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!
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.
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
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!