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by Steve Collins
Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:45 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: best board?
Replies: 11
Views: 8003

roll me over in the clover

The best board was buried in a landfill north of Topeka in 1979. All other boards can now only be second best.
by Steve Collins
Sat Apr 23, 2005 6:35 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: What Am I Doing?????
Replies: 3
Views: 2792

GET ON THAT PONY AND RIDE

do this: 1. Get a board, any board at all. Softer wheels and trucks that turn are helpful for beginners. 2. Ride it a lot, until you can call yourself a skateboarder. Go, ride. Find and hang out with other skateboarders and do what they do. My kids are required to be "real skateboarders" before I le...
by Steve Collins
Sat Apr 23, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy101 - Indy109
Replies: 23
Views: 21128

angles schmangles

Khiro has a really cool looking wedge kit out that would allow you to easily try a lot of different wedge options out until you found the front and back angles that work best for you. Most folks run their back Indy offsets dewedged 7 to 11 degrees, depending on the board and front truck wedging. A b...
by Steve Collins
Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:00 am
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Which Roe?
Replies: 18
Views: 10417

think globally, act locally

... now that you mention it, I always advocate the local mom-n-pop over any big box warehouse store like home depot or osh. I'd rather give my money to the guy who cares and really has a stake in the neighborhood. My local store, South Shores Hardware, sells black semi-gloss high-bonding spray paint...
by Steve Collins
Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Which Roe?
Replies: 18
Views: 10417

graphics schmaphics

Marty Schaub wrote:Well if graphics don't appeal to you then a Pistol is out!!!!!
Don't be afraid to modify your deck. Choose the BEST DECK and then paint over it if you need to. A can of black spray paint will cost you all of $4.
by Steve Collins
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:39 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Truck Discussion
Topic: What the heck is this thing?
Replies: 10
Views: 6539

stroker 2005

From an earlier discussion over at ncdsa.com, it sounds like it's the rebirth of the stroker.
by Steve Collins
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Which Roe?
Replies: 18
Views: 10417

Buy a PPS

I had a Roe unlimited foam core that was really bouncy. Thats supposedly been fixed in the newer "torsion cores". I still have a Crossfire PS (solid wood), it's a good deck. On the other hand, I have 2 PPS e-series decks that completely blow all the Roes I've ridden out of the water. No comparison. ...
by Steve Collins
Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: slip sliding away
Replies: 2
Views: 2310

slippage

Mike,

I see a lot of toe blocks out there, almost all home-made.

Extra front concave does the job for me.

Some of the new wood slalom decks, like Skaterbuilt, have a liitle nose kick (for nollies, undoubtedly;).

l8r

SC
by Steve Collins
Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: For Sale - Wanted
Topic: Wanted: 1 Gus Truck
Replies: 9
Views: 4125

modified Gus Truck

I have one I'll sell you. It's been upgraded: Hanger width 101mm, hanger ends machined to be perpendicular to axle, axles 8mm x 180mm, includes steel spacers that allow you to kick it out to about 110 or 115mm, 2.25" grade 8 kingpin. Perfect condition. I also have another Gus that I broke the basepl...
by Steve Collins
Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:19 am
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: Banned members.
Replies: 5
Views: 5946

banned together

I'd sure like to know
by Steve Collins
Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: MANX
Topic: MANX - The New Name In Speed
Replies: 36
Views: 46332

Re: These are sold out....BUMMER!

Matthew Wilson wrote:Any word on when there'll be more?
As far as I can tell the website store is stocked up right now.
http://www.pocketpistolskates.com/shop.cfm?subtype_ID=9
by Steve Collins
Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy101 - Indy109
Replies: 23
Views: 21128

