Inline Skates: Maintenance
Changing the Brake
The rubber block on the heel brake should be changed in due time. A replacement costs between 5 and 15 Euros. Changing it is usually free of charge.
Oiling Ball Bearings
One of the two caps on the closed serviceable ball bearings, which are provided with a snap ring, needs to be opened with a small screw wrench. Clean and degrease the bearing and the balls with petroleum ether or citrus solvent. Rinse and dry thoroughly when done. Finally, regrease with a drop of oil or lubrication grease and reassemble. Good quality bearings are usually well sealed against moisture and dirt so this kind of specific greasing is not essential.
Checking the Screw Connection on the Frames
Frames, which are screwed to the shoes, should be checked regularly to ensure that the screws have not loosened.
Never store inline skates in plastic bags or rucksacks. The condensed water from the internal part of the shoe can rust the bearings of the inline skates.
Get Rolling, the Beginner's Guide to In-line Skating, Third Edition
Inline!: A Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating