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Skate events during the summer in Belgium

Are you looking for skating events now the weather is starting to become better? Look no further! Every roller bike parade is listed on this amazing site called!
This site has a list of all the cities that have a parade throughout the coming months. We're still waiting on the first confirmations for the tours, but hell is it going to be fun! A DJ setup mounted on a car at the front and back of the group, lots of skaters and the police blocking the road so we can pass safely through the city. What more can you ask for?

Of course there are smaller local tours as well, for example Ghent has a darling 'roller parade' (They don't like me calling it a family tour) for all ages which is perfectly doable for less advanced skaters and most certainly a fun event to socialize for better skaters.

Are they all the same?

Of course, they are all different tours in different cities, so let's bring you up to date with a few things you might want to keep in mind.
Some cities, like Leuven, ask that the tour ends at 22h00 so the population isn't disturbed by loud music during the nighttime. However, our friends from the local skating club (RSC Leuven) don't like the idea of riding less kilometers than they would at other tours, so they ride a similar distance a little faster.
Others, like Brussels, just make sure you have a train home for those using public transport, which is amazing, but also makes it a little later if you ride both the small and big tour. That being said, Brussels is known for letting us ride through the tunnels, which is as amazing and exhausting as it sounds.
And then there's the smaller ones like Ghent where you can't forget to set an alarm if you want to catch the last train at all. Otherwise you might get stuck like a certain person who proceeded to spend the entire night at Blaarmeersen to catch the first train in the morning (couldn't be me, don't look at me. I didn't do it. Maybe I did...).

FR shell sizing guide

fr skates shell sizing table in the picture FR 1 310 inline skate
So, you’re confused by the shell and liner sizes of the FR1/2/3/X skates. Well guess what, so am I. As much as I like FR, I keep forgetting how their shells line up with the actual sizes of their skates. So I made a clean, simple table so I can take a look whenever I forget how this all works again... And since I know I’m not the only one who is confused every now and then, I thought I’d share it. Have a great day, and I hope this helped a lot. :)
shoe size shell size
34 2
35 4
36 4
37 4
38 6
39 6
40 7
41 8
42 8
43 10
44 10
45 12
46 12
47 12
FR Intuition
shoe size shell size
35-36 2
37-38 4
39-40 6
40.5-41.5 7
42-43 8
43.5-44.5 10
45-46 10
47-48 12

FR UFR Street AP review | A great premium aggressive skate, coming from a brand known for freeride and freestyle skates.

FR UFR AP Flat 65mm grande

I recently started with aggressive skating because I'm stuck in a city that is somewhat less optimal for urban skating. This of course means that I needed a new skate that would fit my style of skating best while also giving me the option to perform well in a skatepark.
For me that is a clear choice: the UFR Street AP FLAT. It has a liner I'm used to and a shell that is very similar to what I already use. If you haven't guessed it yet, I am used to an FR1 boot.

Opting for the UFRs made it so I could skate with a boot that feels as similar as possible to the one I'm used to. Raised heel, similar liner, similar support from the cuff and the exact same sizing. For me, that's a no-brainer.
But that doesn't make it a godlike skate that is perfect for everyone. Let's take a closer look at what it exactly is.

The Boot


Is warming up really necessary?

warm up necessary or not

Honestly, from skater to skater: warming up can be a waste of time, right? Still, it can be very important to do so if you want to improve or even if you just want to avoid injury. Skating is an intensive hobby and demands a lot from your body, so it's best to prepare it like you would prepare yourself to go outside during winter. And in case you're not going to believe me, I took the time to ask an expert. This is what he wrote for me:

Let’s Talk Warm-Up

When asked to write a little article every issue, to educate and help the Blading community, I doubted not a second. What better than learning a little bit about the blading body every time a new issue comes out?
For our first encounter, I want to talk to you about warming up before doing physical activity or in this case Blading. I will lightly address why you should warm up, how you should warm up and what it can mean for your body. If you are afraid that this will be a technical and boring monologue on how bad it is to not stretch, I can assure you: it isn’t. This little article is not a lecture nor a sermon. For I, The Blading Physio, also dares to go skate without warming up. I’ll try to entertain you with bits of knowledge wrapped in metaphores. So let’s get into it!



