January is a month for New Year’s resolutions, a blank slate if you will, and a great time to take stock of your roller skates! We’ve already discussed the many mental and physical benefits of roller skating, so if you’re planning to skate more this year, it’s definitely a good idea to give your skates an inspection and see if you need to upgrade, repair, or replace any part of them. Check out these skate repair tips to learn when to replace skate parts and when to replace roller skates altogether.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Roller Skates
The boots are worn out.
Roller skates are made to last a long time and can often last for many years with the proper care, but their longevity depends on several factors. If you skate several times a week, use your skates for intense types of skating like roller derby or hockey, skate outdoors, or otherwise put extra wear-and-tear on your skates, they can get too worn out for continued use.
If your skate boots are excessively worn, cracked, warped, have broken lace holes, or lack ankle support, you may need to start fresh with a new pair of roller skates.
Your skates don’t fit any more.
Kids aren’t the only ones who can outgrow their shoes, though they certainly do it at a much faster pace than adults. Pregnancy, collapsed arches, weight gain, and other body changes over time can change your shoe size even as an adult, so if your skates start to feel too tight, too loose, or chafe in new areas, you might need to consider replacing your roller skates.
Foot size isn’t the only reason your skates might not fit anymore. If you started out just skating casually, you might need to upgrade your beginner skates to reflect your new, more specific interests, whether that’s jam skating, speed skating, playing roller derby, or any other type of skating.
Roller Skate Problems That Can Be Fixed
Not all problems with your skates will require a full replacement. These are some of the most common problems you might encounter and how to fix them.
- The wheels aren’t spinning smoothly. You may need to clean or replace your ball bearings.
- The wheels are worn out. Wheels get worn out over time, and they can pick up a lot of dirt and grime at the skating rink or outside at the park. If you notice damage while cleaning your wheels, you should replace them with a new set.
- Your skates are pulling to one side or otherwise handling poorly. This could be the result of a bent plate or axle, but it could also be a matter of adjusting the trucks. Inspect your skates carefully to see if you can make adjustments.
Whether you’re looking for roller skate parts or want to buy new roller skates, our Oklahoma City pro shop is here to help! Visit us at South Skate Center for all of your skate repair needs, and hit the rink at one of our open skating sessions.