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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old September 8th, 2019, 08:09 PM   #1
Arilee
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My 6yr old has some entry level Rio quads. For her birthday I'm looking to get her some light up wheels. The wheels on her skates are 54mm but most of the light up wheels I'm seeing are 58mm I'm just wondering if it will cause her a problem?

She's learning some artistic skating if that's relevant.
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Old September 8th, 2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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I don't see any particular problem with a change from 54mm to 58mm wheels. The smaller wheels will be more manoeuvrable and better suited overall to artistic skating but 58mm wheels will also work.

One thing about light up wheels is they tend to be softer, around 78a. This is less important for a 6 year old than it is for a rather weighty fella like me, but you might want to compare with the hardness of your current wheels or speak the coach to check whether the hardness of light up wheels suitable for artistic skating.

Regardless you could buy a set and use them for the more fun skating sessions and swap back to the 54mm for lessons/practice. If you do this I'd advise buying bearings as well. It's easy to change a set of wheels, its a bit of a pain if you have to swap the bearings as well.
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Old September 8th, 2019, 09:11 PM   #3
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thank you
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Old September 10th, 2019, 11:05 AM   #4
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thank you
And rereading your initial post, the wheels you currently have are likely to be a similar hardness to the light up ones, so shouldn’t be a problem swapping.

A set can be relatively expensive, I use eBay to find cheap second hand skates that also have light up wheels. You can normally find some for £15 or less, take the wheels then resell the skates. Wheels cost net less than £10 that way instead of around £35-40 for a. Rand new set.
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