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How to Use Your Rollerblade Brake

Learn how to use your rollerblade brake from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.


Hey skaters, today we're going to talk about braking techniques for inline skates for rollerblading. Whenever you're stopping in a roller blade, you want to make sure that you have your knees bent, and inside your power box. If your feet are really far apart, then your weight distribution is going to be a little bit awkward for you, so keep your feet inside your powerbox. For braking using your heel brake, you're going to counterbalance yourself with your arms forward, knees bent, figure out which foot your skate has the brake on, push that foot forward, and lift your toe.

So it's kind of like you're sitting down in a chair, and pushing down with your brake into the ground. So from the side view, arms out, knees bent, push your foot forward, and lift your heel. So it's not a very quick stop, it's a really, kind of a distant stop, just the harder you push, the faster you're going to stop. So this is what it looks like when you're rolling.

So you can see that I have my weight sitting back, my arms are the counterbalance, they're not going crazy, my core is engaged in tight, and everything is nice and easy. So here we go again.

So those are a few tips on how to brake on using your brakes for roller blades.

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