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Rollerskiing Safety Tips

Rollerskiing provides an excellent way to work on and maintain your cross country ski technique and fitness.

Rollerskiing Safety Tips:

First, always wear appropriate gear. You should always wear a helmet and gloves. In addition, we recommend knee and elbow padding. When rollerskiing on roads, wear a bright, reflective vest to ensure good visibility by any road traffic.

Rollerskis differ from inline skating in many ways. Most importantly, rollerskis do not have a braking mechanism. Rollerski wheels are generally fairly resistant, unlike inline skates, and thus provide slower glide speeds. However, it is always important to be familiar with the trail/road you will ski on. In particular:
•    Know where the intersections are located
•    Be familiar with any hills
•    Have local knowledge of any sections with large cracks or sand
•    Remember, there is no brake so keep your speed in check

Rollerskiing Maintenance:

The Marwe wheels should generally last a number of years, depending on how many K you log on them each season. Here are a few tips:
•    Sharpen your pole tips (ferrules) every time, or every other time, you head out rollerskiing. Consider purchasing new pole tips each season. Pole tips are generally inexpensive and a solid, sharp tip makes rollerskiing a lot more enjoyable.
•    Use a true rollerski ferrule instead of an old basket tip. Ferrules generally have a heavier, more durable tip. Old basket tips have a tendency to snap off easily.
•    When out rollerskiing, swap the skis on your feet at the half-way point of the workout. And at the start of each season, rotate your Marwe 610/620/100 wheels from front to back. These tips will help to ensure the wheels wear evenly and last longer.
•    Do not jump with your rollerskis (for example, jumping off curb to street). This could weaken or damage the rollerski shaft.
•    Keep your rollerskis clean. After rollerskiing in the wet/damp conditions, make sure to wipe the rollerskis down, spin the wheels and allow to dry in the open.
•    Whenever maintenance requires installing or replacing any hardware, never overtighten or undertighten the nuts — make sure the hardware has been firmly tightened.
•    When it comes time to replace the wheels, replace the full set.

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