From SwedeInHouston: "While skating today I was bitten twice by a pit bull! I'm usually not scared of dogs but this one was pretty scary..."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
What's the difference between the Old School Derby Association and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association?
From Boazarad: "I can keep my body warm while skating in cold weather, but there comes the issue of breathing. After my last practice, I was left with a sore throat, and probably infected sinuses "
What is the purpose of having a raised heel on a roller skate boot? What kind of skaters like them and what kind of skaters typically avoid them?
Saturday, December 1, 2007
If money is no object, what are the best boots, plates, and wheels for quad speed skating on paved outdoor trails?
What are your all-time favorite songs for shuffle skating?
If your feet get all tangled up and you trip over yourself when you practice crossovers, these tips will help you get past that.
What do you think about the anti-grinding devices and the pavement specifically designed to be UN-friendly to skaters that is seen more and more around public buidings?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
If you could have any skates in the world, and money was no object, what skates would you buy?
Most people don't know it's even possible to figure skate on inlines. How did you first learn about artistic inline skating? Or have you also never heard of it?
How hard is it to transition from quad roller skating to inline speed skating?
Last year's team had a blast! Who's in for 2008?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Legendary pro skater Brian Shima was severely injured when he collided with another skater as he was coming down a ramp at Eisenberg's 11th Annual Hoedown. He injured both of his...
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
FIRS, through its Vice President Dr. Carlos Trimming Ferreira has confirmed that a single positive case of doping appeared during the 2007 Speed Worlds in Cali, Colombia. [Read More]
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
The new federation will use ice figure skating rules instead of the rules currently used at competitions sanctioned by the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).
A 53 year old doctor wearing inline skates was found unconscious and bleeding from a head wound on the side of the Benjamin Trail in New Jersey. He died in the hospital the next day.
The Houston Inline Marathon is scheduled for Sunday November 4th and there will be a vendor expo and skater's party on Saturday, November 3rd. Who's going?
From MNRon: "For the past month I have been tired all the time. Very tired. Thought I'd been overdoing it so I took some time off. Still tired. Ate a little better and gained a couple pounds, but still tired. So I go to the doctor and here's what he said...."
Wow, almost 80 replies to our discussion about the decline of skating and opinions are still coming...
From zinger: "Sure Grip Fugitives seemed to get good reviews as decent,mid-priced wheels, but practically every website advertising Fugitives gives different information about the hardness of those wheels..."
From Nomad66: "Hi from an OLD Rexer who skated at the old Skateland roller rink in San Diego in the early sixties. It's hard to remember ever being that young or in that good of shape. Does anybody out there remember the good times and parties we had at Skateland? "
A roller derby girl preparing to skate her first bout is wondering what to expect.
Monday, August 27, 2007
From zombiestyle: "My new skates fit really well, but being fitness skates they have a longer frame then slalom skates. With some rockering, will slaloming be possible on my fitness skates?"
From NYsk8m8: "I'm a skinny little thing and would like to get new light weight boots and plates for dance. Does anybody have any recommendations?"
What's up with that weird side stance?
Will the airlines let me carry my skates onto the plane?
The 2007 London Inline Marathon is coming up this weekend - it's Sunday, September 2. Who's planning to be there?
Monday, August 20, 2007
From Npawn: "When doing crossovers, I find myself pronating HORRIBLY on my right leg. This causes me to slip pretty badly on that foot..."
From Kennedy: "My jamskates have white 695 boots. Is there any easy way to cover scuff marks on white skate boots?"
Saturday, August 18, 2007
From harmen: "The Amsterdam Friday Night Skate on August 31, 2007 will be the 10th anniversary of the oldest night skate in Holland. "
I read somewhere that the Paris Friday Night Skate had 28,000 skaters at their largest night skate. Is that true? What is it like to roll with that many skaters?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Derby Girl: "I joined a roller derby team about two months ago, and do pretty good at keep my arse off the ground, but there is always one fall that gets me really bad. My hips are swollen and bruised..."
Does the state of Ohio have more roller skating rinks per square mile then any other part of the world? It sure seems that way...
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Sometimes recreational skaters have not felt welcomed when then ventured into the world of speedskating. What can be done to encourage more fitness and recreational skaters to try speedskating?
From Simmons/Schankel Racing: "We will still be making boots in the United States but we will be offering the choice of... "
You have to watch this video clip all the way to the end to "appreciate" it.
From ChristyS: "Is there any reason why the U.S. regional Web sites can't be subdomains of usarollersports.org? "
Monday, August 6, 2007
From Dennis Belkofer: "I was taken aback by the costumes worn by the men at U.S. Artistic Nationals. Why all the sequins and flowing sashes? Forgive me for not being politically correct, but all those gaudy decorations are far from masculine!"
