Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Buyer's Guide to Toe Stops: Snyder Rounds

snyder round toe stops

In the end, my Snyder rounds lasted me about a year. They've been worn down mostly flat for the better part of the year; but they've been working fine and when things work fine, I don't want to change them ever. But finally I had to ask what I was waiting for, actual metal to erupt in the middle of a bout?

I did decide that I prefer Snyders to Gumballs, your mileage may vary. I know a lot of girls who skate on Gumballs, and they seem to wear just as much as Snyders.

I'm actually having a problem now with my new right toe stop loosening all the time. I don't know why. Is it something about the shape until I wear it down? Did I strip the stem? The collar that the stem screws into actually disintegrated during my last bout; it's fixed now, but the toe stop still keeps loosening. I'm not sure what to do, I'm going to wrap a little bit of plumber's tape around the stem. And bring a toe stop wrench with me to the bench.

Oh and, I ordered new skates.


ETA: Steve from Lombard, whose derby name should be Highley Recommended, says thumbs up to plumber's tape, sometimes the threads just need a little help to catch.