Do I need new Rollerblades?

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    Apr 03, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    I have been Rollerblading for about 2 years, when the weather in New England permits it. I have been wondering if I need new Rollerblades. They are my size but are quite tight and my feet are normally screaming after a few miles. Should I look at getting another pair or is this normal?

    I know they are meant to be tight but wow! Also, while I am talking about it, am I doing something wrong with how I skate? I wear way the front wheels, especially the right one very very quickly. I usually have to switch it out every other time I use them. I blade on a paved bike path about 8-10miles each time I go. Normally the path is fairly clear.

    Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
  • AtxBobOmb

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    Apr 03, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    i'm no expert, but you might want to go to a skate shop of some sort and try to get different wheels. A lot of the wheels that come on rollerblades are made for roller hockey and skate rink wooden floors.

    Pavement EATS up my skate wheels so fast, especially the front ones, because thats where a lot of pressure goes and thats how i slow down .

    As far as the size, I cant really help ya there.
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    Apr 04, 2010 4:37 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. I have 3 extra sets of wheels; its a long story. Not many places near me have a good variety of rollerblades for me to try out.
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    Apr 04, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    Standard recreational inline-skates are made with hard plastic shells to construct heel/ankle support.It sounds like for your purposes you would be best fitted with "speed" skates. These are skates made for inline-skate racing (ergo they are constructed of a soft outer shelf to allow for flex-ability).
    Inline skating specialty shops and online stores should be able to assist you.

    Source: I raced inline skating as a teen and my mom was also a winner in her age group for consecutive years in inline-skating racing in the Neptune Festival
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    Apr 04, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. Checking out the soft shell skates now. I wish I find a place near by to try them out......
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 11, 2010 2:03 PM GMT
    I wonder if Zappos.com has em? Excellent return policy.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 03, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Check out this forum post, alot of rollerblade advice in there.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/948300/
  • NursePractiti...

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    Jun 03, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    I use softer wheels on mine and generally skate three to four hours at a time. However, pavement eats up soft wheels FAST! I'm thinking of switching to harder wheels to see if it makes a difference. Also check the boot and see if you need more/less support for your needs. And don't chince out on the cost. You don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a good pair of skates, but Walmart brand is not the way to go.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 30, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    Are you on hockey style skates or are you on "pedestrain" style skates? Those half-calf support skates can be really awful after you have some ankle strength...