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Anatomy of Skate axles and spacers

The axles and spacers insure the consistency between the frame and the wheels and bearings. They partly determine the performance according to their materials, their thickness and their rigidity. Focus on those little known parts…

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The manufacturing processes of skate frames

The frame is a key-part of our skates. Its shape, its length and its rigidity vary according to the discipline and the needs of the skater. Made of composite or polyurethane, they are molded or injected, just like boots. Made of aluminum, they may be pressed, extruded or machined from billet. What are the differences between theses manufacturing processes?

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The maintenance of your skate frame

The frames of your skates can be made of plastic, composite or metal. The cleaning procedure is the same whatever their composition. Get a sponge, a cloth, a toothbrush, bathroom tissue and follow the steps!

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Maintenance of inline skate boots

Inline skate boots can be of different nature: rigid, flexible or fifty-fifty. They need to be checked as regularly as the other parts of your skates: holes, hygiene, wearing out are so many points that need to be looked after…

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How to extract bearings from wheels?

Extracting bearings: the task is not as easy as it seems. You have to manage to take them off without damaging them. The best thing is to push in the axis, but sometimes it’s quite a business...

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Anatomy of an inline skate wheel

Wheels are the centerpieces of a skate and its only contact with the ground. They condition skating according to numerous parameters: their shape, their diameter, their hardness, the flexibility of their core, etc. To each specialty corresponds a specific need with a specific wheel model...

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All about skate bearings

It is hard to rely on serious information as for the quality of bearings and the real needs met by skaters. Consumers are often overwhelmed by a torrent of technical terms and hazy marketing concepts. The best solution is to ask an importer to take stock on that spare part so precious to our gliding…

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How to Choose Your Skates?

Esthetics set aside — being a very personal criterion —, choosing a pair of skates, inlines or quads, lies on many objective criteria, varying according to several parameters: type of practice, intensity of use, level of skating, budget. Online-Skating.com browses the key points that should help you make your choice...

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How to clean and take care of your bearings?

As an essential part of your skates’ performance, your bearings have to be closely looked after. You don’t always necessarily have to dismantle them. But if this is the only option left, here are a couple of tips to do your best.

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What is a 'bore' in skating?

The vocabulary of skating can be quite exotic sometimes, and some words are borrowed from other fields. It is the case of « bore », coming directly from the world of mechanics...

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Caliper: Pretty useful for skating!

If you are a skating geek, buying a caliper must have crossed your mind already: Wheel diameter, ground clearance of your frames... That little tool can prove to be pretty useful!

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What is the use of a durometer?

On the printing of skate wheels you can often see a number followed by an A. You get this measurement with a very specific tool: a durometer...

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Reducing the risks of axle unscrewing with thread locker

If you are a regular skater, you probably already had the unpleasant feeling that one of your frame axles was coming loose or clearing off... and sometimes even without you realizing it! Hopefully, there's a solution called thread locker...

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Testing the Luigino Atom Trolley

It's a first on OLS, testing a trolley! Such a companion has become a key-accessory for traveling skaters. We had the opportunity to test the Luigino Atom model...

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Choosing your Artistic Skate wheels

Whether they are rough, slippery, dusty, each indoors floor has special features. Here are some enlightening pieces of advice given by Guillaume Wagner in order to make the best choice of wheels according to your needs in Artistic Skating or roller dance…

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The trade secrets of skate boots

The way skate boots are made depends on the discipline: rigid in aggressive skating, low-cut in speed skating, semi-flexible in fitness skating. The materials involved in the process are very different too and influence the methods used. Here are the trade secrets of these key parts welcoming your feet…

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Test: Rio Jive quad skates

We tested a first pair of Rio quad skates in 2012. The British brand sent us a new model called "Jive". It has some improvements over its predecessors...

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Anatomy of an inline skate rubber brake

The brake of your inline skates is an outgrowth made of rubber, hard plastic or polyurethane. It is fixed at the rear of the frame. Here is the story of this very useful accessory ...

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Artistic Inline Skating: Which skates to use?

Artistic Skating on roller-skates is still mainly practised with traditional skates, whether you skate solo, in a group or in pair. However, it is possible to use inline skates...

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Test: the SFR Rio quad skates

The SFR Rio quad skates are the best-selling traditional skates in Great Britain, thanks to their disco looks. Let’s see what they are made of!

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Test: the SFR Cosmic quad skates

This is a big first on OLS! We tested a pair of quad skates dedicated to artistic skating. We received a pair or “Cosmic” from SFR, the Britannic brand: a basic model at a very competitive price...

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Anatomy of a pair of Quad Skates

What we call quad skates or traditional skates are skates with mobile axles, and contrarily to common belief, they arrived later that inline skates! Dissection and working of these so-called dinosaurs which have made a strong comeback since a few months...

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The importance of fastening your skates efficiently

Quality of skating and power are key factors for performance in skating. But just as would say a famous pneumatic brand: “Power is nothing without control”. That’s why a good fastening is also determining. Tips and explanations…

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Skating Wheels manufacturing

We frequently complain about their price, their excessive wear, how they slip too much or stick excessively. We praise for their rolling qualities, their rebound, and their reactivity. No doubt, our wheels are often the heart of conversations between skaters! Nothing like a visit to French wheel manufacturer RollX to learn more about how they are made...

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Rollerskates: where and how to dig up good deals

In these times of crisis, it takes a great deal of resourcefulness to dig up new or second-hand equipment and spare pieces. This article goes to all the broke skaters who wish to invest the less as possible…

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Buying second-hand skates

You’re starting roller-skating and you want to get a new pair of skates? Yes, but making ends meet at the end of the month is sometimes complicated. Fortunately, there’s still the possibility of buying second-hand equipment, and here are a couple of tips to make pondered choices and avoid problems...

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Test: G-Form Impact knee pads

Knee pads prevent from burns and wounds most of the time, but they are few to limit the effects of an undesirable impact with the ground (i.e. a fall). Recently we have discovered a new type of protective gear made with Poron...

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Tip: Don’t lose your screws and axles

Have you ever lost an axle while you were enjoying your skating session? Or got past by a wheel going downhill? We have! There are simple solutions to avoid those unfortunate mishaps. Here is how to solve the problem when you're don't trust your screws 100%...

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Anatomy of skate liners

The liner is the essential part that determines the comfort, the precision and the quality of your skating. It may be made of leather, foam, or other more technological materials. It may be thermoformable or more classic, integrated or removable. Each characteristic influences the whole. Focus...

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The manufacturing of a pair of roller skates

Apart from a few pairs of made-to-measure speed skates, most skates are made with similar manufacturing and designing techniques: Studies on the needs of the skaters, creation in design committees, making of prototypes, tests, and mass production. Focus on the different stages...

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