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!

 

 

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!

Top 10 Accessories for Roller Skates for Kids

We always dread the phrase “Batteries not included”. Thankfully when you give the gift of roller skates for kids you don’t need to worry about this. On the other hand however, there are many roller skate accessories that pair up perfectly with roller skates for kids.

Here is our top 10 list of the most popular roller skate accessories we have in stock and ready to ship!

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A Guide To Create Your Own Custom Roller Skates

Shopping for roller skates can be like creating your own made to order hot sundae. It’s a sweet experience and you can choose all the ingredients. From the wheels, trucks and boots to the shoelaces we give you the option to pick your favorite colors and materials. On the other you can have a fast food kind of experience; just pick the made to order item on the menu and you get it faster than you can _______*. Please fill in the blank with a lighting fast action.

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In order to help you take home the perfect pair of roller skates we think it’s best to lay down some ground rules aka teach you how every part of the skate works. Our ready to order roller skates are preassembled with high precision and we do all of the heavy thinking for you. Our indoor skates come with indoor wheels and vice versa and we pair heavier boots with lighter trucks etc…

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The Top Five Roller Skating Collector Items

In todays day and age, roller skating has a mass appeal and attracts many different types of skaters and athletes. From speed skating, roller derby, jam skating to artistic skating there are many ways to enjoy the sport. Believe it or not, roller skating dates back to 1760 to the city of London where instrument maker Joseph Merlin attended a masquerade party wearing metal wheeled boots.

From today, that gives us 253 years of roller skating history to dive in and research the coolest and most sought after roller skating collectors items. We know everyone has their own taste when it comes to vintage stuff so we kept one thing in mind when making this list: to bring your attention to a variety of antique, creative and must have items related to roller skating.

It’s time to dust off your shelves and reach for your wallet! These items are a must have for every roller skating enthusiast.

1. Repurposed Roller Skate Truck Multipurpose Center Piece

This would make for an epic trophy for any roller skating competition or roller derby champion. The truck is made from hand with custom parts and it’s up to your imagination for how you use it. Great for holding business cards, condiments and wallets or keys, this fancy truck also makes for an awesome flower vase or candy dish! It is listed on the craft website Etsy for a whopping $875. Too much for your budget? Let’s move forward.

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2. Know Down Knits: 30 Projects From The Roller Derby Track

This one is for the derby chicks. The Naptown Roller Girls of Indianapolis put together a creative 134 page book packed full of crafts specifically for derby players. This book contains great ideas to create your own derby costume. That is if you know how to knit*. The books provides a step by step guide for knitting roller derby jersey quilts, tote bags and more. We know derby dames can be hell on wheels and they carry that style with them off the track.

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3. Roller Skating Bearing Necklace

You’re probably most familiar with this craft and perhaps already have one yourself. If not, now is the time. This collector item is a great addition to your jewelry box and is an easy project. You can either make one yourself or shop around here for one at the price $20. If you choose the first option, we salute your creativity. Just grab an extra bearing and polish it off. Use your favorite gold/silver chain and loop it through the bearing hole and voila.

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4. Yves Saint Laurent Roller Skates

Where high end fashion collides with a do it yourself attitude and high price tag. French fashion designer and creative director of Saint Laurent must of been in need of a serious breakthrough when he placed fancy high top sneakers on some Krytpo Impulse wheels with padded cushioning. They are a budget buster at $895Euros ($1211.56) and were released in June 2013.

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5. Vintage Roller Rink Tickets From Chicago Roller Skate Company

Ready to time warp back to the 1900′s for the ultimate roller skating experience? These vintage roller rink tickets are 100% original and individually marked with their own number. They are even made in the USA and are in great condition. Oh, they also ship for free. Grab a pair of these for yourself or to give as a great gift.

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Did we miss out on any awesome collector items? Please leave a comment below about what you think is a must have roller skating collector item.

 

 

Turn Your Roller Skating Accessories Into Creative Crafty Projects

4 Awesome Ideas For Roller Skating Crafts

We believe the most fun you can have with roller skates is when they are on your feet but we all grow up and outgrow our favorite things. This is why we made a list of roller skating crafts that will help you extend the the life of your skates and keep the fun alive.
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It doesn’t matter what your favorite type of roller skating is. These roller skating crafts are for roller derby players, skating enthusiasts and craft lovers alike. It’s time to dig out your old roller skates and let the crafts begin.
Most of the project can be crafted with the parts of a roller skate but our first project is different.

Put A Twist To Your T-Shirts

We know roller derby players  gather up more t-shirts than their wardrobes can fit. From fundraising events, personalised bout jerseys and practice clothes the shirts pile up. It’s time to dig them out from the bottom of the laundry bin and grab the scissors.

