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NOW INLINE SKATING BECOMES SAFER
World-wide new brake system for inline skates on sporting
goods trade fair ISPO in Munich
In the small country Austria alone, where the inventors of the
new brake system for inline skates come from, "5400 inline
skaters per have to go to the hospital with severe injuries," the
Austrian Institute "Sicher Leben“ communicated in the
newspaper “Heute” in May 2005. This new brake system
shall help to improve this situation. And its inventors promise
“With our ‘ultimate inline braking system’ we
change inline skating,“says the team, who calls themselves “Wheel
Braking Syndicate.” Their air of confidence is well founded:
Simple, safe and reliable braking with inline skates in all situations
is now possible for the first time at optimal conditions, they
say, and, above all, also when going downhill. This is made possible
with the new .W.B.S. – technology. The wheels are braked
on the alloy rims with the well known method of brake shoes and
brake pads. Although the system is technically well thought out,
it remains extremely simple and permits completely unimpeded skating.
The triggering takes place in a stable and safe position of the
"Brake free – we give inline skating more freedom.
You can reduce velocity at any time you want or need it“,
says inventor Bertram Burian, teacher of sports and physics in
Vienna. “Safe and simple braking with inline skates gives
you a completely new feeling and helps to avoid accidents!”
"Inline skating for everyone"
“Many want to exercise this wonderful and healthy sport,
but a lot of them have refrained from it so far, because braking
depended solely on one's own skills. We can imagine that in the
long run the inline skates market could double“, means Bernd
Weichhart, engineer from Upper Austria and internationally successful
in the production of alloy masts, "if all those, who have
so far considered inline skating as not safe enough, now acquireatastefor it."
"Optimal design in connection with a brake system"
“It is easy to adapt the design for every shoe of every
brand. The system is as effective, as it is well hidden. Therefore
it is possible to retain the familiar brand design,” explains
Peter Ribarits, numerously awarded industrial designer and multiple
patentee, likewise from Vienna.
These three constitute the .W.B.S. syndicate. They have developed
the product ready for the market after many years of research.
The only thing that is undetermined so far, is which boot will
complete .W.B.S.-skate, says the team.
The skates shall be available on the market within a year. During
this ISPO .W.B.S. intends to gather a large number of provisional
orders and then win the market for the their technology step by
step. “We are sure that the response for our brake free system
will be excellent," the inventors are convinced.