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The Difference Between Roller Skates and Inline Skates

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Many people who want to learn how to skate get confused when asked what type of skates they would like to use. While roller skates and inline skates have similar names, they have major differences …

Many people who want to learn how to skate get confused when asked what type of skates they would like to use. While roller skates and inline skates have similar names, they have major differences that are easy to tell apart.

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  • 1. The Difference between Roller Skates and Inline Skates Many people who want to learn how to skate get confused when asked what type of skates they would like to use. While roller skates and inline skates have similar names, they have major differences that are easy to tell apart. Here are some of them: Appearance Roller skates have two wheels in front and two in the back. It has a round stopper in front of the shoe, which is almost the same size as the wheels. Inline skates have four wheels that are in a straight position. Its stopper is rectangularshaped and near the heel, which is at the rear of the skate. Skaters will have to do the opposite, depending on the type of skate they’re wearing.
  • 2. Speed or Stability Roller skates have heavier wheels, but are more stable because anyone can stand straight without support. It’s ideal for beginners because they can learn how to balance properly. Inline skates have lighter wheels, but are more difficult to learn. It offers better support to the ankle because of its wheel position, though. Those who have mastered the basics prefer this because it’s faster and they can use it outdoors. Type of Sport Roller skates, also known as quads, became a cultural phenomenon among children in the 1970s. This is because of the contact sport called “Roller Derby.” Two teams will try to overlap each other while racing on a track to make points.
  • 3. Inline skates came from the roller skate design. During the 1980s, it was created to be a substitute training gear for ice skating. It became more popular when the Rollerblade brand marketed it to the public. Other activities related to inline skates became well-known, such as roller hockey, speed skating, and freestyle slalom skating. The type of skates used depends on the purpose. Regardless of the choice, however, mastering the basics of gliding, stopping, and balancing are important to make the experience more fun and exciting.
  • 4. Sources: http://speedskateworld.com/2013/roller-skating-quads-vs-inlineskates/ http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-difference-between-roller-skatesand-roller-blades.htm http://www.prolineskates.com/