Yeh, no doubt the axle upgrades from PPS, AP & MMW are cleaner and more perfect than mine. I just like to mess around with stuff. I use a file and machinist's square to square up the hanger face/ bearing seat. That raised bearing seat on the AP & MMW trucks is nice though... It's really not that muc...
by Steve Collins
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy101 - Indy109
Replies: 23
Views: 21128

replacing axles

Vinz - Changing out an axle is easy. Get a steel plate with a 9mm hole. Determine which side of the axle has the knurling. Place that side of the axle in the hole. Hold the axle square to the plate. Hit the other side of the axle into the hanger with a 3-lb. hammer. It will pop right out. Carefully ...
by Steve Collins
Thu Mar 17, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy101 - Indy109
Replies: 23
Views: 21128

iNdYs

I love the cut down Indys. I have 88's from Chicken and 75's that I made. All have 8mm axles. Love em. Nothing feels better for tight. I still like midtracks better for GS.
by Steve Collins
Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: How many races do you plan to attend in 2005?
Replies: 18
Views: 9248

riding into the sunset

There are ten or twelve races in California this year. I'm missing two of the Pump Stations and the Deathrace but intend to be at all of the other slalom races in the state. Life is good.
by Steve Collins
Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Seismic trucks, what width for slalom?
Replies: 7
Views: 4506

To answer the original question, "Which width Seismics": 105's cover most slalom needs. For big downhill GS turns, you might want to go 130. Wider than that is probably counterproductive for slalom. Get the 45 degree base for the front and 35 for the back. Seismics are good slalom trucks but are als...
by Steve Collins
Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:19 am
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Deck on the cheap...or am I nuts?
Replies: 6
Views: 3472

I've done that with a couple of pool decks, 8.75" & 9" wide. Works great. Sure is nice to have a kicktail. I still use my "real" TS deck more often though.
by Steve Collins
Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:36 am
Forum: Split-Fire
Topic: the new front split
Replies: 32
Views: 39559

SplitFire DS107, sick sick sick

I'm loving the new front Split. Even on an RII baseplate, Wax's new hanger is sweet sweet sweet. I rode it at Hackett's outlaw yesterday and am totally sold. Rock solid. Perfect turning. Stable at speed. A very highly placed racer ran the course on it and told he would have done even better in the r...
by Steve Collins
Sun Feb 13, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: Split-Fire
Topic: the new front split
Replies: 32
Views: 39559

come out to play

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by Steve Collins
Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:05 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Where are Vlad and Gilmour?
Replies: 11
Views: 5705

slower than a gun, faster than vodka

Hey Paul - Yeh, English to Russian via bablefish must have been funny enough, much less back to English again. What can I say? Vlad was asking for advice with his "dilemma". I was suggesting that rather than rushing to conclusions with a gun, he could head out to the land of pink stucco and spend a ...
by Steve Collins
Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:01 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Where are Vlad and Gilmour?
Replies: 11
Views: 5705

Они го&

Hey Vlad, добросердечные приветствия от лотоса приземляется. - - - 54 градуса здесь. Оно принял бы между 4 и 12 днями к плашке от погоды, главным образом солнца. Если вы смогли обеспечить последовательный источник, то воды вы не могли умереть. Вы смогли как раз сидеть в одном месте long enough для т...
by Steve Collins
Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:08 am
Forum: Turner Summer Ski
Topic: 2005 Turner Cutaway
Replies: 17
Views: 16943

I'm wondering the same thing as Greg O - what's with the rounded deck rails on some Turners? Being a relative newcomer to this sport, I never skated any of the original Turners (or any other Turners). It just seems to me that it would hinder turning. All my decks are concave or at least have sharp d...
by Steve Collins
Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Wheel discussion
Topic: Manx vs 3DM Avalon comparison
Replies: 7
Views: 7936

... back to the comparison ... Avalons are great wheels - but - Manx are better (IMHO) .......Better grip .......Better slide / re-hookup .......More predictable / no lip buckle .......Faster (like I said, IMHO) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dan bought ...
by Steve Collins
Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:59 am
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: Manufacturer's contact information posts
Replies: 20
Views: 16791

KRYPGRIP

...actually, Kryptonics does have a slalom-specific wheel, the KrypGrip.

I've never actually seen one in real life, just on the "old school" part of their website.

