- Tighten the wheel nuts – If you hear a clunking noise in your skate, you probably have a loose wheel nut. Without pushing on the bearings, use a skate tool or socket wrench to tighten the loose nut gradually. Make sure the wheel still spins freely, but is quiet and does not wiggle on the axle. If your wheel nuts are loose enough that you can unscrew them by hand, they need to be replaced.
- Tighten the stoppers – Over time, vibrations can cause your stoppers to become loose. Tightening basic bell-toe stoppers is as simple as using a screwdriver to turn the center bolt. To tighten the adjustable stoppers found on higher-end skate stoppers, you will need a skate tool, allen key, or crescent wrench.
- Check the trucks – How tight to tighten the trucks is up to each individual skater. Tighter trucks provide more stability but less agility. Whatever your tightness preference, get in the habit of checking the trucks to make sure they are equally secure.
- Clean and lubricate – Periodically, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down your boots, plates, and wheels. Be sure not to let the bearings get wet. If your skate bearings are not enclosed, they will need to be lubricated occasionally.
Knowing how to take care of your roller skates will help you stay safe and enjoy many years of skating fun and exercise. To learn more about how to get the most out of your roller skates, contact Skatetown TX today.