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Monday, July 25, 2011
So you have decided that you want to learn to inline skate. Perhaps you have never been on an inline skate before, but you have decided to venture out and try this great sport. There are so many different kinds of inline skates. Where do you begin and what do you look for? Here are a few simple guidelines to follow in selecting a good inline skate.

1. Decide your purpose. Do you want to use your skates on the sidewalks near your home? Or do you wish to use them in a rink? Are the skates going to be used often or just occasionally? Inline skates can be used for hockey, freestyle skating, racing, fitness training, recreation, aggressive skating and cross-training for sports such as skiing. Determine what best describes your use and focus then on that kind of skate.

2. Decide what you can spend. You can find skates between $35 and $1000. If you can only spend $35, look for another sport. You will not be satisfied and probably will quickly drop the sport because of the poor performing skate. Spend at least $200 on your skates. If you spend less, your feet will probably be so uncomfortable you won't enjoy skating at all. If you can afford to spend more than $200, your feet will definitely notice the difference. It's almost always true, that fitness and recreational skates rated highest for comfort cost between $300 and $400.

3. Decide on a boot. The boot's purpose is to support your foot and ankle. When you try on the boot, it should fit comfortably. If not, do not buy the boot. You will be disappointed. Some people prefer the hard boots for their skates because they feel like they provide the best ankle support. Others find the softer, more flexible boats more appealing.

4. Decide on the wheels and bearings. Inline wheels come in different sizes and hardness. Most recreational skates come in 72mm to 76mm. If you are an aggressive skater, you might want to try something smaller. Inline wheels are made of urethane and come in different harnesses'. Most recreational skates are equipped with 78A or 82A wheels, with 78A considered to be on the softer side. If the skates are primarily used inside, I would suggest something like a 85A which is a harder wheel. If used mostly outside, use a softer wheel, like a 75A. As far as bearings are concerned, they are usually rated according to the precision with which they are made. Typically, higher priced skates will use bearings designated as "precision" and are rated ABEC-1, ABEC-3, or ABEC-5. If you are buying a $100 or more expensive skate, I would make sure you are getting at least an ABEC-3 or higher bearings.

Once you have made these decisions, you are ready for a great experience. Perhaps you will decide that this will be a life-long sport. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
When you spend good money for a pair of skates, you want them to last. Just like anything else of value the skates need good care. If they are not properly taken care of, they will not only not last, but also possibly create a safety issue. I would like to share with you the following guide that will help you keep your skates in excellent condition.

Cleaning the skates
Use a damp cloth to clean the dirt that might have accumulated on the boot, plate, wheels and bearings. Gently remove any dirt that you might find. It is good to do this every time you skate, especially if it is outside.

Adjust the plates
Some plates are adjustable. If you are a freestyle, artistic or dancing skater, this can be especially useful. If you are doing a lot of tight turns and spins use a narrower setting. Most recreational skaters will want the plate to be in a wider setting and this is usually the setting for most new skates. If you are not sure, do some experimenting. You can always change the setting. You adjust them by loosening the locking nut on the back of the truck with a wrench. After you are done that, you adjust the spacing by moving the whole assembly on its track. After you have completed the adjustment, make sure that you have properly tightened the nut.

Adjust the trucks
If you are in need of more flexibility and control, you might want to adjust the trucks. The looser they are the more flexible they become, but you can have a problem with control if they are too loose. If the plates are tighter, flexibility is reduced and control is easier. Everyone is different so experiment to see what you like best. Inverted kingpins are tightened with a wrench and do not have a locking nut. A standard kingpin has a locking nut which must be loosened with a wrench. The king pin is then turned to adjust the tension. After finishing the adjustment, make sure that the locking nut is re-tightened.

Replace the wheels
Examine the wheels for wear and replace them when the inside edges have a shaved off look or if you can read the writing on the sides of the wheels.

Adjust the wheel nuts
Every few months check the wheel nuts. If you skate very frequently, obviously do it more often. Tighten enough so that you don't have any play but not so tight that the wheels would be prevented from rolling.

Adjust the toe stoppers
There are two types of stoppers, adjustable and non-adjustable. The non-adjustable stoppers need to be checked very often because they can easily work lose. If they are loose, use a screwdriver to tighten them.

Replace the bearings
Bearings wear out and need to be replaced. If you skate a lot, the bearings need to be changed every six months to a year. It will become obvious to you that they need changing. The bearings will start making a noise and your skating is no longer smooth. Bearings insure that the skating is smooth. On each wheel a casing hold the ball bearings and they are damaged by dirt, sand or when the ground is wet. The standard size is 8mm but some come in 7mm so check the size of your skates before you purchase. There are several diagrams available on the internet that will show how to change the bearings.

Your skating will be trouble-free by providing the proper maintenance of your skates. Taking these steps will also make it possible to keep your skates for a long time.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011
I can remember the very first time I put on a pair of roller skates. I was so excited and quickly learned how to skate. However, once I could start moving with ease around the rink, I realized I had a big problem. My feet started to hurt and when I finally got off my skates I realized that I had a blister. If I would have known then what I know now, I would not have had that problem. Hopefully, a few suggestions will help you to prevent developing blisters whether you are a new skater or experienced.
  • Do not wear your old socks. Even though you might love them, they can be a prime candidate for causing blisters as you are using skates. The reason for this is because they no longer can provide support where you most need it.
  • If you are skating for a long period of time, take an extra pair of socks with you and change into them if you feel moisture developing in your boot. Also, you can buy foot powder or cornstarch to put in your socks to help soak up the moisture and will keep your feet dry.
  • If you have a very sensitive area of your feet, it could become very susceptible to developing blisters. You can purchase Band Aid Blister Blocks, Mole Skins or Second Skin and put over the area of concern.
  • Chose the right pair of socks. The socks should fit your feet and not be too tight or loose. A study was done at the University of Missouri on the composition of socks and preventing blisters. Lia Huhman from the University shares their interesting conclusions. "I would not want a sock that was overall cotton. I might look for a sock that had some of those synthetic materials that were proven to be better." A good suggestion also is to look for a pair of socks that have different compositions of materials in different parts of the sock.
  • Finally I would suggest finding socks that do not have a seam. There are some socks that have extra padding on the heel and toe areas. This can be worse if the seam sticks out. It can cause you blisters as it rubs against your foot. Try wearing double layer socks or two pairs depending on what you like best. Double layer socks can help in the prevention of developing blisters.

With all this info in hand, you are in a much better position to prevent the developing of blisters. Skating can be very enjoyable, but when a blister starts to develop on your foot, the joy quickly disappears. With this information I hope that your skating experience will be always enjoyable


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