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by willy demis
Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: ExcelMate your new friend?
Replies: 172
Views: 94518

yes- 250Gb SSDs would be pretty costly. I have a 60Gb SSD in one of my laptops. It's very speedy, but nearly unusably small.
by willy demis
Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: ExcelMate your new friend?
Replies: 172
Views: 94518

Unless you paid major dollars, you do not have SSD drives.

Edit- duh- there's no RPM speed in SSD's. ha!
by willy demis
Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:26 am
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Re: Top 5 slalom venues

I'd like to get your opinion on the top 5 slalom venues each in Europe and N. America. If we were going to pick 5 places to put on races in 2011 on each continent, where should they be? Must be permit friendly venues (not outlaw sites) go Wouldn't this be more useful in its own thread? Just for mai...
by willy demis
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Slalom Demo/Race Ft. Wayne IN area August 14, 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 7652

Sorry- no can do this year. Still looking for a good location that will be fun for all...
by willy demis
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Slalom Demo/Race Ft. Wayne IN area August 14, 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 7652

Only 13 days out and still no signup? I assume this was canceled then.
by willy demis
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:41 am
Forum: Midwest
Topic: Slalom Demo/Race Ft. Wayne IN area August 14, 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 7652

What's the status on this Peter? Is there a signup somewhere?
by willy demis
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Seismic
Topic: question
Replies: 4
Views: 2873

thanks for the reply dan http://i45.tinypic.com/wmmsn8.gif i´m using biltin bearings, so there´s no much room to put a spacer on the inside and the axle reach to the nylock of the axle nut. i´ll sand a little on the edge just for a confidence boost thanks again I am also using a seismic rear with b...
by willy demis
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: [2010] BRIXLEGG BLITZ WORLD CUP AND WORLD INVITATIONAL
Replies: 29
Views: 12063

I will say that it is hard even at this level to get everyone on the same page and keep them there, unless there is one person with ultimate decision-making responsibilities. Endless discussion to try to please everyone goes nowhere. The problem is, that one person making decisions is always one of...
by willy demis
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: ISSA - Old topics
Topic: [2010] World Ranking, Dues, Membership And Race Sanctions
Replies: 24
Views: 9401

You can see a complete member's list here:
http://www.slalomskateboarder.com/phpBB ... php?t=6638
by willy demis
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Finally picked up a new helmet after destroying my old one in a crash. Hopefully the rain holds out- I've been itching to run some cones!

http://www.bernunlimited.com/2008/watts.html


(Oh, and skate helmets are HEAVY! I'm used to my rather lightweight biking helmet...)
by willy demis
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:38 am
Forum: North America
Topic: [2010] SLALOM ST. LOUIS
Replies: 40
Views: 24615

Yep- thanks!
by willy demis
Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: North America
Topic: [2010] SLALOM ST. LOUIS
Replies: 40
Views: 24615

Thanks, Mig and Cat. I love hearing that sort of comments, and that's the way I hope people who attend actually feel about the race itself. RESULTS for Slalom St. Louis 2010 ftp://slalomskateboarder.com/www/Contests/2010SlalomStLouis/Single-lane.pdf ftp://slalomskateboarder.com/www/Contests/2010Sla...
by willy demis
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Thanks for the video. I am more interested in what the materials are, and where they were sourced. For example, is that just steel tubing? How did you compress the end so that another piece could slip onto it (making it two pieces)? What is the bracket that is used to hold the pull bar to the ramp, ...
by willy demis
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Saw dust everywhere. Ha! That's how my garage looked too... Nice job on the ramp! Looks like you were able to make it the full 1000mm length, huh? I had to knock mine down to 970mm so that it would fit in my car. Because of it- the lower transition section was shorter. Because it was shorter, it hit...
by willy demis
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Ricardo- do you think you would be able to post a close-up picture of the pull handles? That seems to be the part that most people are getting tripped up on. If you could share how you did it, that would be really helpful! Thanks!
by willy demis
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Yeah, and you could use wingnuts... May work. You could also drill a hole in the main box and install a large t-nut on the backside. Then you could weld a wing nut to the top of a bolt, and drill a hole through the steel. This would give you a "wing bolt" that could be easily inserted by hand into t...
by willy demis
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

