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   (last changed Tuesday, 17-Sep-96 18:39:06 MDT)
   
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Table of contents

   _accessory reviews_
     * J&J Titan Aluminum Rockers
     * Jofa ISD Speed Puck
     * Jofa Jofa Speed Puck
     * Lazzy Legs arch and ankle tighteners
     * Lazzy Legs Speed Demons hopup kit
     * Lazzy Legs X-treme Pro hopup kit
     * Lazzy Legs heel tightener
     * Paragon bearing guards
     * Rollerblade Power-strap
     * Transpack Pro
       
   _bearing reviews_
     * Black Hole ABEC 3s
     * Black Hole Rocks
     * GMN ABEC-3, greased, tin-shielded
     * Powell Swiss ABEC-1 "Bones"
     * YAK ABEC-3
     * boss abec 5
       
   _grind plate reviews_
     * CDS Detroit 3/8 slot style
     * CDS Detroit Boot grind plates, Size: 4 plates, 1x3 inches
     * CDS Detroit Street Line Frame Grind Plates
     * CDS Detroit Woodies
     * Commit LowBoy (wraparound)
     * Lazzy Legs Steel Bridge Grind Plate
       
   _hopup kit reviews_
     * Cyko HurricanZ
     * Hyper hopup kit
     * Hyper hopup kit
       
   _safety gear reviews_
     * Bell Image helmet
     * Boneless Boneless Knee (Street)
     * Lazzy Legs Protector WRist guards
     * Rector Fat Boy knees
     * Rector Fat Boys
     * Rollerblade Advanced wrist
     * Rollerblade Standard Pads (knee/elbow/wrist)
       
   _wheel reviews_
     * Black Hole Sport
     * Black Hole Sport
     * Cyko HurricanZ 1993, 72mm, 82A-Flat 22
     * FR Progressors 60mm/88A
     * Hyper X-360 Cross Trainer
     * Kryptonics 72mm/82A Rampage Full Radius, tri spoke core.
     * Kryptonics 76mm Rampage 78A and 82A
     * Kryptonics Mini Roxx (aggressive middle wheels)
     * Kryptonics PowerPlay 72mm/82A w/ Krypto hockey radius, tri spoke
       core
     * Kryptonics VR Series 72mm/78A Narrow radius, tri spoke core.
     * Kryptonics pebbels [older ones]
     * Labeda Bad Boyz/Trick core 72mm/82A
       
   
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accessory reviews

   Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ J&J Titan
          
   _Model:_ Aluminum Rockers
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20 for all 8 wheels (16 rockers)
          
   _Store:_ some mail-order house (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Aluminum rockers won't crack or warp like plastic ones will.
          They may increase your speed a little, especially if you have
          plastic ones that are already broken or warped because they
          touch the bearing more preciley and won't rub up against it.
          
   _Cons:_
          $20 is a little expensive for 16 little pieces of aluminum but
          they're pretty much the only place that I could find that makes
          these things.
          
   _Comments:_
          I'm not sure what skates these things fit. I'm pretty sure
          they're made for the Rollerblade line. I know Roces makes their
          own aluminum rockers, specifically for their skates. I would
          recommend consulting your dealer to make sure that they'll fit
          on your skates.
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoleod.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Jofa
          
   _Model:_ ISD Speed Puck
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $10.95
          
   _Store:_ Tam-O-Shanter (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Sylvania,Ohio,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 08/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ Since August 7, 1994
          
   _Pros:_
          Puck comes installed with 12 (6 per side) nylon runners for
          textured surfaces. Also includes 12 runners for smooth
          surfaces. I have only tried the puck on parking lot type
          surfaces, were it works really well. Feels like puck, handles
          like a puck, etc..
          
   _Cons:_
          It doesn't get on the edge too often, but when it does, it
          doesn't like to lay back down. The runners are not easy to
          remove.
          
   _Comments:_
          The puck is wieghted around the edges and is spoked in the
          center, it is completely made of rubber with the exception of
          the runners. This is the puck used by the RHI.
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: Chris Fourgnaud (inline@mountnet.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Jofa
          
   _Model:_ Jofa Speed Puck
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $14.99 cdn
          
   _Store:_ Sports Experts (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, ???-????
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 04/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ Approx 1 month
          
   _Pros:_
          It's the best puck on the market, but that doesn't mean too
          much.
          
