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04 August 2011 @ 09:05 pm
Weekend of fail  
So last weekend i made an attempt to get my rollerblades fixed. I did a couple searches and found a lot of places that claimed to deal with roller skates, but most of them were primarily skateboard shops, so i was a little dubious. However i did find one place that specialized in skates that was just about a block away. Since it's run by a local roller derby team they warned that you should call on saturdays since they might be away for an event. So i gave them a call and verified that they were in fact there. So i went over, only to discovered that they are _very_ specialized. They only do quad skates, not inline skates =P

The first person i was talking to didn't know of anyplace in particular that would be good for inline skates, but when she checked with the people in back and one of them suggested "The Rinks", which is some kind of hockey skate place which has a "pro shop" attached to it.

So since i was out doing stuff sunday morning i stopped by there to check them out. I wasn't sure if they'd actually be open, but i figured i could at least check the hours. The rink part was actually open but the pro shop wasn't. So i asked one of the rink people and they said the shop usually opened around 1pm on weekends and 2pm on weekdays, and they did indeed do repairs for inline skates. So later that afternoon i headed back. However when i went into the pro shop i was informed that they only do hockey/indoor skates =P

So apparently the choices are roller skate places that are so specific that they don't handle inline street skates, or so general that roller skates aren't even their main focus =P

So this weekend i need to look at the list of generic shops again and start calling them up. I think i need to put together some kind of checklist. Do you actually deal in inline skates? Do you do repairs? Of inline skates? Of inline street skates? Of K2 inline street skates? That have a busted "bolt" between the two plastic bits?

Even then i'm sure i'll manage to forget something and show up at one of the places to be told that they can't help me for some obscure reason =P
 
 
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