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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tokyo City Skate

Tokyo City Skate
Skated in Tokkyo by joining local skaters.

There is a weekly skate called "Tokyo City Run" every Sunday morning. Meet at Ueno Park at 9AM and start rolling at 9:30. Most of the route was sidewalk becasue it is not really legitinamate to skate on streets in Tokyo. Thus, the pace was quite slow. But it is always fun to skate places other than my own city, and this Tokyo City Run was not an exception.

I have had joined this Tokyo City Run several times in the past and the skaters remembered me and welcomed me. Thanks, Tokyo!

Photo Album

:: DATA ::
Skates: CanarIam Platino + Maple Diamond
Route: Ueno - Tokyo Station - Tameike - Aoyama
Mileage: 6 miles
Weather: Temp 60F, Humidity 50%, Wind NNW 20mph, Event clear.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

City Island Skate

City Island Skate
Met at Columbus Circle, entrance to the Central Park at 11AM and skated to City Island (in the Bronx, New York City).

City Island is a small island approximately 1.5 mile long by 0.5 mile wide, located at the extreme western end of Long Island Sound, south of Pelham Bay and east of Eastchester Bay.

Had a sea food lunch at City Island and some returned by subway and the most skated back.

Photo Album

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse
Route: Columbus Circle - City Island
Mileage: O/W 20 miles, R/T 40 miles
Weather: Temp 60F, Humidity 80%, Wind calm, Event overcast.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ice Skating at Bryant Park

Bont 3 Points Semi Race
There is an Ice Skating Rink at the Bryant Park during the holiday season.

Some of the inline skaters gathered in the rink and enjoyed ice skating.

Admission is free, lockers are free. Skates rental and lock rental are not free, however, if you bring yuour own skates and a lock, no payument will be occurring.

The rink is open from end of November to February.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Ice Skate
Route: None
Mileage: 1.0 mile(s)
Weather: Temp. 47F. Winds Calm mph, Event: Overcast, Humidity 41%

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bont 3 Point Semi Race

Bont 3 Points Semi Race
My first 3 points mount boots. I was not sure if I was going to like them but everybody who have these boots said they liked them. So, I decided to give a try.

Another good reason for me to make a purchase this set was that 3 points mount enables me to use four 100 without custom boots for long mount (my feet are too small for long mount from shelf boots).

Bont boots are extremely heat moldable. I did heat molding both feet and became much better fit.

I can't wait for a ride BUT IT IS RAINING tonight. Got to wait for tomorrow.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Bont 3 Points Semi Race + Bont S-Frame 100x4 + Matter Juice (100mm 84A)
Route: None
Mileage: 0km (0.0 miles)
Weather: Temp. 50F. Winds 5 mph, Event Rain, Humidity 100%

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Star Grip

Star Grip Wheels
Star Grip wheels were racers' favorite few years ago. It got sure grip and speed and lightweight. Durometer 85A is just about right. The narrow profile (20mm instead of 24mm) might require little time to be accustomed.

It is my first time using these wheels and I like them pretty much though there is a downside. The ride is quite nice if the pavements are smooth but these wheels are not good for a rough pavement since they have less urethane.

The name of the wheels is after its patented 'Star Hub' - each wheels have seven plastic spokes. Weight is 106gr for 100mm.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Canariam Apollo + Arco 1084 + Star Grip (100mm 85A)
Route: West Side Path and Central Park
Mileage: 20km (12.5 miles)
Weather: Temp. 83F. Winds 5.8 mph, Event Clear, Humidity 37% (7:51PM)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Skate DC Weekend

Skate DC weekend 2010
It is always fun to skate a capitol of the nation. This year was not an exception.

In addition to that, pavement in DC is quite nice and smooth.

There were several skates over the weenekdn of May 21st to 23rd. The first skate was ' Monumental DC Skates' took place in the Friday evening. I personally like this the most since its so wonderful to skate in fron to the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument etc.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse
Route: Washington DC
Mileage: 17.6km (11 miles)
Weather: Temp. 76F. Winds 6.9 mph, Event Overcast, Humidity 46%, (reading at 7:52PM)

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Lugino Speed Skate Lace
I have been looking for decent laces. One of my speed boot (CanarIam Platino + Boen) needs a new lace as it was torn.

