Friday, 6 March 2009

Update on our sponsored riders

We'd just like to say, "Congratulations Schaeffer!"

We are very proud to announce that our little skate-wonder,

Schaeffer Mclean, aged 5,

has been made an official team rider with Route One Active,

the Uk's largest independent street store.

We have been sponsoring Schaeffer for some months now & are thrilled that other companies also recognise his talent. See Route One's article at

We are also proud to sponsor Kyle Decot, a 22 year old rider from Columbus Ohio, USA.

You can see more about Kyle at at

If you'd like to join our sponsored riders, why not get in touch with us?

Thursday, 5 March 2009

The Joys of Ice Fishing...

Having recently returned from a trip to Sweden (200km north of the Arctic circle) I've been keen to see how other people have enjoyed the unique art of ice-fishing.

For those who are uninitiated in the ways of ice-fishing, you drill a deep hole in a frozen lake (laboriously by hand in my case - no posh power drills for me!) & then hover over your hole nervously twitching your line, with a rod that you may have stolen from a passing garden gnome, until you catch something. After about 10 minutes, the temperature being about -30 degrees centigrade, my hole had frozen over & I had to go through the 'hole' process again!

I was a bit underwhelmed by the experience to be honest (although, very sadly, I was impressed by how smooth-running the bearings in my rod were), so was keen to see how other bloggers had fared, as people seemed so enthusiastic about ice fishing I was sure I must have missed something...
I was pretty amused then, to find the following from Illinois, USA:
  1. Park your car in a safe placeGet ready to...retreive your mate's car - he wasn't so sensible!Then help your mate who's dropped his skidoobefore finally sitting down to fish!And, after a tiring day, return to the safety of the car park...

I think that my conclusion is, ice-fishing can prove an expensive hobby!

Should you ever need any replacement reel bearings, why not visit us at for information on our high spec reel bearings and our EMQ2 low vibration bearings, with oil lubrication, which spin freely and quietly.

Monday, 2 March 2009

The next big thing?

Meet (imagine the drum-roll please) "The Magic Wheel"

The design dudes are going head-over-heels for this new invention that combines a skateboard, a scooter, and a bike wheel, but we can’t decide how we feel about this thing! Apparently you can get up to 20 mph on the wheel, if you pump your leg hard enough.

Has anyone tried one yet?

What did you think?

And lastly, can we have a go?!

Rollerblading, Brunei style & solar powered rollerblading chariots...

Check out this guy hanging out at one of Brunei's favourite skate spots, having fun on the half-pipe with his friends.

Thanks to for this amazing image!

Also this week, we thought you ought to meet Bob Schneeveis, the inventor of the Solar Powered Walking Chariot (not a joke folks, actually true)! See it in action here - .

Bob is a brilliant and eccentric character who studies nature and then turns it into sustainable, solar-electric vehicles and gadgets… Bob also donates his time to students studying robotics, and certainly gets our award for being the truest of nutty professors! Check out how the solar powered engine drives these legs and rollerblades in such a powerful, human-like fashion…amazing! This astounding rollerblading contraption actually has a lot of kick to it and is capable of covering all kinds of terrain it seems.

I bet this thing gets through a lot of bearings...