Maintaining your Inline Skates
Maintaining your Inline Skates is the most important habit that you need to pick up in order to prolong the life span of your skates. As you get better, your skates will suffer wear and tear. The wheels will get smaller, the bearings slower, the boots will have scars of its own and most probably laces and buckles will disintegrate. To maintain your ride quality one of the easiest things you can do is maintain your skates. The act of maintaining you skates include the following actions:
1. Rotating Wheels
Rotating wheels is the act of assessing your wheel's wear and tear. In the past we were always told to follow a subsequent rule, which was was to flip it, swap it and reverse it. Meaning the front wheels would be rotated to the back, then flipped where necessary. Flipping ensures that not only one side of the wheel is used (Which happens to many skaters) and the skate experience is enhanced because it does sort of feel like new.
New information since becoming a more refined skaters made us assess this process and we found that:
a. Assess wheel tear to know your skating technique.
By knowing which wheels wear out first you can assess your skating technique and push vs weight distribution. Then you can assess further how to reverse the location of your wheels to have a even wear out scheme.
b. Assess wheel hardness need.
Finding out the relation between where you have been skating to the wear and tear of your skates indicates not only what to expect in upcoming skate plans but also what type of wheels would you want to change into.
2. Cleaning bearings
Bearings need to be cleaned. Period. We have numerous videos on how to clean inline skates
3. Clean the boots
Boots and Liners need maintenance to fully provide the support needed so you can skate well. you can figure out wear, tear and needed replacements in order for you to have a safe and awesome skate session.
4. Your Setup
Every skater has a preferred setup. How the frame meets the boot, set towards the front or back, slightly moved inwards or other setups are influenced by your skate preference, body anatomy and skate style. These factors need to be understood then different setups need to be tested in order for you to get the best experience in inline skating.
"Skate maintenance is knowledge you need to have good maintenance skills. Having these skills means you become confident with your skate setup and you are sure that if anything happens, you can correct your equipment."