5 Essential Accessories for Jam Skates

Excessive accessorizing doesn’t make one better at what they do and most people look for special accessories that bring out the best of their personality. In regards to jam skates, there are many accessories like boot cover, adjustable toe stops, colored laces, skate bags and the list goes on and on.

The keyword in this post is “essential” so let’s dive into the 5 essential accessories for jam skates that will truly make a difference to your skating ability and especially your style!

Like anything of high value that you use on a consistent basis, jam skates are no different. The more you care for them the longer they’ll last and it should be top priority to keep them in their best shape possible! Travel bags not only make transporting your jam skates easier, but they provide great protection for your skates and keep all your skate gear in one place.

Atom Quad Backpack:

The Atom Quad Backpack does much more than hold your skates! Equipped with a ventilated outer pocket and extra storage for clothes and other accessories, this back pack provides the perfect protection for your skates no matter where you take them!

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 Jam Plugs:

Every jam skater knows that toe stops can prevent you from performing certain dance moves and that they are more annoying than helpful. That’s when jam plugs come in to the picture! They are perfect for the skaters who wants to dance and jam with no interference from a bulky toe top. The sure grip rock jam plugs also come in a variety of colors to match your wheels and boots

These Rock Jam plugs are perfect for the skater that wants to dance and jam with no interference from a bulky toe stop. Plus they come in a wide variety of colors!

Bearing Grease:

The only way to be quick on your feet is to have quick bearings that respond to every move you make on jam skates. The all purpose bearing grease from Lubriplate is a top accessory to use for bearings used in jam skates.

Skate Tool:

A must have accessory for jam skates is the Reflex skate tool. Available in orange, blue, black, green, yellow and pink, it’s able to perform all of the required adjustments you need to make on your jam skates. It’s also compact enough to easily fit into a any size skate bag!

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Roller Brights:

Spice up your jam skates with some lights or use them for safety when skating at night time! Roller Brights are extremely easy to use and are powered by a 9V battery (not included). The lights easily attach to the bottom of your skates or wherever you’d like to use the lights and are available in a variety of colors.

Each kit includes two LED strips (one strip for each skate) with battery clips (battery not included), three pieces of velcro, one alcohol cleaning pad and one card. If you would like two strips for each skate, simply order two kits! Installation is easy and Roller Brights work with any skate.

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Get your moves on this summer and bring out the best of your jam skates! Let us know if you think we forgot a key essential accessory and leave a comment below.

Everything You Need to Know About Riedell Skates

Advancing the sport of skating for 70 years…

Riedell skates date back to 1947 when Paul Riedell founded the company in Red Wing, MN after he parted ways with the Red Wing Shoe Co. His mission was to design widely available and affordable ice skate and he soon after found success in the market of roller skates. In fact, he has even been accepted into the roller skating hall of fame!

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Roller skate nation agrees with their claim that “Riedell skates has no equal” and we stock a giant selection of Riedell roller skates in order to provide you top quality and affordable skates, year after year.

The Riedell roller skate company breaks down into 6 different roller skate categories to give you plenty of options for every type of roller skating you desire. Let’s take a quick look at what they offer:

Jam skates:

For Jamskaters, Shuffle Skaters and Rex Skaters around the country.

Art skates:

Responsive and lightweight roller skates for dance skating.

Derby skates:

Comfortable, durable and grippy skates suitable for all roller derby players.

Speed skates:

Skates made for the traditional Speed, Jam and Track skater.

Rhythm skates:

Agile, groovy and quick skates for rhythm skaters.

Outdoor skates:

Tough and durable skates with outdoor wheels to be used in the great outdoors.

We highly recommend that you take a quick look at this awesome skate 101 help guide. It’s packed full of extremely useful information that will teach you just about everything you need to know about roller skates. After all, Riedell knows how to roll. They even know how to glide and Riedell skates play a major role in the world of figure skating.

Here’s a list of figure skaters worldwide that wear Riedell skates.

The newest addition to the Riedell skate catalog is the fully fashionable Dart Quad Speed Roller Skates. The Dart boot has quality man made materials that cradle your foot, lots of great padding so you can focus on the fun of roller skating. The boot color matches the hub color to give it a colorful boost to let your personality shine.

