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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Outdoor roller or inline skating can be a lot of fun, but there are some concerns that need to be understood. Without that understanding the result could injure you and/or your skates. There are many great places to skate outside but even the best locations can bring some challenges. Here are some things to watch out for in skating outside.
Sand and debris
If you come across sand or other debris, be very careful. It can cause you to go into a skid. Also, sand is very bad for your bearings. So, my recommendation is to slow down or stop and step over the debris when you see this in front of you. If you slow down, look for the smallest part of the debris and skate over it maintaining a moderate speed. If you are too fast you will skid, too slow and you will get tripped up.
Rocks and other larger objects
Whether they are rocks or sticks, slow down. If the space between them is big enough, you may be able to make a path through them. If that is not possible, stop and step over them. Don't think that you can just speed skate through them. You could easily fall and be seriously injured.
This is the most common danger that you can face skating outside, because rain and puddles are regular occurrences in most parts of the world. Don't ride your skates through the puddles. It will rust your frame and destroy your bearings. It also can cause you to go into a skid. However, you could get caught in the rain while skating. Try to get out of the weather as soon as possible and quickly dry off your skates with a towel. Take your wheels out and make sure that they are dry as well.
Stay away from hills when you are first learning to skate. It is very easy to end up going a lot faster than you ever intended. Even if you are experienced, never skate down a hill with rough pavement or an intersection at the bottom. If you find yourself going faster than you want, and cannot slow down, try steering to the side (if the side is a grassy area or a safe place that will stop your momentum down the hill).
These are a few of the things to watch out for when you are skating outside. Most of this is just common sense. I would be negligent if I did not mention also to remember to wear at least a helmet while skating. No one plans to fall. It can happen to the best of skaters. Have fun!
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