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Inline Roller Hockey Skates - A Look at the History

If you're interested in purchasing your own inline roller hockey skates, you may be interested in learning a bit about their history. These skates have a rich history and actually trace back to roller skates, which also have quite a long history. Roller skates, the predecessors of inline skates actually trace all the way back to 1759, when it is believed that Joseph Merlin first invented them.

Merlin was from Belgium and first showed off his invention skating on them into a large ballroom while playing the violin at the same time. The only problem in his design was that he did not have the ability to stop, which led to a big crash into a mirror, which led to the demise of the violin he was playing.

It's important to realize that the design of inline roller skates actually came from both roller and traditional ice hockey. The idea of a skate on land turned into roller skates.

However, the design of actual ice skates was combined together with traditional rollers to come up with the idea for inline skates. Putting the wheels in a line so they were like the blade used on ice skates, made a huge change in how the skates worked and offered some great benefits.

It wasn't until the late in the nineteenth century when inline or cycles-skates, were seen, which were very similar to some of the inline roller skates we see today. These were actually developed because there was a need to be able to skate on a variety of different surfaces. At this point, the first step was taken that would use rubber tires or wheels.

In 1900, an inline skate that only had two wheels on it was patented by Peck & Snyder Company, although just having two wheels did present some problems. Later in 1905, an inline skate that had adjustable length was created and patented by John Jay Young.

Finally, the three wheel inline roller skates were designed by the Roller Hockey Skate Company. Later in the 1930s, another type of inline, which had low to the ground wheels, was manufactured by the Best-Ever Built Skate Company.

Finally Christian Siffert patented a new design that would make inline skates inexpensive and available to the general public. This was the Jet Skate, which could be used on land, but also could be converted to be used on ice as well.

When the 1980s rolled around, Ole's Innovative Sports was founded by Brennan and Scott Olson. Later this company would turn into the Rollerblade, Inc. that so many are familiar with today.

They started selling inline hockey skates to those who played hockey and hockey players really loved these. With this new phenomenon, the inline skates became extremely popular and now most today are still often referred to as "Rollerblades."

Today these inline roller hockey skates are more innovative than ever. Various wheels are available, you can purchase angled wheels for a better center of gravity, and better comfort has also be achieved within the skates as well. Through the years, inline skating has become popular and many people purchase these skates so they can enjoy a new type of skating.


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