Introduction: Nordic Skates Made of Inlines
Let's say you live in a country that have lots of ice in the winters with frozen lakes and seawater. That's the case fore me, I live in Sweden, to be more precise in Stockholm.
A nice activity is to ice skate when there's an opportunity. But the equipment is rather expensive according to me. I figured out that if you buy a couple of Inlines an mount them on a traditional ice skate profile you will save a lot of money.
Fore this project you will need:
. Ice skates profile
. A pair of Inlines
. Some screws and bolts
. Angle iron (see pictures)
. Small piceses of wood
The mentioned items, you can bye on ebay or at any similar sites. Maybe you have it at home..
The total cost fore me for the components was less than 200 swedish crowns (30 US. dolars) including a pair of inline skates.
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Step 1: Disassembly
The first thing that you have to do is to disassemble the binding from the aluminum ice skate profile. You will also disconnect the wheels from the Inlines.
Step 2: Mounting the Angle Iron
Mount the angle iron at the rearmost wheel placement seen in the pictures. Use a piece of wood as a distance instead of the wheel.
Step 3: Mounting to the Skate-profile
Mount the angle iron and the attached inline wheel-row to the ice skate profile.
Also mount the front angle iron as in the picture. For stability mount it at the oposite side according to the rearmost.
Now you will mount the Inline-shoe with the attached angle iron, on the Ice skate profile. Make sure that the shoe will be parallel to the profile. In some cases it can be mounted so that the profile will get a slightly angle "outwards" probably like 2-3 degrees.
Step 6: Get Out and Try
The skates are now ready to try. I was really impressed how functional they were for such a small budget!
I also have a great interest in ice sailing, especially Kitewing-sailing (maybe I will post a instructable in that subject too). The skates worked just fine also in that application.
Please let me know what you think about the instructable and if you have something to add.
If you are interested Kitewing-sailing, I recommend you to watch a clip in which I sail my wing on a wonderful day with good weather conditions. http://youtu.be/w4xJsuM-1mI