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05-06-2006, 11:49 PM
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Seth Lake
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Make sure you have the right wheel for the surface you are skating on (softer wheels are for indoors (68A to 74A typically), harder wheels outdoors (78A to 84A), anything in between is "multipurpose") that will make a huge difference. The reason wheels are so important is that in inline the wheel is designed to compress to absorb your energy in an up-and-down manner to help you stop. If you have too hard of a wheel, the wheel will not compress and the energy instead of being absorbed will cause your wheel to slide out from underneath you. I use Rink Rats too and love them because of the triple-pour technology that creates three layers of different hardnesses, but I will be trying Revision wheels soon which also feature a multi-layer pouring process. Honestly, you get what you pay for. If you want a good wheel, be prepared to spend in excess of $60/set.

Second major thing about stopping in inline is make sure to bend your knees. This also acts to absorb your energy and will help you not only stop quicker, but also put you in a position that you can be ready to make a explosive step in the opposite direction if need be.

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