How To Customize Your Own Roller Skates

Hello Skaters, in today’s article I will be going over how to completely customize a pair of roller skates right for you. 

In this article, I will give you a quick rundown on what you’ll need to make your own customized skates. So stick around if you want to learn about How To Customize Your Own Roller Skates.

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The Boot

First, you will need to find the right boot for you. 

This means you need to know what style is right for you whether that be a high cuffed boot or a low cuffed boot you have to research which is best for you.

I will go through the pros and cons of both, this also goes for rollerblades, inlines, and normal quad roller skates. 

High cuffed boots (rollerblades and quad roller skates)

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

Low cuffed boots (inlines and quad roller skates)

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

Next, you will have to find the right size for you. Typically all roller skates that goes for inlines and rollerblades, are in men’s sizing so women go down a size if it says it’s in women sizing then men go up a size. 

The Trucks 

Now the trucks, trucks, and plates are not the same thing although they get confused for each other all the time. 

Trucks attach to the plate which holds on the wheels.

The truck is a piece of metal that holds on the axels on either side of both skates. 

The trucks can be loosened or tighten to help you control your skates better. Typically trucks come with plates. 

The Plates

The plates are very important as well, they come in two basic types 10-degree and 45-degree plates. 

Plates come with other things like toe stops or jam plugs, light and or heavy plates, adjustable pivots and or non-adjustable pivots, rubber or urethane cushions, and or special mounting.

Now let’s go over the pros and cons of each the basic plate types. 

10-degree plates

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

45-degree plates

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

The Wheels

Finally wheels this is by far one of the most important parts of any skate. Wheels are very personalized so you need to know where you are going to be skating. 

Soft wheels are good for skating outdoors especially over rocks and other outdoor materials. The wheel diameter refers to the hardness or softness of wheels, the diameter levels for soft wheels are from 85A to 88A. 

Hard wheels are good for indoor skating since they are smooth and have less bounce to them. The wheel diameter for hard wheels is from 94A to 98A. 

I will go over the pros and cons of each type of wheel. 

Soft wheels (85A-88A)

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

Hard wheels (94A-98A)

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

How let’s talk about narrow and wide wheels. Narrow wheels are more for beginners and wider wheels are more for advanced skaters.

Narrow wheels

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

Wide wheels

Pros

  • Good for more experienced skaters
  • Good for jam skaters, speed skaters, and derby skaters
  • Allows your feet to move freely
  • Allows for more advanced tricks

Cons

  • Can cause blisters on the lower ankle area
  • Could cause ankle injuries in inexperienced skaters
  • Tough to break in (feel like a comfortable shoe)

The Bearings

Now for the last category on the list are bearings, as we have said multiple times the only thing that matters about bearings is if they are clean and properly greased. 

But if you want to understand the ABEC levels than keep reading. 

So ABEC is the scale that ball bearings are classified under for roller skates these bearings go from 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The higher the number the longer your wheels will roll. 

Getting a more expensive pack of bearings is ideal because they will last you longer if you keep them cleaned and greased. 

And that will rap up my article on How To Customize Your Own Roller Skates. 

Wrap Up 

How did you like my article on How To Customize Your Own Roller Skates? Is there anything new you learn about in this article, if so leave me a comment down below.  

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