If you’ve been thinking about getting a new pair of Roller Skates, or learning to roller skate, come into the store and talk to knowledgeable, friendly staff about your options. We specialize in Roller Derby, and recreational outdoor roller skates, but either way we can get you out roller skating and make sure you have a high quality pair of skates on your feet for an affordable price! With the nice weather fast approaching, you’re going to want to be roller skating outside, and we have a ton of different outdoor wheels for you to choose from, and can even show you how to swap your indoor wheels for outdoor wheels! You can also check out our selection of outdoor quad skates and outdoor wheels on our website.
The warm weather is finally here in Canada, and it’s time to get geared up for summer with a new pair of outdoor roller skates! We are getting in tons of new and exciting roller skates for outdoor use over the next couple of weeks, but you can purchase them in advance off our website and have them delivered directly to your door!!
Roller skates for outdoor use will come with big soft outdoor wheels that make the streets feel less bumpy, and decrease the likelihood of getting caught up on pebbles and sidewalk cracks. Moxi Roller Skates are one of the best outdoor packages that we carry for women, and they come in 3 different suede colors as well as 3 different vinyl animal prints! We are also adding a few new Riedell outdoor packages like the Zone and the Celebrity… The Zone is a suede boot that comes with the Powerdyne Thrust plate which are perfect for skating on paths and outdoor rinks. The Celebrity comes stacked with a leather boot, Powerdyne Triton aluminum plates and Radar Pure 66mm wheels which will take you anywhere you need to go. Rough roads and sidewalks, here I come!!
Roller Skating in Canada is here to stay, visit RollerBug.com now to find out what skate is right for you!
And find out everything you wanted to know about roller derby. Whether you are an avid fan, thinking of playing, reffing, or just curious about this roller derby thing this event is a great opportunity to mingle with Toronto Roller Derby’s travel athletes. You can get your photo taken with a Toronto CN Power All Star skater and there will be 2012 programs on sale that you can get autographed by the skaters. This event will be hosted by Cardinal Skate Shop Saturday January 26th.
The new Radar Villain wheels are back in stock… They’ve been hard to get for the last few months so we got a bunch of them, but they’re going fast! These wheels are super grippy, and feature a new “Shark Hub” utilizing a convex fin slot that provides superior roll, by stiffening the wheel. The Shark hubs are made in the USA with superior grade urethane. These ultralight synthetic hubs are the latest technology released from Radar wheels, and are the latest addition to the hybrid wheel market. Hybrid wheels are becoming increasingly popular where skaters are skating on a slippery polished concrete floor, or dusty surfaces… These wheels will allow you to maintain a higher speed and more control through the corners, which ultimately will improve your ability and position on the track! Check out the Radar Villain here!
Taking proper care of your roller skates can go a long way in extending the overall life of your roller skates.
Here are 4 things you can do to help extend the life of your boot and avoid premature breakdown of any of the major parts;
Keep Your Skates Dry
It is super important to store your skates somewhere that is dry and ideally room temperature. Moisture can cause premature breakdown of the materials that your roller skates are made of whether they are leather roller skate or vinyl roller skates. It can cause breakdown in the glue that holds parts of your skates together (eyelets, sole) and moisture can rust the metal parts on your roller skates including; mounting bolts (that hold your boot to your plates), trucks, plates if they are aluminum, toe stops stems and of course bearings. So be sure not to leave your skates in your gear bag after practice/skating with your moist (and smelly) gear.
Replace Your Pivot Cups
The pivot cups on your roller skates are little “cup” shaped inserts that act as friction protection between your truck pivot and your plate. Without pivot cups your truck pivot will not fit snugly in the plate. Pivot cups wear out over time (best to check them every couple of months). You can tell if your pivot cups are worn if the truck pivot is no longer sitting snug inside them, sometimes they wear more at the bottom (the part that is against the plate), and sometimes they crack. If your pivot cups are worn and you keep skating without replacing them this can cause permanent damage to both your plates and your trucks. Trucks are relatively inexpensive to replace but plates can get much pricier. Pivot cups on the other hand range from $0.50-$3.00 each so it is well worth doing a checkup and replacing them when they are worn.
Note: Different plates take different sized pivot cups so be sure you are getting the right kind of cups for your plates. If you are unsure just ask – we are happy to help!
