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Step Seven: Plan Ahead

Wheels are the most important factor in how a skate performs. Most recreational skates are sold with wheels of moderate size. This prevents the skater from going too fast for the skill level normally exhibited by a beginner. However, as the skater progresses, he or she may want to try a faster wheel when the original wheels wear out.

Most recreational skates are made with a frame that will accept a larger wheel; however, the increase in size permitted by the frame may be minimal. The skater can avoid this problem by buying the fitness skates that he or she wants to "grow" into, replacing the large wheels with smaller ones, and learning on these more comfortable "training" wheels.

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