Skating on a race track in Zolder, Belgium

A race track like in Zolder Belgium with inline skaters training for a race

Have you always wanted to skate on an actual race track? That is completely possibe, since Roller Mondays are back!

Circuit Zolder (in Belgium), that hosted the Formula 1 ten times before, opens its circuit to paracyclists and inline skaters 7 times this year. So seven Mondays you can go and test yourself to the fullest and establish or better your personal best time.


Converting inline skates into ice blades

Powerslide Trident ice blade frame under a Powerslide HC Evo

My colleague Koen skates continuously through rain and wind thanks to his water-resistant bearings and grip-resistant wheels, but I am more of a good-weather skater.

Late autumn and early winter, basically the inline skate off-season, always is bit dependent on how bad the weather actually is, but this year (turn of year (2021-2022)) we weren't that lucky. But luckily, the major skate brands realise that skaters don't want to resort to skating indoors only. Which is why there are plenty of options to convert your favourite pair of inlines, into a set of ice skates. You heard me right: ice skates.


The importance of bearing maintenance

damaged Seba frame because of bad bearings maintenance

There are many misconceptions about owners of inline skate shops and one of them is that these people always maintain their bearings perfectly.

Well, hmm, "perfectly", you say? Well, let's just say that I often skate in the rain and on sandy roads and therefore also clean (or have to clean) the bearings from time to time, even the water-resistant ones, but "perfectly" is a tad exaggerated.


Skate Ban in Antwerp ?!?

muscled inline skater

The Skate ban, it's happening in Antwerp, but if it passes it won't just be Antwerp anymore.

Antwerps recent decision to ban all forms of skating from its riverside promenade is a real issue and here's why.


Poetry on inline skates

The Rolling Divine two people who like to inline skate on inline skates from Sliding Tiger

What more could you want as a shopkeeper than to have customers who write poems about your shop?
Thank you, The Rolling Divine!

We are The Rolling Divine
When we skate, we feel all happy and fine.


USD Aeon 80 - A Sliding Tiger Review

USD Aeon 80

USD is one of the biggest brands in aggressive inline skating. Their Aeon line is very popular and comes in variations with 60, 72 and 80mm wheels. The 60mm wheel variation is the most popular one as this is the most used in aggressive inline skating. The 72mm are in between an urban wheel setup and an aggressive. The 80mm model has the same size wheels as a freeride urban model but still manages to make space for an h-block, a soul and negative plate and this without having a ridiculously long frame. All the Aeon models come stock with a flat wheel setup. While this setup is great for having extra manoeuvrability and speed, it does make grinds a bit harder to do.


Fitness closed? Inline skating is the best option to keep fit.

Inline skating in the winter
The gyms and fitness clubs closed this week and there seems to be a second corona lockdown coming. A good hobby to pick up in the coming time is inline skating.

Is inline skating corona-proof?
Inline skating can be done outdoors in the city or the suburbs and is fully corona-proof. Sufficient distance can be kept from others at all time. Since the activity also takes place outdoors there is a lot less risk of infection.

Is inline skating good training?
Inline skating is a full body workout and burns a lot of calories. Compared to other cardio activities it is also a lot better for your knees. It is a very good way to keep fit.

Can I inline skate in the rain?
Inline skating can be done in any weather conditions. It is a little bit harder when it rains and you need to watch out for rusted bearings. But for the people who don’t want to wait for dry weather there are special ‘rain wheels’ and ‘rain bearings’.

Is it not too cold to inline skate outside?
Your body warms up while you inline skate so the cold will not hurt. Don’t dress too warm and underestimate how much your body will warm up during skating. For temperatures up to 5 degrees a long-sleeve shirt and a hoodie should keep you warm enough after the first few minutes of skating.


winterclash aggressive contest

*Sighs* where am I going to start…

Winterclash 2018 is over, and every blader who was a part of it probably ended up in a black hole which will take some time to roll out of. Haha.