   _Cons:_
          The pucks cost a lot and when running an Inline Hockey league
          the are always being lost or stolen. the pucks are not heavy
          enough, runners constantly break and after the replacement
          runners are gone it's very hard to find a place that sells them
          the pucks have even cracked after hard shots. The puck won't
          stay flat it is always rolling on its side.
          
   _Comments:_
          There needs to be some improvments, if anyone knows where to
          get replacment runners let me know
          
   _Rating:_ 5.1
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ arch and ankle tighteners
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20
          
   _Store:_ Blades (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Manhattan,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          They really give you a lot more support. Nice price. Durable.
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          These aren't really meant to tighten your boot more around your
          foot. They're meant to hold your foot in place. The arch
          tighteners can be used as a replacement for laces but I would
          recommend leaving your laces on.
          
   _Rating:_ 10
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoledo.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ Speed Demons hopup kit
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $21
          
   _Store:_ Play It Again Sports (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 05/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1-1/2 Months
          
   _Pros:_
          Comes with: 8 Aluminum threaded bearing spaces with hex locks.
          16 Normal length small headed axel bolts 2 Brake wheel lenght
          small headed axel bolts. 1 Hex tool
          
   _Cons:_
          Easy to strip the threaded spacers. The axel bolts would
          actually loosen up and fall out during normal skating sessions.
          
   _Comments:_
          I was not impressed with these. All three sets that myself and
          friends have owned have had the bolt loosening problem.
          
   _Rating:_ 3
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ X-treme Pro hopup kit
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $25.90 for 8 wheels
          
   _Store:_ forgot (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 03/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 5 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Most hop-up kits are made of aluminum. Steel is a lot more
          durable.
          
   _Cons:_
          Steel is a little heavier than aluminum but the weight
          difference isn't even noticable so I wouldn't worry about it.
          
   _Comments:_
          If you're looking to upgrade your skates, a hop-up kit is
          probably the best place to start. You will certainly see a
          speed increase, it will cost you a little over twenty bucks,
          and it's a one-time cost. Once you install it, you won't have
          to worry about it again. The Lazzy Legs X-treme Pro is the
          Cadillac of hop-up kits.
          
   _Rating:_ 10
          
          Reviewer: Martin Sripan (ay169@yfn.ysu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ heel tightener
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $12.99
          
   _Store:_ Performance Bicycle (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 month
          
   _Pros:_
          *Great for: reducing road vibration at high speeds *Reducing
          heel lift due to weak instep area *Tightening boot fit
          *Protecting side of boot from crash-not intended use though
          
   _Cons:_
          *Mainly useless on unflexible boots such as plastics
          
   _Comments:_
          It seems to be more intended for racing, to prevent heel lift,
          but for some reason I look in Inline magazine issues, and many
          extreme skaters are wearing it.
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
          Reviewer: Tony Chen (adchen@garnet.acns.fsu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Paragon
          
   _Model:_ bearing guards
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $4.99 for 20 guards
          
   _Store:_ Paragon Products, Inc. (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ 690 Industrial Circle S., Shakopee, MN 55379, (612)
          496-0091
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 03/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 month
          
   _Pros:_
          They DO keep the grit out and off of your bearings, and they're
          plenty cheap.
          
   _Cons:_
          The guards do their job well, but the way the work requires
          that they rub slightly against the wheel hub. This makes for
          very, very slow skating, compared to w/out them.
          
   _Comments:_
          Description: these guards are small plastic discs a little
          wider than your bearings. They have a hole in them to thread
          your axles through them. What you do is put them over your
          wheels at the bearings, on both sides, and thread the axles
          through everything.
          
   _Rating:_ 8, if you don't mind the large rolling friction caused. A
          rating of 1 if you do! 8-)
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Rollerblade
          
   _Model:_ Power-strap
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $8
          
   _Store:_ Herman's Sporting Goods (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 12/1993
          
   _Used for how long:_ 8 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Give you a lot of support. Inexpensive. Very durable.
          
