Inline Skate's Wheels Tutorial
You should do a wheel rotation on your skates every
time they wear noticeably on one side or the other.
Doing this when necessary gives you a longer
life on your wheels, and makes for a smoother skating.
Small bowl or metal pan
Rags or towels
if a Wheel Rotation is Necessary:
idea is to check your wheels every month or so that
you blade. Heavier people and beginners will wear
out wheels faster than average. What you're looking
for is uneven wear on the sides of the wheels. Do
only one skate at a time.
- Lift your skate up to your face so that you are
looking down the length of the wheels, and you just
barely see all four of them
- Keep in mind which wheels are wearing on which side.
It's not completely necessary since you're rotating
them anyway, but it's good to know where you wear
them out. (You can see if you're putting too much
pressure on one side or at one end of the boot or
not) That's it for the check portion.
- The picture above-right will show you the rotation
direction you need to use
two wheels at a time to avoid confusion. Make sure
you place the first two wheels in before going on
to the next two. Use an Allen key to remove the first
two wheels bolts (axles) from the skate unless a specialized
tool is supplied. Place the axles into a pan or bowl.
you have to do next is switch positions of the first
two wheels, while simultaneously
flipping each wheel so that the wear is on the opposite
side of that particular wheel. If you need
to, mark one side of the wheels slightly with a magic
marker, so that the mark ends up on the opposite
side of the skate. Wipe any dirt off the
wheels or skate with the towel or rag while you're
- If you have switched the first two wheels positions
with each other and flipped them at the same time,
you're ready to place them back into the skate. Remember
which two wheels you just switched.
- Now switch the other two wheels in exactly the same
- Once you have rotated the one skate, you just repeat
the steps for the second skate. Just remember to only
rotate two wheels at a time, or you may forget which
ones go where.