It was much more difficult to find a pair I like. I don't like too long lace. Ideal lenght is 63" (160cm) but the shortest sold in the market is 72" because they are for hockey (I don't know why hockey boots use such long lace).

I checked ALL possible retail stores and only one place had 63". I was almost ready to place an order but S&H was too expensive ($10 for shipping for a pair of lace for $6, does not make too much sense to me).

Then I remember the 'Lugino' always have good stuff. So I went their web and found 60" (150cm) lace! 60" is better than 62". So, I bought 2 pairs!

:: DATA ::
Skates: Canariam Apollo + Arco 1084 + Hyper Stripe
Route: West Side Path
Mileage: 14km (9 miles)
Weather: Temp. 80F. Winds 8 mph / 13 km/h, Event Clear, Humidity 51%, (reading at 4PM)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Arco 1084

Pinnacle in the West Side Path
Replaced the frames equipped with the Apollo boots from K2 to Arco.

It totally changed the skating experience with these boots. K2 3100 is known for reasonably good frames with budget. It was OK with me but they were not my favorite at all as the maneuverability was not great to me.

Since Apollo boots are 165 mount, I chose Arco 1084 (100x3 + 84x1) frames. I knew I was going to love them. I used to have Arco 5x84 straight frames and fell in love with them (the length was too long so I decided to let them go).

My second Arco frames did not turn me down at all. They are just great. Glide is easy, small turns are easy to manipulate and the ride is so smooth. I love Arco frames. I think they went out of business, too bad.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Canariam Apollo + Arco 1084 + Hyper Stripe
Route: Central Park
Mileage: 14km (9 miles)
Weather: Temp. 70F (+21 C). Winds 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h, Event Clear, Humidity 48%, (reading at 2PM)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Naomi Grigg at GES 2009

Naomi Grigg, the world free style skate champion joined us for the Great EsSkate 2009 and demonstrated her rubber legs.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Skated with socks on

Pinnacle in the West Side Path
First day with socks on!

The custom boots fitting is getting better and better. It was so difficult to put in my feet in the boots on the day one. Skated with no shoe lace and no socks for twice or three times - both for a short distance. The boots sometimes take a few skates to get loosened up and get the foot to sit all the way back.

They are getting better so I added shoe lace yesterday. Still no socks.

Today is the first day usign socks. I chose the thinest socks I have and they worked fine. These boots are really great. I think I will love them a lot once they are fully customized (loosened). Frames are great, too. Actually I was going to mount carbon frames but they were not available so I chose Pilot frames as for an alternative (and temporary) solution. It turned out to be great frames that I will probably use for long.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Pinnacle Tsunami + Lugino Pilot + Juice F3100
Route: West Side Path, Central Park
Mileage: 13km (8.25 miles)
Weather: Temp. 43F (+6 C). Winds 5 mph / 7 km/h, Event Clear, Humidity 51%, (reading at 1PM)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Where is everybody?

Pinnacle in the Park
Skated in Central Park and found no other skaters at all.

It was very windy this morning but wind died down by noon time.

It was not too cold and enjoyed skating with my Pinnacle boots. Skaters typically sleep late so probably they come out later in the afternoon.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Pinnacle Tsunami + Lugino Pilot + Juice F3100
Route: Central Park cutoff loop
Mileage: 8km (5 miles)
Weather: Temp. 30F (-1 C). Winds 10 miles/ 16 km, Event Clear, Humidity 40%, (reading at 2PM)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

First Custom Boots

Finally everything to assemble my new skates with Pinnacle Tsunami boots are here.

I wanted to equipped with carbon frames but Tusa frames did not have inverntory so I bought Lugino Pilot instead. Wheels are Matter F3, bearings are standard as I don't need any particular fast bearing at this point (I will replace them with Swiss later). I just can't wait skating with them!

:: DATA ::
Skates: Pinnacle Tsunami + Lugino Pilot + Juice F3100
Route: N/A
Mileage: 0km (0 miles)
Weather: N/A

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Nyack Skate

CT Beach Skate
Another time for the Nyack Skate.