I doubt it's any competition for Manx, but it does exist.
by Steve Collins
Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:57 pm
Forum: Abec 11
Topic: how do I shave no schools?
Replies: 5
Views: 5675

Yes, "free" urethane is very toxic. One should take every precaution possible so as to not breath the dust or fumes when shaving urethane.
by Steve Collins
Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:22 am
Forum: Abec 11
Topic: how do I shave no schools?
Replies: 5
Views: 5675

shave schmave

Don't shave them. All you would be doing would be to remove the radius. That's a very small amount of urethane, but very helpful at the moments when you lose traction and need to scrub or control a slide. No-Skools are not like Avalons where the thin lip can sometimes be a liability. Only one person...
by Steve Collins
Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy101 - Indy109
Replies: 23
Views: 21128

same/slightly better thing, minor new difficulty

I've found that the new stage 9 baseplates are a little more accurate then some of the older versions which were often wildly off. The rest of the stage 9 truck is also slightly improved in terms of casting quality over the older versions. The big problem is, as Nick noted, that the kingpin is not e...
by Steve Collins
Sat Jan 15, 2005 5:21 am
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy Offsets by www.pocketpistolskates.com
Replies: 13
Views: 12980

The Chicken Indy 88 offset on my 17.5" wheelbase TS is dewedged about 11 degrees. I run it with trimmed hard (blue) stims top & bottom.
by Steve Collins
Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: 30 years skateboarding anniversary
Replies: 48
Views: 37460

30? I'll have 40 please, thank you very much

Happy Anniversary everybody, even if y'all are just a bunch of little kids. I got my first steel-wheeled Roller Derby in 1964 or 1965. When I finally stepped up to a sweet laminated Hobie Super Surfer 1967ish (white composite wheels with gold printing) I knew I had arrived. I still think that was a ...
by Steve Collins
Tue Jan 11, 2005 2:26 am
Forum: Independent
Topic: Indy + Tracker - will it work?
Replies: 3
Views: 5159

it should work

If that Indy 88 is from Chicken, then it has long enough axles so you can add spacers to push the wheels out to a width that will be close enough to go with the 106 RT.
by Steve Collins
Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Karl Floitgraf is now moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 5392

this post has nothing to do with the thread topic

I mean like getting good surf from an unusual source and an unusual direction at an unusual spot during unusual conditions when everyone else is passing on it because it's storming. Happens every winter at ___.

p.s. Acceptable water quality ;)

p.p.s. Call
by Steve Collins
Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:14 am
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Karl Floitgraf is now moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 5392

Right on Karl.

Hey Glenn, there's supposed to be a freaky SSE local wind swell this weekend. I have just the spot. Gimme a call.
by Steve Collins
Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: ISSA - Old topics
Topic: The New ISSA 2004 - Relaunch 2006
Replies: 65
Views: 64274

INTERNATIONAL SLALOM SKATEBOARDING STANDARDS

I think it might be useful for the ISSA to produce a document that covers the following, as a starting point for a discussion of standards: 1. Course Standards ---(Layout Guidelines, including start, cone spacing & offset, finish & runout) ---Super Giant ---Giant ---Hybrid ---Tight ---Other 2. Race ...
by Steve Collins
Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:58 am
Forum: Gates & Course Setting
Topic: Cone Out rule!
Replies: 20
Views: 17074

BETTER CONEHEADING & COURSE MARSHALLING

I agree with Rick & Richy, that there needs to be a limit on when the cone-off rule can be invoked, if at all . Races should be won by skill, not rule manipulation. It's probably a good idea to dump the whole cone off thing. Racers should know in advance that their complaints aren't likely to change...
by Steve Collins
Sat Jan 01, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: North America
Topic: BLR/LCB Pump Station GS Series
Replies: 0
Views: 2023

BLR/LCB Pump Station GS Series

More detail, photos & signup at ncdsa: http://www.ncdsa.com/contest_registration.asp?ContestID=161#signup =============================================== ===The following is reprinted without permission, from ncdsa.com:=== BLACK LEATHER RACING in conjunction with LA COSTA BOYZ RACING Present: THE B...
by Steve Collins
Sat Jan 01, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: New to slalom skateboarding?
Topic: Karl Floitgraf is now moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 5392

I nominate Glenn Shotwell

I'm not intending to slight Noah or Cameron, who I'm sure are great guys and committed to slalom, but I think the most appropriate moderator for this forum would be Glenn S. When I first became interested in slalom and posted that I was looking for someone to skate with in the Southern California ar...
by Steve Collins
Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:19 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Contest Schedule 2004
Replies: 54
Views: 61023