   _Cons:_
          They come with a little patch of velcro that you are supposed
          to attach to the heel of your skate. When you put them on, a
          piece of velcro on the heel strap sticks to that to help it
          stay secure, under your heel. I just thought that was a nifty
          idea so I mentioned it. I used a hot glue gun to keep that
          little patch on. The Lazzy Legs heel straps look a little
          thicker and they look like they might be a little more secure
          so you might want to check those out before purchasing these.
          But, on the other hand, for $8, you can't really go wrong.
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
          Reviewer: Ben (BenWK@aol.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ accessory
          
   _Brand:_ Transpack
          
   _Model:_ Pro
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $60
          
   _Store:_ Blades (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ a half dozen outings
          
   _Pros:_
          Durable Holds skates well Keeps water out, even in heavy rain
          Secure design
          
   _Cons:_
          Needs more accessory pouches Top loading drawstring top can be
          cumbersome for loading large things
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 8.5
          
bearing reviews

   Reviewer: Jim Stein (stein.3@osu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ Black Hole
          
   _Model:_ ABEC 3s
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $26.00 for 16
          
   _Store:_ Columbus Sports (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ?, ?
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 05/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ A month
          
   _Pros:_
          Good, durable ABEC 3s. Fast (of course.)
          
   _Cons:_
          Not as "serviceable" as they claim to be. It's almost
          impossible to get the shields off! Noisy; need to be cleaned
          very often (they shed grease very quickly.)
          
   _Comments:_
          Go buy some other brand. The extra price attached to these
          "serviceable" bearings is wasted if you can't get the shields
          off without damaging the casing!
          
   _Rating:_ 6
          
          Reviewer: Rob Remus (rwremus@rs6000.cmp.ilstu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ Black Hole
          
   _Model:_ Rocks
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $21.95 for 16
          
   _Store:_ Wildcountry (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Normal, IL,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 04/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 3 months
          
   _Pros:_
          The bearings are faster (better) than the ones that came in my
          Macro EQ's. That however is the only thing about them that is
          better.
          
   _Cons:_
          The bearings get dirty VERY quickly. The bearings came lubed
          with grease and within one day of skating they were dirty
          enough to start making noise. I then replaced the grease with
          oil, which made them even worse.
          
   _Comments:_
          Spend a little more money and get some good bearings.
          
   _Rating:_ 5
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ GMN
          
   _Model:_ ABEC-3, greased, tin-shielded
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $1.25/bearing
          
   _Store:_ some mailorder place (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Very inexpensive.
          
   _Cons:_
          Shields aren't removable so you have to pry them open to clean
          them. They pretty much felt like my old ABEC-1s to me.
          
   _Comments:_
          I bought these because they were inexpensive but I'm sorry I
          did. They didn't do much for me. If I could go back, I would
          have probably spent a little extra money on a better set of
          bearings. If you're looking for a cheap set of bearings to
          replace a set of ABEC-1s and aren't really looking for a speed
          improvement then these will suit you fine.
          
   _Rating:_ 4
          
          Reviewer: Tony Chen (adchen@garnet.acns.fsu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ Powell Swiss
          
   _Model:_ ABEC-1 "Bones"
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $2/bearing
          
   _Store:_ Skates Off Haight (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 09/1991
          
   _Used for how long:_ 3 years
          
   _Pros:_
          For a long time the Bones bearings were rumored to be ABEC-5
          quality, but in the end the company said they were only
          ABEC-1's. Doesn't matter. These bearings spin very well. They
          are one-sided bearings, with only a plastic snap-cage to secure
          the ball bearings. The ones I ordered were in sets of 8 and
          came with a small plastic pouch of Bones speed cream.
          
          In an extreme case of laziness and negligence, up until last
          week I had only relubed 2 out of the 16 since I first bought
          them 3 years ago. My main laziness stemmed from the fact that
          they still spun like crazy, and still sounded clean. I have
          since cleaned and relubed all of them, out of guilt 8-) but
          they're all in amazing shape still.
          
