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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Rinks in Chicago
« Last post by Nate on Today at 06:35:02 PM »
Andersonville area.


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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Rinks in Chicago
« Last post by Clarice on Today at 06:12:29 PM »
You're going to have to give people a more specific idea of exactly where you will be in Chicago. There is only one rink in the city proper - McFetridge - but there are suburban rinks all over the place.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Rinks in Chicago
« Last post by Nate on Today at 04:15:09 PM »
Anyone know of a decent rink in Chicago that has Freestyle sessions, and allows walk-ons?  Think I'm going to be visiting soon and want to have a bit of an idea of what I'm going to be skating while I'm there.
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I cannot tell you how much I dislike boots, and I am soooo jealous of those who buy a pair of stock boots and move on with life. Boot problems have impacted my daughter's skating success because she is always struggling. She says, if my feet didn't hurt so much, I would skate more and be better. I agree 100% with that statement and it is so frustrating. AAHHH  >:( :'( >:(.

We are on her second pair of custom Harlicks. She has had them for one year with a love/hate relationship. They work more than any other boot, but she still has issues. I think she has grown just a smidgen but enough to be really uncomfortable and it is time to make a decision on what next. Part of the problem is that they can never seem to round out the toes enough. They are wide at the ball, but then they narrow at the tip of the toe and I think that is causing inflammation at the big toe joint and arches. Jackson rounds the toe all the way out and that shape works better, but the actual boots cause her more pain than any others, we've tried two pairs and she absolutely hates them. Plus, they can't get the heal narrow enough. Edeas sort of work if we order the D width, punch out the toes and squeeze the heal, but the plastic sole and heal height don't work for her and she has cramping no matter which insole we put in there. We haven't tried SP-Teri, Avanta, or custom Riedells.

I'm just not sure what to do. Take a risk that one of the other boots will be able to get all the parts right but maybe have it flop. Or do we order another pair of Harlicks knowing they aren't going to get the toe rounded out enough.

Has anyone ordered fully custom Riedell skates? We are in Northern Illinois so I could drive to Riedell in Minnesota to be directly measured rather than going through a fitter. Avanta with their casting process actually seems like the best option, but I have heard that either they get it really right or they get it really wrong - a skater at our rink had some made and she couldn't wear them at all but then some online reviews say they are miracle boots. What to do, what to do???
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by ChristyRN on January 20, 2018, 08:03:50 PM »
When a skater wears a boot that is too long, the rocker is mounted too far forward, usually under the toes unless the skater has a gap at the heel.  That usually results in the skater tripping/dragging the toepick and spinning either on the flat area behind the rocker if they balance the ball of their foot, or on the toepick because finding the sweet spot under your toes is almost impossible.  If you re-read the original post, that's exactly what's happening.

Get boots that fit with blades that are the right size.  You may not be able to move the blades to the new boots because they may not fit properly.

And, speaking from experience, this is a *terrible* bad habit to have to re-learn. I spent 12 years in too-big skates before I had my feet measured and was properly fitted with a shorter split-last boot. Twelve years. Nearly four years later, I haven't unlearned/relearned how to spin on a rocker that isn't underneath my toes anymore. I try to find the sweet spot and almost immediately go up on my toe picks.

Please listen to the advice you've been given and get boots that fit. You won't regret it.
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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Ballet vs skating Spinners
« Last post by laraxsha on January 20, 2018, 10:12:43 AM »
So my coach told us to buy a spinner to help with our training, however where I live they're not very easy to buy/very expensive. So I was wondering what is the difference between dance and skating spinners? Would I be able to use a dance spinner instead?? as they are much cheaper. And if not what are the best brands or types of spinners to get

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Media Center / Re: Love on Ice
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 19, 2018, 09:27:47 PM »
Enjoying this show on Hallmark right now.  Anyone else watching?
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Late to the party but learning how to dance!
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 19, 2018, 11:36:58 AM »
Safety First: wear a helmet, gloves and wrist guards until you can skate on one foot backwards with ease. 

Go to the rink's public/open skating sessions and skate. 

Start near the wall, you can hold on with one hand, but hold the other arm up for balance.  Face the direction you want to skate.

Use small marching steps - don't try to walk.
Bend and lift your knees to march, putting the foot back down next to the other.  Don't put it down in front - this is not walking, it's skating.

If you get wobbly, don't grab the wall, instead: bend your knees, keep your weight over both feet and feet pointed straight ahead (and parallel to each other/wall.)
You can put your hands on your thighs to get your balance back - just let yourself glide to a stop.

Once you feel comfortable marching along the wall, take a step to the left and march without touching the wall.  Add a short two-footed glide in that semi-sitting position.
Practice that over and over until you're in control. 

I personally think adult skaters should be able to march and glide before they start lessons. 

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Ice Rinks In Flordia
« Last post by davincisop on January 19, 2018, 11:09:12 AM »
That's a broad question.

Where in Florida?

RDV Ice Den - Orlando
Ice Factory of Central Florida - Kissimmee
Space Coast Ice Plex - Melbourne
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex - Daytona
Panthers Ice Den - Coral Springs (near Ft. Lauderdale)
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex - Ellenton Florida
Daytona Ice Arena - Daytona Beach
Ice Sports Forum - Tampa

There are more but I've never skated at them.

I skate primarily at RDV which has a decent amount of adults. I've heard Ellenton does as well, and the rink in Tampa, but I don't know which one because there are three in that area.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 04:08:16 PM »
When a skater wears a boot that is too long, the rocker is mounted too far forward, usually under the toes unless the skater has a gap at the heel.  That usually results in the skater tripping/dragging the toepick and spinning either on the flat area behind the rocker if they balance the ball of their foot, or on the toepick because finding the sweet spot under your toes is almost impossible.  If you re-read the original post, that's exactly what's happening.

Get boots that fit with blades that are the right size.  You may not be able to move the blades to the new boots because they may not fit properly.
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