Hey i just need to post some information on skating boo boos..
I would like to advice on 2 main shops and kudos to one shop.
SKATE SHOPS I DONT WANT TO VISIT:
1) Skate Line at Bishan Park 2
- The MAIN OWNER of this shop (the one who is always there and mostly the one who opens the shop) is very proud, unfriendly and rude. Only one thing will turn him nice.. You gotta buy something from him!
If you're there just for advice or asking him if you can try the skates, he will speak loudly and in a very heck care manner. sometimes even in a scolding manner. (i think this is important information for those who are new at skating and hate looking like some fool in a shop) *has costly repair service: refer to extreme bottom of this post.
Skate models are limited and even if there is a design, there might be no size for you. Once you really take out your money or card and seriously show him you're going to buy.. you'll see that he suddenly treats you very nicely and talks to you like a long lost friend..
My personal opinion: Nearest to my house.. good skates.. bad customer service
2) World Of Sports & Sports Link (a general outlook)
- shops have little knowledge about inline skates. Infact, dont say inline skates to them.. Say rollerblade. otherwise some shops would say they dont sell it.
Main brand on sale is 'bladerunner' for both shops. Customer service is good, and shops are quick to admit a lack of expertise in equipment knowledge. Their product quality on the outlook is good (meaning the box, blades etc look very new - skateline bishan's one is usually very bent and folded, you know it has been kept a long time).
There is a huge draw back.. Bladerunner blades are pretty average to bad on quality. It is common that they have bearing raptures or ABEC 7 wheels turning as slow as an ABEC 3 wheel. reason being due to quality check (either screws too tight, insufficient oil, bent bearing cover etc)
You dont usually see professional skaters choose blade runner as you dont get what you pay for entirely.
My personal opinion: Easily available.. average skate.. good customer service
To be honest i havent been to many other shops. I will add them to this list once i can visit them and done test to ensure quality of service etc.
1) Urban Inline (EAST COAST PARK)
This shop guarantees cheapest prices for their skates. I found this to be true. I compared K2 brands with other skateline and another shop at the east coast park central area (nearest to the bike rental shop and beside 7eleven) their prices can be negotiated and stated prices are already lower than elsewhere.
Shop sells interesting accessories such as brakes, wheels, bearings, frames for inline skates. *They also have cheap repair service: refer to extreme bottom of this post.
HOWEVER, be very careful.. if you want to enter this shop to buy skates, no prob.. if you want to ask for advice.. I think you'd better come online. haha.. the shop keeper gives advice which sound super logical but if you compare them to online instructors and even skateline certified instructors, you realise his advice and logic are not the same.
My personal opinion: not easy to find this shop.. same skates as skateline.. super friendly and good customer service. They actually remember you the 2nd time you return.. at least they try.. haha
2) SKATE SPORTS -
This shop has very nice assistance and a really nice instructor. Friendly and items sold are on average prices. You wont find them too expensive or too cheap. you get what i mean?
Gives accurate advice on skating and helps you find your first skates a friendly way. 20% off for first pair of skates.
My personal opinion: Easily available.. good skates.. super friendly and good customer service
SHOP REPAIR COST
SKATELINE: COSTLY >> CHANGING STRAPS FOR 2 SKATES = $40.
>> AVERAGE WHEELS WITH BEARINGS= $85 (BRANDLESS)
URBAN INLINE: CHEAP >> CHANGING STRAPS FOR 2 SKATES = $24(ALMOST 1/2 ABOVE PRICE)
>> AVERAGE WHEELS WITH BEARINGS = $60(BRANDLESS)
*did not compare others.
SHOP LESSON COST
SKATELINE: RIPOFF >> $15 PER LESSON (LIKE DRIVING/MOTORCYCLE COURSE) FAIL ONE
ITEM IN THE LESSON AND REPEAT WHOLE LESSON. TEACHES ALOT OF
EXTRA THINGS LIKE STUNTS AT THE LATER STAGES. THEY EARN ALOT
FROM LESSON 2 ONWARDS.
