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[Member Intro] New Roux learner on board

Wondercito

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Oct 6, 2021
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Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.

By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?

Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
 

abunickabhi

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Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.

By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?

Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
Woah nice to have another Roux cuber on board.

Happy cubing, M U2 S' U' S D' S' D S M' U' !
 

A Perm

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Dec 30, 2020
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Welcome. I admire your optimistic nature, and I assure you that you will average under 1 minute very soon, given you practise a bit.
 

PetrusQuber

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Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.
Eh, matters about having fun and beating personal bests a lot of the time
By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?
IMO there’s not much point in going without magnets, because it trains you to adapt to not having them regarding finger tricks and algorithms, so when you do get a magnetic cube, you’ll have to readjust more (plus, most cubes are magnetic nowadays).
What’s your budget?
Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
good luck!
 
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Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.

By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?

Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
Great to have a ROUX learner on board. Happy cubing!
 

hellocubers

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Jul 20, 2021
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570
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Southeast Asia
Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.

By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?

Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
Wait I'm faster than that Welcome! I also use roux.
 

SH03L4C3

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Dec 16, 2020
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Hi everyone, I'm really new to cubing, but I'm a fast learner. After a few weeks working on Roux I made a time of 2:58 today, on my non-magnetic cube, which for me seems great, but I know it's incredibly slow by speed cubing standards. I have hopes to improve a lot from this point. I really like Roux because of the ergonomic feel. When I was a kid in the '80s (I'm old), I memorized the old-fashioned solution but it was nowhere near as easy and quick as the solutions these days.

Anyway thanks for having me and looking forward to learn more! For now I've been really focused on solid finger-trick technique, doing movements slowly to build muscle memory. I spend a lot of time just building pairs and blocks so I'll be able to see those patterns more quickly during F2B. And also working on tracking for FB, which is quite hard for me, for some reason.

My brother bought me a Gan which is coming next week, so I can compete online but I doubt anyone would match up at my slow level.

By the way, any suggestions on a good "beater" cube for travel... I've been comparing various MoYu and QiYi models, haven't decided if I want magnetic or not. It seems like a good idea to master without magnets first, which is what I've been doing. But maybe a light magnet feel... I was looking at the MoYu Weilong GTS3 LM (light magnetic), has anyone tried that one?

Another crazy idea I have is to get a miniature keychain-size speed-cube (probably MoYu) and put little dots, lines, circles etc. on each face using drops of glue. This way, I could maybe learn to solve it without looking, for example in the dark or when looking out the window of the bus...

One other thing, I wish there were a back-lit cube but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Apparently people have manually modified them to put LEDs inside. It seems like there would be a market for a fully backlit speedcube.

Anyway I'm excited to join this community and I have tons of respect for the discipline and effort that goes into cubing. I don't know if I will ever get below 1 minute, but hopefully so, given enough time.

Happy cubing...
--Jordan
Welcome!
You definetly cannot go wrong with a MoYu Meilong M
 

tsmosher

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Aug 30, 2020
Messages
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I would second the recommendation to go magnetic. The feel, ergonomics, and fingertricks are just different on a magnetic cube. They feel much better IMHO. (Wide d and u moves would be tough without them.)

For a "beater" cube, Id recommend any cheap magnetic MoYu or Qiyi. Theyre all pretty nice once you adjust them.

And while I was just a baby in the 80s, I'm still old by speed cubing standards. Get a good cube, keep practicing, and you'll be under 1 minute before you know it.
 

Dan the Beginner

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Jun 4, 2021
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Welcome, Jordan. I am very old and I only started 6 months ago. I also try to solve with Roux. Block building takes so much time for me and I am a slower turner. However, I managed to get occasional solves just under 1 minute.

Roux is much more enjoyable IMO. It is more intuitive and I feel like I am actually solving the puzzle using my brains, and not leaving it to hundreds of algorithms learnt and perfected so that the fingers just solve the puzzle near automatically, which I can't do and I do not enjoy learning so many algorithms anyway. roux is what I have selected after trying 4LLL (CFOP). Not having to rotate the cube and knowing which side of the cube is where are also very nice, for someone slow like me!

I think you should look at the Tornado V2, as it's magnet strength can be adjusted in 5 steps. It is also a very nice, smooth, quiet cube with exceptionally nice feel. And it is great for the M moves. Have a look at my review here. One advice, if I may, is that we need to consider our requirements and not those of the top cubers.
 
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CubeRed

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Aug 10, 2021
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home sweet home trying to achieve sub 15!
One advice, if I may, is that we need to consider our requirements and not those off the top cubers.
STRONG agreement to this. I remember getting overwhelmed when I first started off cubing and all these people getting sub 8 times with methods I don't even know of. Don't compare with others. Go at your own pace.
 
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