What are the different parts of a roller skate? Last Updated: 08/18/2011
A Roller Skate is made up of a few different parts, all of which are important for the skate. Below are some simple definitions for some of the most popular parts of the roller skate and inline skate.
Boot (Roller & Inline Skate) This is what attaches to the plates or frames and wheels of your skate that your foot goes in. Sometimes referred to as a shoe.
Memory Foam boot Boot (Roller & Inline Skate) A boot that will conform to your foot to allow the boot to "become one" with your foot and ankle.
Power Strap (Roller & Inline Skate) These are straps that tighten your boot for more support as well as holds your laces.
Plates (Roller Skate) This is attached to the bottom of your skate and supports the trucks which hold the wheels. Sometimes referred to as the chassis.
Single-Action Plates (Roller Skate) These plates allow you to be closer to the floor and give you a feeling of stability when cornering at high speeds.
Double-Action Plates (Roller Skate) These plates allow for quicker turns and they make your skates feel much more responsive.
Trucks (Roller Skate) The trucks attach to the plate and hold the wheels.
Kingpin (Roller Skate) A part of the truck that helps support and maneuver the skate.
Wheels (Roller & Inline Skate) Each skater requires different types of wheels depending on what the skater is doing. Outdoor skaters will need a "softer" wheel to allow for the non-smooth surfaces and an indoor skater will need a harder wheel. (See wheel section for more info).
Bearings (Roller & Inline Skate) The bearings help the wheels move freely on the skate. Generally, the higher "rated" the bearing the better the bearing. (See bearing section for more info).
Toe Stop (Roller & Inline Skate) Helps with stopping. Usually in the front on quad skates and in the back on inline skates.
Plug (Roller Skate) A plug will replace a toe stop in a quad skate. Some skaters prefer to not have a toe stop get in the way of their skate so they will replace it with a plug so the metal from the skate will not damage the skating surface.