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Preventing Loose Frame Bolts on Inline Skates
By Peter Doucet
Rear frame bolt onPeter Doucet's Cado Motus setup.
photo: Peter Doucet
Various disasters lurk on the racecourse. Falling. Getting lost. Being out of shape and outclassed by the competition.
Or all three at once.
Here’s another: the loose frame bolt.
The first indication that anything is wrong is the dreaded clicking sound of a loose frame. At that point, the bolt has loosened.
Next, the bolt falls out, allowing the frame to swing wildly from side to side.
At that point anything can happen, none of it good.
For me, loose frame bolts have resulted in falls or DNFs. Less fortunate skaters have suffered broken ankles.
Fortunately, you can usually prevent frame bolts from loosening with a little preventative maintenance.
The most important thing you can do to make sure your frame bolts don’t drop out is to keep them nice and tight. This means checking them regularly and re-tighteni...