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Early skates were similar to today's inline skates, but they were not very manoeuvrable; it was very difficult with these skates to do anything but move in a straight line and perhaps make wide sweeping turns. During the rest of the 19th century: inventors continued to work on improving skate design.In 1823 Robert John Tyers, a London ice skater patented a skate called the Rolito with five wheels in a single row on the bottom of a boot. The center wheels were larger than the wheels on either end of the frame to allow a skater to manoeuvre by shifting his weight, but the Rolito could not follow a curved path like inline skates today.