How to refurbish an old pair of roller skates?

I have an old pair of roller skates that look like this. They are really old and dirty, but they have sorta new ball bearings. How should  I refurbish them and should I refurbish them or get a new pair? Thanks.

Question by JoongYin 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Should I get outdoor or indoor roller skates?

Hi! Just rediscovered my love of roller skating, after 15 years away from it. I am wondering if I should buy a pair of outdoor skates and use them on rinks sometimes, or rink skates and risk them outdoors? I'd check the wheels for rocks before I rode on the rinks, of course. I've never done outdoor riding, but I can't go to the rink all the time, and I'd like to work this into my daily exercise. I'd also like to get into good enough shape to join Portland's active Roller Derby scene. Thoughts?

Topic by mousewrites 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to make roller skates out of regular shoes?

I have tons of pairs of Converse All-Stars lying around my house, and I've always wanted to convert a pair into roller skates. Does anyone have any experience with doing this, or know a good place to start? I found a website that was selling them, but they were something like seventy British pounds, which seems like quite a bit. Thanks!

Topic by falc0n2600 12 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How would i clean bearings from roller skates for use in a DIY CNC machine? Answered

What would get off road scum but not the grease inside the bearing EDIT: HERE IS A PICTURE of a clean one next to a dirty one

Question by bigbodysmallbrain 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


half pipe

Do you want to build a half pipe because your local skate pipe has trashy influences then you came to the right place I'm working on posting this at the moment. I want to know about how many will use the instructions.

Topic by the_burrito_master 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cheap skate automotive painting question!?

I have a 73 volkswagen transporter type 2 microbus AKA hippy van and I am planning on painting it orange and white. I was just wondering what the best methods would be and such any advice would be much appreciated. Im planning on just sanding it down and using rustoleum to give it a nice cheap paint job 1. Can I paint the rims as well with this paint http://www.homehardware.ca/Products/index/show/product/I1821684/name/paint_alk_rust_trem_green_3_78l 2. Should I use rollers, brushes, or a spraygun to do it? 3. how would I go about prepping rims for painting?

Question by CrawdadMan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


should I post ramp and grind rail?

Should I make an instructable for a nice DIY bike ,skateboard, roller blades, ect. ramp and a simple sturdy skate board or roller blade grind rail? 1-3 are of the ramp obviously that i made quite recently.4 is of the grind rail its like a year and a half old so its really beat up it was a lot better new ,and i figured out a better way to build it.here is the ible so far tell me what ya think https://www.instructables.com/id/EHRS1JAFGB0X664/

Topic by the_burrito_master 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Attachable wheels for any shoes? Answered

Every day on my way to and from school I have to walk a long way to the bus stop, and i often come too late because i miss the bus. the way is asphalt-only, but there are some small stones on the sidewalk too. I was wondering if I could build a jig attachable to any shoe that had 3 or more wheels on it, so I could skate to the bus stop and not be late. The wheel jig should be able to hold quite some weight because of my backpack and should be able to fit inside it for me to take it to school. I cant take a skateboard or scooter because I don't have any and it's not allowed to chain it to the bus stop and I don't even have a lock or a bike. I have access to the local skateboard shop as well as the hardware store and a Tailor and carpenter too (if leather or string or even wood is needed), and also to the local supermarket. Thanks!!

Question by sky0 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


DIY Virtual Reality Omni-Shoes

Since buying an oculus rift, realizing the limitations of movement. I've been researching all the different types of Omni-directional methods of moving in a virtual enviroment. Infinadeck seems to be the best option but it's probably too expensive for me.Vortrex looks a nice concept, I would like to try and see what it feels like having my forward motion cancelled out. By building my own conveyor belt shoes, there is a video on youtube demonstrating powered shoeshttps://youtu.be/C5hPyHxrz94The prototype above, uses roller skates powered by two motors with flexible shafts This is similar to what I want to replicate. I dont mind being tethered by power cables.I'm trying to put together a list of the main components suitable for operating under these load conditions. What motors/flexible shafts are a good choice for this application?.

Question by xorcyst 1 year ago


Can these led strips be made to work off batteries?

These led light strips look awesome. My question is can these be made to work off a battery system that would be portable enough to carry while roller skating. Here is the site of the product http://www.oznium.com/thin-led-strip I did post this on the end of an old question but not exactly sure people would see it at the end. Thanks for any suggestions

Topic by rsfaze 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Led powered by 9v

Hi all. I am new to this forum and need some help. I want to mount an led strip to the bottom of a roller skate. Everything I find already made up requires 12v. I need to keep the setup as small as possible for mounting reasons. How could I go about making a 12vdc led circuit work off a 9v battery or how could I wire up some led's on a flexible strip powered by a battery. I am thinking 9v because I can purchase a rechargeable set without draining the bank account each time. Any suggestions are welcomed. I have about 6" in length to mount the strip to. I would like multi color led but one solid color would also be fine. Thanks again for any suggestions.

Topic by rsfaze 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


I think I'm being discriminated against because of my bicycle. What should I do?

At our school, they let you drive your car around the parking lot at lunch. Well, I ride my bike. So I ride around just like all the cars do, not bothering anyone, and they keep telling me to park it or leave. They never do this to the cars. They already discriminate against skaters (roller skates, skateboard), and scooterists(is that a word?). They put up a sign that says No skateboarding, no rollerskating, or riding scooters on campus. Well, that worked fine, people rode the afformentioned vehicles up to the campus, stopped, and carry them through, until the school staff started to grab the vehicles directly from their arms (I rode a skateboard once on a Friday, my first skateboard, just got it the night before, I think. I had just learned to skate, was carrying it, they snatched it, and hurt my arm with the griptape. They wouldn't give it back, so I protested after school. They kicked me out of the buiding, and I never got it back until Monday). Now it seems they are starting with bikes. They even took my bike once and put it where everybody in the school could do whatever they wanted with it. If they don't allow bikes at school, then I will have to quit, because I have no other transportation. What should I do?

Topic by extremegtafan 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Memories.....like the corners of our minds......

Some fond memories: How many do you remember ?Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.Ignition switches on the dashboard.Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.Real ice boxes.Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner or an open hearth.Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.Older Than Dirt Quiz:Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about! Your ratings at the bottom. 1. Blackjack chewing gum 2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 3. Candy cigarettes 4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes 6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 7. Party lines 8. Newsreels before the movie 9. P.F. Flyers10. Butch wax11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)12. Peashooters13. Howdy Doody14. 45 RPM records15. S&H; Green Stamps16. Hi-fi's17. Metal ice trays with lever18. Mimeograph paper19. Blue flashbulb20. Packards21. Roller skate keys22. Cork popguns23. Drive-ins24. Studebakers25. Wash tub wringersIf you remembered 0-5 = You're still youngIf you remembered 6-10 = You are getting olderIf you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt ! (PS: This is me :-) )I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.'Senility Prayer'...God grant me...The senility to forget the people I never liked;The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,And the eyesight to tell the difference.''Hey Dad,' one of my kids asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up ? ' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.''C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat ?''It was a place called 'at home, I explained. 'Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:Some parents NEVER owned their own house (my Dad did, it cost him $14,000 for a 3 bedroom rancher), wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.My parents never drove me to soccer practice. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 8. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger. I was 14 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.We didn't have a car until I was 9. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a 'machine.' It started by pushing a button on the dashboard. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it ?MEMORIES from a friend:My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

Topic by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago