Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pretty Pictures

It was just insanely nice this morning. So no skating, no running, only strolling and taking pictures.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

No Hurd Field Parking Monday June 10th

From the Town of Arlington Notices:

On Monday June 10th the parking lot at Hurd Field will be closed to allow the Town to perform required bi-annual maintenance of the lot. Work will be performed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. To ensure that the lot is free of vehicles the lot will be closed at dusk on Sunday June 9th and will be re-opened as soon as the maintenance is completed.

Today: 2.4 miles (running). This year: 177.5 miles (skating, running, walking).

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Flex Brake on Kickstarter

A friend pointed out the Flex Brake project on Kickstarter, pointed out to him by an Inline Club of Boston announcement. The product is an add-on braking system usable on most four- or five-wheel inline skates. It can be installed on one skate or both and is activated by pulling on a strap. If you're comfortable crouching over your skates, the minimal version's strap passes over your laces. For the less flexible skater, there's a leash you can clip near your waist and pull while standing.

Do I want this? I'm not sure. I'm usually skating on a good surface where the standard heel brake works well. Crouching to pull the brake strap might be awkward and the leash might look dorky. On the other hand, better brakes could give me more confidence in the occasional tricky situation.

Watch the videos, read the blurb, and make your own decision.