From j nolesfan: "I don't think I need to spend all that money for a custom boot, plus waiting for molding, plus waiting while they're made, unless they are going to bring me more than just a perfect fit, which I can get with a heat gun on almost any stock boot. Why buy customs?"
Monday, July 23, 2007
From MWehmeier: "USA Rollersports is WebCasting for FREE the entire 2007 U.S. Artistic Roller Figure Skating Championships live from Omaha, Nebraska between July 22 and August 5, 2007. All levels of skaters will be included in the WebCast, from beginner to World Class Senior competitions." More
From Cowbell Lawrence: "I had expected most of the Montreal 24 hour solo skaters to start fast, but I was still surprised to find myself in last place after the first lap, with nearly the entire field out of sight. "That's okay," I told myself. "Just stick to the plan...." More"
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
From Ken Roberts: " I like skating on public streets with cars and trucks because of the better surface, interesting terrain, bigger audience. But it's a different game with different risks..."
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
From roller dudette: "How long did it take you to learn the basic jumps and spins of freestyle roller figure skating? What were some of your struggles in the beginning?"
From smoo: "What is the best way to measure your speed when skating? I keep seeing on this and other forums comments like "when I'm skating at 15-17 mph" etc, but I must admit I haven't really got a clue how fast I skate, especially when sprinting..."
Friday, May 25, 2007
A skater in Croatia wants to try it!
From lundqvist: "I'm new to buying hockey equipment and I'm wondering about the chest protection I purchased. The shoulders on these pads are not that big. Am I supposed to wear shoulder pads on top of my chest protection? I notice most goalies have big padded shoulders. Here's what I bought..."
Artistic skaters - which of your skating dresses or costumes was your very favorite?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Do any of you male speed skaters shave your legs? If you do, does it really make a difference in your speed?
From skatersclub: "I know several skaters that were adopted from other countries but are now residing in the United States. What are the rules for representing different countries at the world championships?"
What kind of socks - fabric and style - are best for roller skating?
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
From excelsk8: "I keep reading about all the things you guys do to train and I am realizing most of you are training the wrong way. All you are doing is skating miles and miles, day in and day out. That is great for overall endurance but it does not do anything at all for... "
Monday, May 7, 2007
From roller dudette: "What kind of skater butt pads do you recommend that are not too bulky, not restrictive, yet good for hitting the asphalt?"
From Kelly: "I thought it might be fun to keep each other informed about the tricks we are working on. This may also be an intresting topic for people just getting started in slalom."
From MikeQ: " I always see skaters spinning on their toes. Can anyone explain how to do this?
From Latinboy: "What's the big deal about speed skating. All you do is go fast, go forward, and do front cross overs. You speed skaters think you are all that. Artistic skaters are truly better. You don't have to jump, spin, wrap, or even go backwards. Yeah, and do you have to lift a 130 pound girl over your head and spin with her? Yeah, that's what I thought"
Friday, April 27, 2007
Share your best photos from the past of quad speed roller skating.
From Ken Roberts: "I just started using ski poles while I'm skating and it's fun. Is anybody else doing that?"
What is the strategy behind the all-girl roller derby uniforms?
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
From BlackCrow1515: "I'm trying to find the measurements of cone placements for indoor meets. I found a rink that will let my team practice, but I have no idea of exact cone placement."
Have you ever had any close calls skating in a crowded roller skating rink?
Can artistic roller skating jumps be done on skates without a jump bar and should trucks be lose or tight when executing those jumps?
From godzilla: "In a major step towards inline speed skating becoming an Olympic sport, inline speed skating has been accepted into the Asian Games."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Congratulations Doug and Julie and welcome to our world Valentina and Victoria Glass!
Five years ago Sydney Australia had 14 roller skating rinks and now they only have 2. Why is the number of roller skating rinks declining all over the world?
Pictures of law enforcement officers on inline skates in Paris and other cities around the world.
From Falhurk: "How much rain is too much rain? Is it that if the asphalt is even a little wet it becomes a rough slip-and-slide or should I just be wary of puddles/real rain?"
Why do borders hate bladers so much?
What are the artistic roller skating greats from the past doing now?
Pictures of roller speed skaters from the 1940's and other past eras.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
From desertkiwi: "I tend to over-supinate on the right foot and tend to recover with my foot pointing to the right. In trying to correct this, I found that to I had to rotate my knee way to the inside, which throws off the whole nose/knee/toe alignment equation."
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Can you think of a good Roller Derby name for a referee named Chuck?
