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01-02-2014, 10:20 AM
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I've recently discovered that I have lace bite bumps and they are starting to cause me pain. Not really bad, but I know if I don't do anything about it, then it is just going to get worse. I can't afford new skates, and I really like my skates, so I sat down with them to see if I could figure out a solution.

And I came up with a crazy way to tie them that locked my heel down better than ever before, took the pressure off my bumps and still allowed for some forward flex. I skated a game with them tied this way last night, and it was amazing. I won't ever skate with normally tied laces again!

I am including a pic! Hopefully you can figure out what is going on here. I'm creating a heel lock at the 3rd and 4th eyelet, then skip the 2nd and instead come up through the top eyelet. From there I go back down and put the ends through the heel locks, crank it tight and then tie. Skipping the 2nd eyelet creates a deeper "V" in the laces for more flex. It sounds like a pain in the butt to tie, but once you have it, it's actually pretty easy to loosen and get your skates on/off.

Just thought I'd share! If anyone else laces their skates weird, tell us what you do!

I went to this site for inspiration:
http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacing.htm

Edits: Not all skates will work with skipping the second eyelet. Basically, you want to put the heel lock right at the transition where the leg meets the foot, so just put it there. So it could be at the 2-3 eyelets, rather than the 3-4 eyelets (or maybe even at the 4-5 eyelets if you have big skates?)
Also, it's a little weird to have the bow tie lower down, and you'll end up with a lot of extra lace. I just put the extra lace in a loose triple knot and tuck them under my hockey socks, since I wear them over my tongue anyway.
Beth Ive tried your lacing
but i cant really comment right now
me and the boys have been playing
all niiiiight ....

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Has anyone tried zipper lacing? I find that hockey laces tend to be quite long in general. I'm going to try it out tonight on an ODR.
Zipper lacing is hard as hell to tighten. It holds nicely, but imagine the arduous process of tightening and loosening before/after every game.

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/zipperlacing.htm

I used to do a runner's tie (the one Beth describes) back before I had 20Ks with the independent locking system. It did work nicely, though I absolutely love the Reebok locking system.

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I tried the zipper lacing in just a couple eyelets and it was awful to tighten. I took it out after two skates because I could never get then tight enough with it.

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Thanks for this. I am going to give it a try tomorrow, have been struggling with my skates.

I must say, the only thing I miss about my Reebok skates is the lace locking system.

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I must say, the only thing I miss about my Reebok skates is the lace locking system.
You can also get just the lock (don't remember if from rbk or third party), just screw it into the eyelet and you're golden

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Looking at some of these, I'm glad a traditional style suits me just fine. I just know which eyelets need to be tighter (or less tight) than the others and I'm good. Some of these are impressive in their insanity though. I've never heard of most of them.

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You can also get just the lock (don't remember if from rbk or third party), just screw it into the eyelet and you're golden
Thanks. That would have been useful, but it sounds like it will be one of the "$10 for the item, $60 for the shipping" things for me.

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I recently got a pair of ice hockey skates (moved from Florida to a state with actual winter and ice rinks, so I decided to give ice hockey a try in favor of roller), and this lace method helped a lot. Never had locking problems with my roller hockey skates, was having a rough time with the new ice hockey ones (strange, since they're both Bauers, though admittedly different boot styles), and this lacing method has made a HUGE difference. Thanks!

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Looking at some of these, I'm glad a traditional style suits me just fine. I just know which eyelets need to be tighter (or less tight) than the others and I'm good. Some of these are impressive in their insanity though. I've never heard of most of them.
I would have never thought of doing this if not for this thread, but it is helping me, until I get my new skates at least.

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I've recently discovered that I have lace bite bumps and they are starting to cause me pain. Not really bad, but I know if I don't do anything about it, then it is just going to get worse. I can't afford new skates, and I really like my skates, so I sat down with them to see if I could figure out a solution.

And I came up with a crazy way to tie them that locked my heel down better than ever before, took the pressure off my bumps and still allowed for some forward flex. I skated a game with them tied this way last night, and it was amazing. I won't ever skate with normally tied laces again!

I am including a pic! Hopefully you can figure out what is going on here. I'm creating a heel lock at the 3rd and 4th eyelet, then skip the 2nd and instead come up through the top eyelet. From there I go back down and put the ends through the heel locks, crank it tight and then tie. Skipping the 2nd eyelet creates a deeper "V" in the laces for more flex. It sounds like a pain in the butt to tie, but once you have it, it's actually pretty easy to loosen and get your skates on/off.

Just thought I'd share! If anyone else laces their skates weird, tell us what you do!

I went to this site for inspiration:
http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacing.htm

Edits: Not all skates will work with skipping the second eyelet. Basically, you want to put the heel lock right at the transition where the leg meets the foot, so just put it there. So it could be at the 2-3 eyelets, rather than the 3-4 eyelets (or maybe even at the 4-5 eyelets if you have big skates?)
Also, it's a little weird to have the bow tie lower down, and you'll end up with a lot of extra lace. I just put the extra lace in a loose triple knot and tuck them under my hockey socks, since I wear them over my tongue anyway.
sorry to dig up an old thread, but i just wanted to say thanks! I perhaps bought the wrong skates (first pair, was looking at $$ first) and after a month or so my left foot was in pain. I was at the point where it looked like I was going to have to buy new skates, then I found this thread, tried your lacing method and it seems to have worked! I'll get out on the ice tomorrow, but the pain is significantly lessened while flexing my foot on the ground. I'll still need to be in the market for some new skates but this may have put off the abuse on my visa card for a bit.

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Do you still use this method for tying your skates? If so could you show a pic from the front of the skates. Thanks

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on my Easton S17 skates, in order to get the forward flex i need but also get enough support around the ankle I have had to experiment with the lacing.

I have found that the best mixture of support and forward flex for this specific boot (for my preference at least) is to skip the top eyelet completely and also skip the eyelet under the 2nd from the top. These skates are super high cut so the top eyelet is essentially useless anyway unless you want to have your foot feel like it is in a ski boot. Skipping the eyelet under the 2nd eyelet (which is now the top eyelet) just helps to lower the forward flex point (without sacrificing lateral stability). In other skates I have had (example, Vector Pro, Vector 10.0, U+ pro) simply dropping down 1 eyelet was all I needed but the Easton S17 is slightly stiffer and much higher cut so that is why I had to resort to an even more odd lacing method on these.

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Beth
Do you still use this method for tying your skates? If so could you show a pic from the front of the skates. Thanks
I use the same method, will try to snap a picture when I get home.

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I keep forgetting that I took this picture for you. Here you go:



(I don't know if it's anymore helpful than the original one.)

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