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 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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8 Tips for Using Jam Skates

Ever watch the movie from 2005 called Roll Bounce? We didn’t know Bow Wow was so good on jam skates but we do know since the release of this movie, jam skating has gained momentum across the globe. Also known as rhythm, dance and jive skating, jam skating is a combination of dance, gymnastics and skating and is heavily influenced by break dancing and modern dance.

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The fundamentals of jam skating are important to understand since jam skating is more complex than standard roller skating. There are certain wheels to use, special ways to mount your plates and more.

Read on, take some notes and you will be performing top jam skate moves in no time.

1. The Preferred Type of Boot

Ankle movement is a must when jam skating and almost every jam skater I see used speed boots to allow for extra ankle movement.

  • If you prefer using high tops, then only lace up the bottom part so you have room to move around. By doing this, the upper part of the boot is only useful for “Looks”. It doesn’t serve an actual purpose.
  •  A lower boot such as the Riedell Quest Jam is a perfect choice.
  • The Riedell 120 boot is an alternative packed with a lot of support and comfort right out of the box.
  • If you’re serious about finding that perfect jam skate then don’t hesitate to create you own custom skate. We’ll walk your hand through every step!
  • High top or low top is a preference choice that only you can make.

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How to Choose Kids Roller Skates

If your kid spends too much time in front of the TV or computer then it’s time to look into kids roller skates to get him/her outside for some physical activity. Perhaps your youngster has outgrown their pair of skates and is ready for an upgrade?

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Actually, were pretty sure your kid has been asking about a new pair of skates for the last couple of months so be sure to follow our quick guide to choose the perfect pair of kids roller skates!

The stability that good ol’ classic quad skates provide make them the perfect choice for both rookies and intermediate skaters but the many choices and roller skate jargon can be confusing.

SIZING TIP: If you are buying  skates for a child we would recommend you go up 1 or 2 sizes so that your child can use them longer. Just have them throw on an extra pair of socks. 

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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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How to Buy Low Price Skates

Seems like a no brainer, right?

Maybe your local thrift shop has a pair of low price skates that are just what you need and if it’s your lucky day they might have them in your size!  Chances are slim.

So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you find low price skates without sacrificing comfort or style.

1. The first step is to declare your budget and ask yourself how you will be using your new skates. Once you have a budget in mind you will be able filter through your options much faster.

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Most online shopping websites have a drop down menu to help you filter your search. Select price- low to high, but make sure you are in the right category of roller skates. If you want to use your skates outside to work out, we recommend searching through the outdoor skates category. On the other hand if you’re shopping for skates for kids to roll around the rink choose indoor and/or kids skates.

2. Look for online coupons and shipping discounts. Shopping for roller skates online is no different than shopping for any other piece of sporting equipment. There are hundreds of options and most companies promote all sorts of discounts. A good thing to keep in mind is that online stores offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount of money. To receive free shipping this might persuade you to add a little extra to your shopping cart and it’s not always a bad thing or a trick.

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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 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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