Tips and Safety
- Skating using Heelys
is no less and no more dangerous than any other (roller) skate. Well, almost.
At the very least, make sure your child learns with an adult supporting at all
times. As soon as they begin to want to push off on their own, MAKE SURE
they wear a helmet and appropriate elbow and knee protectors. If not, you'll be
consoling many a grazed limb.
- Don't get paranoid about Heelys though -
they'll help your child learn better balance and grow in confidence.
Once they've got the hang of it they'll want to dispense with the protectors
and, unless they're practicing tricks and stunts, it's probably OK to let them
go normally dressed. My daughter skates around all the time when out of school
and hasn't fallen over for months, so I never insist on protective
- Take seriously the advice about your
child not keeping their feet together. Make sure they're separated front/back,
otherwise your child is heading for a fall. This is important especially for
beginners, and note that, just as with roller or ice skating, the more
confidently the child approaches Heelys, the better and less frightening
their experience will be.
- If you or your child think they're going too
fast to control themselves safely with Heelys, they can simply drop their toes
and quickly walk/run out of the motion. It's very natural and works
- Heelys skaters should pay attention
to the ground they're crossing - especially avoid loose stones, as these will
get lodged in your wheels and jam them up (though easy to remove). Avoid
obvious hazards such as ridges, steps and any other surface that doesn't look
perfectly smooth. Just walk or run for a while and then roll again when the
ground is clear. Oh yes, and avoid mud and water if possible, if you want your
Heelys' wheels to last longer - the bearings are professionally sealed but
eventually water and mud will get where they're not
- Some stores are starting to insist now on
Heelys wheels being removed on entry, in case you run into other shoppers or
damage floors. Neither are likely to happen(!), but you have to comply. After
knackering my fingers trying to get the wheels out of my daughter's Heelys, I
can thoroughly recommend getting the small and inexpensive ($5, £3)
plug extractor tool - it's designed to get the wheel replacement plugs
out, but it can also help getting the wheels out in the first place!
- Along similar lines, save your hands by not
bashing the wheels back in with your fists. Instead, place the wheels
roughly in place and then slam the heels down firmly on the floor - you'll hear
the clicks as the axles locate pasts their detents.
- When out in public, the Heelys skater
should be prepared to stop and answer questions from amazed onlookers - Heelys
(in my experience) can be a bit of a jaw dropper!!
In addition to the tips above, see the 'How to'
Heelys video in the Gallery page.
The Generations guide to
||Absolutely perfect, your son or daughter
will learn balance (very quickly) and have ENORMOUS fun
||Still a great idea for generally getting
around, although your street cred might suffer if you start wearing them around
the pubs and clubs
||Aren't you getting a bit old for this?
Heelys are still great for the odd spot of R&R though. And besides, you've
now got the disposable income to BUY a pair 8-)
||Be careful. At first it seems like a good
idea that will help you keep fit. But then you'll take a few tumbles, your
coordination isn't what it once was, and you'll end up putting your back out
and spending a fortnight in bed
||No way. Youll break a hip. Or a leg. Or
your skull! DON'T DO IT!
The Black Venture model