Skate Bearings Cranston RI

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Second Time Around Sports
(401) 944-9380
328 Atwood Ave
Cranston, RI
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(401) 944-5500
176 Hillside Rd
Cranston, RI
 
M-F Athletic Co
(401) 942-9363
11 Amflex Dr
Cranston, RI
 
Perform Better
(401) 942-9363
11 Amflex Dr
Cranston, RI
 
Dmk Sports
(401) 463-7062
170 Jefferson Blvd
Warwick, RI
 
Gap The
(401) 944-7010
100 Midway Rd
Cranston, RI
 
Elmwood Sports Center
(401) 781-9113
1553 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI
 
Bennett's Sports
(401) 943-7600
900 Phenix Ave
Cranston, RI
 
Extra Innings
(401) 737-3100
69 Illinois Ave Ste 2
Warwick, RI
 
Dave's Wholesale Guns
(401) 781-2666
1287 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
 

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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