          In terms of maintanence, the Bones are very easy to clean and
          handle because they have only two parts: the bearing and the
          snap-cage. With most of the two-sided bearings (like Yaks,
          TwinCams, etc.) you have to pry off the C-ring on each side and
          you end up with 2 rings, 2 shields, and the bearing.
          
          Also, when you take the snap-ring off, the balls inside aren't
          constrained by a brace of any kind, so you can really clean out
          the whole inside pretty well. This also means you can apply
          your lube easily as well, since the balls are in full view.
          
          Putting the snap-cage usually takes longer than putting a
          C-ring and shield back on (on the other bearings), but it's
          still pretty simple for the most part.
          
          In any case, I have noticed ABEC-5 rated Bones for sale in some
          mail-order places now. 1 or 5, I don't think you can go too
          wrong with Bones bearings.
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          ABEC-1s are fast, but tend to have slightly more vibration
          overall than some ABEC-5 bearings like Boss or TwinCam. If you
          want ultra smooth rolling, you might have to go for the Bones
          ABEC-5's or other ABEC-5's.
          
   _Rating:_ 9.7-10
          
          Reviewer: William Bradley (wbradley@thor.ece.uc.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ YAK
          
   _Model:_ ABEC-3
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $2 per (normally) $1 per (on sale)
          
   _Store:_ Inline USA (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 3 months
          
   _Pros:_
          o Removable Shields, Very nice bearing, no wobble
          
   _Cons:_
          
          + Greased (you might be able to order oiled sets)
          + Having to listen to "DA YAKMAN" rant about them :-)
            
   _Comments:_
          Some people gripe that these aren't much better than ABEC-1s. I
          noticed a marked difference, though.
          
   _Rating:_ 7
          
          Reviewer: chad renshaw (gusto@sprynet.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ bearing
          
   _Brand:_ boss
          
   _Model:_ abec 5
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $15.00
          
   _Store:_ play it again (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ?????, ???????
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1995
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1-1/2 years
          
   _Pros:_
          spun better than my original bearings. I believe they were zz
          bearings. Oiled.
          
   _Cons:_
          The boss abec 5 spun good I thought. I bought new Roces Street
          skates which rule. They came equipted with abec 1 bearings.
          Surprisingly and to my dissapointment they spun and were
          smoother than my boss abec 5 .
          
   _Comments:_
          I'm buying Swiss Powell Bones now. I've read many articles on
          these bearings including ones at this site. All say that they
          kik. I can't wait for them to come in.
          
   _Rating:_ 3.5
          
grind plate reviews

   Reviewer: Ben (BenWK@aol.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ CDS Detroit
          
   _Model:_ 3/8 slot style
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $8
          
   _Store:_ (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ long enough
          
   _Pros:_
          Good price, nice groove, hard (no need to make bigger groove
          quickly), recessed flush area for axles , Easy installation,
          good on curbs
          
   _Cons:_
          a bit thick less good on rails none I can really think of
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 6.5 to 8
          
          Reviewer: Martin Sripan (ay169@yfn.ysu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ CDS Detroit
          
   _Model:_ Boot grind plates, Size: 4 plates, 1x3 inches
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $9.99 or so for a set of 4
          
   _Store:_ Millennium In-Line (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 weeks
          
   _Pros:_
          Great if you can get it to work-helps with power stops, other
          boot grinding maneuvers *Very versatile-use for other stuff
          
   _Cons:_
          Hard to attach velcro lanyards, for me at least.
          
   _Comments:_
          Works better on CLEAN surfaces; unscathed ones recommended. All
          CDS products are probably good when used correctly, but I
          didn't really need the boot plates-my boot was screwed from the
          start. It works best on boots of the leather type probably.
          
   _Rating:_ 3 if you don't apply correctly, 10 if you do
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ CDS Detroit
          
   _Model:_ Street Line Frame Grind Plates
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $5.99 for two.
          
   _Store:_ some mailorder shop (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 10 minutes
          
   _Pros:_
          They're made of plastic and plastic slides a lot better than
          steel does because there's a lot less friction. Inexpensive.
          
