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Should I get outdoor or indoor roller skates? Answered


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.



I am a hockey skater and have "fake ice" to shoot off of outside on my driveway, pretty much just smooth plastic tiles that snap together. I'm guessing the tiles are a lot like what indoor roller skating and roller hockey skating surfaces are like. I am wondering what type of skate to get (indoor or outdoor) if I want to be able to rollerblade on the tiles in my driveway and then also be able to skate in the road that doesn't have the tiles. I would like to be able to transition between them freely, without having to switch the wheels or anything.

Hi! I don't know if you have gotten this question answered or not, but... You can buy skates that would work for rink skating, derby, and outdoor skating- I use mine for all three. However, you should change your wheels when you're at the rink and when you're outside. They do make 'hybrid' wheels, but concrete tends to eat wheels and you don't want to do that to your rink wheels (or your rink floors). Also, wheels made for outdoors will not work as well indoors and vice versa. Derby requires lower boots than for artistic skating. They don't provide as much ankle support, but they are comfortable for most people (or, you can wear an ankle brace underneath). These seem to be popular with most skaters now and widely available at any rink. BUT if you are thinking about derby, you may want to do some research or talk to the derby girls before you buy anything. Most derby teams have some sort of training/newbie sessions, but it doesn't hurt if you know how to balance, skate forward and stop before you jump in. Some of my team's best skaters were horrible at first! Contact your local team- they will likely be happy to have you! Good luck!

First I would find out your local laws regarding where you're allowed to skate - some cities mandate against using sidewalks, contact your local authorities for the best information. Since you're several years from your last skating, I would recommend checking out what equipment you currently have (skates, knee/elbow pads, helmet, goggles, gloves, etc), and seeing what you need to upgrade. Go to a local skating/bicycling/outdoor shop and find out what's available (then do a review search online to see if it's really as good as the salesmen say). Before undertaking a circuit, walk out what areas you're wanting to skate, and note obstructions (both in ground level, and above - noting that on the skates you'll be a little taller so you may have to duck more than you're used to). Especially note whether you have to go via sidewalk or on roads - but like before do it legally and safely. Most important is to take short trips and stretch until you're used to skating again. And, HAVE FUN!