Skates come specific
to several different types of disciplines. Artistic, recreation,
aggressive, speed, hockey are just a few types. Skates can have
either three or four wheels, depending on the size of the boot
& come with either laces or buckles. Wheel set-ups vary
depending on the terrain & type of skating being done.
bearings—steel balls encased in bearing
casings, bearings are mounted in pairs in the hub of each
wheel. They help wheels turn with near frictionless ease.
boot—lower part of the skate that holds the
foot in securely in place with the help of buckles or laces.
Attaches to frame.
brake—device used to decrease velocity.
Essential for beginners & a good idea for any recreational
skater. Brakes are typically attached to the heel of one
cuff—plastic, upper area of skate that
encases the ankle to support calf & shin area, buckle
& lace versions.
cuff activated braking—commonly referred to
as the braking system, cuff-activated braking uses a special
arm-like mechanism mounted on the cuff of one skate that can
be engaged by pressing the cuff back as the skate is pushed
forward with all wheels in contact with the ground.
frame—section of skate that holds wheels in
place. While steel frames are more durable, aluminum & synthetic frames offer more flexibility, are lighter
& are usually used by racers or high end performers.