Inline Skating

Inline skates, as the name suggests, is a kind of roller skating that are meant for inline skating. Unlike quad skates that have 2 wheels in front and 2 wheels in the back, inline skates have two, three, four or five wheels set in a single line. Some inline skates even have brakes to control speed. In the late 1980s, the popularity of inline skates was immense. When racing, inline skating is often dubbed as inline racing.

History Of Inline Skating

Though not confirmed, the first use of skates can be dated back to 1743 at a show in London. Nobody knows the name of inline skates inventor. However nobody knows who invented Inline skate. However, the first man whose name is recorded in the annals of history was Jean-Joseph Merlin, who demonstrated a primitive inline skate with metal wheels in 1760. Frenchman M Petitbled was the first man to patent roller skate design in 1819. Interestingly, the skate design has remained more or less the same since that period. The biggest change that came about in almost 200 years is in its maneuverability.

Skating Boots

An Inline speed skate is practically a special kind of inline skate. Here, skating boot is close-fitting, without much padding. Inline skate is made of leather or carbon composites. To get the best results, the boot has to be in the shape of a foot. This allows racers to go for personalized speed skates. The frame that keeps the wheel intact is often made of a material that is used to make aircrafts. To make it clear, each wheel has a couple of precision bearings having a very powerful aluminum spacer. These have been developed to prevent several kinds of injuries, such as heel bruises besides increasing board Feel. The board feel is very important as it increases flexibility and helps in gripping the skateboard more effectively.

Skating Wheels

Skating wheels that are used specifically for inline skating have higher durometer. This means that the wheels are harder than the traditional recreational wheels but comparatively mush softer than aggressive wheels. Because of the higher durometer, it tends to wear less and at the same time generate greater speed. Skaters sometimes combine different wheels on the same skate to get the best performance.


The skills meant for outdoor inline racing are close to marathon ice speed skating and of road bicycle racing. Skaters form teams in which they line up behind a lead skater. In a competition, skaters may attack by speeding up in an effort to beat the weaker competitor. Some of these attacks are known as breakaways and fliers. By this it means that skaters make an attempt to generate smaller and faster packs in order to beat other teams.

Waiting For Olympic Nod

With inline racing yet to get a nod for the Olympics, inline speed skaters have switched to ice speed skating to compete at the Olympics. K C Boutiette was the first man to switch over to ice skating just for taking part at the Olympics. He did that in late 1993 and successfully managed to participate at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Derek Parra, Jennifer Rodriguez and Joey Cheek are a few more persons to swap the sport.

Roller Skating

On the other hand, roller skating is traveling on a smooth ground with roller skates. It is often considered as a sport as well as a kind of recreation. At times roller skating can also help in transportation. As a matter of fact, inline skating is one of the two kinds of roller skating, the other being the traditional quad skates.