This pair of Size 4 Riedell 122 Skates was a part of our Fresh Meat Fleet. Something we have done with a lot of the boots from the fleet is what I call “reclaiming” the boot. We removed the boot and filled the holes in the sole. Then we took the original finish down as far as it would go and did repairs as needed. Then we removed and replaced the tongue rubber. Next, we spray dyed the leather and top coated with a shoe product clear coat. Finishing this one off with new insoles & SunGlo laces.
The plate is a Sure Grip JR. We’ve gone through it top to bottom. I replaced all pivot inserts along with new toe stops. The king pins were upgraded with king pins from old school Snyder Juniors. These have a Hex head and are a little lighter than the originals. We used the lower cushion retainers from the Snyder JR as well and utilized conical cushions from Sure Grip Power Track plates for the lower. The retainers and cushions looked like they were designed to be used together and it really improved the handling of the plate.
I used some Roller Derby Elite Militia wheels. They are diameter and width appropriate for this size skate and look good too. Used, mixed set of 7mm bearings on these. Some Germany, some Nova, nothing special but they will get the job done.
A lot of times when you purchase used skates, they are not ready to use and need some TLC. Ours have been gone thru top to bottom and normally have a good bit of new parts. These are Good to Go!
Another Pair from the Fleet are these Riedell 122 Boots on a Hard Candy Plate.
These boots were also “reclaimed” after serving in the Fresh Meat Fleet. We removed the boot and filled the holes in the sole. Then we took the original finish down as far as it would go and did repairs as needed. Then we removed and replaced the tongue rubber. Next, we spray dyed the leather and top coated with a shoe product clear coat. Finishing this one off with new insoles & NOS Plaid laces.
This boot is marked size 5. However, the insole measured a little short to me and I think they are closer to a 4 1/2. Insole measures approx 9″ heel to toe.
This Hard Candy has been modified to turn a little better than the stock plate. I replaced the stock barrel cushions with Nova upper cushions. They fit just right and improve handling. The lower cushion is a Blue Sure Gip Super Cushion using a DA45 conical retainer. Being a small plate, approx 5″ wheelbase, I like using the softer cushions for smaller skaters. These have New Atom Snap wheels, New Bionic stops and used Hartford bearings. All brass pivots are in good shape too.
These Skates are ready to roll!