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05-03-2012, 02:13 PM
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Bake at LHS or at home?

I just bought a new pair of Bauer Supreme One60's and was going to have them baked. However I can't stand going into my local shop, the guys there treat you like an @$$hole if you don't walk out with the top of the line stuff.

Would anyone recommend biting the bullet and have them bake the skates or should I give it a shot at home?

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05-03-2012, 02:16 PM
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I just bought a new pair of Bauer Supreme One60's and was going to have them baked. However I can't stand going into my local shop, the guys there treat you like an @$$hole if you don't walk out with the top of the line stuff.

Would anyone recommend biting the bullet and have them bake the skates or should I give it a shot at home?
You can really mess up your skates if you bake them in a normal oven. I would just bring them to the shop.

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I have baked at home before and it is pretty easy. That being said if I just got a brand new pair I would take them to the LHS.

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05-03-2012, 02:39 PM
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Baking at home is pretty easy as long as you check frequently so you don't overcook them.

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Huh, do they treat everyone like that or just you? Did you buy the skates from them?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBqRt701oZQ

That video should give you all the info on how to bake your skates at home. Just follow the instructions.

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Huh, do they treat everyone like that or just you? Did you buy the skates from them?
Just about everyone I know doesn't really care for the place, their a well known place but the young "kids" that work there I really can't stand dealing with. I purchased my skates online from them.

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I see, that's unfortunate. Anyhow just know that if you screwed something up when baking at home, to not expect any kind of reimbursement because you've technically voided the warranties.

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When I bought my current skates I had them baked at the shop. I baked them again at home when I added some yellow Superfeet inserts. Pretty easy overall, just followed the instructions I found on Youtube.

My wife wasn't really pleased when she found one of my skates in the oven.

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Just be advised that you may void your warranty if you bake them yourself. That being said I've baked at least 10 different pairs for myself and others and have never had an issue.

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Dont do it, its dangerous, the world will end, blah, blah, blah.

Now for real. You can do it easily. Just be aware you will void the warranty.

- use a convection oven. Apparently thats all the LHS ones are.
- make sure its accurate, get an oven thermometer.
- check the temp its to be baked at,on the box, website.
- use a heat dissipating sheet or rack.
- have a chair or seat the right height so your leg can be perfectly straight.
- dont pull you laces up, pull them across when tightening to reduce tension on the eyelets.
- dont not walk in the skates.

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I've done it and not even with a convection oven.

I baked my Kor Shift2's which are slightly different, but they came with instructions for baking at home.

The key is to pre-heat your oven and then turn it off and let the skates sit in it and warm up without an "active" heat source.

This prevents them from getting hot spots, burning, melting, etc.

I would do the following for each skate one at a time:

Heat oven to 200 F and turn off
take a baking sheet and place a hand towel or folded towel on it
place skate on towel and put in oven. shut the overn door and turn on the light to check on it.

Check every couple minutes, but it'll probably need 7-10 minutes.

Then take the skate out, fit to foot, and let cool.

Repeat for the other skate.

IMO, more of an issue if baking at home is that you make sure you're well prepared with a good place to fit the skates to your feet and stand in them while they cool where the floor is protected from the blades. I had to use a thick cutting board to avoid scratching wood floors or damaging carpet. It worked OK but I wished I had a little more space to move in.

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My reeboks say only a few minutes, I think 2-3. So OP just double check the time and temp.


And yes turn the oven off.

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If the people at the store are being dicks, ask to talk to a manager. If they get snarky with you about buying mid-range stuff, get snarky with them about their place and role in a retail store. I have trouble envisioning a scenario where retail employees are that mean other than in a sitcom.

Personally, I wouldn't risk baking my skates at home no matter how jerk-ish the retail guys are, just seems like a lot of room for things to go wrong. Someone posted a picture of melted skates on here once. Ouch.

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I'll live and die by baking at home. Unless you're a derp, you shouldn't melt your skates.

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If the people at the store are being dicks, ask to talk to a manager. If they get snarky with you about buying mid-range stuff, get snarky with them about their place and role in a retail store. I have trouble envisioning a scenario where retail employees are that mean other than in a sitcom.
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I left a VM for the store manager yesterday. I had them baked yesterday afternoon, the dude who baked them was pretty helpful but the guy that sharpened them was a total dick. Dude was texting on his cell phone while sharpening the skates. I wasn't too pleased about it.

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