 

Everything You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Roller Skates

Awesome Ideas For Getting Creative With Your Roller Skates

Think outside the skates! This post is written for the roller skate enthusiasts who can’t get enough of the fantastic sport of roller skating. We put our thinking caps on to provide you with some fresh inspiration to use your skates differently. You didn’t know this yet, but your life has been pretty mundane without these roller skating craft ideas!

Please be so kind and use your imagination with us as we don’t have photography to showcase our ideas but believe us when we say they are all pretty awesome.

 1. Turn Your Roller Skates into flower vases

Follow these steps to simply turn your stinky old roller skates into fresh, blooming flower vases.

  1. Choose a boot, or two and loosen up the laces.
  2. Fill the entire boot up with rich soil and flower fertilizer.
  3. Plant your seed and watch it grow.
  4. Skip steps 2 & 3 and use your skate boots as a flower vase without doing the dirty work.

These make for great decorations for roller skating parties and it’s an activity for the whole family!

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2. Use roller skate wheels as paper weights

We don’t know what your day job is but if you’re ever frustrated when a nice cool breeze sweeps through your office window and blows your papers off the desk, this ones for you. Take a couple of unused roller skate wheels and wash them thoroughly. Viola, you know have a one of a kind pair of paper weights!

Quick Tip: Keep the bearings in the wheels for a heavier paper weight.

3. Use your roller skate boots as a cup/bottle holder

It’s ironic how most skate boots are the perfect size for holding cans and bottles. Instead of using coasters, you can use skate boots to hold your drinks. Just follow these steps.

  1. Remove the trucks and plates from the bottom of your skates.
  2. Super glue the skate to the surface where you’d like to keep your cup holder. First, just try setting it on the table but for more support you should bust out the glue!
  3. If you don’t have glue you can always drill a few holes through the soles of the skates and bolt them to a surface.

4. Office supplies storage for pencils, pens and stapler

Roller skates make perfect storage containers for all the stuff laying around your desk. Take an entire skate – wheels, bearings, laces and all and prop it up on your desk. Loosen up the tongue of the skate so you can fit more gadgets inside. To prevent the skate from rolling off your desk, place paper clips under the front and back of each wheel.

Quick Tip: To help organize your supplies you can place a couple toilet paper rolls inside and secure them with the laces.

5. Use your skate laces as a belt

This truly pushes fashion to the max! Skate laces are long enough to fit around most waists and they look great with blue jeans. Look no further if you’re aiming for the new hipster look, roller skate lace belts are the style!

6. Create your own roller skates

Save the best for last! We’ve recently posted a great tutorial on the science behind this roller skate craft and you can check it out here.

We hope we’ve inspired you to use your roller skates for things other than roller. Help us grow our list and chime in with your ideas by dropping a comment below.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Women’s Roller Skates

We know women love shoes but we hope they love their women’s roller skates just a bit more.

Summer is around the corner and you need to make time for yourself in between the frequent daycare trips, soccer mom journeys and social outings. Actually, one of the best ways to get the most out of your skates is to combine your social life with your women’s roller skates! So read on and discover 5 ways to maintain your skates and use them in ways you never thought of.

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1. Care for them like they are your favorite pair of shoes

Roller skates of all kinds require the same amount of maintenance and the more you keep up with it the longer your roller skates will last. It’s likely that you kick off your skates and toss them in a corner after a long ride but you must think twice about this! It only takes ten minutes to look after your skates and you should do it after each skate session. Simply start off by wiping away debris and dirt from the skate boot. Then flip the skate upside down and clean your trucks. You can even grab a cotton swab to help you clean those hard to reach areas.

The last thing you want to do after you skate is toss them in a damp area of your garage. This destroys the fabric of your boot and makes your bearing obnoxiously chirp. It’s important to care for your skates to keep them rolling longer.

2. Host skate nights with friends

You can roll to the rhythm of your favorite music and skate solo for a more intense physical workout but skating with friends is also a blast. Go ahead and start a Facebook group called “Skate Night” and invite your friends. It seems the best way to motivate people these days is through social media and you have nothing to lose. A Facebook group will bring your friends together and become a nice community of like minded roller skaters. It definitely helps orchestrate meetup times and who knows where the conversation will go?

3. Decorate your skates

Get in touch with your inner fashion star and spice up your women’s roller skates with a vibrant colored pair of shoelaces or boot covers. Make your skates unique and let them reflect your personality.

