Inline skating, also known as rollerblading has become one of the most popular ways to move around. Whether you are doing it for leisure or playing hockey, inline skating has a long history.
History of inline skating
Most ice skaters got frustrated during the summer when there was no ice for skating. Out these frustrations, the roller skates were invented in Belgium. Joseph Merlin created the first skates in the 1760s. Merlin was a genius who was well-known for making musical instruments and many other mechanical inventions. The first skates featured a single line of wheels.
The wheels would follow this alignment for the next century until M. Petitbled patented the first roller skates in 1819 in Paris. For the next 40 years, all the roller skates have an inline set of wheels that varied in design and the number of wheels. These skates could have as few as two wheels and as many as six wheels. Unfortunately, such skates lacked maneuverability and could not turn easily.
In 1863, the quad skate was invented by James Plimpton. These skates had four wheels, featuring of two pairs placed side by side. Therefore, quad skates were high maneuverable and quickly gained popularity. Despite this popularity, some companies continued to manufacture skates that had an inline set of wheels.
In 1900, Peck & Snyder Company patented the two-wheel inline skate. Also, John Jay Young patented an adjustable length inline skate in 1905 in New York. In 1910, a three-wheeled inline skated was designed by the Roller Hockey Skate Company. Another 20 years would elapse before the Best-Ever Built Skate Company designed the three-wheeled inline skate with the wheels close to the ground.
In 1966, Scott Olson purchased the skates and modified them to have better wheels and brakes. This was the birth of Chicago Roller Skate Company that manufactured a new generation of skates. The Rollerblade skates had four wheels in a row with the back and front wheel extending beyond the boot.
In 1984, the Olson’s company was sold to Bob Naegele, Jr. – a prominent Minneapolis businessman. The company name was changed to Rollerblade, Inc. Although this was not the first company to make inline skates, it offered the most advanced skates. Such skates are not easier to brake but also very reliable. Nowadays, the inline skating is a popular sport that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
During the 80s and 1980s, Rollerblade inline skates were made of hard plastics shells. However, the first soft boot was launched in 1995 by K2. Soon other brands started produced soft boots. These models featured the textile and plastic structure. The production of inline skates with rigid shells did not stop as they were meant for street and aggressive skating.
From the rollerblade skates up to the present, new technological features have been included in the modern inline skates. For instance, the latest inline skates have wheel Anti-reversing technology that prevents the users from falling backward.
Over two centuries, the Inline skating has undergone significant developments and has grown to become one of the most popular sports in the world.
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