Six: Learn About the Frame
frame attaches the wheels to the boot. The better the skate, the more
likely that the frame will be rigid, aligned properly, and securely
attached. A too-flexible frame dissipates the skater's energy; poor
alignment causes the wheels to track poorly. Simply put, the wheels
deliver a better ride if they are all going in the same direction at
the same time.
If you are interested in being
able to do quick turns and pivots, consider a frame that will allow you
to adjust the middle two wheels slightly lower. This procedure, called
"rockering," simulates the curve of an ice skate blade. Skates are
usually sold with the wheels all at the same level. Less expensive
skates do not have a rockering capability.
Frames are made of plastic or metal. Those on racing and most hockey
skates are made of metal. Some frames can be loosened from the boot and
aligned in a slightly different direction. This is sometimes very
important to a skater who has orthopedic problems. Frames should allow
for larger or smaller wheels to be used.
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