4. Change your bearings

In a perfect world you should clean your bearings every time you use your skates, but taking the bearings apart and cleaning them is a time consuming and dirty task. So the best way to tell if your bearings need cleaning, is to flip your skates and spin the wheels. Note how freely they spin, and listen for any interesting noises. Crunching and/or grinding means there is dirt or debris and the bearings need to be cleaned. Chirping and/or squeaking noises probably means you should lubricate the bearings.

Follow this quick tip for removing bearings:

Place the tip of a screwdriver in the center hole of the bearing and gently pry and move the screwdriver around the circumference until the bearing pops out.
Use the opposite end of the screwdriver to press the bearings into the new wheels.
Press only the center ring of the bearing. If you press the bearing on the side, it may bend it and then it will not roll well.

5. Bring them to work

…or ride them to work! It’s important to get out and soak up as much sun as possible and we know how work can prevent us from doing so. Take advantage of your work break and toss on your skates for a 20 minute ride each day before or after your meal. We don’t reckon you should skate 5 miles but skating in between shifts is an awesome way to relieve stress and free your mind to help you through the rest of your day!

 

 

How to Choose the Best Beginner Speed Skates

If there’s one thing that every beginner has in common, it’s a fast learning curve and this is especially true for beginners on roller skates. The first month on speed skates will either make you or break you but you will learn more during this time than in the near future. Beginner skaters are like sponges and the first couple months are when newbies soak up all the fundamentals that lay the foundation. From balance, confidence, stopping to starting and everything in between learning to speed skate starts with choosing the right pair of roller skates!

Let’s first define what a speed skate is, shall we?

Speed skates are among one of the most popular design styles of roller skates and they are meant to go fast. Speed skates feature low cut boots that fit your feet similar to tennis shoes and this low cut design helps you cut corners and maintain agility. As a result of the freedom they provide, these skates are very popular for jam (dance) skating and of course, speed skating. They also feature speed style wheels and bearing which enable skaters to skate faster and longer.

Ask yourself these 5 questions and you will be well prepared to make a decision about which speed skates are best for you!

1. Do you like using velcro straps?

Let’s lay out the pros and cons of velcro straps:

+ Help you achieve a custom snug fit

+ Very simple to use!

+ Velcro straps can quickly be adjusted on the go

+ Prevent laces from untying

- Velcro straps collect dirt and debris

- May stretch over time and prohibit you from keeping a snug fit

-  The comfort of your skates will be affected if the velcro strap were to break off

If you are buying beginner speed skates for someone who uses velcro straps on their tennis shoes, we reckon they will easily adapt to this style. The pros of velcro straps outweigh the cons and it really comes down to personal taste.

2. Will you be using your speed skates for roller derby?

Search for a pair of speed skates that match your derby team colors. You also want to be sure you buy speed skates with adjustable toe stops to become accustomed to the distance between the toe stop and the track. Roller derby is most often played indoor so look for skates with indoor wheels.

3. Will you be skating indoors or outdoors?

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What to Look for and Think About When Buying Derby Skates

The answers seems obvious at first and you’d probably say “I need to look for a colorful and fashionable pair of skates” to kick some butt at roller derby.

While this is a valid answer and we think you should buy skates that match your style, there is much more to consider prior to buying derby skates.

Read over this quick list of questions below and then follow our derby skates road map below! First, ask yourself;

  1. Will I use my derby skates if I don’t pass tryouts and make the team?
  2. How much am I willing to invest in a pair of skates at the moment?
  3. Should I start out on top notch skates or just buy a decent pair for now and make the upgrade later.
  4. Should I use a high-top boot or a low cut?
  5. Will I skate mainly outdoors or indoors?
  6. What’s all the lingo about wheels and which ones should I buy?

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5 Tips for Buying Cheap Roller Skates

The phrase “cheap roller skates” is usually associated with low quality, low priced skates or affordability but we like to think cheap roller skates are amazing deals only if you do your research and know what you’re buying. It’s easy for us to point our finger at ourselves and our humongous collection of roller skates but there are various other options out there for obtaining your next pair of roller skates.

We carry a large selection of cheap roller skates but most of the time the cheapest roller skates are those that are previously owned aka used.

Sit back and enjoy these 5 tips for buying cheap roller skates!

Confirm the skates are from the original owner

If you decide to browse Craigslist, Ebay or other similar sites looking for roller skates it’s important that you are buying them from the original owner. You need to know how the skates were used and to what extent. Roller skates are just like any other type of sporting equipment; you wouldn’t want to buy a five-years-old cracked lacrosse shaft, a pair of screw on cleats with stripped out threads or a helmet with a broken chin strap, would you?

