Skate Bearings Everett WA

Local resource for skate bearings in Everett. 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.

Bicycle Centers of Everett The
(425) 252-1441
4707 Evergreen Way Ste A
Everett, WA
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(425) 353-9100
1201 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 
H & L Sports
(425) 259-5515
2806 Colby Ave
Everett, WA
 
Cascade Crags
(425) 258-3431
2820 Rucker Ave
Everett, WA
 
Just Sports
(425) 355-9711
1402 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 
Jerry's Surplus
(425) 252-1176
2031 Broadway
Everett, WA
 
John's Sporting Goods
(425) 259-3056
1913 Broadway
Everett, WA
 
Sports Authority
(425) 347-8988
Greentree Plaza, 505 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Suite 1
Everett, WA
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Vertical World
(425) 258-3431
2820 Rucker Ave
Everett, WA
 
Pacific Sunwear
(425) 267-9687
1402 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 

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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