Skate Bearings Clio MI

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Sports Authority
(810) 230-8160
4095 Miller Road
Flint, MI
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Billiard Specialists
(810) 736-9463
4450 Mollwood Dr
Flint, MI
 
Complete Runner
(810) 233-8851
915 S Dort Hwy Ste F
Flint, MI
 
Bullpen Sports
(810) 742-8820
1375 E Bristol Rd
Flint, MI
 
Bauman'S Running & Walking Shop
(810) 238-5981
1473 W Hill Rd
Flint, MI
 
Cobb'S Bait Tackle And Pet Supply
(810) 787-7000
G5123 N Saginaw St
Flint, MI
 
Dive Shop
48532-4525
G4020 Corunna Rd
Flint, MI
 
Borgy'S Pro Shop
(810) 744-2733
4403 Davison Rd
Flint, MI
 
B C'S Discount Pro Shop
(810) 732-5941
G3282 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
 
Kick-It-Around Sports
(810) 232-4986
3618 Fenton Rd
Flint, MI
 

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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