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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by skategeek on July 21, 2017, 09:32:08 PM »
No doubt this is an expensive sport. But I started to feel a lot better about it when I began ballroom dance. Now THAT'S an expensive sport. So much so that I can't afford to compete. Period. End of story. I can go to adult nationals AND sectionals AND do several local competitions each year AND also take tap dance AND pay for my coaching and ice time for less than nationals in ballroom. So now, I don't feel so bad.

Does that mean my advice to you is to take up something even more expensive for a short time, so you don't feel as bad...?  :angel:

My daughter moved on from skating to karate to horseback riding.  I feel much less guilty about my skating costs now.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by RoaringSkates on July 21, 2017, 08:56:16 PM »
No doubt this is an expensive sport. But I started to feel a lot better about it when I began ballroom dance. Now THAT'S an expensive sport. So much so that I can't afford to compete. Period. End of story. I can go to adult nationals AND sectionals AND do several local competitions each year AND also take tap dance AND pay for my coaching and ice time for less than nationals in ballroom. So now, I don't feel so bad.

Does that mean my advice to you is to take up something even more expensive for a short time, so you don't feel as bad...?  :angel:
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by dlbritton on July 21, 2017, 08:50:24 PM »
When I took up skating my wife's comment was "Great, another expensive sport to go along with skiing".

I think I spend more on skating than skiing now.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Clothing, skates, music and equipment Rant
« Last post by AgnesNitt on July 21, 2017, 08:01:02 PM »
I have one lace that is 3 inches shorter than the other. Came in the same pack.

GRRRRR.  >:(
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The Pro Shop / Re: Clothing, skates, music and equipment Rant
« Last post by nicklaszlo on July 21, 2017, 07:02:59 PM »
Somehow a lace hook on my boot punched through a lace, so that the lace was stuck on the hook.  I was afraid I would have to ask someone to cut me out of the boot, but I was able to break the lace off.  Now my lace is ruined after just two weeks.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by nicklaszlo on July 21, 2017, 06:55:27 PM »
Here in Australia, I think skating is cheaper than other drugs, including the legal ones. 
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Query on July 21, 2017, 06:12:03 PM »
Just to add a few more pennies:

If the injury occurred on ice, or as a result of ice skating, you should include all costs related to handling the injury.

And include the cost of off-ice physical training of all sorts, that you might be doing to support your ice skating.

However... Proper estimation of expenses requires that you estimate the expenses that you save but not doing something else.

So subtract the cost of whatever you might be doing instead of figure skating. Skydiving, gambling at Las Vegas, surfing at Hawaii, Skiing in the Alps, Diving in the Bahamas, eating at $100/plate gourmet restaurants, etc.

See, you are actually saving a lot of money!  :encore
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The Pro Shop / Re: Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by Query on July 21, 2017, 05:59:33 PM »
Do you happen to know how common Agility blades are on synthetic ice? Is it only the people who are sponsored by the manufacturer who like it?

I'm thinking that figure skating involves control of very small changes of balance position, with respect to the sweet spot. I'm uncertain how well the concept would carry over to the figure skating world.

I just sent the following suggestions to the supplier, rinks@skateanywhere.ca:

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I just saw the Pavel Barber video

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPui4WPj2Pw

It seems like an ingenious product.

But sharpening looks way too hard and time consuming.

A better sharpening tool would allow you to sharpen while the wheels are mounted. Indeed, I think you could use ordinary machine or hand skate sharpening tools to sharpen them

There are at least two ways to do this:

1. Use a cross grind sharpening wheel. Yes, cross-ground edges tend to be asymmetric - but if you grind it a little one way, then flip the orientation of the skate 180 degrees, and do it some more, you can even things out.

2. Use an ordinary wheel or hand tool, that sharpens along the blade, but use braking jigs to slow down the rotation.
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The Pro Shop / Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by AgnesNitt on July 21, 2017, 04:25:33 PM »
For Hockey

This is so weird.

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: SkateLoop App
« Last post by FigureSpins on July 21, 2017, 03:23:08 PM »
That gif is mesmerizing.
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