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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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