1. We are owned and run by skaters!
Ain't no-one as passionate and caring about skating as we are! We have been deep in the skate community for over 17 years as skaters and are widely respected in our skate circle. So we absolutely have a vested interest in giving you an excellent experience as well as excellent skates! This also means we know lots of stuff about rollerskates too. We have a HUGE amount of accumulated knowledge - we're basically walking encyclopedias!
2. We have a physical store as well as online
You can try on boots and skates as well as look at products in person AND speak to a real live human. Our specialty is our skate fitting service where we spend a whole heap of time with you getting the right fit. In fact sometimes customers spend upwards of 3 hours choosing their dream skates!
3. Our stock
We are like an Aladdin's Cave of rollerskates! We have full fitting stock of most of our major brands and unique access to many more products that we can custom order in for you. We often operate as a J.I.T (Just In Time) business which means we keep small amounts of stock in the shop and re-order in often. This means we can constantly update our products, getting in the latest things for you and we're not sitting on huge amounts of old products. If you don't see something on our site but know it exists....contact us and we very well might get it in for you! All our online orders are fulfiled from the stock we have at our physical premises, so we always know what's available. In order to be able to carry as many items as possible and give you the most amount of stuff to choose from, some things we order especially in for you at the point of purchase.
4. Our Distance Fitting Service
Created in 2019, we realised we had many UK customers who simply couldn't get in to see us. So we started this service where we can send multiple sizes of skate boots to you to try on at home, then once you've decided we mount them up and you got yourself a new pair o' rollerskates. This has been super successful in getting the right fitting boots for our customers across the country.
5. Postage tracking, Easy Returns and Exchanges
We send all our items tracked and our system sends you an email with the tracking number so you know exactly when to expect your order. We have a returns and exchanges portal accessible from your customer profile on our website which enables you to request returns and receive returns labels via Royal Mail or Parcelforce.
6. Personalised Website Content and Product Knowledge
Since day 1 we have always photographed our products in house against our iconic DTS back drop. We want you to know that we have physically looked at and tested most products in our store. When we get new products in, we can then write about them from experience. You'll find our product descriptions, blogs and FAQs full of personalised content rather than just cut and pasted from the manufacturer's website.
7. Savant-level dedication to knowing stuff
Want to know if that wheel will fit that axle? Which plate size will fit that boot? Which wide truck is compatible with which plate? Which boot you will fit based on what your current boot is despite the sizing being wackadoodle different? We can tell you because we have spent years worth of our time collating information, creating spreadsheets and compatibility charts.
8. We're Great When We Make Mistakes!
We can't get it right all the time but we reckon the mark of a great business is being able to get it right when we've got it wrong. Rest assured you won't need to get stern with us and start a fight to get a wrong righted. We want to make sure you'e happy so don't worry if you need to tell us we did a boo-boo!
9. We're Inclusive!
We are woman and queer owned. We are big fans of the LGBTQ+ folk, we are trans-inclusive and anti-racist. We support many local community groups and are a welcoming and safe space for those who belong to marginalised communities.
10. Free Stuff!
Everyone likes free stuff right? We always include goodies in your online orders and when we send your gear out.
Kwik Full Ceramic Bearings
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Kwik Ceramic bearings are made using ceramic ball bearings, which accelerate faster and roll further than their steel counterparts and have a higher resistance to dirt, moisture and also have a higher chemical resistance. Titanium Nitride hardens and strengthens the surfaces that it is applied to, giving a life expectancy of three or more times longer versus bearings without this coating. Ceramic ball bearings combined with the corrosion resistance titanium nitride, give the Kwik Ceramic bearings a reinforced, striking gold finish which offer remarkable performance.
Here's what London Rollergirls' Ballistic Whistle has to say about them:
''This is the hidden gem in every high level skater's set up. That item that is, when ogling their setup from the crowd, impossible to identify. You could clock them whizzing by you on track and easily identify which boots or wheels they're on. If you have a particularly keen eye you may even be able to identify the plate and toe stops. Being able to tell which bearings a skater is wearing is some next level situational awareness though! You probably would've had to sneak into their locker room and take a peek at their setup before they hit the track. Also, don't do that, it's really creepy and weird.
Over the past few years, Riedell has brought out a range of products that have really upped my skating game. The first was the 495, which came out some 6 or 7 years ago now. Following on from that, there was the Arius plate and Presto wheels. Those two items pretty much sell themselves (and are super easy to spot without sneaking into locker rooms). But, the one thing that I am shocked (actually not surprised, based on what I wrote above) isn't buzzed about in the same way as those other items, is the Kwik Ceramic Bearings.
These things are amazing. I didn't realise how much of my energy (I'm not just talking physics here, I'm talking "actual" fitness energy) was lost to a non-optimal bearing. Historically I had been pretty good at keeping my bearings well cleaned and lubed, but nothing I had done historically compared to the smooth and never-ending roll I got from these ceramics. They spin....forever...and forever...and...you get the idea. Better than that, they don't require lubing, so there's not that added work or expense. Before each session, I give all my wheels a roll and if any of them don't spin freely, then it's just a matter of getting my toothbrush in there and cleaning out whichever little piece of grit or dirt has nestled in there. Probably best to make sure that toothbrush doesn't go back into your bathroom cabinet though.
There are bearing nerds out there who will tell you that what matters is how smooth the roll is under load. I'm not the heaviest of skaters, but under the pressure I skate with, they roll so smooth. If you have the oportunity, get your hands on one, place it on your finger-tip, spin it around, and then go make a cup of tea while you wait for it to stop. I have not been able to skate faster than these bearings can roll and have so much more energy now.
If you take one thing from this post it is that you should definitely not go creeping into other people's locker rooms!''
We have a couple of shipping options available. Priority Tracked is usually 2-4 business days. Non-Priority Tracked can be between 3-7 business days. We offer FREE non-priority postage for orders over £100.00
Both options depend if we have stock ready to go, if we do, you might find you may receive it next day, regardless of the shipping selected! This time frame includes processing time, packaging up as well as the actual postage time. You can read more about our policies HERE
We offer exchanges and returns within 30 days. This is free if the item is faulty. We use Royal Mail Tracked Returns and you can do this through your customer account profile. Unfortunately this is only for our UK customers however we can arrange returns/exchanges for International too. You can read more about our returns and exchanges policies HERE
Purchasing from us internationally? Thanks friends! If you are not purchasing from within the UK then you will notice we do NOT charge you VAT when you purchase from us. This makes our prices seem very cheap as they will appear 20% cheaper for you! VAT/taxes, and any customs duty (usually approx. 3%) and processing fees by the courier will be paid for you when the item reaches your country. This includes for all EU customers. VAT/Taxes, customs duty and fees vary country to country - so we cannot give you an accurate guess of what this might be. We just like to let you know so it does not come as a surprise!