Skate Tip: Don’t let the end of summer stop you from having fun!

Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and it won’t be long before the seasons change and we’re gearing up for cooler weather. For many outdoor skaters, that means our window of opportunity of starting to close.

Whether you are cruising around the park, hitting the boardwalk, or just rolling with your kids down the street, there’s no easier or more fun way to have fun, enjoy time with family and friends, and stay in shape. And you don’t have to give that up just because summer is gone.

Did you know that you can turn an outdoor skate into a perfect rink skate by simply changing out the wheels?

If you enjoy skating and don’t want to let the weather keep you sidelined, adding a set of indoor wheels will get you rolling right along!

I’ve included links to our three most popular indoor wheels:

Happy Skating!

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Understanding What Makes a Wheel

 The Basics Of Roller Skate Wheels

Durometer (hardness): How hard your wheels are is kind of like comparing hard shoes to soft shoes. One is simply softer, and therefore has more give, as well as slightly more grip. For example, you would not want to go hiking in dress shoes or high heels, as they are generally a very ‘hard’ shoe, but they’re great for smooth areas, like city streets. Alternatively, some hiking boots would be fantastic for mountain climbing, but are a little much to be running around the city in. The same applies to skate wheels.

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Shape (size): In simple terms, the shape of wheels ranges from narrow to wide. There are also specialty wheels available, but they should only be considered once you have determined the type of skating you will be doing.

  • Narrow roller skate wheels give the greatest maneuverability, making them ideal for beginners. They are also used for outdoor skating, artistic skating, and also many rhythm skaters.
  • Wide wheels are used for speed skating, track skating, and most sets of jam skates. This is because the more surface area the wheels have, the greater the amount of traction and grip they provide.
  • Specialty wheels are also available for all types of roller skating. Once you have decided the type of skating you intend to do, you will be able to narrow your focus to that type of wheel, and then select the specialty wheel type that best suits you.

Wheel materials are generally colored urethane. The color of the wheels is dependent on the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Different hardness materials produce specific hues, but the actual color has no impact on performance. Therefore, if you are fond of pink, black, green, yellow, or sparkles, this is one area where you can make a fashion statement without impacting cost or performance.

If you’re a specialty skater, and need wheels that have extra grip, you can purchase POLY BD wheels. They offer a unique blend of shock absorption and hardness, and were designed specifically for high end jam, speed, and track skating. They are easy to differentiate from other wheel types due to the

So keep in mind that wheels are your ride. Bad wheels for the surfaces you plan to skate on will result in a poor experience, while good wheels will make a big difference in both feel and performance. As ever, should you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us. That’s why we’re here.

4 Wheels Go A Long Way: A Guide To Choose Your Perfect Roller Skates

Who would’ve thought attaching four wheels to the bottom of our feet could be so much fun? Someone must’ve been plain out bored with walking or needed to get somewhere fast. One of the best parts of skating is the freedom that comes with the variety of activities. You’re not confined to a specific field trying to put a ball in the hole (compared to golf, basketball and soccer). You just have to choose your perfect roller skates.

From roller hockey with inline skates to roller derby and recreational skating on the quad skates, skating offers everyone a reason to roll around during every season.

Some wheels are aligned in a straight line and go by the name of inline skates while other wheels sit side by side like car tires. We call these quad skates. Since the first recorded use of roller skates in 1743, quad skating has become a fascinating hobby and sport, surpassing the popularity of inline skates.

Whether you’re a novice or experienced skater, it’s important to keep up with the variety of skates that match each type of quad skating you enjoy.

Different skates are for different activities and here is a quick guide to “roll” you through the basics for choosing the perfect match.

Quad fitness skating: This is a form of physical activity that replaces jogging and running with a low impact and high burning calorie type of skating. Fitness skating is a great stress reliever and you will see quick results and find more fun when paired with your current workout routine. The best skates to use for this style of skating should have fast bearings, toe stopper brakes and be very comfortable. Our Sonic Cruiser is a great choice for fitness skate. The skate is light weight, comfortable and feels like a shoe!

Quad speed skating: Those with a need for speed and a competitive edge will find speed skating the most fulfilling style of quad skating. This type of skating is gauged by the number of laps or the distance that you travel and can be done outside or inside. Speed skaters should have two sets of wheels each for outdoor and indoor settings.
We recommend our Riedell Dart speed skate for their Kwik ABEC-5 bearings and comfortable design.

Quad Rink Roller Hockey: Roller hockey on quad skates is becoming more popular. The sport took off with inline skates and will be remembered as an inline sport but that doesn’t stop quad roller’s from playing.
Roller hockey is associated with inline skates and roller derby with quad skates, however, this doesn’t mean you can’t score goals on quads. Your best choice for hockey skates are speed skates that provide ankle support. Depending on the rink, be sure to select indoor or outdoor wheels.

Roller Derby Skating: Saving the best for last, roller derby calls for the personalized skates that make a statement and roll with confidence. Roller Derby exists within a strong and hard working community of quad skater enthusiasts. The girls organize, fund and compete and as of today there are over 1,200 world wide roller derby teams spread across 35 countries. When selecting your roller derby skate, it’s important that it fits like a shoe and is as comfortable as a pillow around your foot. Choose a skate that reflects your flair and has ankle support. You will be thrashing around and skating hard in this skate so be sure it fits well.

The Sure-Grip Boxer Mr. Pink is what I’m talking about.

Give Me Some Sugar – Wheels that Is!

Sugar wheels first rolled onto the scene back in 2008 when they staked their claim as the first hybrid wheels for derby skaters. Now, they are adding to their lineup with two new wheels in the sugar line-up. The original sugar wheels you have come to know in love are here to stay but their new partners the Sweet & Low and Equalizer are ready to introduce themselves.

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These white wheels are identified by their sky blue band and white hub. This hybrid wheel measures 62mm by 44 mm, making them the full-sized hybrids with serious performance.

Sweet & Low
Fall in love with the fast roll and sticky grip the Sweet & Low hybrid wheel offers. These pretty pink wheels measure 58mm x 38mm, making them low to the ground for maximum speed and control. Add them to your skates and be amazed by how these sweet little gems hug the turns

Equalizer

These blue wheels take sweet to a whole new level. They measure 62mm by 38mm, combining the best of the other two wheels in the lineup. These wheels can handle it all, rough outdoor surfaces and super-slick indoor rinks.