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Roller Skating Church Fundraisers

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young man and woman having funThere are some church fundraisers that are tried-and-true classics: Bake sales, barbecues, fairs, and car washes, just to name a few. But sometimes it takes something special to renew interest in a project and garner the support you need to accomplish your goals. When you need to throw a fundraiser that will stir excitement, consider a roller skating party!

At InterSkate, we are the party experts. Our North Texas skating rink has hosted innumerable events big and small, so we can take the stress out of your fundraiser and ensure that everyone has a great time. Private party packages allow you to bring in your own food and drinks, and you can even play your own music! If one of our packages doesn’t fit your needs, just give us a call to discuss a custom event.

Once your skating party is booked, you can look forward to fun and fellowship that people of all ages will enjoy. The colorful lights, the music, and the thrill of skating are sure to put attendees in a generous mood and build excitement for your cause. Don’t wait to book your fundraising skating event. Call InterSkate at 972-221-4667 to discuss our party packages and private event options.

We are located at 1408 South Business Highway 121 in Lewisville, Texas, convenient to Dallas, Frisco, Flower Mound, Denton, Farmers Branch, and Carrrollton. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest announcements and discounts!

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Getting to Know Your Skate Bearings

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Moto bearingsDo you love to roller skate? If you skate regularly at your local rink and want to be able to skate outdoors as well, buying and maintaining your own skates is a great idea. Here at InterSkate, not only do we offer indoor roller skating fun, but we’re also home to the world’s largest roller skating retail store! 

Knowing the parts of your skates is important to keeping them in good shape, and some of the most important parts are the bearings. Read on to learn the basics of roller skating bearings, and stop by the InterSkate Skate Outlet to buy new skate bearings, wheels, tools, and more.

What do skate bearings do?

Roller skate bearings are small metal or ceramic balls that allow your wheels to spin. The balls are held in a retainer, surrounded by the outer races and a shield. The axle passes through the central hole of the bearings. This diagram from Bones Bearings gives a good idea of how the setup works.

What kind of skate bearings should you buy?

  • Material- Roller skate bearings are made from steel and ceramic; the one you choose depends on your budget and needs. Steel bearings are the most affordable and durable, but can warp over time as the friction of your wheels heats up the metal. Ceramic bearings won’t expand over time and are much harder, but they are also more expensive. If you’re a beginning to intermediate skater, you’ll be fine with steel bearings.
  • ABEC Rating- The ABEC rating system is a scale developed for rating ball bearings for machinery, and thus does not give a complete picture of a bearing’s performance for skating. The higher the ABEC rating, the more precise the bearing is; however, at the speeds you will be skating, other factors like the wheels and axles make far more of a difference in the performance and speed of your skates.

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The Best Couples Skate Songs of All Time

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holding handsValentine’s Day is almost here, and we’re hosting a romantic event you won’t want to miss. Roller skating is a classic date activity- after all, it comes with a built-in excuse to hold hands- and our Valentine’s Day Skate is the perfect way to break out of the boring-date mold and show your sweetie a good time.

As Cupid readies his bow and arrows and you battle it out with your fellow shoppers for candy, stuffed animals, and the perfect red roses, take a break to check out some of our picks for the best couples skate songs of all time (or at least the last few decades). And don’t stop there- head on over to Facebook and tell us your favorite couples skate songs!

The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

Could anything embody the carefree, youthful fun of roller skating better than this classic skate jam? Named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, “I Want You Back” is the perfect song to skate or dance to with your special someone.

Poison, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

Skate back in time to the days of hair metal and power ballads. This earnest 1988 single references cowboys and has a slight country feel, so it takes a top spot on our list of favorite couples skate songs here in North Texas.

Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”

Nothing says 1995 like Mariah Carey roller skating on a boardwalk! This upbeat Carey classic is a fun throwback that will have you singing along as you and your significant other zip around the skating rink.

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How to Clean Your Roller Skates

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qube-bearing-washIf you roller skate regularly, chances are at some point you’ll want to upgrade from the rental skates to skates of your very own! While we perform regular maintenance on our rental skates, you will need to maintain your personal skates with some easy, simple care.

One way to keep your skates in peak condition for as long as possible is to clean them regularly. Even at an indoor rink, your skates will accumulate dust and dirt over time, so read on to learn how to clean your roller skates.

Skate boots

  • Clean boots with saddle soap.
  • Treat the inside of the skate boots with Silicone Shoe Saver to waterproof them and protect from perspiration.
  • Buff outside of boots with liquid polish.

Skate wheels

  • Wash skate wheels in warm water with a mild soap (like dish soap) using an old rag or towel. Wipe off the grime from the outside surfaces and the inside of the wheel. If your skates have metal cores do not get them wet, as this will cause the metal to rust.
  • Dry wheels thoroughly and lay on a towel to finish drying.

Skate bearings

  • Wipe away grime with a paper towel or rag.
  • Disassemble bearings and place in a bearing washer or plastic bottle with bearing wash and shake thoroughly to clean.
  • After cleaning and drying, don’t forget to lube your bearings for a nice, smooth roll!

Once you’ve cleaned and reassembled your skates, you can check out skate schedule for the latest events and come skate with us at InterSkate Roller Rink in Lewisville, Texas!

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Getting to Know Your Skate Wheels: Indoor vs. Outdoor

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red quad skate wheels

Krypto Route Quad Outdoor Skate Wheels

People who roller skate regularly often decide to buy their own skates (and as the largest retail roller skate shop in the world, we’re more than happy to help), which opens up a world of skating possibilities! If you have your own pair of skates, you’ll not only save money on rental fees when you skate here at our Lewisville skating rink, but you can also enjoy the freedom of skating outdoors.

Just remember that if you do choose to head out on your neighborhood sidewalks or the trails of the local park, you will first need to change your skate wheels. Read on to learn the difference between indoor and outdoor quad skate wheels from your friends at InterSkate.

Indoor skate wheels

Indoor skate wheels are specially formulated to perform well on smooth, indoor skate surfaces like the maple floors found at many skating rinks (including ours!). This type of wheel rolls smoothly yet grips the floor, allowing skaters to safely reach high speeds and navigate turns. However, the formulation that works best on indoor surfaces does not fare so well outdoors. Indoor wheels will wear out very quickly if worn outside, not to mention the fact that they will not roll as smoothly, giving you a rough and bumpy ride!

Outdoor skate wheels

Outdoor skate wheels use a different formulation of polyurethane which gives the wheels some “give” or “rebound.” Outdoor skate wheels are softer, yet their springiness allows them to roll across debris instead of it becoming embedded in the wheel. As you skate across tiny stones, sticks, leaves, and dirt, outdoor wheels will fling the obstacles aside and keep on rolling, providing you with a much smoother, albeit slower, ride. (The softness of outdoor wheels requires that you use more energy pushing off to achieve the same speed as you would on indoor wheels at a skating rink.)

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