4 Awesome Ideas For Using Girls Roller Skates

First off, this post is written for the ladies so read on if you’re a guy that would like to discover the fun ways that girls can have fun on roller skates. Actually, men can enjoy these activities too but in the end “Girls just wanna’ have fun”. pinup076-500x500 Ladies are always looking for ways to get together more often with their friends, get more exercise and spend more time with their kids. We all live busy lives and it’s hard to check all of these off the daily to-do list. Thankfully we have roller skating, the go-to physical fitness activity that is more than just rolling around. It’s the best of both worlds fun & fitness. Here are 4 ideas to integrate roller skating into your daily lives to boost your spirit and the summer body you’ve been longing for!

Throw A Neighborhood Roller Skate Night

Hang up some fliers, block off the streets and fire up the grills for a neighborhood block party. Gather up orange cones and create a track for the kids to roll around and keep the coolers and grills inside the track.

  • Roller skate themed block parties are a great way to catch up with neighborhood friends and entertain your kids.
  • Pass out glow sticks and bring a stereo to simulate a real roller rink, kids will love it!

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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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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 5 Moves to Perform on Your Jam Skates

Jam skating has made a comeback in the world of roller skating and is a hybrid  between gymnastics and dance skating. If you frequently visit your roller rink were sure you have seen the skaters showing off their awesome moves to the grooves and they make it look so easy. However, they didn’t start out this way and jam skaters invest a lot of time perfecting their balance on jam skates.

First lets discuss the best type of skates to use for jam skating and then we’ll dive into the most popular tricks to do on jam skates.

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How To Shop For Jam Skates?

  1. When you browse our site you will notice that there is not a category of skates called “jam skates”. The best way to locate our jam skates is to do a quick search in the search bar. On the other hand, most all low-cut speed skates with smaller toe stops are the preferred skate to use and will get the job done but skills and practice are not included*
  2. Jam skating requires you to quickly twist and turn in all directions so you want to look for low top skates that give you the freedom to move. Toe stops also get in the way of performing your tricks and we suggest to replace your toe stops with jam plugs. Some low cut speed skates come with jam plugs but most skates comes standard with large toe stops.
  3. Jam skating is more than a style of skating; it’s a style of its’ own. Like shopping for any other type of skate, choose the colors that match your wardrobe and make you look awesome. Grab a pair of jam skates that are packed with style.

Get Your Moves On!

Here’s a list of the most performed jam skate tricks in order from easiest to hardest. Visual aids always help with the learning process so we included the most viewed video tutorials for ya. Enjoy!

1. The Crab Walk

This is the perfect trick to start with and it will build up your confidence and balance to move on to more advanced tricks. It’s also a safe trick considering your wheels don’t leave the ground.

2. The Toe Jam

This is a fairly easy trick to master after the crab walk. The toe jam is performed mainly with pivots and is like tap dancing on roller skates once you get the hang of it. And BTW, another name for this is the crazy leg…watch and learn.

3. The Traveling Toe Pivot

An experienced jam skater can perform all five of these tricks within about eight seconds but the traveling toe pivot is the most common. It’s a transitional move that you should learn to switch between moves easier.

4. The Iceberg

Now it’s time to add some roll to your tricks. The iceberg is an advanced trick with some high risk so be sure to stretch out your ankles and legs. You may want to strap up some knee pads for your first couple of tries…

5. The Snake Walk

This is our favorite swooping motion meets prairie dance trick on jam skates. Once you master this, consider yourself a true jam skater.

Jam skating is a great way of working out on roller skates if you can’t make it outside due to bad weather. Get your jam on in the garage, basement or any open space with a hard surface that you aren’t afraid of scratching and remember, *practice makes perfect.

What are your favorite tricks on jam skates?

Your Guide to Buying Outdoor Roller Skates

The first question to answer here is “What is the difference between outdoor roller skates and indoor roller skates”?

The answer is straightforward and simple; outdoor quad skates feature wheels that are soft which allows for a smoother roll on the non-smooth surfaces such as sidewalks & streets. The indoor quad skates feature wheels which are typically harder than outdoor wheels. A harder wheel will give you a smoother roll on very smooth surfaces like those at skating rinks.

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Although the main difference depends on the type of wheels, it’s also important to choose the right material and boot for outdoor weather conditions. Let’s go over the major differences in boot style and material type below.

High top or Low top Boots?

Outdoor roller skates comes in either low top or high top boots but also in many types of leathers, suedes and synthetic materials.

When choosing between a high top or low top roller skate, ask yourself how comfortable you are in the boots and shoes you wear everyday. Do you like the comfort and support that high top shoes provide but do you think your movement is limited?

High top outdoor rollers skates are similar to high top boots but they aren’t as supportive as hiking boots. You should go with a high top boot if you like the way it looks and if you don’t mind the feeling around the shins.

Personally, I think hightop boots are packed with class and fashion. They simply look more genuine than low top boots and they’re more suitable for winter conditions. You can also crank down your laces for a tighter fit. High boots generally offer more ankle support, so go with these if you have ankle problems.

On the other hand, low top boots are more sporty and agileWe recommend to buy low top boots if your sole purpose in roller skating is fitness because they are generally lighter and allow you to make quicker turns.

Low boots are more popular and allow you to move your ankle more freely and are not as hot on your foot. The low top boots are generally considered speed boots.

How The Boot Is Made.

Boots are either real or fake but the fake boots should be taken seriously because there have many many advancements in the manufacturing process of synthetic material aka vinyl.

For example, vinyl boots won’t crack or fade as easy as leather and they will hold up in the hot sun more than leather. This synthetic material will also outlast the hot sun longer than leather and it’s washable.

Leather comes from an animal so just ask yourself if animals get scratches, scars and scrapes? The imperfections on a leather boot will be more visible than on synthetic materials  but leather breaks in with time and fits like a glove.

Remember, suede is leather but just turned inside out. Suede can be made from any type of leather and it gives off a classic look. Therefore, most of our suede boots are high tops such as our Boardwalk Outdoor Roller Skates.

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In the end, most vinyl boots are not made for competitive use, but rather recreational skating. Vinyl is not as durable or comfortable as leather, but is less expensive. The choice is up to you and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

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)

How-To Roller Skate Apps for iOS

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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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3 Ways To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of National Roller Skating Month

The Ronald Reagan presidency occupied most of the 80′s and was a major turning point for the United States. We may hold different opinions in regards to his economic policy later coined “Reaganomics”, but we at Roller Skate Nation believe the best thing left behind from those long eight years was declaring October the “National Roller Skating Month”. Guess what folks? This year marks the 30th anniversary and the sport is still rolling strong. Families throughout the nation and around the world continue to lace up their quad skates to reap all of the benefits of the healthy, entertaining and social sport that began back in 1760.  

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5 Ideas To Train On Roller Skates That You Never Thought Of

No matter where you roller skate and what type of roller skating you are doing, it is always an unpredictable sport. We don’t always plan on throwing ourselves out into traffic or expect a fallen tree in the middle of the bike lane but you must be ready for everything when you’ve got your roller skates strapped on. Once I was rolling around the lake when a flock of geese decided to dive bomb me. That’s another story but let’s just say I really had to duck…no pun intended.

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Every form of roller skating requires awareness, agility, muscle strength and endurance. Whether you’re the lead jammer on your derby team or the person in your neighborhood that everybody honks at and swerves away from, it’s easy to create your own obstacle course and train to become a better skater.

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