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How to Stop on In-Line Skates

Learn how to stop on rollerblades from in-line skater Tim Phang in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Tim Phang. I'm 23 years old. I've been skating for about 12 years. I'm from Arlington, Virginia which is right outside of Washington, D.C. I'm now sponsored by Universal Skate Design, and I'm going to be talking to you about rollerblading. When you're learning to rollerblade, you're going want to know how to stop. On traditional roller skates, or recreational rollerblades, there's often a break, but on aggressive skates, usually there is no break. So, when you want to slow down, there's a couple different methods. You can either cess [sp] slide or use a slalom motion, but if you need to come to a stop quickly, pretty, much the best way to do it is with a T-stop. A T-stop involves you dragging your trailing foot, so the more pressure you put on that back foot, the quicker you're going come to a stop. But be aware when you're doing the T-stop, that it is going to wear down your wheels, and can cause flat spots, which are uneven areas of wear on the wheels. Flat spots can be annoying, and you'll know you have one because you'll be able to feel a vibration on your feet. And if you have a really bad flat spot sometimes you'll also hear an audible noise.

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