Skated for a beautiful trip up the west side of the city, over the GWB and along the freshly paved roads up to Nyack.

We had a nice picnic at the Nyack Park by Hudson.

This annual skate was lead by Rob H. Thanks.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse 3
Route: Columbus Circle via Rt 9 to Nyack
Mileage: 43km (27 miles)
Weather: Temp. 74F (+29 C). Winds calm, Event Overcast, Humidity 79%, (reading at 1PM)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Connecticut Beach Skate

CT Beach Skate
Enjoyed Connecticut Beach & Country Skate along the Westport, Southport & Fairfield shore.

Nice weather, good turnout of great fellow skaters, wonderful route and fun time at the beach.

This annual skate is lead by Emily and Victor. Thanks.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse 3
Route: Westport - Connecticut Beach
Mileage: 35km (22 miles)
Weather: Temp. 83F (+29 C). Winds 9 mph / 14 km/h (SSW), Events Clear, Humidity 65%.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

First Spring Skate

It turned out to real nice day. The temperature hit 60F (15.5C).

Consequently it was the first day skating with bare legs. It was so nice skating with lighter clothes, despite I needed to fight with a strong head wind on a north bound.

:: DATA ::
Skates: CnarIam Apollo + K2 Three Hundred + Hyper Stripe 100mm84a + Bank Robber 84mm84a w/ 608
Route: West Side Path
Mileage: 13km
Weather: Temp. 55F (+13 C). Winds 13 mph / 21 km/h (WNW), Events Clear, Humidity 53%.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Great EsSkate 2008

Skated Miami for the 8th annual Great EsSkate. It was my third time.

Great EsSkate は、毎年2月にマイアミのスケーターにより開催されるイベントで今年で8回目を数える。わたしは2年ぶり3回目の参加。


米国では各都市でその地のスケーターがアニュアル・イベントをホストする場合が多く、マイアミのほかにワシントンDC、ボストン、フィラデルフィア、そして勿論ニューヨークなどがよく知られている。わたしのお気に入りはマイアミ。 真冬なのに真夏のアウトフィットでスケートできるのが何よりのビューティー。

We skated 35km on Saturday and skate ended on a beach side picnic.

Perfect weather, perfect route and perfect fellow skaters.


:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse
Route: South Beach, Miami, Florida
Mileage: 35km
Weather: Temp. 85F (+29 C). Winds 5 mph / 7 km/h (South), Events Clear, Humidity 73%.

Sunday, July 22 2007

Brooklyn Greenway / Rockaway Skate

Met at the subway station of Sheepshead Bay at 11:00 and skate along the shoreline through Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Plumb Beach and Rockaway/Breezy Point.

The skate ended at one of the fellow skater's house for a BBQ at his pool.

Perfect weather, perfect route and perfect fellow skaters.


:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse
Route: Brooklyn/ Greenway/ Breezy Point
Mileage: 32km
Weather: Temp. 82F (+28 C). Winds 5 mph / 8 km/h (Various), Events Clear, Humidity 38%.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

New Skates!

Skated to downtown and picked up a falafel sandwitch and ate at the pier near the Christopher Street.

Finally my new skates, ordered in the end of April, have arrived. The reason for delay was the boots that were special order.
This is my first 100's.

I went out to west side path for a test run. They are great! It runs so smooth, unbelievably nice. No wonder everybody goes to 100's. Boots need some adjustment for ankle area, which was highly expected. I will do heat molding when I have time.

I am extremely happy with my 100's.

:: DATA ::
Skates: CnarIam Apollo + K2 Three Hundred + Hyper Stripe 100mm84a + Bank Robber 84mm84a w/ 608
Route: West Side Path
Mileage: 22km
Weather: Temp. 75F (+24 C). Winds 3.5 mph / 5.6 km/h (Various), Events Clear, Humidity 44%.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Skate 'n' Lunch

Skated to downtown and picked up a falafel sandwitch and ate at the pier near the Christopher Street.

One of the best way to spend a weekend lunch time.

The weather was unbelievably great. It was not seasonable rahter nice and cool and less humid, yet a plenty of sunshine. I would like to live a place where the weather is always like this.