   _Cons:_
          When I power-slide, I slide on the grind plate because it
          sticks out so much and since it's so smooth, I keep on sliding.
          Sometimes, I'll even do a split. When I cut sharp turns, I will
          sometimes hit the grind plate on the ground and since it's so
          smooth, my legs just slip out.
          
   _Comments:_
          They are a good idea. They'll protect your frame and they'll
          slide better than any metal grind plate could ever dream. But I
          just couldn't sacrifice maneuverability and power-slides for
          it.
          
   _Rating:_ 5
          
          Reviewer: Matt Brock (valrock@ktc.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ CDS Detroit
          
   _Model:_ Woodies
          
   _Purchase Price:_ 10.00 + tax
          
   _Store:_ team paradise (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Huntington Beach, California,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 01/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ a couple weeks
          
   _Pros:_
          Slides real fast on rails which improves my balance, slides
          nicely on curbs, although not as good as on rails
          
   _Cons:_
          There really isnt anything wrong with this grind plate
          
   _Comments:_
          CDS DETROIT IS THE BEST!!
          
   _Rating:_ 1000000000000
          
          Reviewer: Chris Wilson ()
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ Commit
          
   _Model:_ LowBoy (wraparound)
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $12
          
   _Store:_ Sportfix (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ , don't remember
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Slicker than hell on rails.
          
   _Cons:_
          cant grind curbs.scrapes on ground when you turn.
          
   _Comments:_
          ONLY WORKS WITH 57mm WHEELS!!!!!!!!!
          
   _Rating:_ 5
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ grind plate
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ Steel Bridge Grind Plate
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20
          
   _Store:_ random mail-order house (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          It's made of steel so it's strong. It's thick so it will last a
          while.
          
   _Cons:_
          The largest wheel size you will be able to fit on a skate with
          a bridge grind plate is around 65mm.
          
   _Comments:_
          If you put a steel grind plate on your skate, it will slide
          nicely on metal but grinding a curb is a little more difficult
          because there's a lot of friction. There are many different
          ways you can outfit your skate for grinding. With this plate,
          you can skate with all small wheels or you can skate
          anti-rocker. I still haven't discovered the perfect grinding
          combo.
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
hopup kit reviews

   Reviewer: Martin Sripan (ay169@yfn.ysu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ hopup kit
          
   _Brand:_ Cyko
          
   _Model:_ HurricanZ
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20 for 8 wheels
          
   _Store:_ Millennium In-line (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 08/1993
          
   _Used for how long:_ 4 months; 1993, Discontinued
          
   _Pros:_
          
          + Aluminum-speedy
          + Threaded
          + Hex lock
          + Comes with instructions-really no need
            
   _Cons:_
          
          + No frame spacers
          + Aluminum-bad for extreme
          + Threads are lost after time
          + Bolts too big-huge profile
          + Bolts slide like CDS Detroit Grind Plates, but in this case,
            it is a disadvantage-gives new meaning to power slide
          + Bolts get scuffed and flattened easily
          + No tools provided, though a Torx T25 helps, as I prefer
            handled hex wrenches over hex keys
          + Brake bolts aren't big enough for my brake
            
   _Comments:_
          The guy who sold me these practically forced me into these over
          the Blading Edge-should've bought the Hyper, it sounds/looks
          good. It's better than plastic, but seems like any other,
          Roces, Hyper, Mogema, Sure Grip, and other race frames are
          better
          
   _Rating:_ 3
          
          Reviewer: William Bradley (wbradley@thor.ece.uc.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ hopup kit
          
   _Brand:_ Hyper
          
   _Model:_ hopup kit
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20
          
   _Store:_ Local sports chain (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 05/1993
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 year +
          
   _Pros:_
          o Aluminum spacers *do* have internal hex hole for axle removal
          o Includes two slightly longer axles to account for brake
          mounting (Rollerblade, for example) o Each axle has a loctite
          patch for safety o Kit also includes washers, if you need them
          
   _Cons:_
          o Aluminum spacers...supposedly these deform easier during
          extreme skating (I wouldn't know) o Loctite...no star washers,
          if that's your bag...
          
