Recreational skating, like most physical activities, comes with risks. By wearing the right protective gear you can reduce the risk of injury. This gear should consist of a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads.
Here is our guide to reducing risk of injury and ensuring you look like a pro:
– Learn the skating basics such as speed control, braking and cornering before attempting to pull o more adventurous manoeuvres. Master the basics so that you look and feel confident! Don’t run before you can walk!
– Avoid hills and slopes unless you are highly skilled and wearing all your protective gear! Take it easy!
– Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. You don’t want to skate into someone or trip on an unsteady surface.
– You should try to avoid areas of heavy traffic as chaos and congestion are hazardous and nerve-racking. You don’t want to be tense on your skates!
– Stay visible. Put on some fun, bright colours. Make sure people can see you clearly and avoid skating at night time.
– Skate only on smooth, dry surfaces where you are of no risk to yourself and those around you. Avoid skating through oil, water, sand and gravel. Not only are these surfaces unstable and likely to spoil your oufit, but they can also damage your wheel bearings. Stones and uneven surfaces can often ruin the wheel material.
– Never allow yourself to be pulled by vehicles whilst skating. Always obey traffic rules and signals.
– Skating is a super great way to have fun, exercise and keep fit, however, as with all sports it has it’s dangers. Common sense is your best form of protection when skating, so use it!
Always keep your skates clean for safe, good looking and long lasting performance. Remove any grit or dirt from the chassis, frame, wheels and axles using a damp cloth.
Look After Your Skates
Do not use feet or stoppers to remove your skates by standing on the heel / back of the skate. This will cause wear and damage to the skate.
Take your skates off by untying the laces and loosening them enough to remove the skate with your hands.
Check Your Equipment
Before heading out on your roller skates, the following checks should be carried out:
– Turn the wheels to ensure that they rotate freely and the axles and bearings function correctly.
– Make sure all the nuts, screws and bolts are tight, clean and properly fitted.
– Components will wear out over time with use. In the event that you should require replacement parts, please contact your local Rio Roller dealer.