How to Roller Skate : How to Pick Roller Skates

How to Roller Skate : How to Pick Roller Skates

Hi, I’m Rachel Cook on behalf of Expert Village
and today I’m here to talk about picking out roller skates. For the first time skater,
what you want you want to do is go to your local skating rink, they offer the most variety
of skates that you can actually try on. Often you can buy them direct from them at a deep
discount, which is also nice for first time roller skate purchaser. What you’re trying
to look for in a skate is something that feels right on your foot. This skate right here
is called a boot skate, which is a little bit different than the taller, ankle skate,
the ankle boot skate. While this doesn’t provide as much ankle support, it actually provides
you a lot more flexibility in being able to move around while you’re on your skates, whether
indoor or out. Another thing that you want to look for is a nice stopper, this is going
to help you stop and start, making sure that it’s not too close to the bottom of the wheels,
but that it’s also not too high that it impedes you being able to stop. The next thing to
worry about is the wheels. There are a variety of wheels, there are very hard, hard, hard
wheels, which have a very low millimeter ranking. There’s medium wheels which have a 30, 40,
50 millimeter ranking and then there are very soft wheels which are 80 millimeters and higher.
The soft wheels are used for outdoor skating primarily because they have the most amount
of grip. The medium wheels are great for starter skaters for indoor, like skating rinks, and
then if you’re really fast, I would go for the harder skating wheel. They’re definitely
interchangeable, you just need to take out, which a ratchet, the sizes vary so test them
out. Take the nuts off with a ratchet; pull the wheel off, being sure to keep the bearings
inside. There are two bearing on every single wheel so there are eight bearing total. Keeping
the bearings inside the wheels. You can change the bearings out if you need to reuse them,
if you’re switching from indoor to outdoor wheels, simply popping them out, using the
axle. Make sure that your wheels, when you’re reattaching them, that they don’t wiggle side
to side, but they should spin, at least relatively smoothly. They don’t have to spin super fast,
especially for outdoor or for a first time skater. The slower the wheel means the more
confident you can get on the skate. When the wheels can spin very fast and not wiggle that’s
a good indoor speed, so that you can get speed without having to go too slow or use too much
momentum to be able to move forward. These types of skates have an additional support
with the Velcro and that just helps keep the skate on your feet, and also prevents blisters,
so this is an excellent first time skate. These were my first skates.

54 thoughts on “How to Roller Skate : How to Pick Roller Skates

  1. Bad advice, that is a pretty crappy boot she's showing – you need ankle support! Plus, flexability has more to do with the stiffness of the boot (gold or silver) rather than making the boot shorter. And like Kris said, the wheels should spin free not slowly. Also, toe stops are interchangable, so buying skates doesn't have much to do with judging toe stops – they are interchangeable whether you want to put dance plugs in or whatever.

  2. Uh, obviously she is not a pro. If you had any knowledge about artistic skating (which most people don't) it would be fairly clear to you.

  3. After decades of not skating I started going again about 2 1/2 years ago. It's like riding a bike, once you learn you never forget. When I bought my skates online I wanted to be sure to get leather boots. They are more durable than vinyl and they don't keep perspiration in. New ones were a little out of my range, but I found a great pair on the clearance page. They were returned by a customer and I got them for about what I paid for leather ones in 1978.

  4. Been skating before this girl was born and she seems extremely misinforming.

    That's not a UFO, it's her brain trying to get back in!

  5. Been skating before this girl was born and she seems extremely misinforming.

    That's not a UFO, it's her brain trying to get back in!

  6. wow really????
    i have been skating for 2 years and this lady doesnt know what she's talking about…….

  7. This woman has no idea what she's talking about. First of all that is a speed skate [I'd love to see her on artistic skates] and she needs to spend less time talkinging about wheels and more time talking about the plate. And another thing how is the starp ment to prevent blisters, someone please enlighten me.

  8. I just bought a pair of roller skates. And my wheels are pretty big, and the rim of them are sharp, unlike yours. Are they okay for roller skating rinks? And they also have high ankles. Is that a good thing for beginners??? PLEASE RESPOND!

    any good internet sites (preferably from australia) that i can purchase them from?

  10. @waighee yeah im a starter and bought a starter pair via internet and the wheels are hard and they hardly spin.
    I practiced and harldy moved forward,ithought it was me doing it wrong but i think i just bought the worng pair of skates or the wheels are wrong

  11. hi i need to know whats the recommended wheels that i need to be using outside to go fast, is it soft wheels or hard wheels to go fast outdoors or is it soft wheels to be able to go fast,….? ive got no idea, thanks 🙂

  12. Should you buy skates that are the same shoe size that you have or should you go a size smaller or bigger or what???

  13. I don't think redel is the best voodoo vanilla and other one I can't think of mine are old and I don't mean I got them brand new town years ago I had these for 3 years and the were made I think 5 years ago

  14. watches once


    WTF did I just watch????

    watches again

    Okay…………………the FACTS: (Sorry, this is going to be long…warning people ahead of time here, but if you're new to skating, you should really pay attention!)