   _Comments:_
          I've had no problems with these
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoledo.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ hopup kit
          
   _Brand:_ Hyper
          
   _Model:_ hopup kit
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $25
          
   _Store:_ ISA (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ since June 1995
          
   _Pros:_
          - Comes with: 8 Red aluminun threaded spacers w/ hex lock. 16
          Regular length, small headed axel bolts. 16 Washers 2 Brake
          wheel length small headed axel bolts. 2 Hex tools.
          
   _Cons:_
          None to report.
          
   _Comments:_
          I would recommend these over the Lazzy Legs Speed Demons.
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
safety gear reviews

   Reviewer: William Bradley (wbradley@thor.ece.uc.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Bell
          
   _Model:_ Image helmet
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $80 (normally) $40 (on sale)
          
   _Store:_ Bike Nashbar (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          o Well-vented o Light (sub-8 oz.) o Easy to fit (adjustable
          pads/straps) o Microshell (compromise between hardshell and
          foam)
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
          Reviewer: Ben (BenWK@aol.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Boneless
          
   _Model:_ Boneless Knee (Street)
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $80
          
   _Store:_ Blades (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ 73rd and second, too lazy to check
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 05/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ weeks
          
   _Pros:_
          Big Great padding Comfortable for large size No wraparound
          strap to tear below the plate Neoprene tube Replaceable plate
          
   _Cons:_
          Big Difficult to get on/off EXPEN$IVE!!!
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 9 for aggressive, 7, everything else
          
          Reviewer: FRanK (LiEW)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Lazzy Legs
          
   _Model:_ Protector WRist guards
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $40
          
   _Store:_ SPit FIrE (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 01/1995
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 and a half years
          
   _Pros:_
          looks nice. with the leather, REALLY popular amongst agg.
          sk8ers, not that restraining.... excellent choice.
          
   _Cons:_
          the plastic that protex you doesn't look it could stand up to a
          big fall.. (it looks like a honeycomb)
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: FranK Liew (hchl@pcnet.co.nz)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Rector
          
   _Model:_ Fat Boy knees
          
   _Purchase Price:_ 30-50 dollas
          
   _Store:_ SPiTFiRe (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 02/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ approx. 4 months
          
   _Pros:_
          REAL nice padding..... i think its one inch thick, pretty
          cheap, good alternative to the Boneless if ya can't afford
          dem.... if u sk8 street, dese padz are one of da best... could
          be good for ramps though (i don't sk8 pipes)
          
   _Cons:_
          could use a tube, more secure, may slip if ya wear it too
          long.... also, if you sk8 in a tropics Country, say singapore,
          watch out, baby coz dese thangs are BOILING hot after a coupla
          hours....
          
   _Comments:_
          i reccomend dese to everybody..pros, grommies alike..
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Rector
          
   _Model:_ Fat Boys
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $50
          
   _Store:_ Skates Off Haight (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 04/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 4 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Nice and big with about an inch of padding between the plate
          and your knee. Your knees will survive any fall. Instead of a
          tube, it has four thick straps. These straps work as well
          (perhaps better) than any tube and you don't have to take off
          your sneakers or skates to get them off. Cheaper than Boneless
          Knee Pads. When you fall, the plates are made to slide across
          the ground instead of sticking. I found that some pads like the
          standard ones that Rollerblade, Inc. makes stick to the ground
          when you fall so all that momentum you have forces you to roll
          on the ground. With these pads, when you hit the ground, you
          just slide on your knees for a few feet instead of rolling.
          Does that make sense? Goes well with any wardrobe.
          
   _Cons:_
          You may find that your knees don't bend as well as they might
          with a smaller knee pad but as far as "extreme" pads go, these
          are the least cumbersome. You'll get used to them very quickly.
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 10
          
          Reviewer: BK (kligfield@msn.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Rollerblade
          
   _Model:_ Advanced wrist
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $30
          
   _Store:_ Gymnasium (NYC) (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ 42 st.,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ year
          
   _Pros:_
          Comfy Good idea Cool, good airflow
          
   _Cons:_
          Everything else Leather rips Beads wear down quickly Stitching
          of poor quality Plastic reinforcement on top bends and
          eventually breaks Not very protective
          
   _Comments:_
          These things are terrible. They rip, they smash they tear
          apart, and they don't even protect your fingers. The ideal user
          would be some kind of racer who only falls once or twice. They
          are not for agressive skating or anything where you "expect" to
          fall.
          
