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5.3.2 Checking for mounting problems




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This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.

5.3.2 Checking for mounting problems

If you have trouble getting good edges, first have the blades checked
to make sure they are straight, properly sharpened and mounted
perpendicular to the sole. If the problem persists, have someone watch
to see if your blades "make snow" as you try to skate on the edge in
question. If they do, this may point to a mounting problem which can
be corrected by a slight shift of the blade mounting. You will need to
tell the person remounting your blades which edges you are having
trouble with.

You can also check if your blades are mounted correctly by yourself
(you need recently sharpened blades for this test to ensure that the
edges are even):
1. Find a clean patch of ice
2. Gather some speed and glide on two feet on a straight line. Keep
your body upright. Your feet should be directly under your hips.
Try this several times, both backwards and forwards
3. Go back and look at the the traces: if the blades are set
correctly you should get a set of double lines for each foot. If
one of the lines is consistently thicker than its mate (or if
there is only one line), it means that your weight on that blade
falls predominantly on the edge tracing that line,i.e., the blade
is unbalanced.
4. If you are leaning mainly on the inside edge, have the blade
shifted to the inside and vice versa. You probably only need a
small shift -try moving it by 1 or 2mm and then repeat the test

 

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