to 8.5 SR, on the assumption that my technique and form just weren't up to the demands of a lower cut boot. Eventually I realized that I had indeed screwed up yet again: not only did the structure of the SR limit forward ankle flex and thus knee bend, but they were still too large. So after doing well over a thousand miles as well as my first race (Texas Road Rash) in them, I broke down and ordered a pair of Size 8 Jets. And thus was my Cindarella story complete: after a few heat mouldings these things fit so well that they feel slightly loose when barefoot, but the thinnest socks on the market (Wigwam Triathlon) make them way too snug. If only I had dealt with Glenn Koshi the first time... Not only would I had saved a bunch of money (despite paying more for my first pair) but my development as a speedskater would probably be a year further along. As I always say at work when management is trying to be penny wise and pound foolish: "The cheap stuff always costs more."
skart's picture

TRR'09

Oh, forgot to ask you, are you doing the TRR this year? I have just registered for the open marathon and it would be great to see another north carolinian at the start line :-)
Bryan's picture

Unfortunately, not. Every

Unfortunately, not. Every three years I go to Hawai'i, and this is one of those years. Which means cutting back on other stuff, of course. Squiggy might be the only marathon I do this year, although I plan to somehow become a superskater and do T2T and A2A. (And of course DC and NY, can't miss those!)
skart's picture

Customs...

My story is very similar to yours, Bryan... Except that I went through 3 pairs of boots before realizing that I was not comfortable with any of them. I ended up getting custom Simmons and that was the best skating-related decision I have ever made! I would highly recommend anybody who is getting into the sport and really wants to stay with it to get custom boots. I do, however, hear that Bonts are extremely heat-moldable so this may be a solution also (obviously worked for you :-) ).
roadskater's picture

Verducci V-Tek to Powerslide C4 via eBay Skate Rental

Just to repeat my story briefly. 1. Semi-custom Verducci V-Teks. I loved 'em and wore them out. 2. Mogema R-1 non-custom. I wore them out and liked them some days but when I went back to the V-Teks I felt like I could skate again. 3. Started buying V-Teks on eBay as a way to "rent" them (cost about $10-15 to try out each pair once resold...remember if you're buying by AUCTION not fixed price, someone else out there wanted them when you did). 4. Tried out 2 pair, wrong sizes, and ended up purchasing "almost new" Powerslide C4s as they seemed very V-Tekish to me. Pretty much love 'em, but they are old mount size and I have 3x100+84 frames. Still fun. I think a lot of people could get stock boots if they got the right size stock boots. But that's a trick, eh? My view is if money is tight, do some eBaying for used boots to see what brand you like, then consider stepping up to a new version from that brand. If money's loose, go for some customs. Many love Bonts, and some hate 'em of course, but over the last few years it has been shifting toward love'em. I hear almost all positive comments about Simmons, with almost no hate'ems. Simmons is in the USA (Florida) if you have problems. Others?
MikeB's picture

so comfort is key?

That seems to be an underlying theme....and I could certainly use some extra comfort. Sounds like a good topic to visit/revisit. I'll start a new Post so all can share.
roadskater's picture

They All Laughed When I Started to Skate on the Piano. But...

...then they started listening...huh? This was just a take-off on an old popular direct marketing ad which happened to be in my mind when creating the title...nevermind... Thanks for posing (and posting) the question, MikeB, and to all of you, here's the short link to the answers about ways to get more skating comfort through, boots, pads, socks, booties, fit, frame alignment, doughnuts (yum) and more... http://roadskater.net/node/930 They all laughed when I started to create the title, but then...

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