I really like this design. But for me, the whole point was to pack it up in the trunk, take somewhere, easily assemble it, tear down, and drive home. With u clamps, I would need to carry wrench and it isn't quick. I've solved the problem of L-brackets to hold all of the ramp sections together (with ...
by willy demis
Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

At this point, the only thing I've been able to dream up is to use rectangular steel stock like this: http://www.kesritubes.com/full-images/741641.jpg You could have two pieces with an insert welded into one. You could then put a pin through the other to hold them together via the insert. The rectan...
by willy demis
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

I have not yet come up with any clever "quick attach" hand pulls yet. I'm still thinking about this...
by willy demis
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:50 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

I learned a ton this weekend at the STL race. I would say, as pertinent to the topic: 1) I was shocked at the long wheel bases on some of the foamies like Pavel. Some of those are quite long! 2) Though some people can do ok with non-precision trucks, practically everyone worth anything are using Rad...
by willy demis
Fri May 21, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Wesley Tucker wrote:
willy demis wrote:Got Pro-Designed elbow and wrist pads in the mail today! :)
You only need those if you fall.
I tend to do that a lot... haha- I suck! Still going to use cheapy (or no) knee pads though. I am top heavy- lol.
by willy demis
Fri May 21, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Got Pro-Designed elbow and wrist pads in the mail today! :)
by willy demis
Fri May 21, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: North America
Topic: [2010] SLALOM ST. LOUIS
Replies: 40
Views: 24615

Digging that big time! Would be a great sticker!
by willy demis
Mon May 17, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: New England
Topic: NESRA Burlington Bomb - Article, Photos, Video, Results
Replies: 16
Views: 6692

Wow- excellent write up. We need more of these...
by willy demis
Mon May 17, 2010 5:30 am
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Save the Date!

Things are really shaping up with my potential event in late August! I've had numerous emails/phone calls with city officials, skatepark managers, soapbox derby associations, and so forth. We are in progress on a face-to-face meeting to hammer out the details and set a date. Potential itinerary: Day...
by willy demis
Thu May 13, 2010 4:55 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Figured out how to make my clamps work. Two eye bolts, some washers, and a pin:
Image
by willy demis
Wed May 12, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Willie, What rear wedge is that you have on that deck? Haven't seen that one before. I made it. It's made of poplar and solves the problem of needing "curved" hardware. Primarily designed by my buddy Peter Metzger and slightly tweaked by me. Hey! They look just like ours! Good job! Aren't they prac...
by willy demis
Wed May 12, 2010 4:19 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Pretty much finished up the ramp tonight- at least enough for a test ride. I really dig it. But it's really scary for me (I've never ridden parks or anything) to go down without hand pulls, and especially with no rear wheel stop... But I'll get that stuff. http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n216/wil...
by willy demis
Wed May 12, 2010 4:09 am
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

just rode my ramp for the first time- with no rear wheel stop, hand pulls, or clamps to hold the sections together; and it still rocked my world. Awesome.
by willy demis
Mon May 10, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Off topic: Is that a Protege5? I always loved that car's styling. Good eye JBH! It is a Protege5, and it's a bad ass car. Rather slow and underpowered, but amazingly fun to drive. Mazda has always been good about designing really great "factory" suspensions and the pro5 was no exception. I've also ...
by willy demis
Mon May 10, 2010 5:48 am
Forum: Tracker
Topic: Tracker Offsets This Summer of '10
Replies: 3
Views: 5708

"Expensive? Yes, but..." At least they are honest. Isn't that more expensive than a good Airflow rear truck? And Tracker is a manufactured truck!
by willy demis
Mon May 10, 2010 5:41 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Some good progress this weekend. unfortunately, I had to take a moderate hiatus to finish wiring a basement for a friend, but I was able to get most of the way complete. All I have left to do is put on the masonite layer, a steel plate on the bottom (probably gonna go to the steel supply tomorrow mo...
by willy demis
Fri May 07, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Gecko
Topic: The 'Old' Lizard turns 50....
Replies: 8
Views: 4827