2004 additions & a subtraction

2004 races missing: The two JPL's (Pasadena, CA, USA) and the two Pump House Jams (San Diego, CA, USA). Details can be found at ncdsa. Also, I'm pretty sure that the World Longboard Championships in San Diego were cancelled.
by Steve Collins
Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:34 am
Forum: Airflow
Topic: Airflow C-81
Replies: 46
Views: 56236

Wedgie goodness

The only visible "modification" of the RTX in the picture is a wedge under the base plate. If you're not familiar with wedging your trucks, just remember that for slalom, the thick ends of both front and rear wedges will point towards the tail. This increases turning in the front truck and decreases...
by Steve Collins
Mon Dec 13, 2004 7:01 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: The new ISSA - guidelines not rules
Replies: 2
Views: 3614

COURSE/RACE RATING SYSTEM

I'm thinking that the ISSA could try to compile various characterizations of race types, to offer a kind a standard of comparison. Think of a biaxial graph. The "difficulty" axis runs from "FLAT/STRAIGHT/LOOSE" at one end to "STEEP/TECHNICAL/TIGHT" at the other. The intersecting "penalty" axis runs ...
by Steve Collins
Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:53 am
Forum: ISSA - Old topics
Topic: The New ISSA 2004 - Relaunch 2006
Replies: 65
Views: 64274

CAREFUL PLANNING

I think the point here is respect for those individuals who have become the de-facto leaders in the sport during a period with no governing organization. Without those individuals there can not be any legitimate development towards organization. It is true that a number of significant individuals fr...
by Steve Collins
Thu Dec 02, 2004 8:27 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Jim Korten returns.
Replies: 47
Views: 42773

feeling tents

That could be JG's new clothing line, <i>InTentCity.</i>

Nice gif.
by Steve Collins
Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:35 pm
Forum: California
Topic: Santa Barbara December 4th 2004
Replies: 3
Views: 3700

Santa Barbara December 4th 2004

A post of Jack's, copied without permission (sorry Jack ;)) from NCDSA: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Santa Barbara Slalom Race - Saturday Dec. 4th - Registration 8am - Racing 9am Shoreline Drive - Ledbetter Beach Area. $30.00 entry fee. This al...
by Steve Collins
Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:50 pm
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: Site Sponsor Schedule 2005
Replies: 16
Views: 10731

January or June

Likewise, I'll cover January or June as soon as PayPal is back up.

Best regards to all.


< Ed note: June booked. /Jani >
by Steve Collins
Sat Nov 06, 2004 8:48 pm
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: A face for our sport
Replies: 49
Views: 46624

International coming together

I like the ISSA idea a lot, although I am concerned that certain people not feel put off by it. There is also the issue of those in my humble State who have never really taken it seriously. Perhaps a period of rapproachment would help assure the necessary widespread involvement before the site is co...
by Steve Collins
Fri Nov 05, 2004 9:54 am
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: A face for our sport
Replies: 49
Views: 46624

Jack has expressed the desire to be bought out, so this is probably good. I'm assuming that this is just an interim measure with the basic intention of preserving the site, with the long-term interest being the redevelopment of the site. On the other hand, if there are only six "investors", how will...
by Steve Collins
Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:02 pm
Forum: ISSA Site administration
Topic: A face for our sport
Replies: 49
Views: 46624

COLLABORATION

Jani, I suggest that we not be too concerned with who owns the domain name. If it could just stay in Jack's name for at least the time being that would be convenient. Jack has clearly stated that he wants to hand off the running of the site. That really opens things up for the possibility of input f...
by Steve Collins
Fri Oct 29, 2004 7:15 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: [2005] Paris Slalom World Cup 2005
Replies: 130
Views: 94862

I'm glad to see you back, Jani.

I'm hoping to come over for this race and bring my family.

What's the entry fee?
by Steve Collins
Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:18 am
Forum: Split-Fire
Topic: Asphalt Playground Split-Fire 107mm
Replies: 44
Views: 52002

BTW, I'm sure you can get one, assuming there are more, by emailing Gary. As I recall, the pricing was a little cheaper than the Airflow. Shipping cost and time has to be a lot better.