Roller-skates give skaters freedom, fun, and a healthy dose of fitness, too. Nothing beats zipping around the rink on a Saturday night, listening to your favorite song of the moment. Renting skates is a great way to get into the sport, but if you’re a regular skater, you’ve probably invested in a pair of your own. Owning your own skates means a perfect fit, more speed and control, and the freedom to skate whenever you want. It also means you need to maintain your skates to keep them in peak condition.
How to Maintain Roller-Skates
- Boots. As you wear your skates, the boot will begin conforming to your foot. But to preserve the shape and suppleness of the leather, it’s important to take care of your skates. Never let moisture sit in your boot, whether it’s sweat on the sole or a spill on the exterior of the boot. Wipe away excess moisture and loosen the laces to air out the inside of your boot after skating. Keep your skates away from heat sources, which can warp or crack the leather.
- Trucks. Check your trucks regularly to make sure they’re tight against the boot. If your trucks are deliberately loose for maneuverability, check them more often to make sure they haven’t gotten loose enough to cause problems.
- Bearings. Skate bearings are typically enclosed, and require no maintenance except for cleaning. If your bearings aren’t enclosed, lubricate the bearings every so often to maintain peak performance.
- Wheels. Keep skates clean to prevent dirt buildup, which can prevent the wheels from spinning. Check the wheels occasionally to make sure they’re still in good condition. And don’t worry, if your wheels get old, they’re easy to replace.
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