Roller blades, also called in-line skates, are an increasingly popular summer activity for families. So I agreed to give them a try.
“It’s a great way to get around and a fun way to exercise,” Ann said. “If I can do it, anybody can.”
I did, would it be that easy to learn? The cost and quality of in-line skates varies dramatically from store to store. You can get generic-looking skates for $30 to $60, while sports shops sell brand name rollerblades starting at $100 and up.
Basically, you get what you pay for. When you get the more expensive ones, you get a better grade of bearing, and it’s got a better grade of carriage underneath. Everything is better quality and lasts longer.
I was satisfied buying a discount pair. Fashion isn’t a main concern. I wear wrist, elbow and knee pads.
It’s Saturday afternoon: Ann and Nancee, two cousins, are skating around Northeast Elementary School in Greenwood. I will admit that I scooted around the parking lot until I gained confidence. At first the knees were shaky but my spirit soared. Learning to control the brake was the most difficult part for me. I still don’t have the knack of speed and brake. It’s more like speed and spin to stop.
I did question what I would feel the first time I saw the pavement coming to meet me. Much to my surprise I got up faster than I thought I would. I was having too much fun not to.
Now I can say it. Roller blades are not for everyone, but yes if I can do it anyone can.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at email@example.com or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.