Rotating Skate Wheels
An explanation of why it's important to rotate your skate
wheels and when to do it, plus three different
approaches for rotating your skate wheels.
Why to Rotate Skate Wheels
Pay attention to the way you wear out your wheels because
it can help to improve your skating skills.
My wheel-wear pattern
tells me to put more power into my left stride because
I'm wearing out the wheels on my right skate faster than
the wheels on my left skate.
I also tend ot wear out
the inside edges of my wheels faster than the outside
edges, so this tells me I am probably pronating
too much, and I need to skate more on my
Rotating your wheels regularly will make them last
longer, because they will wear more evenly. Skate
wheels usually wear out faster on one edge than the
other, and most people wear down some of their
wheels faster than others. For example, I wear out
my back wheels, and the wheels on my right skate
first, and (like most people) I tend wear out the inside
edges of my wheels faster than the outside edges.
When to Rotate Skate Wheels
You will know it's time to rotate your skate wheels,
when you see that one side of your wheels - usually
the inside edge - is wearing down more quickly than
the other. Another signal is when you can see that
some of your wheels are noticeably larger than others,
but if you can see this difference, you have probably
waited too long.
3 Different Wheel Rotation Strategies
Here are three different approaches to rotating your wheels:
#1 keeps things simple - you rotate the same wheels, the
same way, every time. #2 turns rotating your wheels into
an all-day project (that method is only for people who really
love futzing around with their wheels). #3 is a very reasonable middle ground,
and this is the method I use.
After You Rotate Your Wheels
Freshly rotated wheels can feel a bit strange
when you skate on them and it can be difficult
to keep your balance. This problem can be reduced
by rotating your wheels frequently, and by rotating
the largest wheels to the front and back positions.
If you your wheels do feel strange after rotating,
they will feel normal again after a few days
of hard skating.
Wheel Rotation Article in French
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