Some important questions to ask the current owner of the skates:

1. How long have you used the skates?

2. What type of skating did you do with the skates?

3. Have you had any problems with the skates?

4. Can you please send me more close up photos of the skates?

5. How often did you use your skates?

6. Did you use your skates indoors, outdoors or both?

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5 Myths About Low Priced Skates

Shopping for low priced skates is no different than any other product; they come in many different shapes, sizes and colors but one thing remains true –  you get what you pay for. With that said, it’s important for you to evaluate your future pair of roller skates as much as possible before the next time you click that “Confirm & Pay” button.

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Our skates are priced for your convenience and we stock a wide variety to ensure you always find what fits your skating style and budget. Yes, you get what you pay for but we have many skates between $50-$100 to fit your budget when you want skates without breaking the bank.

So let’s debunk these 5 myths about what you get when you shop for low priced skates, shall we?

Low Priced Skates Fall Apart After One Month

This is definitely true when you buy a $20 pair of shoes but roller skates are made differently. Low priced skates are generally manufactured with high quality vinyl. It’s a fake leather material made to withstand normal wear and tear. Vinyl also does not scratch as easy as leather and it’s easier to clean.

Only you, the skater can determine how long your skates will last. Treat them nicely and they will take you many places. Maintain your skates after each time you ride and pamper them like your car!

Low Priced Skates Are Usually Knock Off’s

We collaborate with the most popular brands of roller skates on the market and guarantee top quality brand name skates. From Riedell, Dominion to Roller Derby we’ve sold thousands of skates to happy customers.

Actually it’s pretty hard to find knock off brand roller skates even if you’re looking.

Low Priced Skates Come With Cheap Trucks

The majority of our budget friendly skates do come with precision trucks and the best part of this is their light weight design. Precision trucks are made from a combination of heat moldable plastics and urethanes while cast iron trucks are heavy and clunky.

Although cast iron trucks will outlast a pair of trucks made of plastic, weekly skate maintenance will prolong life. Always check your king pin and fasten it to your desired tightness for your safety and the safety of your trucks!

Low Priced Skates Are Only For Kids

Isn’t it wierd how kids clothes can sell for the same price as adults clothes even though they require half the fabric to make? This is not the case with roller skates and you can expect to find a solid pair of kids skates at an amazing price.

Kids skates are much more affordable than our low priced adult skates because they are made with the basic materials that are perfect to get kids up and skating.

Low Priced Skates Come With Lower ABEC Rating Bearings

Lower ABEC ratings just means the bearing spins slower at faster speeds. ABEC ranking does not indicate overall quality or durability. Higher ABEC bearings are intended for use for precise applications such as aircrafts and machines. ABEC 3 bearings will always get the job done, are more affordable and are an industry accepted standard for ball bearings.

4 Tips for Using Speed Skates

We think that deep down, everyone has a need for speed. Perhaps you fulfill this need behind the wheel, on your feet, at your job or on your roller skates. Living in slo-mo is just boring and no matter how easy going you might be, never let life pass you by. Instead, keep up with it or make it catch up to you!

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With that said, we present to you the top 4 tips for using speed skates because, well, that’s how we recommend fulfilling your need for speed :) . Beyond strapping them on your feet and hauling bullets down your neighborhood hill, there’s more to speed skates than what meets the eye but most of the magic lies in the bearings!

1. Consistently Clean Your Bearings (Caring For Your Bearing)

Did you know you should clean your bearings every time you skate? We know, this is like saying you should do the dishes after each time you finish your meal. It so much easier to just toss them in the sink and tell yourself “I’ll do them later”.

Similarly, cleaning your bearings is a time consuming and dirty task but the more you keep up with it the faster you’ll go.

Flip your skates upside down and listen closely as you spin each wheel. Keep an ear out for any weird sounds like grinding and crunching; those are your signals to start cleaning! On the other hand, chirping and squeaking noises mean you should lubricate your bearings.

Yes, your wheels can chirp.

2. Know The Difference Between Bearing Cleaners and Bearing Lubricators

DO NOT USE WD-40. Not only do we like selling you the proper solutions for cleaning your bearings, we also don’t want you to be left with a film coating on your bearings which collects dirt and dust.