:: DATA ::
Skates: CnarIam Platino + Boen 326 + HyperG 8085 with 608
Route: West Side Path
Mileage: 20km
Weather: Temp. 77F (+25 C). Winds 3.5 mph / 5.6 km/h (Various), Events Clear, Humidity 32%.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

NY Times Article

Empire Skate Club's Thursday Evening Roll (TER) is in NY Times - 'UrbanEye' email.

--- QT ---

Public Efforts

There are nearly as many New York Sports Clubs as Starbucks, but why do your sweating indoors? Among the city’s countless options for outdoor exercise, roller skating aficionados will take a glide around Central Park tonight. Join them, then head to a “skate-friendly” bar afterward. Or do some outdoor yoga - on the grass in Bryant Park or on a rooftop at sunset in Times Square. See? You can sweat anywhere, not just at the gym (or in the subway).

Skating, meet at 6:45 p.m. at Columbus Circle; free. Call the SkatePhone - (212) 774-1774, ext. 2 - in case of iffy weather.

--- UQT ---

But it started raining little before 7PM as if the sky was waiting for the beginning of TER...

:: DATA ::
Skates: none
Route: none
Mileage: 0km
Weather: Temp. 80F (+27 C). Winds 5 miles/ 8 km (Various), Events RAIN, Humidity 86%.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Skate DC

Joined 'Skate DC Weekend' (May 11 to 13, 2007).

It was a lot of fun to skate by seeing familar landmarks such as White House, Capitol House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial. The condition of pavement was very good in DC so that we enjoyed real smooth ride.

There were probably approx. 100 pax.

More Photos

:: DATA ::
Skates: Power Slide R4 + Mogema M55 80 + Team Labeda
Route: DC
Mileage: 25km
Weather: Temp. 76F (+24 C). Winds 7 mph / 12 km/h (Various), Events Clear + evening shower, Humidity 60%.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Boen 326

New frames, BOEN 326, have arrived.

Mount them to CanarIam boots and skated for TER (Thursday Evening Roll) Season Premire.

They are very nice. So light and stiff. Enjoyed fast and comfortable ride.

:: DATA ::
Skates: CanarIam Platino + Boen 326 + HyperG 80/85 + ILQ9 608
Route: Central Park Loop
Mileage: 10km
Weather: Temp. 61F (+16 C). Winds Calm, Events Clear, Humidity 35%.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sunday Morning Skate

Had a great Sunday Morning Skate (SMS) again.

On a nice warm sunny day, with a pleasant breeze, excellent route, great skaters (about 25) and wonderful food - we got all of them!

Columbus Circle - 59th Bridge - Queens - Flushing Meadows/Corona Park - Bohemian Hall & Restaurant (Astoria) - 24th Street - 59th Bridge - Columbus Circle

More Photos

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse 3
Route: Queens
Mileage: 40km
Weather: Temp. 75F (+24 C). Winds 10 miles/ 16 km (Various), Events Clear, Humidity 15%.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Calm Wind

A perfect skating condition is that not too warm, not too cold temparature with calm wind. This is what we've got today.

Skated West Side Path from 11:00 to 13:00 for 12 miles (19 km).

Normally, whichever direction you skate, you get a head wind. This is so c alled Skater's Law. But it did not apply today. There was NO WIND at one point. I took a proof photo.

These are three flags resting on the masts. It is not a perfect picture as for a flag however all skaters would love this one.

:: DATA ::
Skates: Canariam Platino + Maple Diamond 805 + HyperG + 688
Route: West Side Path
Mileage: 19km
Weather: Temp. 53F (+11 C). Winds Calm (-), Events Clear, Humidity 25%.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday Morning Skate (SMS)

The first Sunday Morning Skate of the season.

About 20 skaters were gathered and enjoyed start-of-the-season skate with a relaxed pace.

Columbus Circle at 59th to Madison to 135st then 155st then cut to Bronx River. Skated down to Manhattan.

SMS Pictures

:: DATA ::
Skates: Salomon Vitesse 3
Route: Streets of Manhattan, Bronx
Mileage: 22km
Weather: Temp. 48F (+9 C). Winds 6 miles/ 9.6 km (Various), Events Overcast then Clear, Humidity 56%.

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