Skate Bearings Clinton IA

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Lateke Sportscenter Inc
(563) 242-2973
1209 Roosevelt St
Clinton, IA
 
R & R Sports Inc
(563) 243-4696
2014 N 2nd St
Clinton, IA
 
Cottonwood Springs Game Birds
(563) 682-7405
393 467th Ave
Miles, IA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 743-3066
4601 1st Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(563) 441-7500
Shops on 53rd and Elmore
Davenport, IA
 
Clinton Country Club
(563) 242-4961
Clinton, IA
 
Morrison Country Club Pro Shop
(815) 772-8500
903 W Morris St
Morrison, IL
 
Ace Hardware
(815) 273-3970
510 Main St
Savanna, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 287-5722
Crossroad Commons
Waterloo, IA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(563) 557-6130
Kennedy Mall
Dubuque, IA
 

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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