Are your roller skates looking as scary as the Halloween decorations? Do your wheels groan like a zombie looking for brains? At Chester Skateland, we want you to get the most out of your skate purchase, whether you’re taking lessons or just having fun. Check out our tips for roller skate maintenance!
First things first: you should wipe down your skates, inside and out, every time you take them off. Always store your skates unlaced. If you don’t, all that moisture can mildew! NEVER put your skates near a heater to dry them–that can damage your skates (or even make them catch on fire).
The wheels should spin freely. If not, check to see what they look like–they may be dirty, worn out, or even broken. Dirty wheels can simply be cleaned and put back on (just make sure that you tighten them securely). On the other hand, broken or very worn wheels should be replaced.
Once you’ve checked the outside, look at making adjustments to the toe-stop and the truck. The “truck” on the bottom of your skates holds the wheel axles and is easily overlooked. Most skaters will want their trucks to be tight, so adjust them if they’re too loose. Advanced skaters may loosen their truck for more agility, but should still keep an eye on adjustments. If your skates come with an adjustable toe-stop, try changing it around to see what position you prefer. Otherwise, simply check to make sure it’s secure.
If you come across a problem you can’t fix, don’t panic! Come see the staff at Chester Skateland in Chester, VA! We love to talk skating.