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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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.

Lights, Camera Ska-ction: Roller Skates In Pop Culture

Since the first recorded use of roller skates in 1743 roller skating has meandered through many obstacles to remain the top casual fitness activity. Ironically, the great depression played an influential role in motivating people to think “Outside the box” for new forms of entertainment.

In fact roller derby got it’s start in a popular pastime recreational activity by the name of Endurance Races. But soon after the great depression something called WWII broke out and most of the roller derby men had to kiss the sport goodbye.

They definitely kept their skates stashed in the closet as evidenced by the come back that roller skates made after the war. In 1948, roller derby debuted on New York television with a 13-week series of matches between New York and Brooklyn. The big screen is responsible for the revival of many sports and hobbies and roller skating is no exception!

In 1995, roller skates were first promoted as fitness skates and this trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Let’s glance back at the big screen and take a look at the influence that pop culture has had on roller skates.

Charlie Chaplin at his best in the 1939 comedy film Modern Times

Roller Skates Go Western

Not so long after, the epic western film from 1980 Heavens Gate, brought us one of the most epic scenes with roller skates. Did you know the roller rink in the film is called “Heavens Gate”? Unfortunately, the entire roller skating dance scene didn’t make the cut for the slimmed down 149-minute version.

Rock On At The Rink

2002 saw the best collaboration of pop music and roller skating when Matchbox Twenty transformed New York City into a giant roller disco for a music video. Even though the song they chose isn’t in their top three best, can we agree that the video definitely is?

“In Manhattan now, there’s this unbelievable underground roller disco scene,” Thomas said. “We went out and cast these kids, some of whom were from this off-Broadway show that’s a roller disco show, some of whom are just Wednesday-night-at-the-Roxy skaters, street skaters. There’s a whole other world that goes on in the middle of the city that people don’t know about.” ~ Lead singer Rob Thomas

Skateland: Sundance On Roller Skates

Only grossing $19,411 in the north american box office is the 2010 movie Skateland. Come on! Every movie involving roller skates should be a blockbuster hit, right? It’s your typical teen movie and it premiered at the Sundance Festival. Were not movie critics here at Roller Skate Nation but we give the roller rink scenes a 10/10. Check it out!

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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5 Hilarious Videos With Roller Skates

It’s time to take a quick break on your roller skates and sit down for a laugh or two with the Skate Talk blog. Were definitely serious about roller skating and are happy to help you with everything to do with roller skates but sometimes in life you just need to kick back and relax.

So pat yourself on the back for the huge strides you’ve made on your roller skates and keep on improving!

While we wait for the spring sun to melt away the winter blues you can pass the time with these 5 hilarious roller skating videos. Oh, and don’t forget to take our quick poll at the end of the post!

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Do you remember the first time you roller skated? We bet it was after you began to crawl and before you were walking without the help of your parents.

But we’re 100% sure it was after you stopped wearing diapers! But babies have their way with getting their way and attracting millions of views on Youtube. So do funny animals, but that will come after this Evian water commercial of babies on roller skates.

Imagine your boss arrived to work one day with a special request for all employees to wear roller skates. You’d probably agree to this request but might change your mind after watching this next video made by comedian John Purcell. Caution, do not try this at work!

We don’t know which is a better reason to watch this next roller skates video;

A. The understated lesson in life to never give up or…

B. The 90′s music sound track.

Whichever reason you chose we can all agree that learning to roller skate was not an easy task. It feels like earth becomes a giant treadmill while you have bricks strapped to your feet.

Be sure to watch until the 2:26 mark. This kid just can’t stop!

Roller skating must be so easy a monkey can do it. There are other tricks to learn on roller skates other than jumping over some blocks but this is a great crowd pleaser.

Ever wonder what to do with an old pair of shoes and left over roller skates? Watch this 7 second vine video for inspiration and then read our make your own roller skates guide for a step by step tutorial.

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?

How to Maintain Your Roller Skates

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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Santa’s List Must Have Roller Skates For Kids!

3 Gift Ideas and Things To Know When Shopping At Roller Skate Nation This Christmas

Has your child roller skated before?

Does he/she enjoy being active throughout the entire year?

Do you think he/she could burn off some energy through one of the most healthy ways possible?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions then you found the right place to shop for roller skates for kids.

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Kids stuff isn’t too complex for the most part but shopping for kids is the hard part. Keep in mind we’re referring to roller skates for kids that are between the ages of eight and fourteen.

Remember when you received a t-shirt or some pajamas for the holidays. You had to fake a smile while you were screaming inside for Nerf guns and roller skates.

Santa made his list and he’s checking it twice this year to be sure he brings all the tots the best roller skates for kids. Here’s a list of quick tips and roller skates for kids that will withstand the wear and tear of active kids without breaking the budget.

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