From Ingo: "Anyone have suggestions on drills that would improve starts. Particularly, drills that would help the timid skaters get through the pack before or just after the first turn."
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
From Code Monkey after 15 minutes of inversion therapy: "Normally I get into the speedskating position and hold it for 15-20 minutes then I have to straighten up. This morning I held a speedskating positon for 45 minutes."
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Results, reports, and photos of the 2007 Squiggy Inline Classic on the Flatwoods Trail in Tampa, Florida.
From More Cowbell: "I was trying to loosen a frame mounting bolt when the wrench slipped and tore up the slot in the head of the bolt. I can't turn the bolt! What now?"
World champion Luca D'Alisera of Italy and other top pro artistic roller skaters are transitioning from roller skates to ice skates this year. Do they have their eyes on the Olympics?
Friday, March 16, 2007
From squiznat: "My skate wheels are hard and they often pick up crud from the rink floor. This stuff is really horrible - thick and black and tar-like. You can peel it off if you want to pick at it. How do you clean your skate wheels?"
From Dev Gnoll: Simple question. What is overtraining and what are the symptoms of overtraining?"
From Fablemaker2: "Can anyone tell me the best frames out there that I can use as a flat setup, but that allows for a bit of grinding? I like the flat setup, but I trip up a lot cuz my wheels catch."
Lots of great information about Italian artistic inline plate makers, from tguido56.
What style and brand of helmet do you wear for skating and why did you select it?
This is a 24 hour team relay race on the famous 24 hour racing circuit in Le Mans, France. This year's event will take place June 30 - July 1, 2007. Camping is available on an area next to the race track. Sign up now - it's a great event!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
James Gahan of Tampa Florida is facing federal drug distribution charges for giving his 14 year old inline speed skating son the anabolic steroid testosterone.
Friday, March 2, 2007
Can I skate a marathon wearing a backpack hydration system? Will knee pads and elbow pads slow me down? How close to race time should I eat? How long should I plan warm up?
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
From NYsk8m8: "Am I the only one who has encountered personal problems with a dance or pairs partner? Is it common to have personal conflicts within a skating partnership?"
From LASCOLARRY: Back in the 1980's I owned a set of black plastic (Nylon I was told) skate trucks that would flex when you held onto each set of wheels with both hands and twisted. Does anybody remember those trucks and are they still available?"
From djbwhizz: "Wy wheels now are 78mm 80A. If I want to rocker them, what size and type of wheels should I put in? I am assuming that the rockering wo;; ne like hockey skates rockering."
From lglrgl: "I am considering venturing into rollerdance, however I would like to use inline skates. So far it seems that roller hockey skates would be the best. Any suggestions or tips for rollerdance with inline skates?"
Does your local roller skating rink organize any good games during their public skating sessions or birthday parties?
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
From Kelvis97: "The K2 Radical Pro has two 110 millimeter wheels in the rear of the skate and two 100 millimeter wheels in front. Has anyone had any experience with these skates?"
From chunchmeow: "Do you guys ever skate to relieve aggression after an argument? I've found that its all I want to do after a heated argument or disagreement with someone."
From hikkergurl: "When I first learned to skate, there were rules at roller skating rinks. If we didn't follow them we were pulled off the skate floor. What I observe at my local rink is kids skating in all directions. The rink does have skate guards but they do nothing to enforce any of the rules. Most of the guards don't even put their skates on..."
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
From Drew24 : "I have a unique problem - my feet cramp up so fast I have to stop every 5 or 10 minutes to take of my skates and actually stretch my feet. I was wondering if anyone would know if that is a common problem for certain types of skates. My main point: I was wondering there would be a difference between inline skates and what I'm guessing you call quad skates..."
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
From j nolesfan: "Any advice on feet falling asleep in skates? I've always felt I had poor circulation in my feet. Is there a recipe for tying speed boots that will help me out? I've decided having the toe box tight is of no value but leaving it loose doesn't help much with keeping my feet "awake" either..."
Thursday, January 4, 2007
A Spanish skater just received one of the first Luigino Sting speed skate boots and he is sharing his first impressions and opinions.
Does anybody know what these artistic roller skating champions from the past are doing now? Are any of them still involved in skating?
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
From chunchmeow: "It might just be a regional thing, but rinks are closing in my area because they just can't afford the taxes and fees to keep open. The survivors seem to be in poor neighborhoods where security is an issue so they end up getting a bad rap. Also, because of the rise in condos and the slow disappearance of the middle-class blue collar worker, rinks are being sold for storage to the highest conglomerate bidder. The few remaining are in areas I would not frequent..."
Is anybody sporting some ink? Show us a picture of your tattoos!