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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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Test of the Powerslide One Zoom 100 Skate

First known as a beginner skate the Powerslide One Zoom 100 Skate now has established his abilities for advanced skaters too. We tested this new model...

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We checked out the pumptrack for you: pumptrack on skates

In the past 20 years, skateparks appeared everywhere in France. Lately, a new kind of skateparks got very successful in the municipalities: the pump track...

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A short story of 3-wheel skates in freestyle slalom with Jürgen Pfitzner (Powerslide)

Jürgen Pfitzner, product manager at Powerslide, explains us how the German brand developed the 3-wheel skates in freestyle slalom with its entire team...

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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.

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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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Equipment: Choosing your wrist guards

Falls on the wrists are more than a third of the traumas recorded in the casualty departments of hospitals taking skaters in. It is quite normal, given that you instinctively try to absorb you fall with your hands. Here are a couple of tips for you to make the right choice.

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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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Braking: Parallel sliding

Sliding is the most efficient as well as the most spectacular braking technique. Skaters manage to draw parallel lines covering several meters, and leaving a burnt smell. It is also the hardest braking technique to master...

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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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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...

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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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Presentation of the Roces roller skate catalogue 2018

We are always curious about the new catalogues of every brand to see what development is going on. So we checked up the catalogues of Roces. State of affairs.

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Presentation of the 2018 Fila skates

We are having a quick look at the novelties of the new Fila catalog 2018. Long-distance, freeride or children's skates, here are some examples...

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Brands that made history of inline skating: Roces

Roces was born in Montebelluna, not far from Venice (Italy): from ski boots, over ice skates to inline skates. Review of a 65 year long history...

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Interview with Enrique Rubio, Spanish Slalom and slide Champion

Interview with Enrique Rubio, Spanish Slalom and slide Champion

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Visiting the World Roller Museum in Nanjing, China

While visiting the facilities of the next Roller Games in Nanjing, we had the opportunity of visiting the FIRS World Roller Museum, which opened for the Speed Skating World Championships in September 2016...

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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...

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Interview with Mathilde Monneron an excellent and multifaced skater

Mathilde Monneron is part of a little group of skaters that doesn't only compete in one discipline. Every discipline allows her to develop her technical skills and learn more about skating. The interview...

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A sneaky look into the future: What could roller sports be like in 20 years?

New years are opportunities to look to the future, so why not imagining the evolution of our ways of practicing skating in the upcoming 20 years? Here are our forecasts...

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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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Recap of the 2016 World Championships of Freestyle Skating in Bangkok (Thailand)

The 10th World Championships of Freestyle Skating finished on November 21st, 2016, after 4 days of intensive competition. Here is the sports and organizational recap on the event...

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Testing the Rollerblade Metroblade 3WD Freeride Skates

We had the opportunity to test one of the key-models of Rollerblade's freeride range: the Metroblade 3WD, a 3x110 model designed for freeskating. Feedbacks...

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2016 World Freestyle Skating Championship: Battle Slide & Freejump (Last Day)

The 2016 World Championships of Freestyle Skating come to an end after four days, with the events of Battle Slide and Freejump...

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2016 World Freestyle Skating Championship: Battle Freestyle Slalom (Day 3)

During Day 3 at the Worlds of Freestyle Skating in Bangkok, Thailand, China dominated the Junior Categories of Battle Freestyle Slalom, while Russia took hold of the Seniors'...

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2016 World Freestyle Skating Championship: Classic Freestyle Slalom (Day 2)

The second day of competition at the 2016 Worlds of Freestyle Skating started with the qualification phases of the Senior Men's category, then followed by the Pair Freestyle Slalom Competition, and then back to the Classic finals...

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2016 WIFC Opening Ceremony & WSSA Season Award Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 10th world championships of freestyle skating (Bangkok, Thailand) took place after the speed slalom finals, at the end of the first day of competition...

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2016 World Freestyle Skating Championships: Back to Asia With the 10th Edition

The 10th edition of the World Freestyle Skating Championship is currently taking place, from November 18th to 21st, 2016. After two European editions, in Paris 2014 and Turin 2015, The WFSC are back to Asia in 2016, in Thailand's capital city, Bankok.

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Testing Powerslide's Kaze Freeride Skates

Powerslide has sent us a pair of their latest freeride skate models, the Kazes, mounted on 4x80 mm Trinity frames. Test bench...

