A little tip about bearings

Next time you hear some incredible claims about how some proprietary bearings are so good, particularly backed by claims about how long they spin for, remember:

– 608 bearings were designed for low radial load, zero axial load, high speed operations. In skates they are expected to do the opposite, so tolerances measured on the ABEC rating are pretty meaningless

– most of the bearings you will see for sale come from one of a very small number of Chinese factories. They will mostly be identical products to their competitors with different branding and packaging. 

– there are many factors which affect your speed far more than the bearings you use. For example, the wheels you use (size, profile, hardness, rebound) the frames they are in, the types of spacers used and obviously your own fitness. Bearings don’t even figure as long as they aren’t wrecked

– which brings us to maintenance. Simply cleaning and lubricating your bearings occasionally will extend their life immeasurably. Longer than the wheels, frames or even your skates. Don’t neglect them to the point they no longer turn then fork out for the latest ABEC 11’s.

– and finally, don’t believe people who demonstrate how great their bearings are using the “spin test”. For reference see below

In short, don’t fall for the hype. Don’t get screwed.

Fruit Boot Shootout 2016

On the back of a few popular events came the first Fruit Boot Shootout and it was another great day out. Held at The Asylum Skatepark in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire there were visitors from all over the UK and beyond. What I was glad to see was the skaters that turned up just to enjoy the day and the competition was the excuse to come down, not the reason. So many skaters old and new just skating to have fun at an amazing park with so many lines.

Well, as usual I had the camera out so took some shots. I also grabbed a handful of clips and if I put together a few of them into a mini edit I’ll add that below too.

UKSkate video archive

So, I was buzzing the old Time Machine through the vaults of Internet history and I come across some gems of old media. There’s more to come but I couldn’t help but grab as many of the edits as I could from the old UKSkate website, back in early 2003 when it was truly the hub of UK blading. The forums, the edit competitions, the hate; it was all there and now unfortunately lost to the march of time. Well, mostly.

So, if you want to reminisce over 240p footage of unity cess slides and XXXXL joggers at 10 fps, then have a gander, there’s some gems on YouTube now.

Go to the archive

Big Session #2 – Rampworx

Second in the informal series of events organised by David Wing and Stephen Swain. After the success of the first session at Adrenaline Alley, the next venue was chosen to be one of my local parks, Rampworx. Another great attendance from all over the UK as rollerblades outnumbered everyone at the park, even the scooters. Well, I took a few shots and even grabbed a couple of clips from the chilled skating that was in evidence all over the park…

Photos:

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British Inline Championships 2016

Just a few shots from the big session and competition down in Corby. Great to see so many skaters and spectators turn up for an event in the middle of winter.

Rush Blade Jam 2015

Another great day “Down South” at the Rush Skate Park with a few chill friends and rollers. Good food, great beer and some top draw skating were all in attendance again this year.

The pro and am were combined and it resulted in a mad session.

  • 1st Danny Loveless
  • 2nd Matty Vella
  • 3rd Matt Woods

Then of course there was the cheese wheel time trial where

  • 1st Aaron Polhill
  • 2nd Cam Burr
  • 3rd Henry Ravenhill

And then there was that AO fish that won David Wing best trick

Thanks to everyone who came together to organise such a fun event, and all of those who turned up to skate and give me targets for my lenses. Here’s what I got:

Oh, and by the way there’s an edit…

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MCR Street Jam 2015

I didn’t get many shots at the Jam this year so you’ll have to take my word that it was the biggest and best yet. Great weather, amazing people and serious skating. The best atmosphere you can get when sessioning. just a crowd of friends meeting up for good times and to share times with the best company.

Results:
1st – Yuri Botelho – LocoSkates £100 prize plus more!
2nd – Dave Mutschall – nuff stuff!
3rd – Dan Collins – more stuff!
Special prize goes to Niko Salaman for smashing it! Pair of Razors Scott Quinn signature pro skate.
James Keyte special prize, a palm sized tattoo from Tatt Studioix Manchester!

Thanks again to Alex, Scott, Lemon, Jam, the Peters family for bringing the box and everyone who helped support, organise, and clear up after such an amazing event.

Livi Skate Party 2015

It was a while ago but I finally got around to sorting through the few photos I took. Another quality day out in the sun(!) in Scotland. Tunes, friends, skating, a few beers and general revelry with some prizes and stuff going on in the background…

A wet week in Lisbon

So five of us went to Lisbon. We found mostly cobbles and rain. It was a great week and we did find some spots to skate. Here’s a glimpse of what happened when the sun came out (or went down).

Oh, and yes, there will be an edit. What did you expect? It has however been delayed due to technical (if you can call a Mac technical) issues. It’s turn up at some point though. It’s on rollerblader time. When it’s ready…