  • Orange 409 will do the trick for cleaning bearings
  • Spray the bearings and use newspaper because cloths and rags will leave behind lint.
  • Do not rinse bearings in water, let them air dry and then move on to the lubricating.

The Bionic Bearing Wash is perfect for removing debris and contaminants from your bearings.

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Now on to the fun part that gives your speed skates the speed they deserve; lubrication!

After your bearings are properly cleaned we recommend to apply lubrication.

  • The heavier the lubricant, the longer it will last on your bearings.
  • Bones Speed Cream and Lynx Swift lube are very good for bearings

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3. Keep It To The Streets!

A  common stopping techniques for beginners is to fly off into the grass. It’s great for your safety but not so much for the health of your bearings. Grass is filled with dirt and crud and when these particles get into the bearings, it clogs them up and can cause them to seize up.

  • Steer clear of water and jump the puddles! Water dilutes the lubrication and will cause your bearings to rust.

Even if you take our advice, you’ll notice that your skates won’t ride smooth forever. After 6 months to about a year and depending on how often you skate, bearings wear down. Sorry to break it to ya!

4. Set & Achieve Goals

Most of us make fun out of speed skating but if you want to take it to the next level for physical fitness you should start tracking your distance and then surpass it each new time you skate. Refer to our top iOS and Android Apps  guide for roller skaters to help you out with this or you can just track your time.

Turn on your timer, turn up your tunes and cruise on. Going longer and further distances is rewarding like beating your last high score on Flappy Birds, except speed skating gives back.

Speed skating is one of the most enjoyable and healthiest ways to exercise on the planet and it’s so nice to know summer is just around the bend!

10 Tips for Buying Quad Skates

Spring weather has arrived and people are taking their skates to the streets. FYI, a major pet peeve of mine is seeing someone roll past me when I’m slowly walking along, can you agree? The best part of quad skates are the versatility they provide to enjoy both a leisure stroll through the park with friends or a fitness activity.

Quad skates easily fit into a gym bag or book bag so you can bring them along throughout your day to beat the traffic and burn a few calories while you’re at it!

This is our guide to help you make the perfect choice for your next and/or first pair of quad skates. We know the approaching summer months have you itching to relive the nostalgic good days and here are 10 tips to get you rolling on the right path and in the right direction.

1. Know The Different Types Of Quad Skates

Yes all quad skates have four wheels but there are various types of them.

Outdoor skates are simply meant for the outdoors and come in either low top or high top boots and the wheels are specifically designed to skate outdoors where the ground is not as smooth.


Indoor skates aka artistic skates, recreational skates or traditional skates are perfect for those wanting to skate in a skating rink, artistically dance (kind of like ice skating but instead of a blade they have wheels), and those that want to rhythm skate.

2. Choose Your Style

Not the fashion and glamour type of style, but the type of skating style.

Outdoor fitness and skating  entertainment: Roller skating is a phenomenal way to work out and it’s even recommended by the American Heart Association. We suggest outdoor skates at this time of the year because there’s so much to explore on your quad skates. Skating outdoors makes for a great way to walk the dog, enjoy family time and exercise. If you are going to skate outdoors we recommend you purchase either an “Outdoor (Quad) Skate” or “Inline Skate“.

 

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Rink Rat Skater: Don’t take offense to the name of these skaters because thousands of people head to the roller rink every weekend to dance, exercise, listen to music and chill out. This is a good style to explore especially if you live nearby a roller skating rink. Rolling around a circled track can take a toll on your ankles but you want to be sure they get the support they need. We recommend you buy a “Speed Skate” or “Indoor Skate“. Speed Skates have “low-cut” boots, whereas Indoor Skates have “high-top” boots.

3. Get The Most Out Of Your Budget

This is a no brainer but what we mean is to leverage your budget for the extra important stuff such as:

  • Helmet
  • Skate Tool
  • Skate Cleaner
  • Skate Bag

4. Derby Is A World Of Its’ Own!

The girls are always out to have a good time but that doesn’t mean “playing nice”. We reckon to join a league if you’re feeling up for the frenzy, but please, just don’t show up to tryouts with artistic skates!

Derby skates are equipped with reinforced materials such as extra stitching and velcro straps for durability and support. The price tag of derby skates reflects the high quality materials and innovative design weaved into every pair. Derby skates should be low top and equipped with quicker bearings.

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