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Testing The Powerslide Imperial Megacruiser Pro 125

The Powerslide Imperial Megacruiser Pro 125 is the flagship of the German brand for Freeride Skating with three wheels. We tested the model, which is meant to rise the common standard.

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Presentation of the 2016 Powerslide Collections (2/2)

A second article on the 2016 Powerslide Collections. Overview of the off-road, slalom and freeride skate models...

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Glimpse on the new 2016 Fila skate collection

Each fall, we go around every big skate brand catalogues to discover next season's models. The 2016 Fila skate collection presents few surprises but still reveals promising skates...

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The 2016 K2 Street and Freeride Collections

Collection changes are always an interesting time to determine what direction brands will take. In 2016, K2 seems interested to rebond with urban skates. Here are the 2016 K2 Street and Freeride lines...

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Testing the X35 Freeride Skates by Roces

Roces sent us their latest skate model designed for urban practice, freeskate and slalom. After several months of testing, here are our conclusions...

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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…

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Testing the 80 mm Matter Glow skate wheel

Matter and Powerslide have launched a phosphorescent wheel on the market. We got a set from the Parisian shop HawaiiSurf. Gadget or safety device in its own right? Test...

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Testing the Roll'X Freeride Wheel

The French brand Roll'X is famous in speed skating but they know how to diversify in other disciplines, like roller hockey and freeride. We had the opportunity of testing the 80 mm freeride model in 85A...

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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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Testing the Seba High Light Carbon

The Seba High Light Carbon is the high range version of the popular Seba High Light. It has the same simple design, with a carbon base for the shell. How efficient is this new model? Does it make the difference in the Seba collection and does it compete with the Hardcore Evo by Powerslide? Verdict...

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SkateCross Explained

BoarderCross, BladerCross, InlineCross, SkateCross, obstacle races on skates changed names over the years. The practice structured little by little and has now become a recognized discipline with world series. History...

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Testing the Seba Street Invaders 84A Wheels

Seba equip all of their urban skating models with the Street Invaders. They are available in different colors and diameters. Those wheels have imposed themselves in shops as well as in skatecross and slalom competitions. We have tested several colors to give you a more precise verdict...

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Visiting the 2017 Roller Games facilities in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona puts on a great spread for the organization of the 2017 Roller Games. Consequent resources are committed and such an exposure can only be beneficial for the world of skating...

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2015 Annual Congress of the FIRS

The Congress of the FIRS, the International Federation of Roller Sports, took place on Saturday February 21st, 2015 in Rome, Italy, at the Italian National Olympic Committee (INOC). Equivalent to an ordinary general assembly, that congress was meant to decide on the next orientations until 2017...

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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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Introducing the 2015 Roces Range

Once doesn't make it a habit, let's start a series of articles on the products that are going leave their mark on 2015. Just like many brands, Roces renews most of its 2014 products, but also offers a few novelties...

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Dual density skate wheels: Where does the technology comes from and what is the use of it?

There are more and more dual density wheels on the market, for speed skating, long distance, freeskate, roller derby, hockey and even aggressive skating. What is the use of this technology? Answers...

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Testing the Powerslide Defcon Dual Density 80 mm Wheel

We got a set of 80 mm Powerslide Defcon Dual Density freeskate wheels. Powerslide was one of the first brands to design a double density model for urban practice. Testing with Luc Bourdin...

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Testing the Atom Luigino backpack

Earlier in 2014, we had tested the Atom Luigino trolley. Today, we're presenting you the backpack. Here is our verdict after 8 months of daily use...

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Interview with Alexandre Claris

World #5 in freestyle slalom at the 2014 WSSA World Ranking, 4th in speed slalom, 5th in slide... There's no doubt about it, Alexandre Claris is quite a skilful skater! We've interviewed him on the docks of Bordeaux, France to know a bit more about him...

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Dirt Skate Cross in Liège (Belgium)

The first stage of the 2014 season of the World Skate Cross Series (WSX) took place on Sunday April, 13th in Liège, Belgium. What was the originality of that event, and a very first for the discipline? The competition took place on a dirt track, mostly made of packed sand. Report...

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Learning the Magic Slide

Before succeeding at Parallel sliding, we would advise you to learn the Magic slide first. It is a braking technique involving sliding with your legs in an X position. That technique requires a bit of training but it is impressively efficient...

