Inline skates have huge variety in models for specific purposes. Pictured is a recreational hard boot skate with 4 wheels. Although the appearances between skates can be different all of the parts of the skate share the same name and functions.
Understanding the parts of a skate will help you know how to take care of a skate.
Parts of an Inline Skate
So you want to know how to take care of your inline skates so you can make them last as long as possible? Do we have the guide for you, here are some simple steps to keep your skates out of trouble.
1. Rotating Wheels On an Inline Skate
Rollerblade Wheels naturally wear down while skating, especially if you t-stop or slide regularly.
This is most common on the inside edges, which can sharpen the wheel profile. The front and rear wheels also tend to wear down faster than the inside two.
Rotating wheels will make them last much longer but eventually you will need to replace them.
For three wheeled skates follow the above images for rotating your wheels.
2. Air Out Your Skates
You may have noticed your skates and protective gear get a bit smelly after skating, this is caused by sweat and is normal.
One way to decrease the smell is to air your skates out between sessions, loosen the laces and straps then pull the tongue forward and leave the boots to dry.
3. Check Your Nuts and Bolts
The vibrations and knocks your skates take can cause nuts and bolts to loosen over time - this is normal.
Make sure to go over your skates regularly and check all the nuts, bolts and axles to make sure nothing is coming loose.
4. Changing the Brake
Using a heel brake on your skates will make your wheels last much longer as your wheels will not take the brunt of the wear.
For your safety you will need to ensure you have not worn past the safety line on the side of the brake rubber. If you have worn through the brake get in touch, we should have replacement brakes for most of the skates we sell.
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