    1. Not everyone has a rink. Look on websites and check the size guides!

    2. ANYTHING you shove your foot into on a skate is the BOOT! It's the STYLE of skating you want to do that determines which style of skate (speed, derby, artistic, etc.) you want. Speed, and Derby usually use a low-cut boot. Artistic skating and Bowl skating usually means a high-top or mid-cut boot. Regular rink skating or going outdoors (though not necessarily in bowls)? The choice is yours.

    3. Toe stops don't matter in the long run. EVERY toe stop is "nice" well as every jam plug…and NTS plate. Also note: Toe stops come in two varieties. Adjustable (like she has) and Fixed (ones that CAN'T be raised or lowered).

    4. Hard wheels = low millimeter? DUROMETER!!!!! The SIZE (millimeter) of the wheel only matters if you're doing a particular type of skating. Hard wheels means you need a higher durometer (92A or above) while a softer wheel means a lower durometer (88A or less)…but that depends on surface. Skating outdoors, you generally want somewhere between a 70A to an 88A while skating indoors you usually want a 90A to 103A. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule, either. Dirty wood rinks (those not properly taken care of) may need an 85A wheel while a properly maintained rink, the 103A's (the hardest wheel available with a durometer) could still cause you to stick. Skate parks are the "in betweens" based on the surface – a good 80A to 92A is often preferred. Which leads us to….

    5. The millimeter is the SIZE of the wheel. Smaller wheels (58mm and smaller) = more agility (easier turns), but are slightly less stable (as their width is often smaller, too). Artistic and dance skaters often use the smaller, harder wheels. Larger wheels (60mm and up) = less agility, but are more stable and, thus, better for beginners. Speed and Derby skaters often use the larger, harder wheels. Skating outdoors, a larger, SOFTER wheel is recommended. Wheels also range from 30mm to 45mm in width. Again, "skinnier" wheels mean more agility, "wider" wheels mean more stability because of the contact surface of those skinny or wide wheels.

    6. ANYONE who has their own skates should have some basic skate tools. Either the Elephant Tool or the Y3 Tool. No "ratchet" needed. Those things are heavy and take up WAY too much space in a skate bag! The Y3 and Elephant tools are less than 4 inches in length and thin enough that they can be put in a pocket!

    7. AXLE nuts. There are THREE types of nuts on a skate. Don't confuse people. AXLE nuts are what hold the wheels in place. A KINGPIN nut is what holds the Kingpin (and all its parts) on the trucks. A TOE STOP nut is what you use if you have an adjustable toe stop.

    8. 8 Bearings? Well….half-right at least? Yes, there are 8 bearings….on ONE skate. Sixteen TOTAL bearings, though.

    9. Never EVER use your axle to "pop out" the bearings! As stated, get some basic damn skate tools! You'll be thankful in the end! MANY people have ruined their bearings using the axles (or a screwdriver) to get old bearings out. If you already PLAN on throwing them away, well…then…it's not too bad…HOWEVER, you can also ruin the axles themselves AND/OR the hub of the wheel doing that as well as ruining the bearing. PLEASE…for the love of all that is holy…use a bearing puller/press to change your bearings.

    10. Beginner or otherwise, if your wheels don't spin freely (spin "slowly") that means you tightened the axle nut WAY too much and this WILL eventually ruin your bearings!!! Also, there SHOULD actually be SOME play (sliding of the wheel "up and down" on the axle if you lay the skate on its side) – not a lot – when the wheel is on properly.

    11. The speed strap has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with blisters! The speed strap – or full-on lace cover – is there to protect the laces from coming undone and tripping you while you skate. Also? A properly laced skate is NOT going to come off your foot…with or without that speed strap. P.S. A stiff strap may actually CAUSE blisters if you cinch it down too tightly.

    12. Seriously? NOTHING about plates? Okay, fine. Plastic plates are usually only seen on children's skates. Thankfully they will usually outgrow them before they break, but I've seen many a cheap skate for older kids/teens with those nasty things, too. Be aware of what you're buying! Nylon plates have more flex but are much lighter in weight. Metal plates have no flex, and are much heavier. Most people can get away with nylon plates, but skaters who are over 300-350 pounds should probably stick to metal for the added stability and durability of the skate.

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