It is important for you to know why it is important for you to rotate the wheels on your skates, and it is also important for you to have an understanding of when you should do it. There are a number of different available approaches to take when it comes this process as well.
Why you should rotate your inline skate wheels
If you have been riding your inline skates for any decent amount of time, then you have probably noticed that your wheels do not wear evenly. The inside edges wear down, and for most people, the rear wheels wear down much quicker than the front ones do. Rotating at proper intervals helps slow this process, making your wheels wear more evenly, and last longer.
When you should rotate your inline skate wheels
If you are reading this, chances are you are new to inline skating, or have never taken the time to learn everything you should about your inline skates. There are a lot of factors that can change the timing for when you will want to rotate, the main ones being wheel hardness, and how often you ride. If you know what hardness of wheel you prefer and always skate for the same amount of time each day, then figuring out a rotation schedule will be much easier.
There are actually three different strategies that you can consider when it comes to rotating your wheels, which are:
- The first is to keep things relatively simple by rotating the same exact wheels in the same exact manner every time you do this.
- The second process is to turn the wheel rotation process into an all day kind of project, which is really only ideal when you enjoy messing around with your wheels.
- The third and final method is a reasonable sort of middle ground, and so it is recommended option for rotating your skate wheels.
Lets look at the conventional strategy, which involves rotating your wheels from 1 to 3 and 2 to 4. This is the system that many manufacturers of inline skates recommend because it keeps things simple. Flip the wheels over so that they are on the opposite edge. The front wheel goes to the middle back, the middle front wheel goes to the back, the middle back wheel goes to the front, and the back wheel goes to the middle front.
If your skates have five wheels, then the front goes to the middle back, the middle front goes to the back, the middle goes to the front, the middle back goes to the middle front and the back goes into the middle.
If your skates only have three wheels, then the front goes to the largest wheel number one, the middle goes to the smallest wheel and the back goes to the second largest wheel.
Pretty easy, right?