Is inline skaten beter voor je dan lopen?

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inline skaten beter voor je gewrichten dan lopen

Je wil je leven verbeteren. Grapje :). Je denkt erover om te beginnen met inline skaten, juist?
Skaten is namelijk zeer goed voor je gewrichten En in dit artikel licht ik graag toe waarom. Hopelijk kan ik je hiermee overtuigen om het op zijn minst eens uit te proberen.

Mijn ervaring

De eerste reden waar mensen aan denken waarom mensen zo veel houden van skaten is natuurlijk de thrill factor, maar er zijn natuurlijk een hele hoop andere redenen waarom mensen zo veel van deze sport houden. Vooral onder de groep mensen die meer aan sport willen doen zonder te moeten gaan lopen (we weten allemaal dat niemand dat echt leuk vindt). Toch, hoewel ik geen herrineringen heb van een tijd toen ik niet kon skaten, heb ik ook een tijdje proberen te lopen. Deels omdat ik naast een niet al te veilige straat woonde op dat moment en deels omdat ik hoopte dat de basketwedstrijden in juni toch konden doorgaan. Helaas is dit niet hoe 2020 is uitgedraaid.
Hier is het dat ik ontdekte dat mijn knieën bijna aan hun limiet waren, iets wat ik altijd negeerde tijdens wedstrijden. En een probleem dat ik nooit heb gehad bij het skaten.



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race skeelers on circuit

Babylonische spraakverwarring. Het bestaat ook in de wereld van inlineskates, rollerblades, skeelers, of moet je gewoon rolschaatsen zeggen?

Zelf spreek ik nooit over “rolschaatsen”, want dan denk ik aan quad-skates: dus rolschaatsen (ja, what’s in a name) met twee wielen vooraan die naast elkaar staan en twee wielen achteraan die ook naast elkaar staan. Ook als ik over quad-skates wil spreken, vermijd ik de term “rolschaatsen”, want stilaan wordt het woord rolschaatsen ook gebruikt als men “inlineskates” bedoelt, en zo weet niemand nog wat je met rolschaatsen wil zeggen. Ons weglopen van het woord “rolschaatsen” heeft zelfs een negatief aspect op Sliding Tiger: als je op “rolschaatsen” googelt, zul je ons niet vinden, ook niet als je de versie met 4 wieltjes op een lijn bedoelt. sad



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voetgangersbrug over Italiëlei

Antwerpen is parking geworden. Autorijden daarentegen doe je voortaan beter in de rest van Vlaanderen.

Donderdag 3 augustus 2017 wou ik de rollerparade in Antwerpen meedoen. Ik had wel zin in een stadsritje die avond; dankzij de rollerparade zou ik nieuwe, leuke skate-weggetjes in Antwerpen leren kennen, want heel goed ken ik die stad skate-gewijs niet. En bovendien zou ik wat visitekaartjes van Sliding Tiger kunnen uitdelen. Want niet iedereen in Antwerpen kent onze inlineskate-winkel al. Twee vliegen in één klap dus.



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frj skeeler in blue

Kent u de kinderskates met Barbie op? Of met Spiderman als het voor een jongen is?

Zelf heb ik er als kind geen cadeau gekregen. Ik ben wel beginnen skaten toen mijn oudste dochter zoiets cadeau kreeg van haar tante. Twee maanden nadien kocht ik skates voor mezelf om af en toe eens een tochtje samen met haar te doen. (Wist ik toen veel dat het op haar speelgoed-skates onmogelijk is om toertjes te doen.) Zelf vond ik skaten onmiddellijk heel leuk. Eerst skatete ik één keer in de week, vervolgens twee maal per week en dan alsmaar vaker en in alsmaar meer disciplines. En nu baat ik een inlineskate-winkel uit. smiley


Skating: The ultimate way of commuting?

inline skating is great for commuting

It's a thought a lot of skaters will have had at least once. I had this thought popping up for the first time when I was about to start going to university. I wanted to get new skates, ones that would be amazing for going to lectures as well as being amazing for fun city rides at night. My FR1 310s were the obvious choice for that. Yet I ended up taking my bike almost every day since it was more convenient than using the small stairs they put in the classrooms while wearing skates.

