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Sunday, October 23, 2011
When you receive or purchase a set of skates, one of the first decisions you need to make is finding a place to use them. Now, that decision might have already been made if you bought a skate with wheels that can only be used indoors or outdoors. If you did that, you can always buy another set of wheels and change them when you want to be either outside or inside. Remember that soft wheels 89A and lower can be used outdoors. 90A and higher should only be used indoors. So let's look at different possible places to stake
The Rink The most obvious place to skate is a skating rink. They can be found in just about every city in the United States and even in small towns as well. Search the internet and you will see what is available in your community. If you live in a city, you probably have many to pick from. If you decide on a rink, you will have to pay a fee to skate. If you have your own pair of skates, your costs will be minimal. Check with the rink before you go, because the rink is not always open to the public. Ask when they have public skating. Usually the evenings and weekends are public skating times.
Parks If you are skating in a park, you probably will be able of find a trail. But before you venture onto the trail, make sure that they allow roller or inline skaters on the trail. Also, find out if the trail is paved all the way. You do not want to try skating on gravel or dirt!
Biking Trails More and more cities are providing biking trails. Check to see what is available in your city. If you can find a biking trail, this probably would be the best place to skate because you will probably have no problems with traffic. Just watch out for people on bikes and joggers.
Parking Lots On Sunday you probably would be able to find an empty parking lot and it could be a good place to get on your skates and have fun. But please make sure that you are allowed to do this on the property. If there are no trespassing signs, stay away even if it looks like a great place. Another caution would be cars. Since you are in a parking lot, watch for cars. Always skate in an area where you can see cars coming from a great distance. Finally, don't skate in a parking lot at night even if they have lights.
In conclusion, know your neighborhood and get on those skates. Every town and village will have a place where you can enjoy your sport. Have fun!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Many skaters decide that they'd rather skate outside rather than indoors. It gives them not only the opportunity of great exercise but also an abundance of fresh air! But there are rules that we need to follow if we are going to be skating outside. Just getting on your skates and taking off is not wise or safe. You need to know some of the simple and yes, common sense rules, before your start. When you learned to drive, you needed to know the rules before you got behind the steering wheel. The same applies here. It is for your safety and the people you encounter. Follow the rules and you will have an enjoyable experience!
If you are skating outside, you are probably skating on a sidewalk, bike path or in a park. Always be aware of other people, and avoid quick stops or last-minute turns. You could possible hurt yourself or somebody else!
When you see children or animals, you need to slow down. Children can be unpredictable and could quickly run right into your path causing both you and the child injury. If the animal is not leashed, it could start chasing you. If you are going very fast, this could be a problem. Don't think you can outrun the animal. Some dogs love to chase!
Skate like you are driving a car. Stay to the right and pass on the left. But before you pass, make sure that there is no one behind or in front approaching on the left. When you are passing someone, it is courteous to alert that person of your presence by saying in a friendly tone, "passing on the left".
I notice a lot of skaters decide to skate with headphones. This is very dangerous. It can block out sounds that can alert you to possible danger. I believe a lot of injuries could have been prevented if skaters would leave their headphones off when skating.
Finally, don't skate at night unless it is in a well lite area. You might be able to see where you are going, but someone else might not see you! For example, if you are on a bike path, a bicyclist will probably be going a lot faster than you are. And if they are riding in a dim lite area, they might not see you. Be very careful if you decide to skate at night.
Once you become a more experienced skater, you will find yourself going very fast. We need to remember to follow the common sense rules I have outlined and you will have a great time.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
I love inline skating. It not only is a lot of fun but also gives me some great exercise. I have noticed over the years that new as well as experienced skaters do not know very much about the wheels. So I thought a short article about the wheels would be helpful.
The wheel is the most important part of any inline skate. There are a few questions you need to answer before you select the wheels. Where will you be doing your inline skating? If it is inside, you might like a harder wheel. How will you use your skates? Is it for recreation, roller hockey, racing? This will help determine the hardness as well as the size of the wheel. Also, you need to know that you can easily change the wheels of your skate. It takes just a few minutes.
You will want a softer wheel if you are using it outside. It absorbs the cracks, rocks, bumps,etc. But a harder wheel will go a lot faster and will last longer also. Hardness is measured on a durometer, with 0 being the softest and 100 being the hardest. Most of the inline skates come with a hardness of 78A to 82A. They can be used inside or outside. I would go with a 78A if you are going to use it mostly for outside skating. A beginning skater could go to a 70A and it would be ok. If you are skating inside, I would look for a 85A or higher wheel. But if you are new to skating, it is ok to stay with the 78A to 82A.
You also need to consider the size of the wheel. They come in sizes from 44mm to 110mm. I would recommend a beginning child skater to keep the size 70mm or smaller. If you are into racing, you should pick a wheel 90mm to 100mm. If you just want to enjoy recreational skating, a size 72-76mm would work. Roller hockey or aggressive skaters sometimes pick a slightly smaller wheel, but many still want them about 70mm.
I should say something also about the bearings. Every wheel needs a bearing. A higher quality bearing will make the skate roll a lot easier. You might find rankings like ABEC-1, ABEC-3 or ABEC-5. Unless you are an experienced skater, you won't feel much of a difference between a 1 and a 5. However, stay away from cheap skates that don't have a rating for the bearings!
I hope this helps you to be a little better informed when you go about picking your skates. I believe it will make the experience all the more enjoyable, but also it will help you to prevent buying something that would not accomplish your objective.
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