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 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!

 

 

How to Choose the Best Beginner Speed Skates

If there’s one thing that every beginner has in common, it’s a fast learning curve and this is especially true for beginners on roller skates. The first month on speed skates will either make you or break you but you will learn more during this time than in the near future. Beginner skaters are like sponges and the first couple months are when newbies soak up all the fundamentals that lay the foundation. From balance, confidence, stopping to starting and everything in between learning to speed skate starts with choosing the right pair of roller skates!

Let’s first define what a speed skate is, shall we?

Speed skates are among one of the most popular design styles of roller skates and they are meant to go fast. Speed skates feature low cut boots that fit your feet similar to tennis shoes and this low cut design helps you cut corners and maintain agility. As a result of the freedom they provide, these skates are very popular for jam (dance) skating and of course, speed skating. They also feature speed style wheels and bearing which enable skaters to skate faster and longer.

Ask yourself these 5 questions and you will be well prepared to make a decision about which speed skates are best for you!

1. Do you like using velcro straps?

Let’s lay out the pros and cons of velcro straps:

+ Help you achieve a custom snug fit

+ Very simple to use!

+ Velcro straps can quickly be adjusted on the go

+ Prevent laces from untying

- Velcro straps collect dirt and debris

- May stretch over time and prohibit you from keeping a snug fit

-  The comfort of your skates will be affected if the velcro strap were to break off

If you are buying beginner speed skates for someone who uses velcro straps on their tennis shoes, we reckon they will easily adapt to this style. The pros of velcro straps outweigh the cons and it really comes down to personal taste.

2. Will you be using your speed skates for roller derby?

Search for a pair of speed skates that match your derby team colors. You also want to be sure you buy speed skates with adjustable toe stops to become accustomed to the distance between the toe stop and the track. Roller derby is most often played indoor so look for skates with indoor wheels.

3. Will you be skating indoors or outdoors?

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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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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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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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