After weeks of planning, and getting parts, I finally got down to some maintenance of my kid’s roller-blades. This is part of a series of my use of small technical projects, to bolster confidence in tackling large automotive ones. YouTube, common-sense, and a bit of courage have been instrumental on this journey.
Rather than just toss the worn-out, Target-bought skates, I took a careful look at what the issue was with them. In awakened memories from the ghost of skating’s past, I realized they just needed new wheels, bearings, axles, and some strong tape to keep the left boot toe from completely separating from the wheel frame.
I hadn’t done any of this type of work in decades but I remembered the mechanics involved.
Step one was to get all the grime, gunk, and grains (of sand) out of the axle and unsealed bearings. For some wheels, this cleaning, and a wheel rotation was all that was needed.
For some other wheels, everything had to be replaced: wheel, bearings, and axle. It wasn’t until I replaced the parts, did I appreciate what adolescent wear-and-tear could do to a skate wheel assembly.
With some dual hex key wrench action, and grease equity, I was able to replace the wheels that had to go, and rotated the ones that could stay.
Some Gorilla Tape applied, liberally, on the boot toe, gave the skates a second life.
I may get a pair of my own.