6 Steps Guide on How to Replace Rollerblade Wheels & Bearings

If you’ve been skating for a while, you enjoy increasing your speed.

As your wheels age and become more worn, speed may be harder to attain.

The most important thing that beginner skaters do not realize is the need to rotate and/or replace their wheels as they wear out.

Why? Because wear and tear are a reality!

Your wheel and bearing configuration directly impact speed, smoothness, and overall performance.

As you get more mileage, old wheels can cause serious problems.

Here Are The 6 Steps to Replace Your Rollerblade Wheels

Step 1: Gather materials

allen key and pen
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Material List

  • Bearing
  • Spacer
  • Wheel

Here is a list of tools

  • Set of allen wrenches
  • Pen or pencil

Notice: Rollerblades might have a different type of screw than a hex (6-sided) allen. Any local hardware store should have the right size wrench if this is the case.

Step 2: Take the screws and pins off the wheelbase

  • Choose the right size allen to match your specific roller blades
  • All 8 screws that attach the wheels to the base of the wheel should be removed
  • Use a tip pen to push each pinout
  • The screw should be threaded back into the pin. It is not attached to the rollerblade.

Note: After the pin has been removed, the wheels should come out. If the wheels do not fall out by themselves, pull the wheel from the base.

Step 3: Disconnect Bearings from Wheel

  • Place the pen tip in one of the bearings. Then, hold the pen up with the wheel in your hand.
  • Push the wheel into the pen until the bearing pushes out.

Note: This step could require a lot of force. You won’t damage any parts of the bearing.

  • Use a pen to remove the spacer and bearing.

Step 4: Clean bearings and spacer

Rollerblade bearings are usually internally sealed, so there is no need to grease them.

The spacers shouldn’t be greased, but both the bearings and spacers should be cleaned using a wet rag.

Bearings that have trouble spinning should be replaced if they do.

The last place to clean is where the bearings sit into the wheel to ensure it doesn’t pop out prematurely.

Step 5: Replace the bearing and spacer on the wheel

  • Attach one bearing to the spacer and push it into a wheel using your thumb.
  • Place the bearing on the opposite side of your wheel, aligning with the spacer.

Note: Some bearings must be faced in a particular way. Make sure to check before installing the bearings.

Step 6: Replace the wheels on the wheelbase

Rollerblades have wheels that are marked with the size of their wheels.

Some rollerblades have identical size wheels, while others have different sizes.

If this is true, the wheels change from large at the back (heel) to smaller at the front and toe.

The skater will feel more at ease while going forwards by having a slightly lower stance.

The way that skaters need to skate means that wheels do not always ware equally.

The inside will wear out first if the wheels are not wared evenly.

In this case, turn the wheels to the larger side on the inside.

This will increase the life expectancy of your wheels.

These steps can be repeated for each other rollerblade.

Are Your Wheels in Need of Replacement?

It will depend on how severe the wear is on your inline skating wheels.

You should replace any damaged, soiled, or otherwise misaligned wheels. Other signs may be more subtle.

  • Visible wear: Your wheels will get worn after skating outside. But if the wheels become smaller or have uneven wear, they might be worn too much. Although tire rotation is a good way to prevent uneven wear, replacements are the only option.
  • Chips & Chunks: Skate wheels that are left unattended can deteriorate when chunks fall out. This will not only reduce your performance but can also cause a bumpy ride on smooth surfaces.

Old wheels can lead to poor performance. You’ll have a bumpy ride, no speed, where you used to glide effortlessly.

You can not only improve your skates by replacing your wheels, but you can also upgrade your wheel size to increase speed and performance.

Upgrading Your Wheels Has Many Benefits

If you didn’t realize your wheels were worn, replacing them will be the easiest way to see a difference.

The new wheels should give you an increase in maximum speed, smoother riding, and better grip.

While your mechanics are responsible for your speed, having larger wheels will make it easier to reach that top speed.

It can also smoothen your ride, especially if you have lost chunks on your wheels.

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