Skate Bearings Eagle ID

Local resource for skate bearings in Eagle. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to inline skate bearings, skateboard bearings, and roller skate bearings, as well as advice and content on skate parts and skating equipment.

Coonse Well Drilling and Pump Company Incorporated
(208) 939-0085
5001 W Floating Feather Rd
Eagle, ID
 
REI Recreational Equipment Incorporated
(208) 322-1141
8300 W Emerald St
Boise, ID
 
Big Five Sporting Goods
(208) 377-1902
101 N Milwaukee St
Boise, ID
 
Wide World of Golf and Tennis
(208) 322-4653
8057 W Emerald St
Boise, ID
 
Richards Sports Supply
(208) 389-2163
210 E 37th St
Garden City, ID
 
Water Ski Pro Shop
(208) 336-3270
3725 W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID
 
Specialty Plastics and Fabrication Incorporated
(800) 347-3602
445 Steelhead Way
Boise, ID
 
Sports Authority
(208) 378-9590
1301 N. Milwaukee Street
Boise, ID
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Overhead Smash Tennis and Apparel
(208) 321-9200
8009 W Fairview Ave
Boise, ID
 
The Blue and Orange Store
(208) 377-9490
350 N Milwaukee St
Boise, ID
 

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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