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Roller Blading

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Any other cats here do it?

I just got a pair yesterday and tested 'em out in a park today. I fell a good few times, ripped up my leggings (and my skin), but I've gotten better at turning and have definitely improved with using the break.

So, how often do you rollerblade and where do you do it? Is it as feasible as biking is, to the point where you can do it on the side of the road? (Obviously, I won't be doing this 'til I can stop and turn better!)

I had a lot of fun with it, but it seems like it's kind of a dead activity.

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I did it a lot last year.  I try to avoid big hills, because I can't stop on my own too well either.  I would never do it on a road, but i have a paved park near by.  The only advice I have is to make sure the wheels are in good shape. If they get beat up over time, hitting even the smallest rocks can make you fall. i feel like it made me more swift, considering i have to catch my balance mid fall.  It's a great workout, so good luck and have fun  :D.

I did it for awhile in an empty building that had a huge floorplate with nice smooth concrete floors. I like it, but I wiped out about 6 times and the concrete is unforgiving stuff. I'm also a team roper and didn't want to injure myself so that I couldn't rope, so gave it up. It's fun though and I think good cardio.

It's funny- I gardened for an hour a and a half, ran for 15 minutes, did an hour of yoga, full weight machine circuit, almost an hour on the eliptical, and an hour and a half of volleyball on wednesday (it was a looong day), and wasn't sore a wink.

I went rollerblading for 30 minutes, and my entire upperarms and shoulders hurt so bad. (From using them to land on whenever I fell, lol).

I was thinking about how skaterboarders will sometimes skateboard on the side of the road- it'd be kind of like that. But whatever, I have to get really good at it first! :p

Oh, yeah, and I was rolling on pretty level surface and hit a little tiny rock on the road and almost fell XD

I LOVE LOVE LOVE rollerblading! In season I do a 28km circuit every second day between the river paths, canal paths and sidewalks around my city. My family first got into it when I was 7, and it's still my favourite form of cardio 19yrs later. Here a few pointers I would share with any want-to-be-serious bladers -

Always wear sunglasses - Maybe it's just because I spend so much time on paths through woods, but if I don't remember my sunglasses, I'm guaranteed to get at least one bug in my eye.

Always wear tough pants - That's right, even when it's 30º C out, I wear jeans rollerblading, otherwise if I happen to fall, I spend the next three weeks re-growing the skin on my legs. Road rash sucks.

Always wear wristguards - In my personal experience, these are the only entirely necessary piece of safety gear. I don't fall often, but if I hit a rock and lose control, I'm going over forward, and my hands are stopping the fall. Picking gravel out of your palms is never fun.

Watch the ground infront of you - Catching any little ledge, rock, stick, imperfection in the path can throw you off balance or cause you to fall. If you're watching about 3-5m infront of you, you have enough time to react to what's on the ground AND avoid any coming pedestrians/cyclers.

Rotate your wheels - When you first get into it, this won't be immediately necessary, but when you start putting any serious distance on your 'blades, you'll need to swap the wheels around to avoid over-wearing any part of them. I didn't realize this was necessary at first, I just kept blading, then I suddenly started falling all over the place because my wheels were worn to the point that they just weren't catching the ground the way they were supposed to, and apparently putting my body weight on air doesn't work out. I now rotate them after every three trips or so, and get new wheels at the start of each season. There are various accepted rotation patterns, just google "Rollerblade Wheel Rotation" to learn how.

Keep an eye on your brake - These need to be replaced when you get close to the "wear mark" or whatever your brand calls it. I usually need to replace mine about once a season.

Aside from that, know your route, don't go out when it's wet, and keep hydrated! The more you go, the better you'll get, and the less you'll have to worry about falling (though you still need to pay attention to the path). Except for the incident where my wheels were way overworn, I've fallen about four times in my adult life. As your balance improves, it gets easier to recover from hitting rocks and the like, and it all becomes part of the experience.

In the meantime, keep up the good work and happy blading! We were lucky enough to have an unseasonably warm week a little while back, and I hit the trails hard, can't wait until it warms up again so I can get back out there! Laughing

I have done inline skating for years.  I usually ride on bike paths for long distances, 12 miles or so per ride.  Riding in residential neighborhoods with light traffic is possible but be careful until you learn better.

I highly suggest you get knee, elbow and wrist pads, as well as a helmet.  You will fall down more.  When I first learned, it took me several months of occasionally falling down to get it. 

The main trick is learning to roll over cracks or imperfections on the road.  Just get the pads.  You'll learn to fall and get up fast.  You'll take more chances with pads, which is good to test your limits and what works.

Not many people inline skate I suspect because it is so time-consuming to learn, and falling is a big issue. 

If you continue to learn, you will learn backwards and turning front to back, as well as alternate breaking methods and emergency maneuvers.  You will be very impressive if you continue to learn.  Not many people have the tenacity to stick with it.

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It's funny- I gardened for an hour a and a half, ran for 15 minutes, did an hour of yoga, full weight machine circuit, almost an hour on the eliptical, and an hour and a half of volleyball on wednesday (it was a looong day), and wasn't sore a wink.


Rollerblading is very high intensity, for me above the aerobic zone of training.  The legs will get superb definition with a steady regimen. 

I've played hockey since I was ten, so I don't even need a brake to stop. So yes, completely feasible. I rollberblade on crowded streets with lots of cars, move really fast, and can stop and turn on a dime, without a brake. I can even go from ten miles an hour to backwards without slowing down. Like they say, practice makes perfect. It is a much better workout than street biking too, especially if you live in a hilly area. 

You actually have much better agility and control on skates than you do on a bike, once you become skilled, of course. I have't fell in years. You learn how and where to skate, how to keep balance over bad areas and cracks, and eventually it doesn't happen. I don't wear pads, probably should though because falling at 10 mph plus on pavement is an awful, awful experience.

I'd say it's dead too, but who cares what other people do? It's fun and a great low impact exercise. In my opinion, by far the best low impact workout, next to elliptical machines. Also, it uses muscles things like running and biking don't. Stick with it. It gets easier.

Thanks for all the comments!
I went again on Saturday and didn't fall once, I'm proud to say :)

It was pretty flat terrain on a pedestrian path.

Though, it's annoying, because I live on a very hilly street, so there's nowhere in walking distance I can go to blade. I'm trying to go to parks more often.

And thanks for all the tips, ChubbyChickie! Yeah, I definitly agree with the wrist pads. Catching my falls with my arms left them so sore and  there's still an imprint of the road in my left hand :p

I can't wait 'till I get better!! :D

You can bike with your skates to a park that has a path.  With a backpack, you can hang one skate under each strap / armpit.  It doesn't get in the way.  I did that frequently in Atlanta where I biked from the train station to the park and inline skated at the park.   Be sure to bring a bike lock. Best luck.

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