Heelys How to Heel
Are you almost ready to get off the internet and start shredding the streets?
Check out these instructions and watch our video by clicking on the tabs at the top. We'll walk you through skating basics, including wheel installation and removals as well as taking those first few precious baby steps toward awesome skating.
Also, check out our pdf's below for some great information on Heelys equipment and more safety tips.
HOW TO INSTALL THE WHEEL
Set or align the wheel into the "bracket" as well as you can.
Make a fist and hit the wheel with the bottom of your fist to fully "seat" the axles into the "bracket".
Visually inspect the wheels and axles to make sure they are seated straight in the "bracket" so that the wheels spin freely; and stomp down on each wheel to make sure they are locked securely in place.
HOW TO REMOVE THE WHEEL
Hold the shoe with the sole facing outward.
Push hard with both thumbs on the side of the wheel until one axle begins to come out.
After one end of the axle is partially out, turn the shoe around & push on the other side of the wheel to remove.
USING THE HEEL PLUGS
Insert the heel plug into the "bracket" and press down firmly until the plug is flush against the outsole.
To remove the plug: insert the heel plug removal tool into the back of the heel plug & push down on the hand grip. Continue pushing down on the hand grip until the heel plug starts to come out of the wheel well.
You should now be able to use your fingers to complete the removal of the heel plug.
HOW TO HEEL
FINDING THE BALANCE POINT:
- 1. Find a rail, counter, or friend that you can hold onto in order to keep your balance.
- 2. Put one foot in front of the other (NEVER side by side).
- 3. Figure out which foot you are most comfortable with in front - usually your strong leg.
- 4. Hold onto the counter and lift your toes up - balancing your weight on the wheels.
- 5. If you lose your balance, simply put your toes down.
- 6. Once you are comfortable balancing on the wheels, move to the next step.
- BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR A DETAILED TUTORIAL ON HOW TO GET STARTED.
STARTING: STEP, PLANT & KICK
- 1. Take a normal step forward with what used to be you "back foot".
- 2. Take a second step forward with your other foot, and and plant the wheel (toe up).
- 3. Kick or push off with your back foot.
- 4. Raise your back toe with your weight balanced on the wheel.
- 5. Roll and place your back foot DIRECTLY behind your front foot.
To stop using the soft brake method, lift the toes of your back foot up a bit higher in order to drag the heel portion of the shoe along the ground to gradually slow your speed until you come to a complete stop.
To stop using the hard brake method, simply transfer your weight to your forefoot (on both feet) and "jog" or "run" out of your roll.
When using your Heelys skate shoes in the "walking" or "shoe" mode, you should always remove the wheels. Replace your wheels with the heel plugs to increase comfort, and prolong the life of your heel brakcet.
ALWAYS wear protective gear.
NEVER skate faster than you run.
NEVER skate in or near streets, around traffic or stairs.
NEVER try to skate over cracks, or through rocks, sand or water.
Excessive wear of the heel backet or wheel well can cause improper seating of the axle and could be UNSAFE. Always make sure the axle is FULLY locked into the heel bracket before attempting to skate.
Please remember that although using your Heelys skate shoes is extremely enjoyable, there is a learning curve. Skating with Heelys is a sport, and the key is to learn how to heel safely and properly.
While using protective gear can not guarantee your safety, it could greatly reduce your chances of injury. We therefore always recommend wearing full protective gear when using your Heelys skate shoes including: helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads.
Be sure to avoid cracks and skate only on smooth, stable, dry surfaces.
DO NOT SKATE OVER ROCKS, SAND, OR WATER.