Proper Toe Stop Setting
Most roller skates for roller derby come with an adjustable toe stop so you can change the length of where you like your toe stop to sit; either closer to the floor or close to the boot. You can damage either your plate, or boot by not being aware of a couple things;
If you don’t thread your toe stop in far enough (only a couple of threads) your toe stops can pull out of the plate when you are using them because there isn’t enough threads holding the toe stop in for the amount of pressure you are putting on them. If your toe stop is pulled out by force it can damage the threading on the toe stop (which can easily be replaced) and it can also damage the threading on the plate which will need to be repaired by a full service skateshop.
If your thread your toe stop in so far that the toe stop stem is touching the bottom of your boot this will make a hole in the sole of your boot over time. There are a variety of toe stop stem lengths available so just make sure you get the stem length that you like so you can thread it in your plate to your preferred length without risking damage to your plate or boot.
One last thing you can be sure of when installing or adjusting toe stops is that if you are starting to install the toe stop and feel resistance – don’t force it in! You will be damaging the threading and in most cases the toe stop will need to be cut out of the plate.
Protect the Your Boot
This is an easy one! Protect the parts of your boot that are most likely to come in contact with the floor; this is usually the toe and the sides and the front of your boot. You can protect them with strip toe guards, toe caps or good ol’ hockey tape. Using any of these items will wear down the guards or tape and save the leather, vinyl or clarino on your boot.
We’re gearing up for Fresh Meat season here at RollerBug.com, and that means we’re stocking up on all you need to get started playing Roller Derby! We have packages starting at $225 for the basic Riedell Dart Package, or you can step up your game and get into an intermediate starter package like the Riedell 265 Vandal package for $405. All of our packages include Triple 8 helmet, knee pad, elbow pad, wrist guard, and toe guards, and you are able to fully customize your package and upgrade where you want to! If you have any questions about the packages, or what skate is right for you, please don’t hesitate to call us at our toll free number 1-866-717-5283 during business hours, and we’ll be happy to help you out!
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We are having a Black Friday sale here at RollerBug.com. The sale starts on Friday November 23rd and will run until midnight Sunday November 25th. The coupon code (blackfri) will take 15% off every item in your cart and an additional 15% off of items that are already on sale. In addition to this we are offering free shipping on all orders that are over $50.00 before tax to anywhere in Canada.
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Lookin to upgrade your skates, treat yourself to a new skate bag, new wheels, apparel – now is the perfect time!
We get asked ALL the time about roller derby wheels. Which ones are fastest? Which ones are grippiest? Which wheels are the BEST? How are you supposed to figure out which wheels are right for you? With so much variety and sometimes opposing recommendations and information out there it can be overwhelming – we know! Here at RollerBug.com we are fortunate enough to get to test out pretty much every new roller derby wheel that comes through the door. We are all different sizes, play different positions and have different skating styles and preferences. We are going to share our reviews with you as new products and wheels come in. For this post though I am going to attempt to tackle some basic wheel info in the hopes of simplifying all of the information there is available.
Wheels don’t make you faster. Proper stride makes you faster. Wheels CAN make you work harder to go fast. You don’t want this If you are skating on wheels that are too soft for your floor or weight they are making you work harder to go fast. The trick is to get something with enough grip that you can get a strong push without worrying about slipping, falling or sliding out and not so much grip that you are working extra hard to keep up with the game. The 3 things that effect how you and a wheel will get along most are; the surface, the wheel and hub softness/hardness, your weight.
Most floors in and around Toronto (and I suspect most of Canada) are concrete, mostly polished. This kind of concrete is pretty much always slick but how slick can depend on how clean/dirty it is and also the temperature. Cold concrete floors can feel like skating on ice. Same with dirty concrete floors, whereas clean concrete floors can actually hold a good amount of grip. Alot of wheels list what surfaces they are meant for but really if you think of it as a slick floor needs a grippier wheel and whereas a grippier floor needs a slicker wheel it becomes and easier formula to figure out. Another surface that is becoming more popular and also more common as teams travel more to play in the U.S. is skatecourt or sportcourt which is on the other end of the spectrum from concrete and tends to be a grippy surface and therefore you would want less grip from your wheels when skating on skatecourt (or any other grippy surface like a rubberized floor).
