When you get your new skates, it's important to check them before you roll! This short video will talk you through how to make sure you have a smooth ride. You can also read the maintenance tips below to ensure your skates perform optimally and have a long life.
Get your new skates ready to roll!
Your trucks are slotted into the pivot cups of your plate, and your wheels attach to the axles of your truck.
Your trucks should also be adjusted to your preferred tightness. If you aren't sure what this is, you can start with tighter trucks, and slowly loosen them to increase manoeuvrability. Trucks that are too loose will increase instability, while trucks that are too tight will be very stiff. Trucks that are uneven can create the feeling of your skates pulling in one direction, so make sure they are all adjusted evenly. Trucks need to be checked and adjusted regularly.
Your bearings are inside your wheels, and are what makes your wheels spin. Each set of rollerskates uses 16 bearings.
It is recommended that you skate on dry surfaces that are free from sand and debris. Over time, dirt will get inside your bearings and they will need cleaning. You can buy special bearing cleaner from your local skate shop. If you skate in water, your bearings will rust, so ensure that you keep them dry! Bearings will usually need to be replaced every 6 months to 2 years, depending on how often you skate and how well you take care of them. There are a range of bearings on the market. The higher the ABEC number, the higher quality the bearings are.
Your toe stops are on the front of your skate and are secured by a nut and washer.
You can wind your toe stops up or down by loosening the large nut with the included skate tool and finding your desired height. You should be able to easily put your toe stop down without tipping over. Usually adjusting them so that they are 1-2 fingers width from the ground is the recommended height. Tighten the nut that holds your toe stop in place very firmly before skating. Toe stops need to be checked and tightened regularly.
Your wheels are positioned on your truck axles and are fasted by a nut.
Your wheels should rotate easily but should not be too loose. If they make excessive rattling noises when spinning they should be tightened by adjusting the nut. If you are a beginner, tighter wheels will reduce your rolling speed, and can be good for learning. You can loosen them off as you get more comfortable to increase your speed.