i have looked through a few posts here in the forums and still have some questions id like to get answered. now, i am sure some of these questions are on the minds of new cubers, or those begining to look at ways to cut their solve time down. i figured this would be a good place for a variety of advice from new to advanced cubers. i hope other 'newbies' can get something out of the answers given to the below questions.
first off, i have been cubing for about 1 month. my average time always falls under 3 min, sometimes under 2. i have converted my walmart bought cube, although not recommended, into a very fast cube. i have messed with the tension in the pistons, lubed it, broke it in, etc. i use what looks like a blend of a couple different beginners methods due to me reading the handout included, and watching numerous youtube videos on the topic. for the record, i cube with a 3x3x3. the thought of learning fridrich is intimidating although i have yet to look over any material on it.
id like to be a 'speed' cuber. what i mean by 'speed' is this. i would be happy with a solve time of anywhere under 1 min. im not looking to break any records but for now, would be happy with a 50 second solve. is this possible using the 'beginners' method? can i find shortcuts to the beginners method that may help? i have seen cubewhiz listed here a bit, but where can i pick up on how to do fingertricks? is there a simple breakdown of what and how to do it? and if i do choose to move in the direction of lightning fast solves, where do i start?
i guess what im looking for is all the help i can get, for us new 'speeders'. not from a website per say, but a 'living, breathing, forum' that can provide as close to 1 on 1 help as we can get.
thanks for you time guys!