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Back on the 8th Stage of the World Skate Cross Series in Lyon (France)

The whole weekend long (Sept. 21-22), Place Bellecour vibrated to the rhythm of the Lugdunum Contest. Amongst the scheduled competitions, there was the 8th stage of the WSX Series. Flashback on a lively competition...

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Test Roces Metropolis 2013

The Roces Metropolis is intended to practice freeskate and slalom. This model appeared in Roces lines 2011. We have put the 2013 version on to give you our impressions ...

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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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Interview: Falko Quinger, versatile skater

Falko Quinger (Germany) is versatile skater: he started with street-skating, tried slalom skating, downhill skating, speed-skating and skate cross. Interview ...

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Test: Freestyle and Swift Doop Skates

Powerslide has just launched a brand new range of skates with which you can wear your own shoes. We had the opportunity to try the Doop Freestyles and Swifts…

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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?

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Customizing: Stop hesitating between aggressive and freeskating!

Dilemma: You cannot choose between aggressive and freeskating and your budget does not allow you to buy two pairs of skate… What should you do? Why not combining your own custom skate with a USF basis? Tips…

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5th step of the World Skate Cross Series 2012 - Rennes (France)

The city of Rennes (France) has hosted, during its annual festival Rennes sur Roulettes, the 4th step of the World Skate Cross Series 2012 season. Many riders coming from everywhere in France and even from Italy came to compete in this local step.

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1st Event of the World Skate Cross Series 2012 - Sankt Wendel. Germany

The German city of Sankt-Wendel has hosted the 1st step of the World Skate Cross Series 2012 season. Many European riders (France, Slovenia, Italia, Swiss) came to compete in a competition full of action...

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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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Choosing your freeride skates

Among the practices where customization is king, the Freeride has a special place. These roller skates must combine the performance and the rolling of a fitness skate and the strength of a street skate. Online-skating.com proposes you an overview of the mandatory characteristics for this type of roller skates ...

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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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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...

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Preview of K2 lines products 2012

After Fila and Rollerblade, we had a look to one of the other big brand of the market, K2! K2 is best known for its mountain products but this firm is also present on the market of roller-skating, especially in Germany. Preview of 2012 products ...

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Overview: Fila products 2012

We are now focusing the spotlights on Fila. No major innovations either in the red and white products... However, the Fila skates are rather well produced, especially long distance products. Overview of Fila line 2012 ...

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Overview: Rollerblade lines 2012

In september/october, the representatives of the major brands of roller-skating visits the specialized shops to present the new products that will arrive on the market in 2012. Some new references but also a lot of skates that already existed and have been redesigned. We start with Rollerblade ...

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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…

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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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Test: Powerslide Hardcore Evo

At last, Powerslide unveils the new version of the Hardcore Evo, a model mainly dedicated to slalom-skating. Lots of skaters were waiting for this 3rd opus, after the 2009 and 2010 versions. It has just arrived in the French shops for Spring 2011. We obtained the skates in order to test them. Here are our impressions...

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Test : Seba Freeskate gloves

The firm widens its panel year by year. From one single key-skate, the Seba High, the brand proposes today complete ranges of skates, but also of protective gear. We managed to get a pair of freeskate gloves with changeable palm protection. Test...

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Which skate frame for which use?

Each skating discipline requires special frame features. You'll need handiness and reactivity in slalom, rigidity and efficiency in speed, comfort in long distance, solidity and sliding in street, etc. Online-Skating.com prepares the ground to make your choice easier...

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Interview: Kirill Ryanzantsev (aka "Rekil")

ReKiL, it's a simplified shortcut for the complicated initial gobbledygook Kirill Ryazantsev. ReKiL is part of the first generation of Russian Freestylers. And he holds the national longevity record, as he is the last survivor in competitions (in the skaters' side – not in the organisation's).

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Test : Powerslide Metro 2010

2010 sees a lot of new products on the roller skating marketplace. Powerslide is no exception, and presents a new freeride offering: the Metro, a model for no more than 150 euros, a competitive move targetted to the archetypal Twister and Seba FR2's or FRX. Does the Metro stand up to the comparison ?

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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...

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Interview: Jireyh Goh

Jireh is Singaporean. And in Singapore the favorite skating sports, it's Sliding! Jireh belongs to this first wave of sliders which started a little more than three years ago. And just as his fellow sliders, Jireh's level has peaked up in no time—a progression accelerated thanks to a super bound team spirit, that of the MTS (Micro Team Singapore).

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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...

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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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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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