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.

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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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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Your Guide to Buying Girls Roller Skates

With the recent emergence of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), more women are strapping up skates today than ever before. Let’s face it guys, these girls are tough and you should steer clear of their path. Furthermore, it always seems like more girls take advantage of the fitness benefits of roller skating. Maybe these observations are skewed since I am a male but they seem accurate nonetheless.

  • Girls are always skating around the lakes and neighborhood
  • Women would rather roller skate the dog than walk the dog
  • In general I believe women are more health conscientious and turn to roller skating more often than men
  • Women need a quick escape every so often from the chaos in the household

*Further suggestions to why women love to roll are appreciated in the comments below!

If there is one thing that holds true, it’s that girls are fashionable and girls roller skates provide the style, comfort and flash that can be found in high heels and a favorite pair of shoes.

There are hundreds of glamourous pairs of girls roller skates but if you don’t know how to search for them, you’ll never find the perfect pair. Roller Skate Nation has a wide variety of girls roller skates and we created a quick guide to help you find a pair today.

Ask Yourself These 4 Questions To Get Started

  1. Have I ever roller skated before?
  2. Can I imagine myself on the local roller derby team?
  3. Do I want to make a fashion statement on my roller skates?
  4. Am I on a tight budget?

Below are paragraphs related to each question above to help you make the right decision.

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Essential Safety Equipment For Roller Skates

If you’ve stumbled on our Skate Talk  roller skates blog, then we assume these four things;

  1. You’ve strapped on a pair of roller skates before and the experience you had made you more passionate about the sport.
  2. You’ve roller skated in your previous years and are interested to do it again.
  3. You’re passionate about roller skates and are always looking for new ways to improve your skills and stay in the loop of all things roller skating.
  4. You’ve never roller skated before but it seems like the coolest physical activity this world has to offer!

There’s one thing we forgot to mention and this tends to be forgotten most often in regards to roller skating. You’re probably not here to learn about safety equipment because afterall it can be pretty boring.

Until now!

Our passion for roller skates combined with our priority to keep you safe is our obsession at Roller Skate Nation. This is why we stock the latest trends in safety equipment including the essentials and most sought after protective gear.

Let start from the top and work our way to the bottom. In other words, from the head to the legs. But first, here’s some food for the brain;

Did you know, according to Rochester Medical Research that:

  • More severe injuries occur during individual sports and recreational activities.
  • Children who are just beginning a sport or activity are at greater risk for injury.
  • More than 47,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for roller skating-related injuries.

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The Best Roller Derby Apps To Download For Derby Officials

Welcome to the third post in our series about integrating your smartphone with roller skating. We previously learned about the great apps out there for both Android devices and the iphone (iOS). These apps are made essentially for everyone on roller skates and we recommend that you get your thumbs on one asap.

But what about the apps that target a certain user such as a roller derby referee? Whether you are a roller derby official an active member in your derby community, it will be worth your time to download and spread the word about the following apps.

 

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Roller Derby Penalty Timer is the best mobile app created specifically for roller derby officials.

This is a hefty claim stated by roller derby nation straight from the Android App Store and we believe its’ backed by user reviews and an easy to navigate interface.

This penalty tracker provides a reliable way to track penalties with built-in-knowledge of the WFTDA rules to help you manage any jammer situation that gets thrown your way. This app makes it easy for just one person to manage the full penalty box.

Features:

  • Manage any configuration you’d like: two blockers, two jammers, four blockers, or even the full penalty box!
  • Stop all timers simultaneously between jams.
  • Tap-edit allows you to quickly edit a time or add a minute for a double-penalty.
  • Paid Version contains NO Ads. Plus it helps support further development!

Roller Skate Nation rating and feedback: 5/5 stars. A must have app for anyone on a derby team! It’s developed by the renowned roller derby nation and is frequently updated to keep up with the fast pace sport.

The major downfall is that this app is only for Android devices. Don’t worry, keep reading!

