The Derby Dish: Diary of a “fresh meat” derby dame Episode 5: Clean Bearings are the way, and the truth, and the light.
By: Roadside Bombshel #3165 Cleaning my bearings was a mind blowing experience. I knew I needed to clean my bearings from the angry squeaking sounds they were making and the fact that a bunch of my wheels weren’t spinning very well. But I avoided it because (a) I didn’t know how (b) I didn’t have … Read more
By: Emily Shelton Hitting is fun. But like the Black Bloc’s vandalism in the G20 has shown, rampages should only be used in a few very specific circumstances or shit will backfire. Even with four games under my belt, I still get those familiar but never comfortable dancing butterflies in my stomach on the jammer … Read more
By: Emily Shelton They call me “Road kill”. I am holding an icepack to a massive bruised and rink rashed, welt on my hip bone as I write this; just soaked in an epsom salt bath and popped my fourth Advil of the afternoon. It was the Rollergettes’ inaugural bout this past Saturday, and I … Read more
By: Emily Shelton Small Girl in a Big World “Sold out of your size” has been the common refrain from stores all around Toronto, from Hogtown, the Junction Skateshop, and even Cardinal Skate Co., the new mecca for derby in Toronto. Fresh meat season in Toronto seems to be at a peak, with dozens of … Read more
By: Emily Shelton When I strapped on a pair of roller skates for the first time in about 10 years, I resembled something like Bambi on a frozen lake. Unlike the animated Disney fawn, I experienced both pain and embarrassment when my feet shot out in front of me and rocketed me onto my ass on … Read more