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Monday, May 30, 2011
If you are new to roller skating or have not taken it up for a number of years, you might be a bit confused today when you decide to buy a pair of skates. As a beginning skater, where do you go to find information about skates?

One option is to go to the large department stores; however they have a very limited supply of roller skates. The reason why they don't is because they would need to carry a very large inventory for every skate that they sell. They also tend to carry just the cheaper skates. Another option is visiting a skating rink store. They also have a limited supply but you can be assured that you will get some professional advice. This can be important if you don't know much about skates. The final option is online stores. Because they are online, they probably have a large inventory since they have most of their skates dropped shipped from their wholesaler. They also can give professional advice but it is not the same as talking face to face to a person.

So you are new to roller skating. What kind of skate should you buy? Every situation is different, but there are a few general rules that should apply to everyone.

1. Go to a skating rink first before you buy any roller skates. Try using a low top boot one time and then another time try the high top boots. This way you can find out what makes you more comfortable. The high top boots are mostly used for recreational or artistic skating at a rink while the low top boots are for speed skating, roller derby or jamming.

2. Once you have decided on either a low top or a high top skate you need to determine how much you can spend. If you really want to take up roller skating, do not buy the cheapest pair you can find. Conversely, you shouldn't buy the most expensive pair of skates. There are so many combinations consisting of the boots, plates, wheels and bearings that it would be best to be a little cautious at first. I recommend that you find a pair of skates between the $50 to $150 range. There are many great skates in that price range. If you go cheaper, you might not have a very good experience. After you have used your skates for a year or two, you might want to venture into a more expensive skate, but you would then have a better idea of what combinations you would like to have in your skate.

3. Finally, ask the professionals their opinion. What would be the best skate that they would recommend in the price range mentioned above. Once you have decided on a skate, start doing your research to find the best deal available.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
This is a great sport for any age but especially children. Unlike other sports that puts extra pressure on your joints and muscles like cycling or running, roller skating gives you the exercise without the stress on your body. Also, it is very good aerobically to increase your fitness and make you more mentally alert.

Let's look at some of the reasons why roller skating should be part of the physical development of your child.

1. Fitness
Maybe your child might be spending a lot of time in front of the T.V. or more likely on the computer playing video games. Getting on skates either at the rink or outside will give your child a fun way to move around and strengthen the legs and heart.

2. Balance
Teaching your child to roller skate, instills into your child a sense of balance. As a child gets older, there are a lot of sports that require balance. Bicycling, skate boarding, etc will be learned a lot easier if they have first learned to skate. But most importantly learning to skate early in the life of a child helps the child to increase their confidence and opens the possibilities for them to experiment with other sports and activities they might never have tried.

3. Inexpensive
You can buy a very good pair of skates for under $100. If you get your child skates that can be used outside, there is no additional cost. Of course, if you use a rink you will have to pay a fee. But most rinks are very reasonably priced and can be a great family activity.

4. Solo activity
Skating does not require a crowd. A child who wants to roller skate and has wheels that can be used outside can simply put on his skates and go outside and have fun. Of course, this depends upon where you live. If your child does not have brothers or sisters near their age or does not have many friends in the neighborhood, skating can be a great outlet for this child.

5. Quick to learn
The best place to learn to roller skate is at a rink. Usually most children are able to be confident on their skates after just a couple of hours of practice. We would recommend, however, that the child have elbow, knee pads and a helmet to protect against falls (because there will be several of them when they are learning).


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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Either a child will request or a parent will decide to look into buying a pair of roller skates for their children. Parents decide because they had perhaps a memorable experience as a child at a roller skate rink. Children request skates when they had the opportunity to visit a rink. The most common exposure would be a birthday party or a group such as the Cub Scouts.



Once the parent makes the decision to buy a pair of roller skates, one of two things happen. Either they have a good idea what to buy because of the personal experiences on skates or they have no idea what to purchase. This is because they haven't skated in years or have never had the experience.



The first place the novice parent looks for skates is at department stores. Unfortunately, because a large inventory would be necessary to accommodate all sizes, most stores carry on a very few pair of roller skates. Most of these are very cheap and will fall apart in a short time, but probably would last until the child outgrows them. They probably would not be candidates for being handed down to other children in the family.



There is a greater problem for buying skates that are cheap. When a child takes these skates to a rink, the experience will not be very pleasant. Most likely, the child will use the skates just that one time and will never use them again. So, in reality, they could hand them down to another child, but most likely the younger child will have the same experience. Parents then conclude that roller skating is not something for their children.



But if parents would invest just a little in a pair of skates, they could reap great dividends. If they would look for a skate in the $50 to $100 range, they would find some excellent skates for their child. The experience for the child would be a lot more favorable and perhaps create a desire for more visits to the rink.



Regarding size, parents many times would like to find a good pair of adjustable skates. But most of these skates are very cheap and will not give your child a good experience. A better choice would be to find a good pair of skates that are one size bigger. For example, if your child is a 12 junior, get them a size 13 junior. Yes, it might be a little too big, but by wearing an extra pair of socks, your child will not notice any problem.



The benefit will be that the more expensive skate might last for at least a couple of years. If a parent wants to give their child a real opportunity to discover roller skating, they need to invest in a good pair of skates. Avoid the cheap skates and not only do you give your child a good experience, but also provide a pair of skates for the younger children in the family when the grow into them.


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