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Use Your Smartphone To Get The Most Out Of Roller Skating: Part II

The Best Android Roller Skating Apps To Download

We’re back and ready to follow up with Part II  in our series of articles about how to best use your smartphone to enhance your roller skating. We will dive into some apps targeted to roller skaters that are supported on the Android platform. Yes, the flashlight app will come in handy and we recommend you download it for your late night laps around the neighborhood, but these apps below are packed with useful information that will make you a more confident skater.

From how-to tutorials to data analysis, you’re bound to find something to spark your interest and take up some more gigabytes. Move Angry Birds aside because these are the best Android Apps for roller skaters!

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Published in 2012, the Inline Skating App For Beginner is a must have if you’re just getting the swing of things. This app provides expert advice with step-by-step video lessons, tips and tricks and is extremely easy to use.

The main features of the app are below and you can get them with a $2.99 price tag:

  • Watch fundamental moves and practice techniques
  • Dig deeper into equipment and learn about usage
  • Expert Instruction
  • Master turns, falls, glides, stops and more

Roller Skate Nation rating and feedback: 4.0/5 starsJust when you thought you knew everything about inline skating this app comes along to teach you more. Yes, skating is intuitive for most people but this app does a great job of covering the basics that we often ignore and/or forget to learn.

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Use Your Smartphone To Get The Most Out Of Roller Skating: Part I

The Best iphone Apps Every Roller Skater Should Download

iphones, smartphones, cell phones…whatever you call the device you spend half your day staring at. Let’s learn how to use them for roller skating. This is the first post in a soon to come blog series to teach you how to use your smartphone in order to optimize and enhance your roller skating and/or inline skating experience. The apps below are supported for iphone users. Stay tuned if you own an android device!

We presume and hope you own a smart device before proceeding with the post. If you don’t, feel free to continue and sharpen up your geeky side right alongside the amazing sport of roller skating.

Whether you are just starting to roller skate and could benefit from simple how to video tutorials while you’re out and about or if you prefer to dive into some awesome data about your average speed and trails you travel, these apps are for you. (ps, click on the icon to view app in app store)

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How To Follow The WFTDA Roller Derby Championship

The whistle has blown and the 2013 Flat Track Roller Derby Championship has begun (November 8-10) in Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you love roller skating and want to get in on the action, it’s now easier than ever. You can check out the bracket below and even watch a live stream of the of 2013 Roller Derby Championship right from your sofa! If you roller skate and are on the brink of becoming a thrashing and bashing derby gal, this is good opportunity to learn all about the sport in its entirety. And FYI, Roller Skate Nation just launched a brand new website packed with all the roller derby gear you need!

 A Brief History of the WFTDA Roller Derby Championship

Hydra: The WFTDA Championship Trophy

Hydra: The WFTDA Championship Trophy

Dating back to 2006, the first flat track roller derby championship was called Dust Devlin and held in Tucson, AZ. For every year since then, roller derby teams from around the world battle it out on the flat track for the ultimate Hydra trophy award.

Did you know? The Hydra is named after the first president of the WFTDA and was first awarded to the WFTDA Champion in 2008.

Watch The Roller Derby Championship From Home

Ticket prices to the roller derby  championship vary depending on your choice of seats but they range from $23.25 to $110.25(VIP) for those 13 and older. However, there is an alternative to sitting in the bleachers. If you’re not a diehard roller derby fan like those following the London RollerGirls overseas or if you are out of the vicinity of the cheese state, listen up.

For just $20 you can watch the Roller Derby championship from the comfort of your home. You can even take it to a higher level and pay $100 for a watch party viewership plan. This plan is great for roller derby leagues interested in live streaming the event at a bar for fundraising events.

Roller derby is slowly but surely rolling into the spotlight of pop culture and has even gained the attention of ESPNw, the sports network focused on sports played by women.

Who are you rooting for? Drop a comment below!

2013 Womens Flat Track Derby Association Championship Bracket

2013 Womens Flat Track Derby Association Championship Bracket