Wheels are made from a couple different types of urethane and generally anything under $70.00 for a set of 8 is going to be made of a lower quality urethane which means it will wear out fairly quickly. Anything above that price range will mostly be made of higher quality urethane that will have a longer life. The softness/hardness of a urethane is noted by using a number followed by the letter A and this number is called the durometer. The lower the number to softer the urethane and the higher the number the harder the urethane. Softer = More Grip. Harder = Less Grip. Durometer ranges from 78A-103A (and higher). For the purposes of roller derby most indoor wheels are made in the range of 88A-97A. There are indoor/outdoor formulas which have become increasingly popular and they range from 80A-86A. Most of the “roll” of a wheel comes from the hub material and design. There are a variety of hubs on the market from slotted nylon to nylon cap, alloy cap, and full aluminum. The stiffer the core of the wheel the better it will roll which translates to less work for the skater. You will get more roll out of every push with a wheel with a stiff core. I believe that for purpose of roller derby anything softer than an 86A durometer needs a super stiff core to perform the way a skaters need. Slotted nylon wheels with super soft urethane are very sluggish. We are looking for grip AND speed! The cap hubs are stiffer than slotted nylon so for a soft wheel look for one that has a cap hub or alloy cap hub or an aluminum hub. Keep in mind that full aluminum hubs will be really stiff and have great roll but can also be heavy which is a trade off. My favourite lightweight aluminum hub wheels are the RollerBones Turbos.
Lightweight Aluminum hub
Slotted Nylon with Aluminum Cap
hollow core, nylon cap hub
slotted nylon hub
Wheels need weight to grip. Some of the grip comes from the softness of the urethane and the surface contact (width) but most of it comes from the weight that you put on it.A heavier skater will get more grip out of a wheel that is 88A than a lighter skater. A lighter skater could be happy with the performance of an 88A wheel with a slotted nylon hub whereas someone even 30lbs heavier could notice the flex of the nylon hub and prefer an 88A wheel with a stiffer core like a cap or aluminum. As a general rule (with individual preferences aside) if we are talking about concrete floors; Skaters who are 120lbs and under: would usually be ok with a nylon hub and 88A or softer to be sure they get some grip Skaters who are between 125lbs-160lbs: would be ok with a soft urethane 88A-92A with a stiff hub. In this weight range I would recommend to make sure you are getting a stiffer core with the softer durometer and a less stiff core if you are getting something in the 92A range. Skaters who are between 165lbs-200lbs: 92A-95A. For this weight range all hubs would work with these urethane combinations except slotted nylon will probably feel too sluggish.
The goal was to simplify some of the information there is out there on roller derby wheels so hopefully this helped! There are other important factors that can affect how a wheel feels and performs which are; shape, width and height. I am going to save those for another post but the above info is the basics of figuring out roller derby wheels and which ones are right for you. We ALWAYS recommend trying out wheels if you have teammates or leaguemates a similar size to you. We also travel around a lot to games and tournaments and always bring our “try-me” wheels so if you see us around and have your skates on hand come by our booth and borrow some wheels.
We just received the brand new Riedell Roller Derby catalogue in the mail and there are lots of new products coming and also lots of changes (improvements) to the current product line. In early 2012 Riedell Skates came out with their B/AA (Delta) last and introduced it with the 495 boot. Up until now Riedell Skates has offered this more narrow alternative on their roller derby skates for no extra charge but with a wait of 4 weeks. We are ecstatic to hear that Riedell Skates is now stocking the following boots in both the B/D (Gamma) AND the B/AA (Delta) last; 1065, 965, 495, 265, 126, 122. This means that we can easily stock them for our customers as well as quickly order in anything that we don’t have in stock. In addition to being offered in 2 widths these boots are also now available in sizes 3-13 (previously size 4 was the smallest).
The 1065 was a stock item for Riedell Skates but they have now changed it to be a special order item only which means all 1065 boot order will take 4-6 weeks to make up. That is the bad news but the super awesome part is that you can now get them in any colour combination that you want for no additional charge! Check out Riedell’s Colorlab to have fun playing with colour and seeing how your dream roller skate boot will look.
That is the news with the boots – Check back for more updates on new Riedell / Powerdyne Plates, Radar wheels, KWIK Bearings and more.
Riedell 1065 Boot now in any colour you want for no extra charge!