Happy Birthday. You look crazy fast in that video...
by willy demis
Fri May 07, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Got 10 pull action clamps in the mail today. That means I am definitely building a ramp this weekend!
by willy demis
Thu May 06, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Bled the clutch line, and it seems to be back to normal. As I turned onto a 45mph road today, I was up to about 35-40 and some guy pulled out in front of me to cross the road. He didn't see me until the very last millisecond and I had to swerve really, truly hard not to hit him. I've raced autocross...
by willy demis
Wed May 05, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Experienced a soft clutch in my car today- out of the blue. Not good... I've either magically got air in the line, or my pressure plate has magically lost springiness. The car still shifts just fine, and after work I am going to test for a slipping clutch. This is bad news for me, because it could s...
by willy demis
Tue May 04, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Off topic- How do you create a shot like that? Is it just a camera setting? On topic- The only disadvantage to the clamps I found is that they wouldn't sit recessed. So depending on their height- they might not be able to be mounted on the outside of each ramp section. Omitting the upper base piece...
by willy demis
Tue May 04, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Score. I just bought 10 of them for $3.50 each.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... EF:US:1123
by willy demis
Tue May 04, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

That is an awesome picture, Ricardo! ...you know, what we need here is a better clamping solution to hold the parts together. While the screws and "L" brackets probably worked fine, it'd be sweet if there was a quicker, more effortless way to hold the pieces together. You know... something like... t...
by willy demis
Tue May 04, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Pat Chewning wrote:But it does look like you can get 2 ramps out of 3 sheets of ply....
Definitely.
by willy demis
Tue May 04, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Guys, based on the dimensions supplied, I have laid out all of the pieces on standard 4' x 8' sheets. I was really hoping to be able to get all of the cuts out of 1 sheet, but discovered that it didn't appear possible. Here's the best I could achieve. Obviously my layout did not account for the saw ...
by willy demis
Mon May 03, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Thank you!!!
by willy demis
Mon May 03, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

Re: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys

DIdn't read all the way to the bottom. If you're going to St Louis, ask around for who has what to sell, $35-50 for something with a 18" WB, an old Roe or PPS wood deck, set it up with a narrowed bennett and a rts rear, some 66mm wheels all properly wedged. Then its just practice, the other half of...
by willy demis
Mon May 03, 2010 12:21 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

I've thought about drilling another set of holes, but at the shortest setting as it is- the nose already sticks out 7". I guess my best bet is probably just to hold off and wait for the St. Louis jam and get some real-time advice.
by willy demis
Sun May 02, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

I think I saw in JBH's post that it will be around 7' spacing. I've been practicing at that, and I can get around it just fine (though I'm so slow- haha!). But when I push a cone out with about a one foot offset, a can never get it- I always end up hitting it. This may well be technique. Man, I can'...
by willy demis
Sun May 02, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: TS/Hybrid deck for big guys
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

TS/Hybrid deck for big guys

I just realized that my Chixill deck has wheelbases of 20", 21 1/4", and 22 1/2". How this fact escaped me this long is beyond me. I guess I assumed since I had a "slalom" board, then it must be ok for all the disciplines. That was silly. Clearly even 20" is not the best for TS, and it finally makes...
by willy demis
Sun May 02, 2010 3:10 am
Forum: Daily Banter
Topic: POST ONLY REPLIES, don't use New Topic
Replies: 452
Views: 305449

Indiana is probably just as humid.
by willy demis
Sat May 01, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: The Ipad... it might be the PDA I've been looking for.
Replies: 7
Views: 3962

Ah, I see- the device would hook to the timing strips. I thought you meant that it would be carried by the racers... This is an interesting idea!
by willy demis
Sat May 01, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Wes- if (when) I make one, I would probably use the type of clamp/latch you see on a lot of professional road cases for music equipment- strong and recessed, like this:

Image

...I am interested to hear how they did it though.
by willy demis
Sat May 01, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: New modular training ramps
Replies: 59
Views: 32935

Ricardo Damborenea wrote:Yes it's a small ramp.
To be clear- I see this as a good thing! This ramp is the perfect size to fit in the back of my hatchback car. I can't wait to build one, I just can't quite get the transitions right. I'll keep working at it though.