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Sunday, September 25, 2011
After you have been rollerblading for a while, you will realize that there is a need to take care of your skates. One option is to wear down the wheels and then just replace the skate and wheels. Very few people can afford doing that. The part of the inline skate that wears out more quickly is the wheels. Obviously, a cheap boot could fall apart. But in the article I am assuming you have bought a boot that has some quality. Since the wheels are the areas where wear is most often seen, there are a couple of things you can do to keep your skates (boots, etc.) for a long time.

First, you can rotate your wheels. If you are an adult, you know the value and importance of rotating your car tires. If you don't, you will have uneven wear and cause the tires to wear out sooner. The very same principle applies to the inline wheel. It is not difficult to rotate the wheels. All you need is an allen wrench and about five minutes later you are done. Take the wheels that are for your left foot and put them on the skate for your right foot. Do the same for the right foot. It is best to put the ones in the front in the back and the ones in the back in the front. The others can be just changed from the left foot skate to the right foot skate in the middle part of the skate wheels. In the process of changing the wheels, if you come across any dirt, make sure you clean that off your wheels with a dry cloth. Do not put things like WD40 on your skate wheels. It can damage your bearings.

Secondly, after you have rotated your wheels and got a lot more use out of your skates, it will eventually become necessary to replace the wheels. Just like car tires, they wear out! My recommendation is to go online and search for the wheels. You will find them for sale either individually or in packs of 8. Most inline skates will not need more than 4 wheels on each skate. Perhaps you would like to have a bigger wheel. If you look on the frame, there should be stamped or painted the maximum size you can have on your skate. With that information on hand, go check online and find what you are looking for!

Your roller blades can last for years if you follow the recommendations I have shared. Knowing these simple steps, you can save yourself a lot time and money. Enjoy!

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Monday, September 19, 2011
I have people calling me on a regular basis asking whether they should buy adjustable inline skates. I usually tell them that it depends upon their circumstances. First of all, adjustable skates are for children (unless you have very small feet). Has your child ever done any inline skating previously? If not, then I would certainly recommend going with an adjustable skate.

It also depends upon your child. If your child is growing like a weed, you probably can't afford buying new skates every six months. An adjustable skate would solve that problem. But if your child has skated before and likes the sport and is not growing like a weed, I would recommend a higher quality skate. If your child is an experienced skater, he/she would know the difference right away from an adjustable to a more expensive skate.

What is an adjustable skate? It simply is a skate that can be adjusted to expand or contract in size depending upon the size of the foot of the child Many of them can be adjusted from like a 9 or 10 junior to up to size 3 or 4. Usually you can chose either a 9 or 10 junior to size 1 or size 1 to 3 or 4, depending upon the skate. So if you buy a skate for your child who is a size 10 junior, you can adjust it usually until they reach a size 1. The sizes go from let's say a 10, 11, 12, and 13 junior and size 1. Or it can go from size 1, 2,3 and 4. That means that the skate can last for a few years (if they don't wear it out before hand). You also would be able to pass the skate on to another child as well.

It is not complicated either to adjust the size. It is different with each skate and directions usually come with the skate. If not, you can go online to find the directions. Usually there is a little lever in the front side of the skate that lets you make the adjustment. In other words, this can be done very quickly and easily. Even the child would be able to make this adjustment after the parent shows them how to do it.

So in conclusion I would definitely recommend adjustable skates for most small children unless the child skates frequently and loves the sport. In that case I would recommend a more expensive skate that will give your child a more enjoyable experience.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011
You have decided to take up roller skating and went either to a skate store or online to look at the different kinds of wheels. Most people who begin roller skating think that they need to decide mostly what color wheel would be best, but fail to realize that a lot more detail is needed to get the right wheel. For an example, you can select a wheel with a beautiful color and want to use that wheel outside, but unfortunately with a 97A hardness it will make your experience anything but enjoyable.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow depending on the kind of skating you want to enjoy.

If you want to use your skates for speed skating, I would suggest a wheel that has a hardness of 94A and higher. Speed wheels are always harder wheels and because they are hard it enables the skater to travel at higher speeds with less physical effort. Most speed skaters pick a wheel that is not smaller than 62mm in diameter but also not much larger. They also typically like the width of the wheel to be about 40mm. Of course these wheels would be used indoors.

If you are not into speed skating, but regular skating on the rink, I would look for something that has a hardness of 90A or higher. Unless you are a very experienced skater I would stay with a wheel that is about 62mm in diameter and a width of 35 to 44mm. But if you are more experienced and into artistic skating a wheel 55 to 65mm is common. Also, you would want a narrower wheel to allow you to easily move around the skate floor. A 30 to 32mm wheel in width would work. Artistic skaters also like their wheels very hard. They typically like them to be somewhere between 97A and harder. But the big difference between the artistic skater and the regular skater is the smaller and narrower wheel they would pick.

If you plan to use your skate outside, you want a wheel that is a lot softer that will handle the pebbles and cracks in pavement that you will experience. In order to do that, you need to select a wheel that has an hardness under 90A. Most outdoor wheels range from 78A to 85A. I also would suggest a wheel size of anywhere from 60mm to 70mm. The larger the wheel the faster you will go. Also, the width could be anywhere from 32mm to up to 42mm.
Some like to get a wheel that would be good for both indoors and outdoors. There are a few wheels like the Atom Poison that might be workable but usually it is better to pick a wheel for outdoor use and another for indoor use and just change your wheels when you change surfaces. All you need is a skate wrench.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011
If you are a beginning skater, there are a few things that you need to know. If you are young, you probably think that you don't need to worry about safety because the worst thing that could happen to you would be that you fall. You need to read my comments below! If you are older, you probably realize that you need to be cautious at first, but still need to read some of my recommendations.

Roller skating is a year round sport. You are not limited to a particular season which means you can go out and practice some new moves, etc. whenever you want. But roller skating is a potentially dangerous sport. It is dangerous if you have not developed the expertise with a particular move and throw caution to the wind and go for it! There have been a lot of accidents with roller skating, but they are avoidable if you follow some simple rules. Here they are:
  1. If you are skating outside, be very careful skating downhill. This can be an exciting and challenging experience for a new skater, but if you have not developed the expertise in knowing how to stop or turn, etc., you could find yourself in a very dangerous situation. Develop the expertise and then go for it, but not before!
  2. Learn how to stop. This not only applies to downhill skating, but just regular skating outdoors and indoors. Before learning how to go fast on your skates, learn how to stop. By learning how to stop, I don't mean learning how to run into the wall at the skate rink. Accidents happen on the rink to individuals who fail to learn how to stop. Make sure that you skate has a toe stop. Learn how to use it or ask someone to teach you how to use it.
  3. Use protective gear. Many times a new skater does not want to invest in protective gear when they start roller skating. They think that they won't be going very fast and they won't get hurt. The fact is that many new skaters get hurt because they are not wearing protective gear. By protective gear I mean wearing a helmet (a must), knee pads, and elbow pads. By wearing these you will have protection when you fall or run into something. Don't fool yourself, because it will happen!
With these simple guidelines you can embark on your skating experience with confidence. Whether you are young or older, these rules are for your protection.

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