So if that's the case, then why am I talking about skates being the ultimate tool for commuting? Clearly a bike is better, right?
Well, it depends.
While yes, if there's a lot of bad roads you have to take to get to where you want to, it is a lot more comfortable to take your bike, skates do have their advantages. For example, I take the train a lot, which would mean I would have to pay extra every time I wanted to take my bike with me. Taking your skates with you, on the other hand, is free. You only have to worry about possible complaints about wearing skates on the platform, but I'm working on a loophole for that problem (something a lot of people might recognize is an idea I got from ice skaters, but we'll reveal it when we finish it).
Anyway, skates might just save you a lot of money this way if you commute daily. Not to mention you look infinitely cooler than your friend who came to work by bike.
I haven't done anything by bike in the past 6 months and I can confidently say that going everywhere skating is definitely possible. Yes, I even go grocery shopping on skates sometimes. and yes, bags are heavy, but I have noticed that people around me react positively to seeing me skating. And even if it was just for making the world a little happier, it'd be worth it to me, being that small detail that is not quite the same. But I digress.


Make your own skate with this new feature (first of its kind):

ST wizard logo v1

What about putting together your own skate? Choosing the perfect frame, the perfect boot and the perfect wheels and receiving these assembled or in parts, depending on your preference while still being more cost-efficient than buying every piece separately? Who would say no to that?
If you like this idea as much as I do, I have good news for you: Sliding Tiger now has the option to build your own skate in a wizard!

How does it work? In the wizard you will be selecting the perfect parts for your skate one by one. Starting with the boots: possibly the most important part of your skates, since it's what will give you support and comfort while skating.
Moving on, it's time to choose a frame that fits your style of skating, which is made significantly easier than it would be if you would be crawling the internet for frames, since the wizard only shows the frames with a mounting system that fit your chosen boot. Making it impossible to choose a wrong frame and preventing the misery of having to buy a second frame after realizing your components don't fit.
Finalize this with your bearings and wheels of choice and you'll be certain you have the most personalized and perfect skate for you!


International Tiger day is upon us!

International sliding tiger day giveaway starting on international tiger day 29th of July 2022

So, as you might know, the 29th of July is the international day of the tiger. And since we absolutely love tigers (duh, why else would we call ourselves the sliding tiger?), we wanted to celebrate this special day with all you (sliding) tiger lovers.

So, if you like tigers as much as I do, or even as much as Achmed (who no-one will remember), this is for you. Since it's a special day for all the tigers, we are doing a giveaway! In total we will be giving away €50. Starting july 29th to august 2nd, we are giving away one €10 gift card each day to someone who ordered for at least €250 on our site. Meaning that every day there is a new chance to win, with a grand total of 5 winners! And don't forget to check out the instagram post on our page for an extra chance at winning!
But above all: Don't forget to spread awareness about this majestic creature that Achmed from the land of Pik-Zahr loves so much.


Skating throughout the city at night, some useful Do's & Don'ts

Skating in the dark with Luminous wheels

If you're a night owl like me, you may have thought about skating at night before. And even if you're not, you probably will have thought about it at least once. The joy of being the only one on the silent city streets, possibly with some amazing music in the background (I have at least 3 different playlists depending on the vibe (or feeling, for those who don't understand young adults anymore) of the evening.
And since I've noticed that I'm far from the only one who likes doing this, I decided to make a useful list of what you might want to keep in mind if you want to be prepared for at least most of the common unpleasantries one might experience. Of course I hope you won't end up in those situations in the first place, but sometimes it's better to be prepared in the first place.

