Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Don't Forget about Moonlight Bowling

Get your tickets now!  Join us for a rockin' good time!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you weren't there...

... you missed it!

A big thanks to Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography for taking these great photos from last weekend's bout with the Midwest Derby Divas !

Sunday, February 23, 2014

These Boots are Made for Walkin....

My winter boots finally died. Mr. Nitro said it was because I was just bragging about what a great buy they were 18 years ago. Seriously, 18 YEARS. I bought them in Austria for about $60 Euro. I looked down at them fondly yesterday, and saw the huge crack in the bottom. Wah!

I guess that got me feeling nostalgic about the skates I have owned. I started skating (after a 25 year hiatus) about 4 years ago. We took the kids skating and my daughter couldn't get enough of it. So I started taking her to the rink. You know all about rental skates... well, it felt like I was starting over every time.  Eventually, I found a pair at Salvation Army and dolled them up with Sharpies.

Seriously, what was I thinking? These things eventually damaged the top of my feet so that they were numb all the time.

My first "real" pair of skates were sportier for sure. Really low end speed skates that chewed up the skin on the inside of my right ankle... but I soldiered on until the callous got strong enough and I didn't blister EVERY time. These skates got stolen out of my car in my garage, causing me to file my first ever police report. I think the main reason they were stolen is because of the outdoor wheels and decent bearings. Lots of skateboarders around here... I kept looking, but I never saw my wheels on some punk's skateboard. Lucky for them.

My next pair were too big. I'd prefer not to talk about how that happened. Suffice it to say, it was my own dang fault. That pair has been gifted to someone who actually has feet that size, so that story ends happily ever after.

When I started Derby-ing I got my current pair. They are these here. A bunch of us have them, and they fit my feet perfectly. (See? I can be taught! Eventually.) They were not so expensive that I couldn't replace them every couple of years, and it's looking like that's gonna have to happen.  BUT, I skate every chance I get, up to 7 days a week for hours at a time, so they've been good ones for me. I have, of course, changed the wheels and bearings... uh, several times.

What has been your favorite pair of skates?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

Join us on February 22nd for a night of excitement in this roller derby double header! The action begins with Rhythm & Bruise in a coed bout at 6:00 PM and the double header action continues at 8:00 PM as the women of The Rockford Rage take on the Midwest Derby Divas. Proceeds from the bout will benefit Project Help Rockford. We will be accepting donations at the door so come help out and have some fun.

Doors open at 5:30 PM and the bouts start at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Ticket are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 4 and under get in free and tickets for children 5-12 are $5. We have group rates too! For more information contact us at

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Don't forget!

Hey y'all!  We are having a double header at the ISC on February 22!  Check out this awesome poster made by our own Bouncing Betty...  Get tickets HERE.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bearing with each other

One of the things I LOVE about Derby is that it gives me people to talk to about bearings. Mr. Nitro, bless him, would get a glazed over look when I wanted to talk about skates and skate maintenance. Right after my first time at Fresh Meat practice, we talked about wheels and bearings and I thought, "Ahhhhh.... these are my people."

I never played a sport, let alone a team sport, before joining the Rockford Rage. I never had sports equipment to care about. The fact that I now regularly change my wheels still blows my mind.

Back to bearings... I figure there are two main camps about bearing care: You clean 'em or you replace 'em.  I have tried cleaning my bearings, and there are multiple YouTube vids about how to do this. Pretty sure I didn't do it right and/or my bearings were beyond cleaning. I now replace mine every year.  It fits my lifestyle (lazy).

What do YOU do about bearings?