I graduated from UCD in 2004 with a BS in Mathematics. Along with PhilipNeustrom, I am co-creator of Davis Wiki.
I currently live in San Carlos, California and work in San Francisco (http://localwiki.org).
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I've been skating for about 6-7 years, so I wanted to share my knowledge and experience so far.
Inline Skate Reviews
So far I have owned about 6 pairs of skates, so I will try to review them here, in the order I acquired them.
Cheap Bauer Skates
Purchased for something like $15 at Ross back in 1998, these were the first inline skates I owned. They were fairly comfortable and forgiving, although very slow. The bottom line, though: they were an incredible value. If you find brand-name skates at Ross or a similar store, it's a great way to get into the sport for cheap.
Generally about $80-$100(click here to buy)
To this day, these are the most comfortable skates I've ever owned. With your feet gently cradled in the patented SoftBoot, you can go all day long. The boots lace up easily and snugly, and the top is fastened with a plastic strap. The frames are made of a lightweight plastic, making the ride very comfortable if not very fast, but they are also perfect for jumping off and over things. The plastic spacers can be easily upgraded to metal for a faster, more responsive ride. These are great skates to own because you can replace the wheels, bearings, and spacers as you get better, and they are extremely comfortable and well-built. After 4-5 years of hard, abusive skating and going through many many bearings, wheels, and spacers, a pivot point on the plastic ankle support finally broke, and it's kind of hard to fix, although not impossible. I gave mine to Philip last year, and I believe he's rediscovered his love of inline skating on them. Overall, you cannot go wrong with these as a first skate or if you are looking for solid comfort. I believe they go by a different name now (Escape looks like them)and have been redesigned slightly, but if you cannot find the Camanos, you can just look for the entry-level K2 skates and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. They can be found at Big 5 Sporting Goods and SportMart, places like that.
Salomon TR Magnesium 2
They cost about $200 a couple of years ago, now they cost about $150 (click here to buy)
These skates were a significant step up from the Camanos, and I also recommend them very highly, especially now that they can be obtained for a more reasonable price. There are several nice features, but the overall benefit is rigidity and customizability. The biggest difference is that the Salomon TR Magnesium 2's have a metal frame instead of plastic, making it faster and more rigid. In addition, the frame is removable and can pivot on the foot, so you can actually adjust the angle of the frames to your stride. I have the front of mine pointing to the inside to give me a longer push with my toes. The liner is also removable, unlike on the Camano, and can be washed, although it is attached to the plastic shell with a small screw in the heel. The boot is very comfortable and is fastened with shoelaces on gliding eyelets (the top ones even have notches to "hold" the laces tight while you tie them), a velcro strap at the top of the laces, and a plastic strap at the top of the cuff. This boot, however, is noticeably stiffer than the one-piece Camano, gives a better feel of the road, and even the ankle gets more support. Very comfortable for long distances, but you'll wish you had something less restraining if you're going for all-out speed. This is a good skate, clearly more sophisticated than the Camanos, but not too advanced, and I would definitely look at the Salomon brand again. They are hard to find in stores, so ordering online or from a catalog is a good idea, just be ready to exchange for a different size if this is your first purchase. Skates can be tricky that way.
Strapping wheels to ordinary shoes
this is a test edit
more to come later...
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What are the hardest wheels you can find?
2010-04-01 13:41:38 Thanks for compressing and transparentifying the logo. That was contributed in jpeg, and I was running out the door to go pick up my wife from the airport (just got back from her first faculty position interview!), so all I had time for was a really quick imagemagick "convert file.jpg file.png" and upload. —JabberWokky
No problem, I've got that routine down pat. —MikeIvanov
2010-06-17 17:58:52 Do you know of any place to get really hard wheels? I'm talking 86a and above. Davis streets are vicious on soft wheels... —StevenDaubert
2010-06-18 13:42:15 pretty sure disc is done for, and they mainly had an indoor focus iirc.
I checked online, and I couldn't find hard wheels. Perhaps I just fail —StevenDaubert
2010-06-20 14:03:11 pretty sure it's just your run of the mill 84 mm
89a ooooh purty <3 —StevenDaubert
2010-10-04 17:06:17 Hey there! I'm doing a project on local wiki's for my english class. I was wondering how much material you provided to start this local wiki and make it so successful? For instance, did you provide names of local restaurants (or any other business for that matter) to let the locals comment on or did you just title the main pages and let the locals did the rest. Thanks, I look forward to hearing you. —ShelbyWunderle
2011-04-12 17:25:22 Thanks so much! —RitchLudlow
2011-05-07 18:33:35 Nice to have some Localwiki dev presence at the wiki!
New stuff looks exciting! —StevenDaubert
2011-07-14 04:15:25 one of my buddies has done weddings and can easily do some covers
what were you looking for? —StevenDaubert
2011-07-16 13:48:54 he can totally do that I will kick him your gmail —StevenDaubert
2012-06-15 21:12:05 I found a company called Labeda they make 92a durometery 80 mm asphalt wheels, I will report back
but it's the hardest thing I've found by FAR and hold high hopes —StevenDaubert