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I get asked a lot to borrow stuff on the bench, whether it's my handheld drill or my bearing press, I have a lot of stuff in my gear bag because, well, this is literally what I do for a living. And when you change 10 sets of wheels a day, you can't imagine not using the right tools. But not everyone is a gear nerd like me, so it's totally understandable that you don't necessarily even know what you need as a tool or you use tools only when things feel weird or your coach tells you you're squeaking,...

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So, you go to a restaurant and order this super expensive cut of meat cooked to an internal temperature of perfect. And the waiter brings it to you and you're like, "Yeah, this is worth one week's pay." Instead of putting the steak in front of you, the waiter beckons you outside and puts your beautiful, perfect steak in the snow.Still want it? Or like, "Make me a new steak, you psycho! I worked all week to buy that Kobe beef filet mignon!"That steak is your skates, if you practiced in them for two hours AND LEFT THEM IN YOUR CAR...

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So you've read up on all of the options of boots and features and you've decided on the boot that you want. Now what?  Manufacturer's Sizing Guides Most manufacturers have their own sizing guidelines and the best place to start is their websites. The measurements can be as imprecise as converting your shoe size to a skate size and can be as precise as combining your length and width measurements. So check the manufacturer's site for their specific sizing requirements and if that is not your thing, call us, because it's for sure our thing. You can also check the...

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So you already know everything there is to know about upgrading your plates. At this point, you're really going to want to make yourself a cup of coffee, possibly bake a tray to cookies, and get comfortable. If you thought plates were complex, boots are basically String Theory. Boots come in different shapes, sizes, materials, heights, and if that weren't enough, soles are made differently, how boots are laced differs model to model, and there are a variety of straps, cinches, and lacing systems to keep you SUPER INTERESTED until 2018. What is a Last? Literally, the last refers to the foot...

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maintenance, parts, plate mounting, skate maintenance, upgrade -

For most, aside from those lucky (read skilled and talented) teams that have made the WFTDA championships, it is the roller derby off season.  Some leagues take a break, some use it to bring in their Fresh Meat classes, but a lot of skaters begin thinking about how they did this season and what areas of their gear they feel need updating to improve their game next year.  Why now?  You're not necessarily even practicing.  Well, doing your research and making your choices now will mean that you have your new gear during the training season, and you can get...

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