A. Most sports equipment shops in department stores have various inline equipments. However, at the exclusive inline skate shops around Dongdaemun, one can have a wider range of choice at a lower price. Many shops nowadays offer both on and off-line shops, so one can search the Internet for information beforehand and actually try them on at the shop.
Q2. What kind of skates should I buy?
A. Before deciding on a specific model, one should first decide on a price range, for the prices vary from 60,000 to 2,000,000 won. Around 200,000 won would probably be adequate. Beginners may choose from many different kinds of skates according to their interests, from fitness and aggressive to inline hockey skates. Experts advise beginners to start with the fitness skates for they are the easiest to learn.
Q3. What about the protective gear?
A. Protective gear include wrist, ankle, and knee pads. The gear costs from 40,000 to 60,000 won, but one can purchase them at a much lower price for most shops sell them in a package deal with the skates. Helmets should be purchased separately. Though they are rather expensive, it is advised that skaters wear helmets to prevent themselves from getting serious injuries.
Q4. What should I do to keep my skates in good condition?
A. First, keep away from skating on wet or sandy areas. Moisture and sand are the two main causes of creating bearing defects. Further, one should always take good care of the skate wheels. The wheels usually get worn out after some use, so one should exchange wheels every six months. Lastly, the protective gear should always be dried in the sun after use. One can also fabric sprays to keep away unpleasant odors.
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