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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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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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Portrait of Luca Presti, an Italian Inline-Speedskater

Luca Presti is one of the skaters who left his mark in history of Italian Speedskating. He skated for the most popular teams during the best years of skating. After ending his active career, he recently came back to his first love...

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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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Inverting and looking after your inline skate wheels

Wheels are the main wearing parts of your skates. They are permanently in contact with the ground and condition the quality of your skating: comfort, grip, reactivity. Just like for the tires on your car, you will have to look after their deterioration. Here are a couple of tips that should allow you to optimize their use...

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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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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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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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Second Leg of the 2017 Downhill World Cup: Ambrose Downhill in Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Italy)

The second leg of the 2017 Downhill World Cup took place in Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella on July 1 and 2, 2017. The 2.8 km course, set up north of Verona on the heights of the lake, gave a hard time to all competitors.

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Downhill Falls: First Leg of the 2017 Inline Downhill World Cup in Sora, Italy

The first leg of the 2017 Inline Downhill World Cup took place in Sora (Frosinone), Italy, on June 24 and 25. Situated between Roma and Naples, the little town boasted a 1.3km downhill route, both technical and fast.

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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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Guided Tour of the 2017 Roller Games Facilities in Nanjing, China (3/3)

This is the last part of our guided tour of the facilities that will host the 2017 World Roller Games. Let's finish the tour with the areas dedicated to Downhill Skating, Inline Alpine, and Artistic Skating...

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A meeting with Sébastien Rastegar, downhill racer and also qualified for 2017 Redbull Crashed Ice

Sébastien Rastegar is a French inline downhill skater and he is qualified for the first stage of the Redbull Crashed Ice in Marseille (France)...

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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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The Leading Nations in the World of Skating: Inline Downhill

The Downhill Skating scene has a kernel of countries for which the culture of skating is just as extreme as the practice itself. Alexandre Lebrun is lifting the veil...

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Comeback to the Inline Downhill World Cup 2016 in Sotchi (Russia)

The best Inline Downhill skaters of the world came to Russia to participate in a double competition: The Inline Downhill World Cup of IIDA and an event of Beton On Fire 2016 on the Bobsleigh track.

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Beton On Fire 2016 in Sigulda (Latvia)

The first stage of the 2016 Beton On Fire was held from 12th of august till the 13th of august in Sigulda (near Riga). Approximately 30 starters competed at this extreme competition where athletes skate down a bobsled run.

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2016 World Inline Downhill Championships: France and Italy as favorites

The 2016 World Inline Downhill Championships were held from the 5th till the 7th of august 2016 in Teolo (North Italy). The participants benefited from the 15 years of experience of the organization.

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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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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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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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Lishui Roller Skating Open: First Downhill Competition in Asia

The Lishui Roller Skating Open is a Chinese event that's been gathering for several years speed skating on track, marathon and freestyle slalom. This year, another discipline was added on the menu: Downhill skating...

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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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Seba Beton On Fire at Altenberg, Germany

The first heat of the 2014 Seba Beton On Fire Tour took place on June 6 and 7, 2014, on the bobsleigh track of Altenberg, Germany. Around 30 riders coming from 8 different countries made the trip to take part in one of the most atypical races ever…

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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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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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The main principles of cross training for skating

Lots of us make the mistake of only skating for their training... Yet, skating is not just about gaining more endurance or a better technique. You should find the right balance according to your discipline. And other sports may prove to be useful...

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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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Construction of the IIDA, one year after ... interview with Alexandre Lebrun

One year after his election to the head of the IIDA, Alexandre Lebrun reveals the various projects that have been launched in the international body in charge of the inline downhill ...

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Inline downhill: where to find your skates and how to get it cheap

There are a very few inline downhill skates available on the market, so customizing is certainly the best solution to get the best. How to choose the most adapted spare parts? Tips ...

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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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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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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…

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Downhill pads: the bare essential is the maximum

Downhill is probably the most extreme roller-skating practice. At speeds frequently above 70 kph, even a minor fall can cause very serious injuries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced downhill skater, your protective equipment should be commensurate with the risks.

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Inline Downhill IIDA World Cup in Cisterna d’Asti (Italy)

On 23 and 24 June 2012, took place the first stage of the IIDA World Cup in the town of Cisterna d'Asti near Turin (Italy). On a warn and sunny weather, more than 30 skaters participated in the competition, in a braking contest and a torchlight parade ...

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Choosing your skate rubber brake

There are as many models of rubber brake pads on the market as there are skate brands… an maybe even more! And yet, the number or references reduced over the years. Choosing and changing rubber brake pads remains a problem for lots of skaters. Tips…

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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…

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Interview with Alexandre Lebrun, the new president of the IIDA

The IIDA (International Inline Downhill Association) is the association governing skating downhill at the international level. After a period of wavering, a new president was elected to restart the machine. Let’s meet French Alexandre Lebrun ...

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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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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 ...

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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: 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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2011 Downhill World Championships in Bettola (Italy)

The 2011 Downhill World Championships took place on July 22-23 near Piacenza, Italy, in Bettola. The latter is the town of origin of Davide Taccini, the president of the IIDA, who is a competitor as well. The event saw French Harry Perna establishing himself in winning the FIRS World Title for the second year in a row...

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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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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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Peyragudes : First Inline Downhill World Cup 2009

From 15th to 18th jully, The Peyragudes2Luxe Cup took place in south-west of France. It was the first world cup of the season. In the french mountain, the hill was fast and very long. A first good event for competitors !

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European Inline Downhill Race Adventure 2009

Scott Peer travelled from the USA to France and Italia to participate to downhill competitions : the IGSA Graveyard Call World Cup race and Teolo Padova. He sent us a summary of his roadtrip...

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1st stage of the french downhill championship

As every year, Darnetal is the first stage of the downhill season. The competition hold in North of France. The hill is not very technical and is perfect to begin the season. The young French Cédric BUXIN is the star of this stage...

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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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Going down a hill carefully on your skates

Going down a hill at full speed with inline-skates can be a real pleasure or a perfect nightmare depending on your skating level and your self control. Downhill pushes the riders to his own technical and physical limits. Here are some advises to improve your skills and to go down a hill securely...

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Trajectory: Downhill bends

Rollo compiled a series of explanative videos on optimal lines for downhill skating. From braking to direction taking, here are some tips to save precious seconds…

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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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