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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…

on 06/05/19 - Read 46362 TimesRead more

Anatomy of a skate frame

The frame ensures the link between the boot and the wheels. Its technical characteristics (rigidity, length…) may considerably vary according to the considered practice.

on 19/09/18 - Read 50610 TimesRead more

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…

on 09/08/18 - Read 74782 TimesRead more

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...

on 29/07/18 - Read 139748 TimesRead more

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 30/06/18 - Read 50458 TimesRead more

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…

on 25/06/18 - Read 150848 TimesRead more

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.

on 20/12/16 - Read 250317 TimesRead more

What is Roll Ball?

Maybe do you already know roller soccer and roller basketball, here is Roll Ball! A sport mixing skating and handball with a basket ball. The practice saw the light in India around 2002-2003. Discovery...

on 15/09/15 - Read 13498 TimesRead more

The History of Skating from 1760 till Today

OLS publishes an overview of the history of skating, from the creation of the first inline skates to traditional skates through ‘cycle-skates’. Let’s pay tribute to one of the few skate historians, Sam Nieswizski, the author of 'Rollermania' (1991), that remains the key reference in the history of skating through the ages…

on 25/08/15 - Read 233853 TimesRead more

Mediaskates restricts access to high quality skating pics

Since its creation three years ago, Mediaskates has always wanted to help out the skating community, all disciplines included, without financial compensation for the general public. Today, after many abuses, the Mediaskates team is restricting this option...

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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...

on 07/02/15 - Read 19272 TimesRead more

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!

on 01/02/15 - Read 18319 TimesRead more

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 19533 TimesRead more

Buggy Rollin in a Chinese commercial to promote the Skoda Yeti

The latest commercial film featuring Buggy Rollin is out on the Chinese Internet network. It is a project to promote the Skoda Yeti...

on 24/12/14 - Read 3778 TimesRead more

Testing the Powerslide XC Skeletons

After the test of the XC Paths two seasons ago, we're presenting you a new Nordic / All-Terrain Skate test. Powerslide proposes the XC Skeleton, an adjustable model for which you can use your own shoes...

on 23/06/14 - Read 32312 TimesRead more

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…

on 05/04/13 - Read 25803 TimesRead more

Towed practices of skating

Have you ever thought about using another mean that your own strength to propel yourself while skating? Most of skaters did. With a kite, a dog, a horse, a bicycle or anything else, there are plenty of fun solutions...

on 11/01/13 - Read 18439 TimesRead more

Comparative test: Powerslide Vi SUV Vs. Rollerblade Coyote

After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of new models. Here is a comparison between the newborn Powerslide Vi SUV and its ancestor, the famous Rollerblade Coyote.

on 25/12/12 - Read 86886 TimesRead more

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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Impact of muscle stretching on health and sports practice

Stretch, they said! And what if we broke down prejudices on stretching? All our youth, they kept on telling us how good and essential it was to stretch for sports performances… And what if new studies were challenging all of that?

on 29/11/12 - Read 42301 TimesRead more

Testing all-terrain skates: Powerslide Vi SUV

After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of the Powerslide Vi SUV, a skate with very similar characteristics to those of the Coyote, but benefiting from a great number of technological improvements...

on 13/11/12 - Read 27915 TimesRead more

Interview with Buggy Rollin

You certainly have heard of Buggy Rollin, and the name of Rollerman immediately makes you think about the wheel armor that’s so famous in the roller-skating world… But does the name of Jean-Yves Blondeau ring your bell? Let’s meet the inventor of the famous suit.

on 30/08/12 - Read 31395 TimesRead more

Buggy Rollin: Conquering Tianmen Mountain (China)

It is 2 o'clock in the morning in China when Buggy Rollin gives us the following interview, after his descent of a mythical road in front of 200 million viewers. Jean-Yves Blondeau tells us about this unique moment in his career…

on 22/07/12 - Read 7039 TimesRead more

Buggy Rollin at full speed!

Jean-Yves Blondeau, aka "Buggy Rollin" decided to take on his own downhill speed records. He tore down the downhills near Lons-le-Saunier (Jura Mountains, France) at top speed, reaching 120 kph…

on 13/07/12 - Read 4360 TimesRead more

Roller Soccer : Presentation

As suggested in the name, Roller Soccer is a sport consisting in playing soccer on skates. It gathers soccer lovers as well as sliding sports lovers, especially skaters...

on 09/03/12 - Read 12802 TimesRead more

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…

on 10/01/12 - Read 46379 TimesRead more

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...

on 09/01/12 - Read 42767 TimesRead more

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…

on 24/12/11 - Read 22796 TimesRead more

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...

on 16/10/11 - Read 95349 TimesRead more

Overview of Powerslide products 2012 (Virus line)

Powerslide finally a brand that dares to innovate! We must be admitted that few companies dare to really spend money in research and development in these times of lean ... So when one of them dares to do it on a sluggish market, we put it under the spotlights. Presentation of the Powerslide Virus line of products...

on 08/10/11 - Read 28802 TimesRead more

Test: Seba Nano Socks

It’s not always easy to find a good pair of socks for skating. In general, except from the Decathlon products, there is no real alternative amongst the big brands. This year, Seba launches a model of socks which deserves a closer look: the Nano socks…

on 21/09/11 - Read 16122 TimesRead more

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...

on 06/07/11 - Read 28547 TimesRead more

Samo Bajec, European Roller Soccer Champion

Samo Bajec is the team captain of the Rollera Team from Slovenia. The team won the last European Roller Soccer Championship held in the Netherlands from the 6th to the 8th of May 2011. This is the story of this wonderful adventure – hopefully, before the next one in Brazil in August...

on 26/05/11 - Read 6699 TimesRead more

All-terrain Skating: Testing the Powerslide XC Path

We too rarely test all-terrain and nordic skating products. We decided it was time to set things right, so we have contacted Powerslide in order to get a pair of XC Paths (formerly Pathfinders), the key-model of the brand back in 2011…

on 12/02/11 - Read 29662 TimesRead more

Recent technological innovations for skate wheels

Our wheels have been turning for nearly 250 years. Wood, ivory, metal, tire, rubber or urethane... Wheels have been made of all kinds of materials. Technological innovations gave a fresh boost to skating in the 90's. The use of plastic materials in 1979 was a small revolution. Overview of the innovations that marked the history of our dear skate wheels...

on 15/02/09 - Read 37704 TimesRead more

How are made skate wheels?

Did you know that the appearance of plastic wheels revived the skating trend in the 80's? Before they were inflatable, or made of wood or metal and did not have the comfort and rolling performances of today's equipment. Today, the manufacturers fight over the market and never stop improving their products. We have cut one open for you...

on 26/11/07 - Read 34989 TimesRead more

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...

on 25/11/07 - Read 28754 TimesRead more

Oldies : in the heart of the Hawaii Surf Shop

A trip in Paris (France) bring us to the shop Hawaii Surf. Eric Gros, the owner, allowed us to visit his miracle cave. In the abyss of the cellar, behind the most recent models, hide some unknown and rare pieces, skates which crossed through the ages, absurd inventions, outmoded design. Travel through the time...

on 09/11/07 - Read 27185 TimesRead more

Is roller-skating a childish pastime?

Years passing, we could have believed that the reputation of the roller would have evolved a lot. Nevertheless, in mind of numerous persons, this practice evokes more a leisure than a real sport. Some consider it as a totally childish pastime. Others are even surprised when they learn the existence of speed-skating race. Roller-skating : childish pastime or real sport?

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