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Let’s begin by separating road skating from ice skating and track skating.
Road skating means “skating on roads“. WOW!! Big revelation there.!!
OK, well some people could be confused.
Then there is “quad skating” with skates that have 4 wheels and “inline skating where there are 4 to 6 wheels in a line.
Quad skates where basically the early form of skating and are still used by many young people who want to start skating.
Quad skates also happen to be much better than inlines for figure and artistic skating because some say that they are easier to manoeuvre in short distances and complicated moves.
Inline skates are almost exclusively used for speed skating, road skating, competitions, or just gliding down the esplanade.
For speed skating, they are much faster and more stable although it can take some time to get your balance.
Once you’ve got your balance on quad skates, the transition to inline can be fairly quick.
There are so many articles around about road skating that you can find out where to go, what competitions are on, what public roads etc are available for skating. and a host of other information.
Here, i am just making some general comments for the benefit of those not entirely familiar with the sport.
Apart from jogging, walking and cycling, i can’t think of any other pastime that is healthy, cheap, enjoyable (hey, i didn’t say walking and jogging was enjoyable, now did i?).
Wherever you live, the chances are that you can start skating right outside your door. On the footpath, in the cycling lane, even on the road.
A cheap pair of inline skates will cost you between $100 and $600 dollars. A Helmet will set you back anything from $20 to $150 and that’s about all you need.
A pair of knee guards and elbow guards would be a good idea for an extra $20 or so. You’re on the road.
Uphill skating requires a lot more effort (obviously) and different muscle movements so best to stick with flat roads until you’ve mastered the stroke patterns.
Downhill is easy, you can even squat until you’ve got the balance but there’s one problem – after you’ve been downhill, you’ve got to go back. – Aint this guy smart!!
The pro skaters can reach speeds up to 35 kph on a smooth flat surface and up to 60 kph on a downhill. Now that’s exhilarating.
The major competitions for road skating usually cover 21 km although many events are only 10 km and even short distance speed skating from 100 metres to about 1 km although the shorter distances are normally restricted to skating rinks or tracks.
So, here’s a great activity where the whole family can be involved, join a few friends or just wander around on your own. Join a club, take part in a short distance even; so much to decide on.
You’ll enjoy it, get fit, lose some weight, have a ball.