Everything we could think of to tell you about everything!
These are all c. Sin City Skates. Please ask for permission to republish, but please feel free to share them with teammates anytime.


Ivanna shares coaching tips & drills on her facebook page:
facebook.com/ivannaspankin22


Gear Articles

  • Anatomy of a Derby Skate by Ivanna (fiveonfive #1: Summer 2008) - OUR MOST POPULAR
    Includes a diagram of standard skates and parts, and directions for basic maintenance. Required reading for new skaters!

WHEELS. Please note the date of the article.
  • WINTER 2012 New Wheel Review  by Ivanna (fiveonfive #17, Winter 2012)
    Zombies, Sugars, Villains, Bullets, RWD-FFWD-PLAY, RollerBones, Faster & Adonis, with a helpful chart comparing size, weight, price, etc.

  • Wheels on Which Surface? by Ivanna (fiveonfive #3, Spring 2009)
    Advice that tackles the burning question: What are the perfect wheels for your floor?
  • Wheels- Grippiness & Durometer by Ivanna (fiveonfive #6, Winter 2009)
    One of our most popular articles; what the hell does the word "durometer" mean? What makes a wheel grippy or firm, and can you use the manufacturers' or shops' durometer listing to determine how a wheel will perform?

  • Wheels-Features & Performance by Ivanna (fiveonfive #10, Fall 2010)
    Picks up where "durometer" leaves off. How to figure out what factors (like shape, hub and contact patch) affect different types of wheel performance (including grip, roll, weight and more) so you can analyze what physical wheel features will work best for you.
  • More about Durometer from Conan the Vegetarian (Radar Wheels Rep), Radar Blog post Spring 2012
    Great article with diagrams that explains even more about durometer, including how its measured and what tools manufacturers use. Very informative!


PLATES

  • DIY Plate Mounting by Dahmernatrix (fiveonfive #7, Spring 2010)
    Required reading for anyone interested in experimenting with plates, especially if you're considering mounting them yourself. Let Dahmer save you from common mistakes and guide you through what you need with this easy How To.

  • 45 Degree Kingpins by Ivanna (fiveonfive #13, Fall 2011)
    Info and opinions about 45 degree angle plates from the perspective of someone who learned to skate on 10 degree.

BOOTS

  • Breaking in New Skates by Ivanna (fiveonfive #5, Fall 2009)
    How to choose - and, more importantly - how to break in new skates.

  • Size Matters by Ivanna (fiveonfive #11, Spring 2011)
    Figuring out how to get the right size skates for you; advice to help you get an accurate measurement, and comparisons between skates so you can choose one with a fit that's right for your foot.

  • Leather vs Vinyl by Ivanna (fiveonfive #12, Summer 2011)
    What makes a better derby boot? Compares the fit, performance, durability, cost and ethics of choosing leather or vinyl skate boots.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
  • Check Your Gear by Ivanna (five on five #19, Spring 2013)
    Get your skates ready to travel with this easy checklist.

  • DIY Plate Mounting by Dahmernatrix (fiveonfive #7, Spring 2010)
    Required reading for anyone interested in experimenting with plates, especially if you're considering mounting them yourself. Let Dahmer save you from common mistakes and guide you through what you need with this easy How To.
  • Bearing & Wheel Cleaning by Ivanna (fiveonfive #8, Summer 2010)
    A step by step guide for cleaning your wheels and bearings for great roll and longer life from both.
  • Pad Stink by Ivanna (fiveonfive #4, Summer 2009)
    What makes pads stink so bad? Figure out how to avoid it and what to do once its too late.

RANDOM ARTICLES

  • Packing Light for Derby by Ivanna (fiveonfive #2: Winter 2008)
    2008 advice for traveling to play derby.

  • Packing Light 2013 by Ivanna (fiveonfive #19: Spring 2013)
    Updated 5 years later. Waay less advice about booty shorts.


Ever wonder how skates are made?
"How Its Made" tv show visits the Riedell Factory.
Search
Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.
Products
Brand S.Pankin New Items!
Browse Categories