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Do people still rollerblade?

Old 07-07-06, 06:00 PM
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Do people still rollerblade?

My girlfriend just bought a new pair of in-line skates the other day in hopes of finding a fun way of getting more exercise. I honestly hadn't even thought about the sport in 8 or 9 years, but seeing her new skates instantly reminded me how much I used to love skating with my friends.

So now I've got a hankering to get a new set of rollerblades myself. I was never very good at it and I couldn't do any tricks aside from skating backwards and falling down, but goddam I enjoyed the hell out of myself.

Does anyone here still put on their skates and swoosh around? Will we look like the two biggest jackasses skating around the neighborhood in 2006, several years after the fad died?

I'll still get them and (potentially) look like a jackass skating around our neighborhood, but I'd still like to hear that we won't be the only two people in the country that still enjoy this.
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I was debating getting new skates. I have a pair from like 8-9 years ago, but they are in suprisngly good shape....though they could use some new wheels. I see people here and there skating. I wished I lived a bit closer ot the beach...b/c I'd skate a lot more. It is just far enough away to be a pain....and skating in suburbia is boring.

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sure they do

dorks do, that is
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Old 07-07-06, 07:07 PM
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I see Rollerblades all the time at the beach.
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Unfortunately, yes. Over Memorial Day weekend my wife went rollerblading with friends. She fell and broke her arm just above the elbow, necessitating surgery and a week-long hospital stay. She still can't move her thumb, extend her arm, or drive.
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Old 07-07-06, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Unfortunately, yes. Over Memorial Day weekend my wife went rollerblading with friends. She fell and broke her arm just above the elbow, necessitating surgery and a week-long hospital stay. She still can't move her thumb, extend her arm, or drive.
Oh man, I'm so sorry!
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Old 07-07-06, 07:22 PM
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I see people rollerblading all the time down the trails I have near my apartment. I don't think you'll look like too much of a dork... it's not like you're rolling around on a razor scooter

But if you're worried about being cool, get a skateboard
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Uh, I think you mean inline skating!

Rollerblade is a trademarked brand .
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Old 07-07-06, 07:44 PM
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You know what the hardest part about rollerblading is?

Telling your dad that you're gay.


(I stole that from someone and I hope it pisses him off)
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Old 07-07-06, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Unfortunately, yes. Over Memorial Day weekend my wife went rollerblading with friends. She fell and broke her arm just above the elbow, necessitating surgery and a week-long hospital stay. She still can't move her thumb, extend her arm, or drive.

Sorry to hear that WF. Here's to a speedy recovery.


Anyway, I could never skate all that well on the old school skates but once I put on In-Line skates I was a decent skater. It was much easier to get the hang of them and the wheels were much more forgiving.

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Old 07-07-06, 08:13 PM
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I spent an hour or so on the Lakefront in Chicago yesterday. Probably saw a hundred skaters in that time.
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When the Mighty Ducks movie was out, we were totally into inline skating and hockey, but afterwards, we just grew out of it and went back to other sports like basketball and football.

There's a few people who still skate around campus, even on busy days. I can't skate anymore since I had a knee injury so the only exercise I get nowadays is stationary biking and lifting weights.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Unfortunately, yes. Over Memorial Day weekend my wife went rollerblading with friends. She fell and broke her arm just above the elbow, necessitating surgery and a week-long hospital stay. She still can't move her thumb, extend her arm, or drive.
Was she wearing any protective gear?
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Old 07-07-06, 09:04 PM
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Was she wearing any protective gear?
probably a leather football helmet
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You need the fanny pack to complete the look
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Old 07-07-06, 11:02 PM
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Tons of 'bladers (that's what the cool kids call them - 'bladers) around the lakes here in the Cities. I still go with a friend of mine from time to time, and also when my wife takes her bike out.
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Yes.

There is an outdoor "in-line" hockey rink nearby that is always in use. It is not the same as good 'ol ice hockey, but it is free and helps me get my fix until the fall "beer" league starts.
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
You need the fanny pack to complete the look
agreed

and spandex
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Old 07-08-06, 12:26 AM
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Bladers? Guess that's what they made up when Fruit Booters didn't stick with them.
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
You need the fanny pack to complete the look
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agreed

and spandex
It might take a while for it to grow in but might as well go for a mullet while you're at it.
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Old 07-08-06, 11:43 AM
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My girlfriend does roller derby, but they use old school four-wheel skates. When she goes out skating for recreation, she alternates between old-school and in-line.
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Yes.

There is an outdoor "in-line" hockey rink nearby that is always in use. It is not the same as good 'ol ice hockey, but it is free and helps me get my fix until the fall "beer" league starts.
Ditto
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