if you have standard wheels like me to rotate them round so the
front is facing inwards (or back outwards again) about every 1
to 2 months. Also if you are a heavy skater you will probably
find you will need to rotate your wheels more often. Rotating your
wheels ensures your wheels get even wear on both sides & you
do not end up with wheels are sloped to one side & look like
recreational wheels. Also about every few months I recommend
swapping the front wheels with the back ones, you may even want
to put them on the other skate (e.g. left back wheel is put on
the right front), this ensures the wheels on your dominant foot
do not end up smaller than the rest.
I wipe my bearings clean of dirt every time I rotate my wheels.
You may also want to clean them with some product. I find speed
gel, available from your local skate shop, works really well for this & you often do not need to bother
with bearing cleaner, just squirt some of this stuff in & wipe the
dirt off with a tissue or something similiar. Although I have been told
citrus cleaner works really well as well.
bearings just with a few drops of 3 in 1 normal oil works really
well & gives them good speed performance. However I have
read that using thick grease on them makes the bearings last
longer. That BSB/Castrol bearing lubricant looks fairly good but
I have never used any.
wear on your brake pad before & after every time you go out.
Make sure the brake is firmly attached; if your skate employs
advanced brake technology (such as cuff-activated or disc
brakes) make sure all brake components are functional. Brake
pads have a "wear line" which indicates how much life
is left in the brake. It is critical to replace your brake pad
BEFORE this wear line is reached. Adjust the position of the
brake so it does not interfere with normal skating.
Eventually the rolling components (wheels, bearings, hardware)
will wear out & need replacement. This is a great
opportunity to select a different set of wheels &/or
bearings with the design characteristics that can fulfill the
performance needs (speed, maneuverability, handling) of your
preferred inline activity. When selecting a wheel some things to
consider are: diameter (size), durometer (hardness) &
profile (shape). When selecting a bearing the most important
factors to consider are: Serviceability, ABEC Rating
(precision), Lubrication (speed/maintenance/protection),
Materials (rings/retainers/shields), Internal Geometry (shallow
vs. deep groove).
Because every foot is a little different, some people may
encounter fit related problems (blisters, foot moves inside
skate, chaffing, etc.) causing discomfort or performance issues.
These can usually be corrected by using additional fit pads or
inserts. Check with your local skate or ski shop to find an
experienced custom boot fitter.
Most items on your skates can be repaired or replaced. Even
things like buckles, liners & frames. Check with your local
inline skate dealer or call your skate manufacturer for a dealer
in your area that performs repairs.
Most protective gear and skate liners can be washed. The
recommended method is usually hand washing in a mild detergent
& air drying. Check with your specific skate manufacturer
for care/washing instructions on your specific skate model.