Skates that fit.

We are Saskatoon's only dealer of high end figure skates. Bike Universe has over 50 years of combined boot fitting and skate sharpening experience. Skaters from Saskatoon and around the province rely on our in-house expertise. Sizing and fitting a figure skate from a beginner skater to an elite athlete is an in-depth process. We have the training and the many years of experience in fitting skates to ensure you get the appropriate boot and blade combination for your skill level. 

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For boots, we stock Riedell and Jackson, and deal with Gam, Graff, Edea and most other boot companies that offer quality product. Each of these companies offer entry to olympic level products.

For blades, we deal with Step, Eclipse, Ultima, and John Wilson. Order times are the same as with boots.

  • Tech Work +

    We can perform most labor involved with boots and blades. We take multiple factors into consideration when booting, adjusting and problem solving. We are very open with our knowledge and opinion, and will always take the time to discuss information with you.

    We heat mold our boots. We include this and the first sharpen in the retail cost of the skates. We are able to custom form skates after they have been molded to accommodate for different foot shapes/issues. Never buy a skate that has not been molded to the skater’s foot, unless it is a non heat moldable boot.

  • Gear +

    We stock a large selection of skate accessories including spinners, guards, cozies, gloves, socks, bags, pads, ankle gels, leg/arm warmers, etc. We are also able to special order in most anything including dresses and other gear we don’t stock. If something is needed immediately, we will order right away and charge you the shipping involved.

  • Sharpening +

    Only sharpen your skates in an establishment where someone asks what sharpen you get. There are a number of different sharpens, and it is important to be consistent with blade sharpening so you are making the most of your ice time. It may seem insignificant, but the right sharpen makes all the difference. Having too advanced of a sharpen will inhibit skaters from progressing in the sport. A shallow hollow is ideal for skaters learning jumps as it allows the skater to slide in to their landings. As you move up in your jumps, a deeper hollow is needed. At this point, the skater will be more accurate with their landings, allowing for a deeper hollow. Dance and hockey sharpens are usually deeper. It is important to adhere to personal preference, so there is not a set sharpen for any level or style. There is a general area for where you should be, sharpen wise. Then we take personal preference into consideration. 

    We take the time to find exactly what sharpen is working best for you.

  • Used Skates +

    General rule of thumb- be very careful buying used skates. Used skates are often sold for close to the retail price, are pre-worn, and are (or should have been) moulded to someone else’s foot. A skaters foot should be sized by someone who has enough experience in boot fitting to be aware of all the differences between fits of models and brands, and how to accommodate for different shapes and sizes of feet.

    If you are buying used skates, there are a couple things to look for. Check the regular retail price of the boot and blade before you buy. Often skates are sold for close to the regular price. Check the blade for wear and damage to the pick cluster. Check the strength of the boot. With a used skate, the support may not be reflective of the original strength of the boot. Don’t over boot. It might seem great to get a super high end skate for your skater, but to aggressive of a boot can inhibit skaters ability to progress in the sport.

    Currently, we do not sell used skates.

  • Fitting Process +

    This is a very important part of what we do at Bike Universe, and very important to anyone buying skates, particularly to parents paying for ice time and coaching. Boot fitting knowledge only comes with years of experience. It is worth calling down to see how busy it is at the store. Our heat moulding and fitting process can take up to an hour, so make sure to give yourself an hour before we close. It is important to bring the same socks/leggings that you would be skating in. Ideally, the skater should be in a thin sock with little to no seam. Some skaters go barefoot. A thinner sock allows for more of a connection to the boot and therefore the blade, allowing for more accurate and protected landings. Always bring your old pair, as the old boot is very indicative of the skater’s strength and helps in determining if it is an appropriate boot or if they need to move up.

    Having a properly fitting boot is imperative. Too small of a boot, and there will be pressure on different parts of the foot. To large of a boot creates a number of issues. Arch support in the wrong spot; room in the boot, which increases the possibility of blisters and ankle injuries; disconnection from the boot and blade, reducing performance and inhibiting progress.  A skate should be tight fitting but not be causing pressure on the foot. The skater should be able to flex the boot, but should not be folding it over completely. If a skater cannot bend/work a boot, it is not the right boot. To put it into perspective, stand on a short stool and jump off without bending your ankles and then land without bending your ankles. Now picture this on skates. Technology for skates has advanced considerably over the years. Most brands incorporate a cutout in the ankle area. This cutout is to allow for a crease to form in the boot, allowing for the ankle to bend forward. This is accomplished while still having a large amount of support to protect against side-to-side movement. If the skater is not creasing the boot, the boot is too strong.

    When booting, we take a number of things into consideration: Number of hours on the ice per week, weight of the skater, level of jump they are working on, what their old boot looks like, shape of their foot, and the type of skating -ie freestyle/dance/can. All of this helps to determine the appropriate boot and blade combination.

    With a purchase, your first sharpen is free. We punch for free up to four months from the time of purchase. Punching is not an expensive or time-consuming process. If a skate seems like it could feel better, chances are we can make it feel better. Don’t suffer through anything. If you ever have questions or concerns, always stop by or give us a ring.

  • Care for your skates +

    • Use hard guards when on any surface other then ice. Even the rubber matts at the rink are covered in sand and larger particles that will dull blades very quickly. Care for your blades will increase their life span and also make the most use of sharpens.
    • After skating, wipe down blades with a soft chamois. When storing your skates, use a soft skate cover called a soaker to protect your blade, keep it from cutting anything, and also to keep moisture from collecting on the blade while it is in storage. Moisture will collect on a blade even if it has been wiped down. Hard guards will help rust to form on blades.
    • When storing your skate, always remove them from your bag or open the bag to allow for moisture to leave the boot. Pull out tongue so as to allow for the most circulation. Allowing moisture to evaporate will reduce weight, affect oder, and keep the sole and boot from getting water logged. Not allowing boots to dry is a large contributor to leather figure skates breaking down prematurely. Do not try to speed up drying process by heating boots or leaving them in a high temperature environment. 
    • Skates that have a leather sole usually have a temporary mount on the blade. This means that not all of the screws securing the blade to the boot have been put in, allowing for repositioning of the blade. Once the skater has been on the ice, they will know if the blades are in the proper position and the rest of the screws can be inserted. It is strongly suggested that you get the screws installed by a skate technician as soon after the first skate as possible. Screws should be checked every so often. DO NOT LEAVE BLADES TEMPORARILY MOUNTED!
    • Skate tape is a good way of keeping skates looking their best. (there used to be tape for hockey skates, I am not sure if there still is or where to get it)
    • Sealing the bottom of a leather sole is key to keeping the boot from rotting. Resealing is possible and suggested if the soles looks worn. 
    • If lace ends fray, you can use scotch tape to bind together so they fit through the hole.
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