DO take your ID and phone with you

For those of you who are wondering why I even included this one: Let's just say that I have been to more police stations and hospitals where I had to check in using my ID for a friend than I'd like to admit. While yes, most of them had their phone with them to call someone (long live gen z I guess, connected anywhere anytime), this is not the same as having your ID with you. If you need to register because of an unfortunate accident (or any other situation, long story, maybe for another time), you need to be able to prove you're you. Sounds stupid, I know, but if you absolutely need one of these two, it's going to be your ID.
Then why take your phone as well, you might ask. Well, for those of you who don't listen to music and truly want to be offline when skating, imagine you're on your own and you break something while falling. Happens to the best of us, but that's why it's convenient to have your phone with you, even if it's on do not disturb (which I really recommend, it gives so much freedom).

DON'T use noise cancellation


Wheel Compounds

UnderCover Teal 80mm inline skate wheel

So, I got into a bit of a Facebook discussion the other day and I realised not everyone understands the difference between cheap and expensive wheels.

Especially because there are loads of people out there saying "the more expensive wheels are made in the same factory than the cheap ones", which is true, but doesn't mean what they think it does.


The difference between normal and rain inline skate wheels

inline skate rain wheels on a wet surface

The summer and autumn of 2021 in Western Europe can without exaggeration be described as "very wet".

Unfortunately, this means that many inline skaters are postponing their skating. As we have often written, rain bearings and rain wheels make inline skating in the rain as possible as jogging.


Inline skate everywhere with our interactive Community inline skate map

Screenshot Skate Everywhere community map

Where to skate? Looking for a good place to skate? The best inline skate routes in Belgium? (Hmm..... between the moments of writing and publishing this blog, this sentence and my wish underneath is rather out-dated, because I see that a lot of inline skate roads and spots have been evaluated in the meantime by the inline skate community in Copenhagen, Denmark. So I should write now: "the best inline skate routes in the world".)

We've started a community map! After my last attempt at making Antwerp, Belgium a bit easier to orientate on skates, I've found a great website that allows me to share the best skate spots and routes easily!


Inline skate spots and roads in Antwerp

Antwerpen Skate kaart

Firstly, the roads in the city have vastly improved for Antwerp inline skating! Over the last couple of years, both Antwerp’s streets and the Belgium inline skate scene have changed a lot - for the better.

New bike lanes have been placed; not only in Antwerp center but also throughout intercity skate trails in Belgium! The best way to plan intercity skate journeys through Flanders would probably be: There you will find an overview of Belgium’s best skate routes, also known as “Bike Highways”. I suggest you also check out Skate Vlaanderen and our tour related posts for more tips.


Useful Presents for Inline Skating


There are lots of handy products and nice presents for inline skating. If you are looking for inspiration, we have listed some for you below:

Skate Wax

This one is for the aggressive inline skaters that like to go to skateparks and grind on objects. Many times, ledges or rails are rough and hard to slide on. That is where skate wax comes into good use. By waxing the ledge or rail you will be able to grind smoother on the obstacle. Be careful not to wax too much because the rail can get very slippery.


FR1 310 – A Sliding Tiger Review


The FRX to FR1 range of models has been one of the best sold ones over the season of 2020. They are a fantastic range that fit almost anyone’s feet. The FRX 80 and FRX 310 are the base models of the FR line and for they offer great value for those starting to inline skate but also people looking for a new pair. The FR3 80 and 310 are an upgrade of the FRX with the most noticeable upgrade features being the ratchet buckle on the ankle instead of the Velcro and a 7-hole mounting system on the boot for adjusting the frame position. The FR2 80 and 310 is the next upgrade in the line with the most noticeable upgrade features being in the finish of the skate and the wheel and frame quality. With the FR1 80, 310 and 325 we are approaching the top of the freeride line of FR, the best finish quality. The top model of the freeride/urban line of FR is the FR1 Intuition; the most remarkable upgrade feature is the Intuition liner, which is often considered to be the best on the market. (The liner is sold separately too, but in a somewhat other colour: the Intuition Liner V2.)

