So you have decided that you want to learn to inline skate. Perhaps you have never been on an inline skate before, but you have decided to venture out and try this great sport. There are so many different kinds of inline skates. Where do you begin and what do you look for? Here are a few simple guidelines to follow in selecting a good inline skate.
1. Decide your purpose. Do you want to use your skates on the sidewalks near your home? Or do you wish to use them in a rink? Are the skates going to be used often or just occasionally. Determine what best describes your use and focus then on that kind of skate.
2. Decide what you can spend. You can find skates between $35 and $1000. If you can only spend $35, look for another sport. You will not be satisfied and probably will quickly drop the sport because of the poor performing skate. Spend at least $200 on your skates. If you spend less, your feet will probably be so uncomfortable you won’t enjoy skating at all. If you can afford to spend more than $200, your feet will definitely notice the difference. It’s almost always true, that fitness and recreational skates rated highest for comfort cost between $300 and $400.
3. Decide on a boot. The boot’s purpose is to support your foot and ankle. When you try on the boot, it should fit comfortably. If not, do not buy the boot. You will be disappointed. Some people prefer the hard boots for their skates because they feel like they provide the best ankle support. Others find the softer, more flexible boats more appealing
One of the biggest questions relates to the wheels. What size wheel should they look for and how do you take care of the skate wheels after you have purchased them?
First of all, there is no best size wheel for a child; however if your child is young or just learning to skate, you should definitely pick a smaller wheel. I would recommend a size 72 to 74mm would be appropriate. Wheel sizes can go all the way up to over 100mm. Wheels that size are for very experienced skaters. Once a child has learned how to skate, picking a size 80mm would be in order. In general, the larger the size give a faster skating experience. The larger wheels also last longer. The smaller wheels will give a young or new skater a lot more control and stability.
You can always change them to a larger size depending upon your skate. Some inline skates can accommodate any size, but others will not hold the larger sizes. Check before you buy your skates.
Secondly, remember that wheels do not last forever. In order to get more life out of them, you need to rotate them from time to time. Normally, most inline skates have four wheels in straight line. You will notice wear earliest on the insides of the wheel and frequently the front and back wheels will wear out first. To rotate the wheels remove them from one skate and put them on the other. Also put the two outer wheels on the inside when you do the rotation. Doing this will make your skates last a little longer, but, of course, you will then find it necessary to purchase another set of wheels.
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