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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.

A Tip
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 outside edges.
Why to Rotate Skate Wheels
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.

The Conventional Wheel Rotation Strategy

A Precise and Complicated Strategy

The Middle Ground (What I Do)

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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