One of the great features of the FR skates is their customisability. Each little part of the skate can be replaced separately and usually in different colours. That means that if something breaks it is easily replaceable without having to throw any big part of the skate away. In the FR1 the cuff bolts come with a 4-way system which allows the cuff to be adjusted to personal taste symmetrically on both sides or asymmetrically. The cuff bolt allows the cuff to move up, down, to the front and to the back in order to provide more or less support. Another great customisation feature is the 7-hole frame mounting system on the bottom of the boot. This allows for the frame position to be adjusted to the inside or outside. Again this can be done symmetrically or in an x-fashion.



winterclash ramp


From thursday 15th – till saturday 17th february, one of the biggest aggressive inlineskate contest (if not the biggest) will find place at Area 51 Skatepark in Eindhoven.  


Sliding Tiger wordt milieuvriendelijker!

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leaf coloured inline skate with nature background and FSC logo

Wat betekent dit? Dat wij beloven elke dag beetje bij beetje ons steentje bij te dragen voor het milieu.

Hoe doen we dit?

Door elke dag te kiezen voor mileuvriendelijke vormen van transport en verpakking. Van naar het werk komen op skates en met de trein tot proberen om de hoeveelheid verpakking die we moeten gebruiken om spullen te verzenden te beperken tot een absoluut minimum. Hierom is onze standaardverzendoptie veranderd naar 'verpakkingsarme verzending'.


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Kizer Trimax frame set 3x110mm

Onze collega H., die pas bij ons werkt, heeft als beginner het Trimax frame uitgetest. Lees hieronder zijn ervaringen.

"Na enkele maanden geleden te zijn begonnen met skeeleren en bladen, heb ik het gevoel dat ik de fontein van de jeugd heb gevonden met de Kizer Trimax Frame 3*110 die ik (UFS compatibel) op mijn Razors SL-3 bevestigd heb. smiley In mijn nieuwe job bij Sliding Tiger kan ik een en ander uittesten en heb ik de nieuwe en wonderlijke Trimax ontdekt voor skeeleren en aggressive. #bigwheelblading!



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rollerblading in the rain

De herfst is al een tijdje in het land. Ik krijg in deze periode dan ook vaak de vraag of in de regen inline-skaten iets is dat mogelijk is.

Ja, het is mogelijk om in de regen te skaten, ook in de gietende regen. Je wieltjes en roulementen zijn wel een aandachtspunt.



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skatepark Zuid

In het centrum van Gent aan de Zuid vind je een betonnen skatepark met een quarterpipe (1m30 ongeveer), een drietal grindboxen, een soort piramide, een launch ramp en een hoge ramp (±1m90).

Dergelijke skateparkjes vind je natuurlijk elders ook, maar het is leuk dat het zo dicht bij het centrum van Gent en de talrijke cafétjes gelegen is. De ingang van de ondergrondse parkeergarage Zuid ligt op tien, twintig meter van het parkje en daar kan je (op eigen risico, nvdr) een freeride afdaling doen (WEES EXTRA VOORZICHTIG EN HOFFELIJK ALS JE DAT DOET en neem steeds je verantwoordelijkheid als je schade zou veroorzaken) en met de lift naar boven terugkeren.



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Traject Gent Brugge skeeleren

Het lente-weer is er inmiddels al een aantal weken. Heb je ook al mooie tochten met de inline-skates gerold? Voor wie inspiratie nodig heeft en voor wie eens een ander toertje wil skaten dan gewoonlijk, hebben we in onze Rollerpedia een sectie met toertochtjes opgenomen. Nu en dan zullen we er een nieuwe tocht op posten. We beginnen bescheiden met één artikel, maar dan wel een gedetailleerd over een lange tocht met veel foto’s en plattegronden: 65 km van Gent naar de Kust langs mooie wegen. Zie op deze pagina.