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Theory Thursday: Making Ball Bearings

This one goes out to all my skating friends and some of the cyclists I know might take interest in it too. This is a video from Nachi on how rolling element bearings are made. This one follows the manufacture of deep groove ball bearings so it’s a good one for skaters to watch.

YouTube Tuesday: Inline Skating Crossed With North Shore Mountain Bike

What do you get when you cross inline skating, Red Bull Crashed Ice and North Shore style mountain bike trails? The Couch Garden Crew Movie Project of course.

These Austrian inline skaters, and most likely ice hockey players, have taken inspiration from Red Bull’s Crashed Ice race series to create a course in the forest reminiscent of the North Shore trails originally scene in Canadian mountain biking. This movie project follows the crew from their inspiration through building the course, preparing custom rigging for the film and skating the roller coaster of wood. I wish I could have a roll on it, it looks like a lot of fun.

Unbreakable Ice Hockey Stick (Nearly)

If you’re an ice hockey or inline hockey player or fan you know that while composite sticks have advanced the game they also tend to break at the worst time. Many ‘goalie out of position’ one timers are not realised when the offensive player’s stick breaks like spaghetti and or goals are allowed in on power play defensive situations when a defense-man has to drop their broken stick.

Colt Hockey claim to have solved the problem by combining a nano-technology metal with a composite hockey stick to provide what they suggest is a breakthrough product. The new hockey stick is now available through Colt Hockey’s website for around US$270 (or perhaps Canadian dollars).

The video below shows the apparent strength of Colt Hockey’s new stick which has been tested by professional and amateur hockey players in its development. Colt Hockey says they have a short list of NHL players that want to try the stick too but making it onto the ice in an NHL game might be a while off while they make sure the new stick will meet NHL regulations.

What’s Going On

It’s been a while since I posted here. I had planned to at the very least set a weekly auto post of a video from my YouTube favorites list but I haven’t even got there yet.

Apart from that, I keep plugging away at my other web project, Loaded Trolley. That one is holding fairly steady with traffic even though the last month or two were somewhat lacking in content being added. I will be interested to see what happens with traffic to Loaded Trolley when the Ringwood Costco Warehouse opens in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

Something that is not so good for me at the moment lack of time I sem to have for my photography. I have not shot many frames in the last year and with so much going on I guess something had to hit the back burner. What I have been planning on doing is light painting photography. A few months ago (OK, it was almost six months ago) I bought some interesting bits and pieces for light painting, but I am still yet to really give that a go. My target is to try one light painting photography shot by the end of this week.

I have also bought a timer remote for my Canon 1D so I am hoping to have a go at some time lapse photography. The biggest problem is that time lapse really does take a lot of time both to shoot and in post processing and I really feel time poor right now.

On the photography front, I posted some time go about attempting to get into microstock. I still have the same small batch of photos up with three agencies – iStockphoto, Dreamstime and Fotolia. iStockphoto and Dreamstime have done a whopping $40 each on 13 and 19 photos respectively in what is nearly two years now. Fotolia is about half that. I might give that another go and focus on those two former agencies and drop Fotolia. Perhaps I should also give Shutterstock another go.

I have rejoined the local library system again and that is helping me find inspiration for photography. I currently have a couple of Scott Kelby’s books out on Photoshop and Lightroom so I will work my way through them. I have also loaned some books on driving website traffic and improving my Google rank, so let’s see how that goes.

One of the other books I am reading is by Blake Beattie on achieving goals. Whilst I find Blake’s book, ‘Bullseye!: The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Goals‘ a little to happy or uplifting for my frame of mind, I guess that is what you have to be in his line of business. I think I prefer things a little dryer and more technical. Perhaps that is part of my problem, as well as too much cynicism and not enough positiveness. Oh well, maybe time for a new tack on that front.

Anyway, you lot should keep me in check on getting that light painting and time lapse stuff done. If I haven’t posted any either here or on my Flickr in the next few weeks, give me a rev up here or on Facebook. Oh, Facebook….I probably didn’t get to light painting because I was spending too much time on Facebook just waiting for other people’s boring status updates. Time to put a stop to that.

Until next time (and given my form, that could be six months or more away), STAY FROSTY.

A Brief History of Hi-Lo Inline Skates

Back in the early days of inline skating, that is the late 80’s into the early 90’s, it was easy for skate companies to decide on what size wheels came on each skate in their product range. In general entry level skates came with 4 x 72mm wheels, mid range skates came with 4 x 76mm wheels and high end skates came with 4 x 80mm wheels. Then there were the specialty skates for competitive disciplines. In that arena is was basically hockey skates with 4 x 76mm wheels and speed skates with 5 x 80mm wheels. Continue reading →

Old Inline Skating Wheel Stickers

I found a bunch of old inline skating wheel stickers from the early to mid 90’s when I was going through some boxes. Some classics in here…

No Heel Brake Stopping – Luc Bourdin’s Cess Slide Tutorial (Video of the Week)

I first came across this video a few years ago on cskroller.com (which appears to now be defunct). It is a great guide by skater Luc ‘Bitum Walker’ Bourdin on how to initiate a slide. You start with a good tight turn whilst getting over on the fat part of your wheels. From this, you start tightening up the turn until it essentially become a quarter flick turn that you slide with.

The only thing this video doesn’t show is how to make it a quick stop like a hockey stop. To do this, you need to transition to stopping more towards the pointy top part of your wheels rather than on the flatter sides. You can start out by transitioning from the flat side to the point in the stop to get an understanding for the dynamic of a faster stop.

 

No Heel Brake Stopping – Cess Slide/Hockey Stop

Doing a Cess Slide/Hockey Stop on inline skates is truly for the advanced skater, especially outdoors. This technique for stopping on inline skates is very hard on your wheels, and I use it sparingly (or sometimes for something fun to do!). I will use it as an emergency stop, but more out of habit from my days of playing inline hockey.

Note that the term ‘Cess Slide’ is used more in reference to a trick done on inline skates that is similar, but is still valid when talking about stopping.

 

No Heel Brakes Stopping – Powerslide

The powerslide stopping technique for inline skating is hard on your wheels. It relies entirely on the friction from your wheels to stop you, and that equals wheel wear. You will also need solid one foot balance and the ability to turn from skating forwards to backwards to do a powerslide.

 

No Heel Brakes Stopping – Stepping Stop

Here is a video of the stepping stop on inline skates. It is essentially the only stopping technique that, if done properly, has no impact on wheel wear.