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
- 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 equipment.
- 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 well.
- 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 wanted.
- 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