A Guide To Create Your Own Custom Roller Skates

Shopping for roller skates can be like creating your own made to order hot sundae. It’s a sweet experience and you can choose all the ingredients. From the wheels, trucks and boots to the shoelaces we give you the option to pick your favorite colors and materials. On the other you can have a fast food kind of experience; just pick the made to order item on the menu and you get it faster than you can _______*. Please fill in the blank with a lighting fast action.

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In order to help you take home the perfect pair of roller skates we think it’s best to lay down some ground rules aka teach you how every part of the skate works. Our ready to order roller skates are preassembled with high precision and we do all of the heavy thinking for you. Our indoor skates come with indoor wheels and vice versa and we pair heavier boots with lighter trucks etc…

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Chassis, Plates, and Holding It All Together

This is probably the least difficult part of the entire skate assembly to describe. The roller skate plates are a piece of metal or nylon and fiberglass that the boot attaches to on the top and everything else attaches to on the bottom. Outside of that, there are only a few differences, which we will discuss below.

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First, the construction material should be considered. Nylon and fiberglass are the most common material, but also cost less. Aluminum is the most expensive material, but also the lightest and strongest.

Second, the stops are either there, or they aren’t. This basically means you have a big rubber brake, or you don’t have a big rubber brake. There are only really two kinds of brakes.

  • The non-adjustable bell style stoppers are somewhat old school, and they require weekly tightening at a minimum. While these are also the least expensive sort of stops, they are also guaranteed to loosen up, and can cause you to get hurt if you don’t pay attention.
  • The adjustable stoppers, which are the newer type. These don’t usually shake loose from vibration like the non-adjustable stops do.  As a result they are relatively low maintenance. The only thing you really need to do with these is just adjust the height to a setting you are comfortable with.

Obviously if there are not stops, then you don’t have to worry about these issues. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is stopping – or landing if you already started skating and are only just now reading this.

Also, some roller skate plates are adjustable, and in some cases, there are even different theories and schools of thought as to how the plates are set up. For example, some speed skaters will get plates that are actually smaller than the standard size for a particular boot, but this is in the lands of expert theory, and best left to our specialists.

However you decide to skate, consider that there is a wealth of information and option available to you. We are here to help with every step along the way, making sure you don’t fall. If you do, we’ll catch you. Just send us an email. It’s what we do.

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The Basics Of Roller Skate Trucks

Potentially the most complicated part of your roller skates is where it all comes together: the truck. The wheels attach to the truck, and the truck attaches to the plate. Any problem with the truck is a serious problem, so they not only need to be maintained well, but also should be visually inspected before every skate session. Any sign of unusual wear or damage should be immediately inspected by a professional, and you should not skate on it until a professional has cleared the skates as safe. This is of course true for all roller skate components, but it is especially true for roller skate trucks.


It is essentially a bolt that holds the wheels in place, allowing slight turns as you lean left or right while skating. If you think of roller skate trucks in car terms, they would be the suspension onto which your car wheels attach. Just like with a car, firm suspension is best for racing, while soft suspension is best for luxury and comfort.

Like plates they can be made of a nylon and fiberglass composite, or of lighter and more durable aluminum. As concerns the overall skate, the truck is the element that offers the widest range of options as concerns shocks, twists, and overall absorption. Even experienced skaters are encouraged to discuss the various differences in performance with an expert before purchasing, as subtle changes can make a big difference both in terms of feel and performance.

Most importantly, consider the quality of your materials and the overall function of this part before looking into fashion considerations. While it is ok to be more fashionable on other parts of your skates, this is one part you really want to make sure is of the highest quality. It controls the main parts of your ride, and has a larger impact on the overall feel of skating than any single other part.

If you need advice on what to try out, and more importantly what to look for when trying out different trucks, just ask one of our experts. We can help you choose a set of trucks that is best suited to your particular style of skating, and make sure you know what the different adjustments will do in terms of changing the feel of your skate.

As always, keep on trucking, and don’t forget to keep sending us your article ideas!