   _Rating:_ 1 to 3 (depends on use)
          
          Reviewer: William Bradley (wbradley@thor.ece.uc.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ safety gear
          
   _Brand:_ Rollerblade
          
   _Model:_ Standard Pads (knee/elbow/wrist)
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $15-$25 per set
          
   _Store:_ local shop (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 year +
          
   _Pros:_
          o They work very well o Wrist guards have velcro pocket near
          right thumb
          
   _Cons:_
          o They're somewhat bulky, sometimes get in the way o Velcro
          pocket won't hold car key
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 6
          
wheel reviews

   Reviewer: Mark Berman ()
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Black Hole
          
   _Model:_ Sport
          
   _Purchase Price:_
          
   _Store:_ Donehower's Sporting Goods (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Lewisburg, PA,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 05/1995
          
   _Used for how long:_ 3 months
          
   _Pros:_
          76 mm.,fast,hard,turns quickly.
          
   _Cons:_
          Plastic deforms after about a month causing bearings to
          wobble.Ride crappy when worn down.
          
   _Comments:_
          These come with the new macros'. I don't know if they sell them
          any other way.
          
   _Rating:_ 9 for the first month then a 3.
          
          Reviewer: D. James Stein (stein.3@osu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Black Hole
          
   _Model:_ Sport
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $24.95 for four wheels
          
   _Store:_ Koenig's Sporting Goods (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ?, ?
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1996
          
   _Used for how long:_ A week
          
   _Pros:_
          Good speed, look sharp
          
   _Cons:_
          Wear quickly (even with 74A rating), scratch easily
          
   _Comments:_
          Good wheels, but don't buy 'em if you can't afford replacing
          them in a couple of months.
          
   _Rating:_ 7
          
          Reviewer: Martin Sripan (ay169@yfn.ysu.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Cyko
          
   _Model:_ HurricanZ 1993, 72mm, 82A-Flat 22
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $20. for 8-$2.5 each (on MI-L sale), usually $40.
          for 8
          
   _Store:_ Millennium In-Line (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ 2 days
          
   _Pros:_
          *Reinforced fan-blade core makes it fast and light-hard wheel-
          nice wear, nice cooling *Black color is nice, no prints or
          other obstructive stuff
          
   _Cons:_
          *Real bad on hard surfaces and on any extreme skates *Dull
          wheel-no laminated gloss surface (tread, sidewall)
          
   _Comments:_
          In my opinion, it's just like any other wheel but it's fast and
          cool.
          
   _Rating:_ 5
          
          Reviewer: Scott Weintraub (scottw@wam.umd.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ FR Progressors
          
   _Model:_ 60mm/88A
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $7/wheel
          
   _Store:_ forgot (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 07/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 1 month
          
   _Pros:_
          Nice size/hardness for street skating. Solid core.
          
   _Cons:_
          Difficult to find. I expected them to be a little flatter on
          the bottom (a la Hyper Midgets) but they were shaped a lot like
          your generic wheel, only smaller.
          
   _Comments:_
          For 88A, they seem to be a little soft. It seems that Hyper's
          version of an 88A wheel is harder.
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
          Reviewer: Will Decker ()
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Hyper
          
   _Model:_ X-360 Cross Trainer
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $62.00 Full Set (8)
          
   _Store:_ Oshman's (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ?, ?
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 12/1995
          
   _Used for how long:_ 8 1/2 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Good wear. They have not shown much wear. Good wet traction (as
          far as skate wheels go). Reasonable cost. Fairly low flex in
          rough turns. Also has good bearing to hub fit.
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 9
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoledo.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ 72mm/82A Rampage Full Radius, tri spoke core.
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $32 for 8
          
   _Store:_ ISA (mail-order)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ Since June 13, 1994
          
   _Pros:_
          Nice wide radius, nice for turning and such. Good even wear
          (with proper rotation).
          
