Want to learn how to rollerblade, but how long does it take?

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  1. DaveCSparty

    DaveCSparty Senior member

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    I just picked up a pair of K2 inline skates, but man is it hard.... how long does it take for someone to be good enough to skate without worrying about falling?

    I can go forward on a flat surface w/o falling, that's about it. Going downhill and stopping seems impossible! Any experiences you guys would like to share with me? Thanks!

     
  2. boyRacer

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    why are you going downhill already... :Q
     
  3. HappyPuppy

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    The quickest way to learn how to rollerblade is to grab onto the tailgat of your buddy's pickup, have him accelerate to 60 mph and let go. If you live you are a master and if you die.........well,,,you die. [​IMG]
     
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    An hour or two. Maybe you're just really uncoordinated.
     
  5. Howard

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    Make sure you keep your center of gravity in FRONT of you when moving, and just slightly in front of your body's vertical axis when "cruising" while standing up.

    If it helps, you can crouch slightly while going downhill. You can absorb shocks better and your CG is lower.
     
  6. Ciber

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    Which skates did you buy?


    Skate on flat ground till you gain some confidence.


    Remember to bend your knees, being stiff will get you some nice scrapes.

    Here, i'll just link you to a good resource.


    Nice site with a lot of info.
     
  7. DaveCSparty

    DaveCSparty Senior member

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    I only went twice about 20 minutes each... my friend is teaching me tomorrow so maybe I'll get better then. I'm starting to feel pretty comfortable on them and skated only for about a mile today. I have some trails behind my apartment so I was just skating back and forth a little stretch that was perfectly flat haha.
     
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    it was easier then learning to ride a bike... like 2 hours give or take.

    i just order a pair of inline skates few days ago :) havnt skating for over 6 years.. hope i remember.
     
  9. DaveCSparty

    DaveCSparty Senior member

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    Thanks Ciber! It's weird bending your knees, I know what you mean tho. The skates are K2 Velocity 4.0, like middle of the road ones, nothing special... they're comfy tho
     
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    its easy.. ofcourse i came off the roller skates and i had issues with stopping initally.. but i am good now.

    I cant stand up straight properly but i can roller blade.. however down hill is a bitch.. becareful with that..

    try get some speed so you can learn how the thing stands itself up.. at lower speed it isnt that stable.

    I plan to get myself some roller skates though.. when i can afford it.
     
  11. Howard

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    Try doing squats while moving on the skates (obviously with all wheels planted on ground).

    That should help you out a lot. ;)
     
  12. DaveCSparty

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    Thanks guys for all your replies! I really appreciate it... right now I think the hardest part about skating is getting used to the extra weight on your feet. I am used to wearing light running shoes or my Reef flip flops. I don't think I'm lifting my feet off the ground enough, I almost drag them I think.
     
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    I didn't find it to be that hard. I have some Ultrawheels Sabotage blades. I usually just go to skate parks with friends. Hit a few jumps and grind rails.

    Basically you just don't have to be scared of falling. Obviously you will a few times, but it doesn't hurt. Just work slowly and get comfortable on 'em and you'll be fine.
     
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    do not use the heel brake to stop. It will not stop you quickly. Learn to drag your weaker foot behind you at almost a 90 degree angle to your forward facing foot.
     
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    Here's my $.02

    If you want to learn how to stop efficiently, learn to hockey stop, but that will be in a while at this point. This is where your lead foot is swung out and ends up perpendicular to your direction and your drag foot is parallel, which your heel facing the direction you are going. Dragging your back foot will just wear your wheels down really fast. I think newbie skaters have problems remembering to keep their knees bent and center of grav low.

    Also, dont keep your feet too close together, they should be around shoulder length apart if not a little wider at the beginning of a stride; otherwise you get a "knobby knees" effect which is really bad form. Try to always "follow through" on your strides, meaning at the end your foot should have a little kick downwards, plantar-flexing your ankle at the end of smooth strides. Try to avoid choppiness in your strides.

    Some things to learn as you get better:
    crossing over left and right
    crossing over left and right going backwards
    transitioning from forwards to backwards and viceversa smoothly
    hockey T-stop

    Good luck with your new skates!! If you get better, get into some recreational hockey leagues, they are so much fun.
     
  18. SoyBoy004

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    The quickest way i learned to skate was to buy a hockey stick, and play roller hockey! i know it sounds weird, but it works, just like chatting taught you to type.
     
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    I always wondered about that...
    Doesn't that really wear down your wheels??

    I'm getting a new pair of blades within a week and am curious.
     
  20. DaveCSparty

    DaveCSparty Senior member

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    You mean WHEN I get better haha. Thanks again everyone! I'm learning a lot already from your tips and experiences