Roller blades work like ice skates to be enjoyed during warm weather. They are just like conventional roller skates but differ in important ways. Having a rigid plastic boot much like boots used in snow skiing, they have a high boot providing more ankle support making it easier to skate. To enjoy it to the full, you need do is find a roller blade rink nearby.
Typical recreational roller blades that you can get on rent too, use frames constructed of high-grade polyurethane a kind of quality durable plastic material. Wheels are also made of polyurethane and wheel sizes vary depending on skating styles. They come with ball bearings allowing wheels to rotate freely and smoothly allowing you all sorts of roller blade tricks.
The brakes on roller blades allow users to stop by moving the foot. The hard rubber brake is typically attached to the heel of the frame. Learning how to use the heel brake remains crucial for beginners. The brake pad is usually on the heel of either one or both of the skates and you also get several roller blade accessories.
Also known as inline skates, roller blades unlike quad skates have two, three, four or five wheels arranged in a single line. Some inline skates especially those for recreation have a brake that is used to slow down while skating. The heel stop is particularly indispensable for inline figure skating. You even get roller blades for kids.
Trivia:The first roller blades were invented by Louis Legrange of France in 1849 that were designed for an opera character to skate on ice. Unfortunately they did not work. The first U.S. patent for modern inline skates with individually sprung and cushioned wheels was granted to Ernest Kahlert of the US in 1953.
During late 80s and early 90s, Rollerblade Inc. a Minneapolis company founded by Scott and Brennan Olson began promoting inline skating. They were so successful that their trademark Rollerblade name is now synonymous with inline skates.