   _Cons:_
          Hubs do not have a nice tight fit around the bearings, which
          causes the wheels to wobble from time to time.
          
   _Comments:_
          These are good wheels, I am not sure if the bearing problem
          above is a problem with just my set or found with all Rampages.
          
   _Rating:_ 8.5
          
          Reviewer: Kenneth Wong (Art40247@leonis.nus.sg)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ 76mm Rampage 78A and 82A
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $35
          
   _Store:_ Gallen Sports (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 11/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ 5 months
          
   _Pros:_
          Durable, Good for street
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          These are very durable wheels and are pretty good for
          roadskating but don't try skitching on them coz they'd probably
          melt. Good grip and are stable.
          
   _Rating:_ 7
          
          Reviewer: Ben (BenWK@aol.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ Mini Roxx (aggressive middle wheels)
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $25/4 ($6? each)
          
   _Store:_ Paragon (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ Broadway/ 18th,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_
          
   _Pros:_
          Same as most other little wheels 52mm is a nice size for paring
          to larger outer wheels like 62+ mm Good hardness Rounded, but
          does not slip on grinds
          
   _Cons:_
          Same a other little wheels Rounded profile
          
   _Comments:_
          Unextroardanary
          
   _Rating:_ 7
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoledo.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ PowerPlay 72mm/82A w/ Krypto hockey radius, tri spoke core
          
   _Purchase Price:_ Came stock with skates (CCM RH555 Tacks)
          
   _Store:_ (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 07/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ Since July 31, 1994
          
   _Pros:_
          Nice even wear, even with heavy usage. Great stability at high
          speeds. Can really hold tight turns, I have yet to have them
          slip out on me while turning.
          
   _Cons:_
          
   _Comments:_
          My favorite wheel by far
          
   _Rating:_ 9.5
          
          Reviewer: Jim Kiraly (kiraly@cse.utoledo.edu)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ VR Series 72mm/78A Narrow radius, tri spoke core.
          
   _Purchase Price:_ $40
          
   _Store:_ Play it Again Sports (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 06/1994
          
   _Used for how long:_ Since June 28, 1994
          
   _Pros:_
          Hub fits the bearings tightly.
          
   _Cons:_
          Not made for quick turns.
          
   _Comments:_
          
   _Rating:_ 8
          
          Reviewer: dand@locke.ccil.org (dand@locke.ccil.org)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Kryptonics
          
   _Model:_ pebbels [older ones]
          
   _Purchase Price:_ under $27.50
          
   _Store:_ wheel federation (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ /
          
   _Used for how long:_ week or so
          
   _Pros:_
          hard, VERY VERY VERY hard. the r scale [in which they are
          measured] is used for metals and stuff. i am pretty sure 50r is
          about 120a or somehting close to that. out of all 47mm
          wheels... pebbels are gods.
          
   _Cons:_
          well they could make em in smaller sizes, but i think 47mm is
          ok.
          
   _Comments:_
          the best 47mm wheel out there.
          
   _Rating:_ 10
          
          Reviewer: Eric B. Thomas (ethomas@dpc.com)
          
   _Product Type:_ wheel
          
   _Brand:_ Labeda
          
   _Model:_ Bad Boyz/Trick core 72mm/82A
          
   _Purchase Price:_
          
   _Store:_ Play It Again Sports (local store)
          
   _Location/Phone:_ ,
          
   _Purchase Date:_ 10/1995
          
   _Used for how long:_ 3 Months
          
   _Pros:_
          Smooth rolling, grabs street good, hubs fit bearings tight.
          
   _Cons:_
          I have to rotate & flip about every one hour of street usage.
          Glass cuts wheel, & they seem to be wearing down fast.
          
   _Comments:_
          These are my third set of wheels & they feel smooth, but maybe
          a bit too soft for me. I got a lot of little cuts from road
          objects (like glass), but they still feel OK. I'm tired of
          rotating & flipping them so often, but this might by my style
          of blading, which is constantly slaloming around things & lines
          on the road... Boots used: Roces LAX w/ ABEC 3 bearings.
          
   _Rating:_ 7
          
   
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