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Selecting Skates and Gear 
This collection of several buying guides, consumer reviews, and details on selecting and fitting inline skates and gear are here at your fingertips.

A New Standard for Helmets
Got an old helmet?  It may not be as safe as newer models.  Effective Feb., 99, all bike helmets sold in the US must meet new federal safety standards.

Accessory Review
Here's a review of skating accessories: packs, ArmAlarm (an electronic skaters' "bell"), protective gear, tools, wheels, and bearings.

Buying and Selling
Find here, retail online ordering sites and classified ads for new and used inline skates and gear.

Buying Women's Skates
Women's or men's skates or does it matter?  Find out what you might want to consider when buying skates for women and get a few recommendations.

DJ's Advice on Buying In-line Skates
This retailer provides an extensive article on how to select skates, from fit, to style and describes different kinds of wheels, bearings, etc.

Hot Wheels
Check out what one skater has to say about some of the newest skates.  Flash or function?  Fit is usually most important, so you'll want to try them on for size.

IISA's Inline Skate Buying Guide
A nice, interactive site to help choose the right kind of skate by style and price, with mini-tutorials explaining everything from bearings to boots.

Just for Kids
Special links compiled just for the younger skater, including events, camps and articles.

Rate it All
Having a tough time selecting between a few models of skates?  View ratings and commentary of various skates or click on a particular model to add your own.

Reviews
Londonskaters.com posts reviews of skate, with several 2001 models. 

Shop Smart, buy the Right Skates
Good advice is offered in this article starting with renting skates.  From there, Liz Miller describes the features of different kinds of skates and ends with a section on how to get a good fit.

Skate Survey-All Styles
Who makes the best skates?  This is only question on the survey; however, voters' commentary is also posted.  Votes are tallied daily, with  3000+  to date.

Skate U.K.
Read and contribute to reviews on skates, clothes, videos, books, wheels, bearings, misc.

Skaters FAQs Buying Guide
Advice on selecting  new, used and kids skates, based on skating style, price and breaking system.  Finish off with a checklist to take to the store.

Skiboards
Want to skate on the slopes?  This article reviews Skiboards by Solomon, K2 and Tecnica, touted as the closest relative to inline skating on the snow.

Toebox Consumer Reviews
Read or submit consumer reviews by product.

What to Buy
Narrow down your search among the vast selection of skates and gear, with descriptions of skate components, safety equipment and a fitting guide.

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