5 Essential Accessories for Jam Skates

Excessive accessorizing doesn’t make one better at what they do and most people look for special accessories that bring out the best of their personality. In regards to jam skates, there are many accessories like boot cover, adjustable toe stops, colored laces, skate bags and the list goes on and on.

The keyword in this post is “essential” so let’s dive into the 5 essential accessories for jam skates that will truly make a difference to your skating ability and especially your style!

Like anything of high value that you use on a consistent basis, jam skates are no different. The more you care for them the longer they’ll last and it should be top priority to keep them in their best shape possible! Travel bags not only make transporting your jam skates easier, but they provide great protection for your skates and keep all your skate gear in one place.

Atom Quad Backpack:

The Atom Quad Backpack does much more than hold your skates! Equipped with a ventilated outer pocket and extra storage for clothes and other accessories, this back pack provides the perfect protection for your skates no matter where you take them!

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 Jam Plugs:

Every jam skater knows that toe stops can prevent you from performing certain dance moves and that they are more annoying than helpful. That’s when jam plugs come in to the picture! They are perfect for the skaters who wants to dance and jam with no interference from a bulky toe top. The sure grip rock jam plugs also come in a variety of colors to match your wheels and boots

These Rock Jam plugs are perfect for the skater that wants to dance and jam with no interference from a bulky toe stop. Plus they come in a wide variety of colors!

Bearing Grease:

The only way to be quick on your feet is to have quick bearings that respond to every move you make on jam skates. The all purpose bearing grease from Lubriplate is a top accessory to use for bearings used in jam skates.

Skate Tool:

A must have accessory for jam skates is the Reflex skate tool. Available in orange, blue, black, green, yellow and pink, it’s able to perform all of the required adjustments you need to make on your jam skates. It’s also compact enough to easily fit into a any size skate bag!

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Roller Brights:

Spice up your jam skates with some lights or use them for safety when skating at night time! Roller Brights are extremely easy to use and are powered by a 9V battery (not included). The lights easily attach to the bottom of your skates or wherever you’d like to use the lights and are available in a variety of colors.

Each kit includes two LED strips (one strip for each skate) with battery clips (battery not included), three pieces of velcro, one alcohol cleaning pad and one card. If you would like two strips for each skate, simply order two kits! Installation is easy and Roller Brights work with any skate.

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Get your moves on this summer and bring out the best of your jam skates! Let us know if you think we forgot a key essential accessory and leave a comment below.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Women’s Roller Skates

We know women love shoes but we hope they love their women’s roller skates just a bit more.

Summer is around the corner and you need to make time for yourself in between the frequent daycare trips, soccer mom journeys and social outings. Actually, one of the best ways to get the most out of your skates is to combine your social life with your women’s roller skates! So read on and discover 5 ways to maintain your skates and use them in ways you never thought of.

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1. Care for them like they are your favorite pair of shoes

Roller skates of all kinds require the same amount of maintenance and the more you keep up with it the longer your roller skates will last. It’s likely that you kick off your skates and toss them in a corner after a long ride but you must think twice about this! It only takes ten minutes to look after your skates and you should do it after each skate session. Simply start off by wiping away debris and dirt from the skate boot. Then flip the skate upside down and clean your trucks. You can even grab a cotton swab to help you clean those hard to reach areas.

The last thing you want to do after you skate is toss them in a damp area of your garage. This destroys the fabric of your boot and makes your bearing obnoxiously chirp. It’s important to care for your skates to keep them rolling longer.

2. Host skate nights with friends

You can roll to the rhythm of your favorite music and skate solo for a more intense physical workout but skating with friends is also a blast. Go ahead and start a Facebook group called “Skate Night” and invite your friends. It seems the best way to motivate people these days is through social media and you have nothing to lose. A Facebook group will bring your friends together and become a nice community of like minded roller skaters. It definitely helps orchestrate meetup times and who knows where the conversation will go?

3. Decorate your skates

Get in touch with your inner fashion star and spice up your women’s roller skates with a vibrant colored pair of shoelaces or boot covers. Make your skates unique and let them reflect your personality.

4. Change your bearings

In a perfect world you should clean your bearings every time you use your skates, but taking the bearings apart and cleaning them is a time consuming and dirty task. So the best way to tell if your bearings need cleaning, is to flip your skates and spin the wheels. Note how freely they spin, and listen for any interesting noises. Crunching and/or grinding means there is dirt or debris and the bearings need to be cleaned. Chirping and/or squeaking noises probably means you should lubricate the bearings.

Follow this quick tip for removing bearings:

Place the tip of a screwdriver in the center hole of the bearing and gently pry and move the screwdriver around the circumference until the bearing pops out.
Use the opposite end of the screwdriver to press the bearings into the new wheels.
Press only the center ring of the bearing. If you press the bearing on the side, it may bend it and then it will not roll well.

5. Bring them to work

…or ride them to work! It’s important to get out and soak up as much sun as possible and we know how work can prevent us from doing so. Take advantage of your work break and toss on your skates for a 20 minute ride each day before or after your meal. We don’t reckon you should skate 5 miles but skating in between shifts is an awesome way to relieve stress and free your mind to help you through the rest of your day!

 

 

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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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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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)

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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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