You Just Had To Have Bauer Turbo Quad Roller Skates With 2 Tone Sims Wheels
Ahhhhhh the fun days of endless summer skating. If you were in your teens in the 90's and liked to skate the words Bauer Turbo would be very familiar to you. These were the skates to have, you just wasn't considered a serious skater unless you had a pair of these. There were Roces Athens but these were just considered as a pair of skates you owned until you can afford a pair of Turbo's. Roces just didn't look as good as Bauers. Bauer Turbo's Boot just look right, and then you had the white tongues that curved over. How many people do you remember that put keyrings through their Roces tongues to replicate Bauers?Hahaha. There were many modifications you could make to your skates, Lairy laces, Cheese blocks, remember them? Bearings, mushroom bearings rings a bell??? Hockey Socks, Player maker trucks, some nutters even put skateboards trucks on their skates and last but not least, Wheels. Wheels were an extension of your coolness, Krypto Impulse , Hyper Rollo's, Variflex and of course Sims more importantly Sims Street snakes. If you had a pair of 2 tone Sims (especially) the blue and white variety combined with a pair of Bauer Turbo's you most definitely attracted the opposite sex at the skate park. It was like owning a Porsche or Ferrari just the teen equivalent.
Bauers where about from the late 80's until Nike bought them out in late 90's. Bauer Turbo's were not going to be made anymore which meant you had to dig around for secondand pairs, that's up until recently as you can now get Supreme Turbo's which are virtually identical to Bauers. Inline skating came in and quad skates became old hat, They were lighter and were more agile, Inline skates could let you grind rails, jump ramps, go down stairs and just be alot more faster. Bauer did make inline skates for a while but it just wasn't the same. Sims wheel were also discontinued too. Now did they become distant memories and the obsolite items of a time gone by. No way they became extremely collectible. Now 10 years on from being discontinued Bauer Turbo's have become extremely rare pushing prices very high. It doesn't matter of their secondhand condition too much, they still demand a premium. Expect to pay close to £100 for a pair of Bauer Turbo's in the large sizes and expect to pay more if they have a pair of 2 tones attached.
So what were the Bauer Turbo Models?
Bauer Turbo White Malibu's
Your regular Bauer Turbo: The Iconic shape that you usually see and the best. Differences were different colour stickers to differentiate the years, Flourescent green was a popular colour. They also revised the socks to purple tongues and trucks to white that were iron trucks incased in white plastic but these tended to bend and could not be changed to aftermarket trucks due to Bauer rivising the truck plate.
Bauer Turbo 33's: Looked more like a ice skate boot, also had different Bauer stickers with 33 on the back. Not to my taste but were very popular.
Multi Coloured Bauer's - Cruisers: Bauer Cruisers are extremely rare. Blue Boot wit red ankle and heel plate. I've only ever seen one pair of these in the flesh and that was back in 95, these have come up on ebay a couple of times and were priced at £300 due to the rarity.
Blue And Grey Bauer Bravo : Very similar to the bravo's also very rare probably not one of the most sought after bauers but if you find some, grab them.
White Bauer's - Malibu's: Extremely, Extremely Rare Bauer Skates! These were pearlescent White with pink bauer stickers. A completely smooth boot with no accents. I first see a pair of these when I used to skate as a kid and wanted a pair ever since. I've only ever seen 1 pair of theres turn up on ebay and they were NOS and had a price tag £300 with 2 tone sims even though in a smallish size.
Promotional Coca-Cola "Coke" Bauer's: Thanks to a comment left below I was made aware of a very special, very rare pair of Bauer's. Coca Cola teamed up with Bauer to make a promotional pair of skates. Completely red on what looks like a Turbo 33 Boot. After the comment below I went hunting for a pair and I managed to find them! Thanks to Carol the seller of the pair I found, she let me use her Pics!
Update: Currently a pair of these for sale on eBay now! See Here
Check them out on ebay and have a dig arounf in your loft to see if you still have your old pairs. I own a pair of bauer turbo's now, buying many over the years to sell on. Ive also owned many 2 tones and even a set of 3 tones Sims. With the more 80's rollerdiscos popping up skating will always be popular. But if you want to be the centre of attetntion you have to have bauer turbos.
Sims are hard to find, especially ones that haven't been used outdoors but if you want the same look as the street snakes then sfr wheels are producing something very close.
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