Où faire du roller ? Vous cherchez un bon endroit pour faire du roller ? Les meilleurs itinéraires de inline skate en Belgique ? (Hmm..... entre les moments de l'écriture et de la publication de ce blog, cette phrase et mon souhait en dessous sont plutôt dépassés, car je vois que beaucoup de routes et de spots de inline skate ont été évalués entretemps par la communauté inline skate de Copenhague, au Danemark. Je devrais donc écrire maintenant : "les meilleures routes de skate en ligne du monde" :-).)
Nous avons commencé une carte par le community ! Après ma dernière tentative pour rendre Anvers, en Belgique, un peu plus facile à orienter en roller, j'ai trouvé un super site web qui me permet de partager les meilleurs spots et itinéraires de roller facilement !
In recent years, a unique trend has been gaining momentum in the world of tourism: skating tourism. This trend merges the thrill of skating with the art of photography, offering adventurers a dynamic way to explore new destinations while capturing stunning visuals. Skating tourism allows travellers to roll through city streets, coastal paths, and picturesque landscapes, all while wielding a camera to document their journey.
Skating tourism brings together two seemingly distinct activities - rollerblading, skateboarding, or even inline skating, and photography. The combination is nothing short of magical. Adventurers get to experience the rush of gliding through diverse terrains, feeling the wind against their skin, and relishing a sense of freedom that only skating can offer. Meanwhile, their camera lens captures the world from a unique perspective, freezing moments in time that might otherwise go unnoticed.
While carbon fibre skates are amazing for precision and speed as they have way more power transfer than normal hardshells, they might not be perfect for everyone. For example: speed skaters and freestyle skaters might benefit a lot from having a very rigid boot, but for others it might be a waste or maybe simply not feel right. Aggressive skaters for example almost never use carbon fibre in their skates because landings feel much more comfortable on plastic (which is also why they still ride on plastic frames) and your aunt Rebecca (fictional name, I’m certain you can skate beautifully, Rebecca) might not have the skills needed to justify putting her on carbon fibre freestyle skates.
If you just want to skate without thinking too much about performance, you might be better off getting yourself a comfortable soft shell, which is not only cheaper most of the time, but also won’t scare you off like a carbon fibre shell that is way tighter and takes a lot of time to form after your foot.
On the other hand, if you want to do a lot of jumps or simply want more than a soft shell offers, go for a classic hard shell. Most of these have a plastic shell and a liner inside of it. This allows you to replace a lot of parts to update your skate. I personally love this because it means I can repair almost anything for a relatively small cost instead of having to buy a new boot. The advantage of hard shells is that they usually support you a lot better than soft shells while also offering a lot of comfort. The downside is that they feel tighter and some people might not like this feeling. Regardless I am convinced that most people would benefit from riding on this type of skate.
Skating at night is something I wrote about a while back (Skating at night, useful do's and don'ts). But more than those tips, you shouldn't forget that ,usic also plays a big part in this. So, I decided to give the people who don't know what to play during those nightly adventures and the ones looking for more music some songs I like to listen to while skating at night.
While rock and metal might be amazing during the day, riding at nighttime, for me, is something totally different and thus asks for different music. This is just a small list of suggestions, but feel free to ad these to your playlist!
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.fietssnelwegen.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.
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:
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.
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.
SKATES GLOVES ON, WINTERCLASH IS COMING!
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.
As leaves begin to paint the world with hues of red, orange, and gold, and the crisp scent of autumn fills the air, it's time for us to lace up our rollerblades and hit the pavement. Welcome to the world of Foliage Skating Tours, where we invite you to embark on exhilarating journeys to discover the beauty of the changing seasons in various locations. Whether it's the mesmerising autumn foliage or any other natural wonder, we're here to show you how to experience it on wheels.
Rollerblading is not just a thrilling sport but also a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors. The sensation of gliding effortlessly on smooth pavement, the wind in your hair, and the rhythmic sound of wheels against the ground can make your journey through nature's wonders an unforgettable experience.
We’ve all been there: We don’t always want to spend big on wheels even though they are really important to the riding experience. Especially when comparing the prices of the big wheels to the “normal” 80-90mm wheels.
The Powerslide spinner wheels might be one of the options you are looking at, since they are only slightly over €10 per wheel, which is definitely amongst the cheaper wheels for 110mm (amongst the options that I still trust, if you find anything severely cheaper than that, watch out).
These wheels come from a reputable brand, are used by many and have some nice colour options (but in all honesty, this is going to be the last time I let my non-skater friends decide which wheels go on my setup).
Sometimes, late at night when I'm not skating, I feel like describing the feeling. Sometimes it's all you need. I don't know if others feel the same way about it, but I decided to write it down this time. I hope you enjoy it :) (or you can just laugh at my attempt at writing something that is supposed to describe a feeling, that's also fair)
There's a certain magic that unfolds when the night embraces the world. Skating with music beneath the moonlit sky has become my personal ritual, a captivating adventure that combines the rhythm of the beat with the rhythm of my wheels.
Rollerparades are amazing events where skaters come together and ride an organised tour guided by staff and police to block other traffic from the roads while the skaters get through. It is one of the most looked forward events that you can participate in, most of the time for free.
Unlike open marathons (which a lot of people ride just for fun, but also have a competitive aspect), rollerparades are not competitive in nature. Of course, you can always find other goofballs and add a competitive aspect to it if you really want to, but that (for me at least) is part of the bonding experience that I like about it. Sometimes you find people who will challenge you to the limit and other times you’re just riding, talking and laughing with people.
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
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.
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
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!
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
But above all: Don't forget to spread awareness about this majestic creature that Achmed from the land of Pik-Zahr loves so much.
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:
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!
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.
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).
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 summer and autumn of 2021 in Western Europe can without exaggeration be described as "very wet".
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.
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 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.
*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.
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