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How often should inline skate wheels be rotated?

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Four Wheel Inline Rotation

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Question: How often should inline skate wheels be rotated?

Wheel rotation is very important to the efficient function and safe use of your inline skates. Make sure to include rotation in your skate maintenance program.

Answer:

Your own wheel rotation schedule will vary depending on how you skate, how often you go skating skating, what surfaces you skate on and the type of wheels used. Rotate the inline skate wheels whenever there are any visible signs of excessive wear that would eventually make the wheel surfaces uneven and shorten the life of the wheels. Many occasional skaters may only need to rotate wheels every six months. On the other hand, some very active inline skaters may need to rotate their wheels more than once each month.

There are many ways to rotate inline skate wheels. Skaters with inlines that have three wheels, four wheels or five wheels need to choose the rotation pattern that works with their wheel setup. Experienced skaters often prefer to rotate inline skate wheels based on their own specific wear patterns and the needs of their skating discipline.

 

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