Monday, November 11, 2013


Sport Week continues today with this picture of a man with some pretty fancy mechanized skates. I am not sure exactly how they work, but it looks like that by creating a running type motion the wheels on the skates are made to spin. I can certainly say that I have never seen anything like this, and would like to know more about how they work.


  1. Wow, the first in-line skates...fascinating! It would be neat to know the history of these unique inventions.
    -Anne K.

  2. I've never seen skates like those before. From what I understand you pedal them. I guess you pump your legs up and down to get the wheels going. I used to love the roller rink with the flashing lights and disco balls etc. You put up with the disco music because it was a great place to meet girls and get a "couples only" skate. Good times. I think I was in the last generation when things like roller rinks, drive-ins, and the milkman delivery truck were popular.

  3. Looks like the string/cord on the side act like a ratcheting action, like a chainsaw starter, to spin the wheel when the flexing of the frame causes the string to be shortened or recoiled by a spring in the rear wheel then putting weight to extend the frame extends or pulls the cord to spin the wheel. I've seen similar action on some toy but can't remember exactly what, might have been scooter with ratcheting acting action of the steering mechanism.


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