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!

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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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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The Most Popular Low Price Roller Skates

Roller Skating is no different than any other type of recreational sport. There will always be the best selling items for each sport and this is especially true for roller skates. Everyone has their own opinion about the best roller skates on the market and roller skating appeals to many different types of skaters. In our opinion, we believe the best roller skates are those that are priced at great prices and that are made by the best brands in the industry.

Our algorithm for researching our most popular and low price roller skates is simple; we researched our database to determine which skates we sold the most of at the best prices.

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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.

 

 

How To Play Roller Derby In Your Living Room

Yes, you read that title right and now that we have your attention we will reveal the secret method for pushing your furniture aside to make room for the ultimate Flat Track Roller Derby, right inside your home!

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Actually this would be fairly impossible to pull off but thanks to a couple great ideas backed by KickStarter, you can bring the strategy, excitement and competitive edge of roller derby right to your living room with the two recent roller derby board games called Impact City Roller Derby and JammerUp. If your not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a website that gives people with ideas the opportunity to bring them to life through raising funds. In the case of the board games, the required funding was mostly for manufacturing and design.

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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!

 

 

Top 6 Most Stylish Pairs Of Roller Skates

The idea here is to fit in and stand out with stylish roller skates.

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If you’re a believer that first impressions matter the most and you like to maintain a stylish presence in every environment then we have good news for you. When it comes to roller skating with style, it would be nice if we could easily slap on some wheels to our favorite shoes or boots. Even though there’s a solution for this idea, we prefer you to shop for skates that you will love and that will love you back.

Searching for the perfect combination of color, material and design may feel like shopping for a wedding dress or your next car so we created an easy guide and selection to our most stylish and hip skates that you may have never known we had.

First off, there’s nothing sweeter than a suede boot. It’s a combination of classic and modern design and it fits like a glove. Technically speaking, suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, so it’s less durable but softer than standard “full-grain” leather. Suede boots also have a fine appearance different than leather. Although they might require a bit more of maintenance to water proof and clean compared to other materials, our collection of suede roller skates are worth the work!

6 Stylish Roller Skates

  1. Board Walk outdoor roller skates resemble the old school west side look and are perfect for outdoor skating in all types of terrain.
  2. Moxi roller skates are some of the hippest on the market for the chic skaters. The name “Lolly” comes from an old-soul, hippy-chic girl that hid her beauty behind an easy going humble style. She thought her skating needed a make-over, so she chose colors that reflected the easy going style without screaming for too much attention. From smooth pink, purple and leopard print there are many styles to choose from.
  3. Our top grain buckskin suede leather boot has earned the title as “One of the most comfortable boots on the market. With full leather lining and custom padding, you have the choice to assemble the boot on top of any plates and wheels you would like.

Artistic boots are back in style and are perfect for the casual skater or dancer. Think of them like the Rolex of roller skates. They are packed with style and comfort and are built to withstand the impact and heavy use. Made from high, top grain leather, here is our rundown of our top favorite artistic skates.

4. Dominion 719 Super X Medallion is a full leather skate that comes with a full out selection to choose from your choice of wheel color, toe stop colors and boot color.

5. Riedell Angel artistic skates are a perfect fit for the beginner and recreational skater. The special touch of this skate was to create a special boot for both men and women’s feet.

And last but not least, the name brands always find a way into the most sought after stuff.

6. Put some Pepper in your push and discover the 32 flavors of your style with the Dr. Pepper soft drink themed skates or skate fast with sonic speed on the skates specifically designed for Sonic Car hops. They come in colors black and purple to help you provide a special delivery on every occasion.

Shopping for roller skates is no different than other forms of online shopping. Take your time, read descriptions and ask for help when you need it. Be sure to review the sizing chart we provide for each skate because each skate has its own size. We ship fast and have a great return policy to get you rolling the way you want.

Top 5 Reasons To Shop At Roller Skate Nation

There are more than five reason that make Roller Skate Nation a great choice for your roller skating needs but I narrowed the list down to focus on the fact of the matter that you when you buy roller skates from us, you are joining a community of avid skaters and gurus of all things skating.

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1. For as popular as online shopping has become, customer service remains one of the most important reasons for why people choose a company. Online shopping can be confusing and roller skates are more complex than what meets the eye. That is why we created live support customer service to answer your questions and concerns about anything related to your shopping and skating experience when you buy roller skates. Next time you’re browsing our site, take notice of the “Contact a Skate Rep!” menu on the lower right of the screen. If no one is available at the moment you request help, just leave your email and a message and a rep will get back asap.

2. We know how it is during the moment of check out when you choose your shipping option and get slapped with a dreaded shipping fee. We offer over 250 roller skates that ship themselves for free and we’ve divided them into 6 categories to help you find what you’re looking for faster for when you buy roller skates.

3. We are Roller Skate Nation based in Columbus Georgia but there are no borders between your order and our warehouse. We love international customers and we’ve partnered with MyUS.com to offer fast and convenient international shipping to more than 225 countries. Just follow these steps for international delivery.

Follow these two steps for international delivery:
1. Get your own U.S. address in America at www.MyUS.com.
2. Use your new U.S. address, provided by MyUS.com, when placing your order with us.

4. If we had to do the math, there are probably thousands of roller skates on sale at any given time on the web and there are only so many types of skates. Lucky for you, you’ve come to one of the biggest roller skate stores with the biggest collection of skates. If you find a skate at a lower price then we will stand by our low price guarantee and match that competitors’ price. This is our 100% skater satisfaction policy. Were happy to offer this service but it’s best to inform yourself of the policy and restrictions that apply. Don’t worry, we make it as easy as possible.

5. We are your one stop shop for all of your skating needs for when you buy roller skates. From mouth guards, bearings to helmets and everything in between, we organized our online store with the both pro skaters and beginners in mind.

Our relationship does not end when the transaction is over. In fact, this is when it starts rolling.