If you’re looking to order some custom straps for your inline skates and you’re unsure how to measure or fit them, you’ve come to the right place. In the following tutorial, I will cover how to measure your skate for strap length and then how to fit your new skate straps.
The easiest way is to watch the below video where I go through all the steps in an easy to follow tutorial.
Measuring Your Skate
The first step is to measure your skate so you can tell me the length of strap you require.
The easiest way to do this is to put small pieces of blue tack at the points where you want the screws to be and measuring that.
Then, using a cloth tape measure, measure across the laces of the skate where you want your 45 strap to sit.
If you don’t have a cloth tape measure, use a piece of string and measure that with a ruler or metal tape measure.
If you’re buying straps to replace worn out or boring straps and already have the hardware, measure the distance between the existing hardware strap loops, add 5cm to the length and pick the length closest to that.
Once you have your measurement, choose the closest match from the dropdown on the store page, pick the rest of your options and order your straps.
Mark the boot where the blue tack is. You could do this with an awl or a marker. I use a chalk pen.
Fitting Your Straps
Once your new straps arrive, it’s time to fit them. This should only take a few minutes.
First of all, drill the holes where you marked earlier. If you didn’t mark the boot, hold the strap on the boot and mark through the screw holes in the screw plates. Then, using a 5mm drill bit (I use a wood bit), drill your holes.
The next step is to insert the tee nuts. These are the weird looking pointy things included with your straps.
Put these into the holes on the inside of the boot. Don’t worry if they won’t push all the way in. They don’t need to. If you can’t push them in enough to stay stuck, use the included screws and washers from the outside of the boot to pull the tee nuts through, by screwing in to them from the outside until they grip enough to hold and then remove the screws. If you wish, you can also bend out the teeth so they don’t bite in, but the t-nut may spin when you tighten the screws.
Then just put the washer on the screw, the screw through the screw plate and screw it in to the tee nut and tighten it up. Go easy so you don’t strip the head.
Then just thread the adjustable end of the strap through one side, the strap through the other side and you’re done. Your straps are fitted. Go skate and enjoy your custom 45 degree straps!