Here are 4 amazing t-shirt transformation ideas you can perform on all of your extra shirts.

  1. Turn your t-shirt into a tank top with this quick tutorial. It’s a great fit for the beach and derby practice.
  2. Show your back off with the braided t-shirt tutorial. 
  3. Keep cozy in the winter months with a t-shirt scarf. Just grab two shirts and the sewing kit.
  4. The most complicated  t-shirt project is the rib cage shirt. It’s a cute design to rock on the track and your hard work will be reflected in your style.

Sew/Crochet Your Helmet Covers

Roller derby players have a lot of baggage to carry around. From skate tools, helmets and pads to make-up kits and roller skates, tote bags always come in hand. Ask around your derby squad for extra helmet covers to use to crochet an accessory bag for all your gear. If you feel extra crafty you can even design some leg warmers.

Hang Some Wheels From The Rear-view Mirror

Since hanging fuzzy dice from the rear view isn’t so popular these days, why not bring back the concept with some colorful skate wheels. Did you know theory has it that U.S pilots in WWII used dice in their cockpits for good luck, and they continued to hang them in cars when they came home from war. All you need is a shoelace and a pair wheels.

First remove the bearings (because we’ll use those for our next project) and then wrap both ends of the lace around a wheel. Once you have both wheels on each end of the lace it’s time to toss them around the mirror…but not if you live in Minnesota where hanging things from the mirror is prohibited.

Turn Your Bearings Into A Silver Necklace

This looks best around a silver beaded ball necklace but a roller skate lace will do the trick. Take your most shiny bearing and thread the necklace through it. We cannot claim this will bring good luck to your derby bouts or improve your skating ability but it will look pretty!

What are your ideas for roller skating crafts? Please share in the comments below!

 

 

Accessorize With The Best Roller Skating Accessories

We’ll admit that there is a difference between wearing your favorite multi-colored skate laces and dressing up to skate like it’s your Halloween costume. Some believe there can never be too many roller skating accessories to help express themselves, and truth be told, they are right. From personalized roller skate bags, boot covers to toe protectors there is a skate accessory for everyone and just about everything.

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Whether you’re a derby dame or just a beginner, there is an accessory for you. You will find that some skate accessories are more important than others such as a helmet vs. pom pom’s but remember one thing: there is no such thing as over accessorizing. It’s about mixing and matching your skate bling to become a confident and passionate skater.

To help define the variety of roller skate accessories, we will list them out in descending order from most important to least important with both safety and fashion in mind!

The helmet is a no-brainer…no pun intended. A helmet is a mandatory accessory to have in many environments with the exception of roller skating rinks. Unlike in bike paths and city streets, your fellow skaters in rinks are aware of you and this is a less dangerous environment. While some skate rinks require helmets and some don’t, we recommend to use your judgement and protect yourself. Although you can break your fall with your arms and prevent a blow to the head, don’t forget about the other skaters that can cause harm.

Wrist guards, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard are your best friends. The roller derby rules require these so stock up if you’re joining a league. The most important of these four for ordinary skating is knee pads. Our knees are the first thing to come crashing down when we fall and all it takes is just a pebble in the street to break our stride. Knee pads: get some!

Remember lefty loosy, righty tighty? You never know when a bolt could wiggle loose and the last thing you want is to be stranded miles from home with only 3 wheels on one skate. Be prepared and carry a skate tool. We recommend the one tool does all to save space and travel light.

Nylon sure grip nuts and bearing protectors can prevent your wheel nuts from coming loose. These nuts also protect your bearings from debris with a shield between the bearing and wheel. It’s a great accessory and they come in different colors.

Next on the list is a skate bag. Maybe you step outside your home with your skates on and the idea of a bag is pointless. Skate bags are not only useful for transportation, but they also keep your skate stuff organized. Grab a skate bag to keep everything in one spot, protect your skates and travel with ease.

It’s important to keep your skate as comfortable as possible, just like your shoe. A great accessory for this is a padded insole for a smoother ride. Insoles are padded but also prevent your foot from sliding around inside your skate.

While on the topic of protection, a must have skate accessory to keep your skates as good as new is boot covers. They come in many different styles and one size fits all. Use boot covers to cover up old blemishes with style or to preserve the nice leather boots you have.

Our last accessories on the list will make a fashion statement and are the most fun to have.

  • Skate lights are great for night skating. Cast a glow to the ground below with battery powered LED lights. They are also useful for night skating safety and make yourself visible to traffic.
  • Pom Pom’s and long socks: Not having really anything to do with roller skating, they are most popular among roller derby girls. Just for decoration, they are fun and make an impression.

When searching for new things to add to your skate collection always ask yourself what is most important and go from there. What are your favorite skate accessories that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below.