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Monday, February 23, 2015
A Beginners Guide To Roller Skating
By Ken Burrill |
The first real exposure to roller skating to a lot of parents today is when their child is invited to a birthday party at a skating rink. At that party the child rents a pair of skates and their parents either watch them or seek to join them on the rink. From that exposure some children develop a real interest in the sport. Also, some parents decide that this is a sport that they would like to engage in with their children. This article is written for new skaters seeking to learn the sport.
So you decided that you want to roller skate. You don't want to rent them every time you go to a rink. That can get very expensive if you go often. What kind of skates should I purchase for myself and my child? It all depends upon what kind of skating that I want to do. Most people will just want to just use them on the rink. There are many excellent skates available under $100 that will serve you well as you begin this new journey. Whether you are buying for yourself or for your child, stay away from the real cheap skates. They will not give you a good experience and will break down in a short time. In fact some of the cheap ones will start falling apart after you use them a few times. Stay away from the cheap skates that you find at the Big Box stores. Look for some quality brand names over $50 and you won't be disappointed.
Once you get into it you will notice on the rink people who are into jamming. What is jam skating? It borrows form gymnastics, break dancing, hip hop and is an amazing show of balance and athletic ability. The purpose is to change these moves from traditional dancing and do them on roller skates. There probably will be tournaments either at your rink or somewhere nearby for them to showcase their skill. If you are into dancing or other moves associated with that, perhaps you would love to perfect some of those moves on roller skates. Then jam skating is for you!
Another type of roller skating is called derby skating. This kind of roller skating is very entertaining and attracts a sizable crowd. This is a contact sport for men and women. This has grown internationally and is mostly now a women's sport. You won't find derby skating taking place at your local roller skating rink. Roller derby takes place on an oval track and they score points by passing members of the opposing team. They get very physical in the encounters with the opposing team.
Artistic or recreational skating is done on high top boots. Artistic skating involves spins, jumps and dance moves. All competitors are judged on their deportment, flow of movement, harmonious composition, conformity to the music and use of the rink.
So you can see that skating can take many forms. I would suggest that you simply start out on the rink learning to skate. If any of these other types of skating interest you, you can eventually buy some skates that will be appropriate for that sport. Most of all get on some skates and enjoy!
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Sunday, June 10, 2012
How to Change Roller Skate Wheels
Frequently I am asked by customers on how to change the wheels and also the bearings. This is not complicated and in fact is very easy. I have put below a video that simply and easily explains how to do it.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
ATOM WHEELS REVIEW
I have found the Atom wheels to be some of the best wheels sold today. I have previously shared my assessment of their outdoor wheels. This time we will focus in on the rest of their wheels. I will divide the wheels based upon their use.
Speed Skating On Ideal Surfaces
This wheel provides fast superior performance on excellent surfaces. It has a hardness of 97A and is 62mm x 44mm. Use this wheel if you want a speed wheel to be used on excellent indoor surfaces.
Atom Dubz 2.0
This is the fastest speed wheel made by Atom. It comes in two colors. The orange is 97A and the blue is 95A. The difference is that the blue gives a little bit more grip. Both wheels are 62mm X 44mm.
Atom Lowboy or Atom Lowboy 2.0
Wheel will give great stability and roll. It comes in a hardness of 95A and is available is either 62mm x 44mm or 62mm x 38mm. This wheel sticks out compared to the other speed wheels because it overs a 38mm wheel. If you are into precision speed and cornering, check out this wheel!
This wheel features a hollow hybrid core and it is 25% lighter than other aluminum wheels. This is also the number one wheel for derby skates on sport tile flooring. It has a hardness of 95a and comes as a 62mm x 44mm wheel.
Slick or Less Than Ideal Surfaces
Atom Super G
If your track is slick or not the best, I would recommend this wheel. It will give you a lot of grip. The blue has a hardness of 88A and the red 91A. The wheel is 59mm X 38mm. If you are into derby or wanting to make quick moves on less than ideal flooring, this is a wheel to consider.
Just like the Super G these wheels do very well on the not so ideal surfaces. Provides excellent traction. The stinger has a hardness of 88A and is available in 62mm x 44 or 62mm x 38mm.
Jam or Derby Skating On Ideal Surfaces
Atom Trak Atak
This wheel will give you great grip and with the smaller wheel will make your derby or jam experience flawless! The wheel is 59mm X 38mm. With this wheel you can pick the grip that you want. It comes is a 93A for a fantastic grip or you can go to a 95A or 97A.
Atom Omega or Atom Omega 2.0
This wheel is a favorite of many jam or derby skaters. It gives excellent grip and allow you to make the quick moves jam and derby skates want to do. It is a 62mm X 38mm wheel with a hardness of 93A. The 2.0 gives you a hybrid hollow core.
Atom G Rod or Atom G Rod 2.0
This wheel can be used on multiple surfaces and provides great maneuverability than most of the other wheels with great traction. It has a hardness of 93A and comes either as a 62mm x 44mm or 62mm x 38mm.
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Artistic Wheels--How to Find the Right One!
Customers frequently ask what wheel would be best for jamming or dancing. It really depends upon the skater. There are so many variables that need to be considered.
1. If you are an experienced skater, you have a wide open window of possible wheel selections. You can go for a small wheel (55mm) or a larger wheel (62mm). Also, you can pick whatever hardness fits you the best. You can go from a 96a to a 103a.
2. But if you are not experienced, I would suggest you stay with a smaller wheel (55mm or 57mm). Also I would recommend that you give yourself a little bit of grip and go with either a 96a to a 101a. I would stay away from the 103a if you are not experienced. It is faster but you will not have the grip the softer wheels will provide.
With all that in mind I am asked which artistic wheels are the best. The best of the best in my opinion would be the Bones Super Elite and coming in as a close second would be the Bones Elite wheels. I have never heard of a problem with these wheels and my customers tell me many times that they will only get Bones wheels. This does not mean the other wheels are not good. There are several other good wheels that are less expensive but for the price you can’t go wrong with Bones.
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