There was a
lake slough near the old farm-house were Dad grew up. It was there, that he learned to love hockey. It doesn’t get much more ‘Canadian’ than that. 🙂 Naturally, we all learned to skate as toddlers and the whole neighbourhood would come over to the rink Dad would build in our backyard.
I was 14 when I got my last pair of
new almost new skates. They had a Karen Magnussen emblem on them. Miss Magnussen won Olympic Silver for Canada in 1972. So needless to say, it was time to upgrade and off I went to United Cycle.
I wandered in, thinking it would be a quick stop then off to the rink. Well things have changed, BIG time. I was met by a wall of choice, it was a little dizzying.
Que the lovely, helpful and knowledgable Megan. United Cycles most valued employee (or she really should be). After deciding on how much I could spend, I picked out a couple of candidates. Did I mention the service was incredible? Megan not only measures your foot for proper fit and is back in a flash with your selections, she puts them on your feet and ties the laces (over and over again).
Megan showed me the proper way to do up your laces all while insuring my comfort. You should wrap the laces UNDER the hooks -vs- over. Remember to DOUBLE up the tie before you make your bow. If the bow comes undone, your laces will still remain tied. That little tip could save me from a potential fall, thanks Megan!
A proper fit means there is no room for your foot to move in the boot. At this stage of the fitting, they should actually feel quite snug with a thin sports sock. Megan recommends using a thin sock to allow your feet to breath and eliminate moisture in your boot. Sorry, what’s that Megan? I was dreaming of my glittering skating debut. Would this be too much?
Next, your selection is put into a heating oven. Then laced up pretty tight to allow the warm boot liners to perfectly form to your feet. This is awesome for people like me who would benefit from buying a different size for each foot (no kidding). I guess this is pretty common. Have you noticed that with your own feet? Come on, you can tell Boomdee 😉 Your secrets are perfectly safe here.
After 15 minutes Megan then removed the boots to ‘punch out’ any remaining pressure points. We did this a few times. Each time, Megan patiently tied and untied my skates and waited for me to march around until they felt just right.
Make sure you pick up some blade covers for your new skates, I thought these Bumblebees were adorable.
I settled on a grown up pair. Look at all the choices! You know it, I bought the aqua ones.
United Cycle provides your first sharpening free. There is just no down side to shopping here people. I can’t recommend them enough. They have a premium selection for beginner to pro. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and the free sharpening allows you to hit the ice the same day!