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Skating tips

Online skating.com-full of useful tips to repair your skates, to protect and reduce the wear of the parts of your roller-skates such as your wheels or your shell. We also explain how to make parts that no longer exist. Last but not least, we give you advice to practice in the best conditions ...

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Tip: Neoprene shoe covers

When you practice in difficult weather conditions, rain can drastically deteriorate your skate boots. Using shoe covers is an efficient solution at a moderate price...

on 29/01/16 - Read 9978 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Slalom: Setting up your cone lines

Setting up a new slalom spot to the official norms requires precision and method. The OLS team gives you advice to set up your classic slalom area...

on 23/08/15 - Read 3482 TimesRead more

Fitness skating

Modify your wristguards for the wintertime

Who's never hesitated between slipping on wristguards or gloves before going for a ride in the wintertime? Rather than letting you overthink on that tricky question, we have a 2-in-1 solution to keep your fingers warm at a lesser cost...

on 15/02/15 - Read 3430 TimesRead more

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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...

on 31/01/15 - Read 9069 TimesRead more

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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...

on 18/07/14 - Read 5853 TimesRead more

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Tip: Making your own skate mudguards

Wintertime and rain put your skates and your clothes at risk. Just like in cycling, water projections leave you great souvenir traces on your calves and back. Here is a tip to make your own DIY skate mudguards…

on 16/12/13 - Read 6347 TimesRead more

Speed-skating

Tip: Thermoforming your carbon boots

When you buy a pair of skates, even if their characteristics seem to make them the best pair of the moment on the market, they are still not always as close to the foot as a molded pair. Yann V. reveals his tip for an optimized thermoforming...

on 24/05/13 - Read 24320 TimesRead more

Inline downhill

Tip: Making your own downhill visor

With Downhill, you will get flies in your teeth if you venture without a visor. To deal with that, you can buy yourself a full face motorcycle helmet, which is a bit expensive, or make your homemade visor…

on 10/11/12 - Read 12433 TimesRead more

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Extracting an axle or a screw stuck in a frame

Most of beginners are afraid to lose a screw or an axle while skating. They often tighten their roller-skates axles too much. When the axles are stuck in the frame, it becomes very hard to remove them. It also happens that the allen key erodes the thread. Here are some tips to remove stubborn axles and screws...

on 23/01/12 - Read 28394 TimesRead more

Inline downhill

Tip: how to slow down with a parachute

Alain Decayeux recently traveled through the Japanese Alps on his skates with his girlfriend. He met an American skater who introduced him to an ingenious system to slow down in slopes. Explanation ...

on 26/10/11 - Read 8898 TimesRead more

Long distance skating

Long distance: water bladder or can bike ?

Issues relating to food and hydration are common when skaters start practicing long distance raids or races. Two types of choices are available to you: water bladder or can bike... make your choice!

on 24/07/11 - Read 9893 TimesRead more

Long distance skating

Portage solutions for long distance skating raids

For solo raids, without help and in total self-sufficiency, how to carry luggage and sleeping equipment becomes an essential point to think about. There are only two solutions: backpack or carrying device. Imagine yourself with a 25 kg load on your back... Remains the 'portage' solution. Description of the devices and solutions available...

on 05/03/11 - Read 12894 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Tip: Making your own jumping kit

It is not always easy to find the equipment you need to practice acrobatic skating in shops, and jumping kits are no exception. Pico12 shared with us a detailed article to explain how to make your own DIY kit...

on 09/11/09 - Read 9182 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Tip: Make your own slalom cones

Slalom cones of decent quality are hard to find. Skate shops do sell some, but often at very high prices, and sometimes with advertising on them. Here is a series of ideas that may allow you to go for leg knitting at a lesser cost. From good old Ikea plastic cups to egg-boxes, nothing is lost...

on 12/09/09 - Read 26383 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Slalom tip: The rocker set-ups

Wheel placing can modify the properties of your skates, according to whether you are looking for reactivity, handiness or speed. Non-flat alternative wheel set-ups are called 'rocker' set-ups...

on 14/02/09 - Read 20353 TimesRead more

Aggressive skating

Tip: Make your own DIY anti-rockers

The anti-rockers are the small wheels on both sides of the H-Block. Their small size prevents you from stopping on bars when sliding. They are sometimes expensive and they are not always easy to find, here is a solution to make your own DIY anti-rockers...

on 18/06/08 - Read 24862 TimesRead more

Speed-skating

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%...

on 15/06/08 - Read 27818 TimesRead more

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Equipment: Adjusting your skate frames

Whatever your skating discipline, adjusting your frames requires a bit of attention and precision. Their placing conditions your comfort of skating. Badly placed, they can cause pain and injury. Here are a few adjustment tips...

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Taking public transport on skates

Do you know you can be fined for skating in train/metro stations or on public transports? Even if taking your skates off remains the best thing to do not to irritate the authorities, know that there are a few gadgets to safely use public transportation...

on 05/04/08 - Read 21326 TimesRead more

Slalom skating

Tip: Carrying tip for your slalom cones?

There is a very simple and handy technique to carry your slalom cones. Imagine: a cord, a little hole at the center of your cones, and there you go!

on 04/04/04 - Read 7390 TimesRead more

Aggressive skating

Aggro skating tip: Make your own wax

Wax is a kind of lubricant that enables better sliding on bars, walls and other modules, in skating and skateboarding. In other practices, like surfing, it is used on boards. It might look like cooking recipes but it's not.

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Slalom skating

Tip: The slalom skater's perfect kit

There's no need to spend a fortune to slalom: Dig up a few ingredients, a cord, a piece of chalk and a few cones, and you'll be just as good as Mac Gyver. Proof here...

on 04/04/04 - Read 7872 TimesRead more

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