Skate Bearings Franklin WI

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(262) 554-8117
Southland Center
Racine, WI
 
Sports Authority
(262) 860-0900
16220 W. Blue Mound Road
Brookfield, WI
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, 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.

Play It Again Sports
(414) 282-1007
7499 W Layton Av
Milwaukee, WI
 
Dunham's Sports
(414) 769-7700
5656 S Packard Ave
Cudahy, WI

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Columbia Sportswear
(414) 291-5279
201 E Pittsburgh Ave Ste B
Milwaukee, WI
 
Sports Authority
(414) 282-2300
Greenfield Place, 5070 S. 74th Street
Greenfield, WI
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, 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.

InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center
(414) 858-9306
6550 S. Lovers Lane Rd.
Franklin, WI
Services
Full-service running/walking store, full-service physical therapy clinic
Hours
Mon-Thur 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm

Bowlers Pro Shop
(414) 744-2695
4101 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
Sky High Skateboard Shop
(414) 483-2585
2501 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
Dunn'S Sporting Goods
(414) 453-7200
6034 W Natl Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
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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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