One addition I have, is regarding the information on skates. If this is more for beginners, then let me tell you about some skates for beginners to advanced and they won't break the bank or give you blisters. The skates are PowerSlide's - http://www.powerslideusa.com/
- I have the R2's and they are $299 for the whole deal, and they are very comfortable. Also, as for socks - the Air-E-Ator's are great, get your socks here because they go to a great cause: http://www.store-laf.org/socks.html
I am not suggesting any of this because I get anything from them, I just believe in their products and I am trying to provide valuable information to people who are starting out and don't want to dump a ton of cash just to start out. Happy skating.
MNSk8tr from Maple Grove, MN.