Skate Bearings Bluffton SC

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Sports Addiction
(843) 815-8281
70 Pennington Dr Ste 12
Bluffton, SC
 
A Shore Thing
(843) 671-1959
S Beach Marina
Bluffton, SC
 
Charleston Fitness Equipment
(843) 706-9750
30 Plantation Park Dr
Bluffton, SC
 
Callawassie Island Company
(843) 987-2161
20 Callawassie Club Dr
Okatie, SC
 
The Salty Dog Cafe
(843) 671-2232
Hilton Head Island, SC
 
Sport Zone
(843) 837-9663
12 Johnston Way Units A
Bluffton, SC
 
Pacific Sunwear
(843) 836-2457
1414 Fording Island Rd Ste F100
Bluffton, SC
 
Fitness Pro
(843) 815-8281
70 Pennington Dr
Bluffton, SC
 
Nike Inc
(843) 837-6453
1414 Fording Island Rd Ste D100
Bluffton, SC
 
Sportline of Hilton Head
(843) 686-8855
Highway 278 Shoppes
Hilton Head Island, SC
 

Bearings for Inline Skaters

July 2, 2009

Bearing Down on Skate Bearings

QHello, Bill! Have you heard of FAG bearings? Are they used for inline skating? Thanks! - Janis Hofmanis, Latvia

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Hi, Janis: Yes, I've heard of FAG bearings. In fact, I used them many years ago. They were a quality alternative at a time when SKF was our preferred bearing. But I haven't heard anything about them for years and don't know if they are still being made, although it's possible they are being sold under another name.

If you're in the market for bearings, there's a lot to consider. These days, everybody makes a big deal about ABEC rating and wants ABEC 7s or better. But as far as I'm concerned, one of the most important things to consider is where the bearings are made. Bearings are a precision product, which need to be made with great attention to detail. That's why I prefer bearings made in Switzerland or Germany, countries with reputations for precision manufacturing.

Years ago, the bearing of choice was the pricey NMB ABEC 7. Then all of a sudden, they started seizing up on us. We couldn't understand what was going on until we heard that the company had shifted production to Singapore.

And don't think bearings don't make a difference in your skating. I remember back in 1989 when Stephan Whyte lined up at the World Championships on $1, bottom-of-the-line NSK bearings. When I heard about it, I made sure he got some quality bearings, and he went on to win both the 500 and 10,000 points races on the banked track.

Something I've noticed is that bearings are made differently than they used to be. Today's bearings are roomier inside. They have some play side to side and, as a result, are ready to roll right out of the box.

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