Needs and Knows – 5 Tips for New Skaters

March 6, 2024

It’s the beginning of another year and that means our classes, DMs and inboxes have been filling up with new skaters and we LOVE it! If you’ve got your first set of skates and are feeling all the feels of being a beginner, get ready to take notes. These are our top 5 things new skaters need for their skate kit or should know about roller skates.

1. EVERY SKATER NEEDS A SKATE TOOL

Roller skates are not a set and forget kind of item. Skate parts need adjusting, sometimes right out of the box, as you start rolling around or want to change your set up. Getting the right skate tool for your skates makes maintenance so much easier. You can shop for skate tools here at the RollerFit Shop.

Different roller skate tools from left to right - y3 tool for adjustable toe stops, T tool for bolt-on toe stops, Y4 tool for toe stop screw
2. DON’T LEAVE YOUR SKATES IN THE CAR

We all like to keep our skates close just in case we find the holy grail of skate surfaces, but you should not use your car as a storage space for your skates. Roller skate boots are constructed by gluing and stitching. Leaving your skates in a hot car frequently can make this glue deteriorate faster. Other skate parts like wheels, cushions and toe stops are made using urethane compounds. Leaving the parts in a hot environment can do funky things to them over time.

3. YOU NEED TO CLEAN YOUR BEARINGS

Bearings are the little round things sitting inside your wheels that make them roll. Bearings can get dust and grime in them over time. For maximum longevity you should clean them every 1-2 months if you skate regularly, when you can hear them squeaking or if they don’t spin for more than 10-15 seconds when you hand spin your wheels. We’ve got a blog that can show you how here and you can get all the skate care products you need here.

rollerfit what we use to clean bearings
4. TAKE CARE WHEN REMOVING YOUR TOE STOPS OR PLUGS

There are 2 main kinds of toe stops: adjustable and bolt-on. Adjustable toe stops are secured to your skates with a nut and washer or a toe stop screw. Bolt-on toe stops have a screw in the middle which goes up into the plate to hold it in place. Toe stop stems and threads accumulate dust and grime. This can jam the threading. If you’re removing or adjusting your toe stops and feel resistance don’t force it! Lubricate the housing and gently swivel the toe stop back and forth till you can get it out easily. When installing toe stops, check the threading for debris, lubricate and be careful not to cross thread it.

Example of adjustable roller skate toe stop on the left and example of bolt-on toe stop on the right
5. DON’T FORGET TO WASH YOUR PROTECTIVE GEAR

We always encourage new skaters to wear protective gear. Safety is sexy and smart, but it can be smelly too! Skating is hard work and we tend work up a bit of sweat, which only means one thing, the inevitable skate gear stank. You’ll know what we mean if you leave your skate gear in a bag for a while after use. You can wash all pads and helmet liners in mild detergents or natural concoctions and give them a good dose of sunshine to help get rid of the smell.


These are some easy to remember tips to get all you new skaters rolling in the right direction. If you want more hot roller skating tips and takes sign up to our newsletter and follow us on socials. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line! You can email us, our helpful shop staff or send us a DM. We’re here to help and there’s no such thing as silly, small or too many questions. 

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