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How can I rollerblade with more comfort?

Asked by aprilsimnel (30684points) May 5th, 2010

I would like to start rollerblading again for fun and fitness, but whenever I do this on the streets, I feel every little bump, divot, sidewalk crack, what have you. Is there a method that doesn’t cost very much that will dampen the vibrations through the boot and make this a more comfortable and fun activity for me?

I can’t take the train to Central Park every day, or else I certainly would.

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

Where on your body do you feel it (e.g. knees, back, etc.)? I don’t know, but maybe padding that area would help?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Feet, mostly. I just sort of rattle all over and I hate it. The streets of NYC aren’t the smoothest.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I believe the same method is applied to ice skating, which I have done for 20 years… tight fitting skates. You need a tight fitting skate so your foot is secure & doesn’t move around. Of course, on ice, there are no bumps & such, but when I buy my rollerblades, I fit them to my feet like I do my ice hockey skates & I don’t usually feel much rumble on the road.

Nullo's avatar

Buy some of those shoe inserts.

Cruiser's avatar

Go for “softer” wheels! They measure wheels in durometer hardness and the lower the number the softer the wheel and more shock absorbent! 78A durometer was the lowest I could find but those will make a noticeable difference in ride! There could be tradeoffs in durability and road “feel” as far as hard turns and such.

cazzie's avatar

You need something that will transfer and absorb the vibrations. Loose fitting skates will amplify the effect, but just getting tighter ones won’t do it either. You will need to go to a sporting good store and talk to them. Pehaps they can offer advice on exchanging the wheels you have, or you may have to buy completely different skates. This is pure physics and can only be solved by good engineering design.

The_Idler's avatar

softer and larger wheels.

You’re not going to get anything else to dampen the forces, they are transferred from road to wheel to sole to foot.

Unless you’re going to install suspension, wheel material looks like the most likely candidate for investigation.

P.S. You’re not going to install suspension.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@The_Idler – No, I wouldn’t know how. Not a mechanical engineer, I’m afraid. Nor am I Wile E. Coyote, Genius.

The_Idler's avatar

I was being flippant, noone has suspension.

YARNLADY's avatar

Make sure the boot fits properly, use jell inserts, and purchase skates with shock absorbers.

WolfFang's avatar

Ditto @The_Idler, Larger, softer wheels will help. You could go 80mm?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Wow! Those things are cool, @robmandu!

I think I’ll look into new wheels, then, in the meantime, and I’ll just frighten the joggers across the street from me until I an get new wheels.

Thanks, all!

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