Skate Bearings Decatur IL

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Play It Again Sports
(217) 872-2434
4210 N Prospect St
Decatur, IL
Decatur Park Dist
(217) 421-7432
Fairvw Park
Decatur, IL
M C Sports
(217) 876-1137
100 Hickory Ct
Forsyth, IL
Karatesupply .Com
(217) 875-5413
2901 N Water St
Decatur, IL
Decatur Park Dist
(217) 421-7435
71 S Country Club Rd
Decatur, IL
Decatur Electronics Inc
(217) 428-4315
715 N Bright St
Decatur, IL
American Eagle Outfitters
(217) 872-1498
1375 Hickory Point Mall
Forsyth, IL
Play It Again Sports
(217) 872-2434
3004 N Water St Ste A
Decatur, IL
Farm & Fleet Co
(217) 423-3720
1191 W South Side Dr
Decatur, IL
Mac'S Tackle Box
(217) 362-6239
815 S 22nd St
Decatur, IL

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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