TOTAL 6 LESSONS, BUT MANY BREAK UPS IN LESSON. UNLESS YOU'RE
A SKILLED SKATER GOING THROUGH THE COURSE, YOU'D SURELY BE
FAILING EVERY LESSON TILL YOU PASS EACH OF THE COMPONENT
EACH LESSON. HENCE IF LESSON 2 HAS 5 LESSONS, BE PREPARED TO
PAY FROM 15X 5=$75.. AND IF YOU FAIL MORE THAN ONCE (A SUPER
COMMON CASE, THEN PAY MORE FOR LESSON 2)
ON TOP OF LESSON COST, YOU NEED TO PURCHASE A SKATING BOOK
SKATESPORTS: MARKET PRICE >> $88 INCLUSIVE BOOK FOR 4 LESSONS. 1 LESSON EACH
WEEK. WITHIN 4 LESSONS YOU LEARN EVERYTHING THAT
SKATELINE TEACHES EXCEPT FOR FANCY UNNEEDED MOVES
SUCH AS GOING THROUGH CONES, OR SKATING ON ONE
LEG WHILE LIFTING THE OTHER LEG UP FOR 5 FAST
THERE IS NO FAILING THIS COURSE. THEY TEACH YOU
THE SKILLS, YOU PRACTICE. IF YOU WANT, GO FOR THE
LESSON AGAIN (THEN YOU NEED TO PAY FOR THE LESSON
AGAIN), IF YOU DONT WANT AND WANT TO PROCEED,
THEN GO TO LESSON 2. THEY WILL TEACH YOU, BUT IF
YOU CANT PERFORM IT, THEY CANNOT DO ANYTHING
ABOUT IT. (I FEEL THIS IS GOOD.. YOU KNOW THE
SKILLS.. GO BACK AND PRACTICE! - WHY BOTHER PAYING
A LESSON 3 TIMES TO PRACTICE 3 TIMES JUST TO PASS
TO LEARN ANOTHER THING)
URBAN INLINE: MARKET PRICE >> $75 NO BOOKLET. SAME AS SKATESPORTS. TEACH WHAT
IS NECESSARY IN FOUR LESSONS. SO FAR LESSONS ARE
NOT THAT POPULAR AS ITS QUITE INACCESSIBLE (AT PIT
ONE OF EAST COAST PARK)
SISTC: SINGAPORE INLINE SKATING TRAINING CENTER: VERY COSTLY
>> $120 FOR 4 LESSONS.
TEACH WHAT URBAN INLINE TEACHES. SELLS SKATES AS
CHEAP AS $60..
I PERSONALLY DONT TRUST THIS SHOP.. THATS MY
Yeah.. i think i've stated it easy for inline skaters to understand where and which shop to go to buy things.
Wanna find out more? let me know.. ^^ i love finding out about sports i like..
take care.. God bless ^^
solaces added 0 Minutes and 55 Seconds later...
ADDED NEW SHOPS:
1) SKATELINE AT UPPER PAYA LEBAR
This shop is great! For the 2 times i have been there, the different shop assistants have been very friendly.
I love this explanation from them:
skateline bukit timah - for skating bags and apparels
skateline East Coast - for skate repairs and lessons
skateline PayaLebar - for skates (yeah huge range) and wheels mainly with some
skateline Peninsular - for hockey skaters
*both skipped info on skateline bishan.. not sure why (please refer to above for report on skateline bishan shop)
My personal opinion: Easily available.. good skates.. super friendly and great customer service!
2) Skate Sports @ Down town east level 3
When i first called in on lesson prices and what they had etc, they sure made the shop sound real nice. Truth is.. I am disappointed with the shop.
On a range of 10 points, 10 being best:
Items for sales in shop : 3/10 - way too few skate choices.
Items on display (cant buy) : 7/10 - many things like their company book, TV showing
people skating, a medal.
Reason of disappointment : Good customer service, but compared to other skate shops,
can be said to sell nothing! Real disappointing.
My personal opinion: easy availability.. good skates.. super friendly and great customer service (but poor item for sales)