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!

Atom Quad Backpack

 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.

Accessorize With The Best Roller Skating Accessories

We’ll admit that there is a difference between wearing your favorite multi-colored skate laces and dressing up to skate like it’s your Halloween costume. Some believe there can never be too many roller skating accessories to help express themselves, and truth be told, they are right. From personalized roller skate bags, boot covers to toe protectors there is a skate accessory for everyone and just about everything.

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Whether you’re a derby dame or just a beginner, there is an accessory for you. You will find that some skate accessories are more important than others such as a helmet vs. pom pom’s but remember one thing: there is no such thing as over accessorizing. It’s about mixing and matching your skate bling to become a confident and passionate skater.

To help define the variety of roller skate accessories, we will list them out in descending order from most important to least important with both safety and fashion in mind!

The helmet is a no-brainer…no pun intended. A helmet is a mandatory accessory to have in many environments with the exception of roller skating rinks. Unlike in bike paths and city streets, your fellow skaters in rinks are aware of you and this is a less dangerous environment. While some skate rinks require helmets and some don’t, we recommend to use your judgement and protect yourself. Although you can break your fall with your arms and prevent a blow to the head, don’t forget about the other skaters that can cause harm.

Wrist guards, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard are your best friends. The roller derby rules require these so stock up if you’re joining a league. The most important of these four for ordinary skating is knee pads. Our knees are the first thing to come crashing down when we fall and all it takes is just a pebble in the street to break our stride. Knee pads: get some!

Remember lefty loosy, righty tighty? You never know when a bolt could wiggle loose and the last thing you want is to be stranded miles from home with only 3 wheels on one skate. Be prepared and carry a skate tool. We recommend the one tool does all to save space and travel light.

Nylon sure grip nuts and bearing protectors can prevent your wheel nuts from coming loose. These nuts also protect your bearings from debris with a shield between the bearing and wheel. It’s a great accessory and they come in different colors.

Next on the list is a skate bag. Maybe you step outside your home with your skates on and the idea of a bag is pointless. Skate bags are not only useful for transportation, but they also keep your skate stuff organized. Grab a skate bag to keep everything in one spot, protect your skates and travel with ease.

It’s important to keep your skate as comfortable as possible, just like your shoe. A great accessory for this is a padded insole for a smoother ride. Insoles are padded but also prevent your foot from sliding around inside your skate.

While on the topic of protection, a must have skate accessory to keep your skates as good as new is boot covers. They come in many different styles and one size fits all. Use boot covers to cover up old blemishes with style or to preserve the nice leather boots you have.

Our last accessories on the list will make a fashion statement and are the most fun to have.

  • Skate lights are great for night skating. Cast a glow to the ground below with battery powered LED lights. They are also useful for night skating safety and make yourself visible to traffic.
  • Pom Pom’s and long socks: Not having really anything to do with roller skating, they are most popular among roller derby girls. Just for decoration, they are fun and make an impression.

When searching for new things to add to your skate collection always ask yourself what is most important and go from there. What are your favorite skate accessories that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Care For Your Skates To Keep Them Rolling Longer

One of the best parts of new shoes is deciding which set of shoe laces to use. You can give your kicks a whole new feel and this decision is the biggest challenge other than deciding what to wear with them. Aside from interchangeable shoe laces and an occasional wipe down, taking care of your shoes is much easier than a pair of roller skates.

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Skates are more complex than what meets the eye so I’ve put together a roller skating maintenance guide and care guide to help you fine tune your skates to keep them fast, safe and fashionable (if that’s your style).

Let’s begin with the front of the skate and make our way to the back
starting with the toe stopper brakes.

The vibration and friction of braking can cause your stopper to come loose so be sure to check your toe stopper on a weekly basic to prevent injuries. This handy Riot skate tool is a great all purpose tool for this procedure.

If you have an adjustable toe stopper, you will be required to unlock the stopper first using a crescent wrench.

Fabric Care

This step will preserve the fabric of your skate. Skating causes a lot of wear and tear on the boot and a good cleaning is never harmful. Grab a tooth brush, a cloth and some fabric cleaner. If you have leather skates, use an oil leather protection applicant similar to what you would use on dress shoes.

Use a damp cloth to wipe away debris and dirt.

A clean and fresh skate is much more comfortable than a sweaty damp skate.
Remove the soles and boot liners of your boot and wash them depending on how much you skate. After washing with a mild cleaner, air dry the boot liners. Do not use a dryer as this will shrink them. A clean and dry boot will help prevent friction blisters too.

Bearing Maintenance 

Bearings have a dirty habit of collecting plenty of dirt and dust from outside and at roller rinks. A good sign to determine when you should clean up your bearings is when you start coming to a stop much quicker or when they are caked with grime. Squeaky clean bearings will fulfill your need for speed.

Dislodge each bearing from it’s wheel and spread out all 8 bearings on a dry cloth. Use a separate dry towel to scrub the bearings to remove all dirt. Clean the inside of each wheel and replace the bearings.

After screwing back on the wheels, apply a tiny drop of lubricant to each bearing. A tiny drop is all you need. Too much oil will just collect more dust.

Check Your Trucks

Everyone has there preference for their truck tension. Looser trucks allow you to make faster turns and cut sharper corners but they are not the best for maximum pushing power for quick acceleration. For beginners, we recommend a medium tension.

Keep your skate tool close by and adjust your trucks to your own preference. The important part is that they are not loosening up on their own. Always double check the lock nut and screw it down tight to prevent your trucks from loosening up.

Applying the proper treatment to your roller skates will keep them rolling longer, prevent unexpected malfunctions and injuries and teach you something new about your skates.