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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by Bill_S on January 18, 2018, 03:36:08 PM »
Seeing the pictures using reflected light, I'd now wager that your blades are probably OK. That doesn't look bad at all - not nearly as bad as I previously imagined it. I thought that maybe you had a couple of inches that were flat which would have been troublesome.

So your first priority is to get boots that fit. If your feet are sliding in them, that's way too much room inside.

BTW, spins are hard to do. It will take some serious time to learn them well. Nick is right.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 18, 2018, 03:18:57 PM »
Perhaps it would, but the flatness is actually quite indistinct - without a curvature guide to put against the blade, it wouldn't be visible at all. Normally I wouldn't have noticed, but someone somewhere suggested that every fraction of a millimeter counts, so I went into paranoia mode. :>
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Blade Reference - Archives
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
I know there are some dead links in this topic, but I came across this nice web page about common issues in figure skate blade sharpening.

http://www.betterfigureskater.com/were-my-blades-sharpened-correctly/
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:47:23 PM »
If you know the boots are too big and the rocker's too flat, replace the skates.  (Just fyi: a side photo of the blades, showing the profile contours, would be easier to view.)
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 18, 2018, 02:32:30 PM »
There we go, pictures of light shone on the blade. Front part is more curved, hence the narrow reflection. Back part is flatter, hence a wider reflection. I don't suppose the rocker area should have an even wider reflection, now should it..?
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Ice Rinks In Flordia
« Last post by rmhiller on January 18, 2018, 11:29:25 AM »
I will be staying in Flordia next winter and I was wondering where are the rinks that adults skate at?

I enjoyed skating with adults and I hope I can get some great places to go.

Thanks

Robin Hiller
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by nicklaszlo on January 18, 2018, 03:05:46 AM »
1.  If you have been skating for one year, it is no surprise your spinning is abysmal.  Spinning is much harder than it looks.

2.  Ask your local coaches who they use for sharpening.  Just because someone works in a skate shop does not mean they are a competent sharpener.

3.  Post a picture of the blades.  We cannot tell you who did the damage, but we might be able to tell tell you if they need replacement or can be fixed.

4.  If your heal is sliding in the boot, this is likely to cause injury.  Get better boots.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by Bill_S on January 17, 2018, 05:35:56 PM »
We had a discussion a few years back that included some measurements of blades in good condition. The thread can be found here: http://skatingforums.com/index.php?topic=6925.0

In looking back at some of that data, the spin rocker isn't flat, but it still doesn't change but a small 0.001" fore and aft of the sweet spot center. That's not perfectly flat, but if you aren't careful about your assessment, it can appear to be. In looking at the data, the spin rocker for this new Jackson Synchro blade sample is a little flat. Sharpening a blade will tend to flatten the rockers - even factory sharpenings unless done with CNC, templates, or other control.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: 2018 Skating Resolutions
« Last post by axelwylie on January 17, 2018, 05:33:01 PM »
In no particular order:

1. Land a clean axel in competition
2. Skate “in the moment” without worrying about the past or future outcomes
3. Lift my head, extend my arms and legs (should translate to PCS)
4. Land a correct double salchow
5. Learn a new spin
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 17, 2018, 04:14:14 PM »
Darn.

Shouldn't the personnel sharpening the blades notice something is off with the curvature, though..? The blade may be old, but it's a new purchase that supposedly only lay around in a warehouse for quite a long time, and didn't have any signs of being previously used. I don't imagine I wore the rocker down after a year of beginner's skating, always using proper blade guards, etc...

Also, how should I _properly_ demonstrate the flat spot, if I were to bring the subject up with them? Is there some way that can't be dismissed with "we're professionals, you're not qualified to prove us wrong"?
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