I’ve been thinking for a while about making a thread like this since we have a few skateboarders here, and at least one rollerskater and avid cyclist each, and some folks here run and who knows what else. I was going to keep it to wheelie sports but thought I’d broaden the scope to just any
solo physical activity you get out there and do.
E-bikes and boosted boards are welcome, as long as you can push or pedal it when the battery’s dead. Kick scooters are absolutely welcome!! This is a no scooter hate zone, unless we are talking about those electric scooters currently cluttering sidewalks across at least my continent and confounding a problem better solved by getting cheap refurbished bikes into people’s hands.
I rollerblade! Yes Jet Set Radio made me want to take it up. No I am no good at grinding. I mostly skate around town on one of my big wheel setups. Every year from May to October they close the parkways in my city off to car traffic and allow pedestrians, cyclists etc. to use them for most of the day on weekends. Today was some dumb Canadian holiday, so this morning I went for a half marathon on my triskates.
- 2017 Seba FR1 boots with the abrasive pads and 45° straps removed, waxed referee laces
- Intuition liners from a pair of FR1 Deluxes
- Seba 310 frames, 248mm wheelbase
- 110mm/86A Undercover Team blanks
- Twincam Rustproof bearings
It’s a little over 21km to this particular bench in the east end of town. I had a headwind today and it took me ~1h25m30 to get there. In perfect conditions I can get it under 1h15. I thought I’d skate home and with the sudden tailwind I was flying until I got to a long hill and my legs still hurt from the effort it took to get up it. I off and on skated/walked from there until I could catch a bus lol. I am going to do this again every dry weekend until they reopen the parkways.
I also longboard sometimes. I have a dancer I like cruising around on because that’s about all I can do with it. I enjoy it a lot, though. While blading makes me feel energetic and alive, riding my board is more relaxed and meditative for me. I need new skate shoes but finding the right kind for wide feet has been difficult.
I used to have a bike, but haven’t owned one in almost a decade. Biking was my first love: I cycled a whole lot for about 26 years straight. I would go out for hours without a patch kit and sometimes without anything to drink and roam the other small neighbouring farm towns where I grew up. My last bike was a 1970s orange Peugeot racer that I would take where it really wasn’t supposed to go—on gravel and dirt roads, and that earned me a lot of pinch flats and sore palms. Now I browse /r/xbiking frequently with lust in my eyes thinking about the hybrid adventure build I might one day put together.
And I would be running but I’m rehabbing a forefoot injury for the time being. One time I ran 30km in a week. I’d love to return to it sometime as it felt great to just focus on my breath and watch the world around me scroll past.
Tell me about the stuff you get up to!!