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    No... :razz: I drew it myself, on my computer. I am studying to be a graphic artist and I was just messing around when I made it. But hey if you think it looks like something from Esurance then maybe I could work in their art dept. Hmmm... :wink:[/b]

    Is it possible to find the old style roller skates? Obviously anything outside for off season training is great and I've still got a pair of decent rollerblades and have also tried some of the training things they've come up with that were suppose to simulate carving a turn. One I seem to recall was a metal platter with something like roller skate wheels on it. The bad thing about it if I recall was you weighted the inside foot and the whole thing banked up and carved a turn. I was never into rollerskating, but a couple of times I took my daughter to school functions where they were doing that. After getting over the strange feeling of having 4 wheels I realized I could simulate ski turns with them. I always thought they might be an interesting training aid if they made wheels soft enough for outdoor use or could find a hill smooth enough. My summer training now tends to be mountain biking. It's probably the closest thing I've found to looking downhill while racing.

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    Is it possible to find the old style roller skates? Obviously anything outside for off season training is great and I've still got a pair of decent rollerblades and have also tried some of the training things they've come up with that were suppose to simulate carving a turn. One I seem to recall was a metal platter with something like roller skate wheels on it. The bad thing about it if I recall was you weighted the inside foot and the whole thing banked up and carved a turn. I was never into rollerskating, but a couple of times I took my daughter to school functions where they were doing that. After getting over the strange feeling of having 4 wheels I realized I could simulate ski turns with them. I always thought they might be an interesting training aid if they made wheels soft enough for outdoor use or could find a hill smooth enough. My summer training now tends to be mountain biking. It's probably the closest thing I've found to looking downhill while racing.

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    My wife actually has the OLD style roller skates. Remember the metal wheel models that fit over shoes and tightened with a skate key?
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    Last year I was on Rollerblades for now this year it's ice skates. I get a good work out doing hockey drills and working on balance things. Even though I've been practicing to play hockey, figure skating is really hard. Figure skating lessons have improved my skating a lot. Plus skating keeps you in a nice cool room so I don't feel like the wicked witch of the west melting away all summer. Nothing like winter.
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    Oh, No you didn't! You just seriously dated yourself with the skate key, Pat! Most of these kids nowadays don't even know what a typewriter is....skate key...wow...
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    Oh, No you didn't! You just seriously dated yourself with the skate key, Pat! Most of these kids nowadays don't even know what a typewriter is....skate key...wow...[/b]
    You know I have been in three classes so far in college that the professor has asked the class if we know what a typewriter is. OF COURSE WE KNOW WHAT A TYPEWRITER IS!! But maybe we would know better than most for if my memory serves me correctly the typewriter was invented in Wisconsin. :mrgreen:

    I also know what skate key is as well, but only through what my mother has told me for she had a pair when she was little. If you lost the key well...you were screwed.
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    Oh, No you didn&#39;t! You just seriously dated yourself with the skate key, Pat! Most of these kids nowadays don&#39;t even know what a typewriter is....skate key...wow...[/b]
    Not only was typing (learned on a manual typewriter) the best class I took in high school because I as one of 2 guys in a class of 40, but when I got to college it kept me well supplied with beer. Of course now it&#39;s not typing classes, it&#39;s keyboarding <G>.

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    My wife actually has the OLD style roller skates. Remember the metal wheel models that fit over shoes and tightened with a skate key?[/b]
    I think the times I took my daughter to the school skating parties it was with the plastic wheels because it was a wood floor. I&#39;ll have to see if there is anything around the Boston area. The problem with any of this is still falling. I just got over my last case of road rash after being brushed by a car while out on a bike ride. He hit me with one of those mirror extensions for cars towing trailers and I don&#39;t think he even realized he hit me. For better or worse he hit me and knocked me over onto the sidewalk, which was better than going under his wheels. I had to have the rear wheel straightened because I kind of pivoted on the wheel when it leaned up against the granite of the curb edge.

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    I have a long curving low traffic hill by my home wihtn decent pavement. Over and back is a good exhillarating workout.

    Just remember to pad up a bit. Spills HURT.

    Oh AND you will probably look like a TOTAL dork with helmet, ski poles and gloves but screw it! Very fun.

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