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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Men in Synchro?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 15, 2017, 08:25:58 AM »
If you watch the world championships, you'll notice the top Scandinavian teams have a few men.  I've known a few men who did it.  One of them both coached and participated.

But no it's not typical.  Try it though.

Fair enough! So at least its not unheard of :D I will definitely give it a shot then! I sent my registration today ^_^

Thanks for the response!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Home Sharpening Appliances
« Last post by Leif on May 15, 2017, 07:06:21 AM »
We had a discussion here about a yr ago on the ProSharp:  http://skatingforums.com/index.php?topic=7239.msg86211#msg86211.  At the time, no feedback on the low-end units.

Interesting. I looked up the Wissota and it looks like an affordable sharpener. Although not automated, it does have the advantage that changing RoH does not need a new wheel, you just dress the grindstone. But it generates steel dust, so I guess it's not really suitable for use in the spare bedroom, and I'd be concerned about rust from keeping it in the garage. We have a very damp and cool climate. But I bet it costs a fortune in the UK.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Men in Synchro?
« Last post by nicklaszlo on May 15, 2017, 05:26:11 AM »
If you watch the world championships, you'll notice the top Scandinavian teams have a few men.  I've known a few men who did it.  One of them both coached and participated.

But no it's not typical.  Try it though.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Men in Synchro?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 14, 2017, 09:23:27 PM »
Do guys typically do synchronized skating? I only ask because as I switch to another club I've been offered the potential chance at giving a synchro team a shot. I think it'd be fun as an adult and for the second time...being the only male. Seriously, all the emails start with 'Hello ladies'. Haha.

Thanks!
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The Pro Shop / Re: Where to get Funky Laces?!
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 14, 2017, 09:20:40 PM »
There are lace speciality stores - e.g., see https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071201193321AAM3xgz

I have also tried backpacking laces - you can buy 144" sections. If the laces are nylon, you melt or tape the ends to get something to pull on, and thread through the wholes. Leather laces can just be cut, I guess.

But I currently use nylon round utility cord - 3 mm diameter, if I remember right. You can buy it at camping and climbing equipment stores, like REI, in many highly visible colors and color combinations.

  https://www.rei.com/search.html?q=utility+cord&origin=web&ir=q%3Autility+cord&page=1

I currently use bright orange, which looks like Halloween against my black boots. I like round, because it doesn't twist, and is much easier on the fingers than flat lace. But you have to get better at pulling it tight, and you have to double knot it, because round cord loosens more easily.

But each to their own. I think "traditional" figure skating pepple favor laces that are the same color as the boots. Some ice skating judges are traditional.

Thanks so much for the suggestions! I like having a bit of uniqueness and I think laces are the more interesting way to go ^_^ I'll make sure to keep a spare pair of regular old laces if I end up in situation where a skate judge is looking for that though ^_^

Any other resources you can offer?
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Events for Skaters / Re: 2017 Scott Hamilton Adult Fantasy Skating Camp
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 14, 2017, 09:18:55 PM »
Again. I SO wish one of these was near me.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Why do you abort jumps?
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 14, 2017, 09:18:06 PM »
Having just recently attempted a few, I find I abort jumps if my balance is off or there is traffic on the ice. (I get super nervous about people skating near me.)
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Media Center / Re: Figure Skating as an Adult (Blog)
« Last post by Sam_Bryant on May 14, 2017, 09:16:37 PM »
Yet another entry in my skating blog is up! This involves some fairly great changes that have come up for me lately! Please give it a read and a comment, any input is always appreciated.

http://skatingexperiences.blogspot.ca/2017/05/plot-twist-great-news.html
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The Pro Shop / Re: Home Sharpening Appliances
« Last post by tstop4me on May 14, 2017, 04:42:02 PM »
What a great idea...

Steels mostly straighten rather than sharpen. I think 1 out of every 2 or 3 times good skaters go for a sharpening, they could just have straightened their edges. They could go with a lot fewer sharpenings, and get a lot longer blade life if they understood that.

It is possible to merely straighten with a stone too - carefully. You feel a steel takes off less metal?

When you say it fixes nicks, does it just re-straightens the edge there, or does it somehow also polish the nick away?

"It is possible to merely straighten with a stone too - carefully. You feel a steel takes off less metal?"

Stones are abrasives.  Typical whetstones used by sharpeners for hand-finishing are ~220-320 grit. They will remove metal via abrasion. You can get finer grit stones.  A steel, especially a smooth steel, will still take off less metal. Maybe the ultrafine grit stones that's essentially a variety of polished glass remove as little metal as a smooth steel; but those are pricey and fragile, so why bother. 

"When you say it fixes nicks, does it just re-straightens the edge there, or does it somehow also polish the nick away?"

I'm talking about small knicks, such as caused by small abrasive particles on the ice; not large knicks, such as caused by banging one blade against the other.  Re-straightens the edge, does not polish the nick away.  For a small knick, there typically is a small flap of steel hanging on.  If you catch it early, you can straighten out that flap with a steel (or polish it off with a stone).  If you leave it, it will eventually tear off.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Home Sharpening Appliances
« Last post by tstop4me on May 14, 2017, 01:45:46 PM »
[Mod note: no harm, no foul.  Just wanted to give this topic space to continue while encouraging the original Expect the Expenses discussion to move along.]

Good move.  This topic was diverging from the original thread.
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