Skate Bearings Medford OR

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Rrrink The
(541) 770-1177
1349 Center Dr
Medford, OR
 
Dewclaw Archery Supplies
(541) 772-1896
2722 W Main St
Medford, OR
 
Champs #14626
(541) 858-9400
1600 N Riverside Ave
Medford, OR
 
Rogue Ski Shop
(541) 772-8047
309 E Jackson St
Medford, OR
 
Ballers Haven Sports Inc
(541) 608-0200
231 E Barnett Rd
Medford, OR
 
Direct Kick Soccer Shop
(541) 770-4577
1093 Medford Ctr
Medford, OR
 
Cascade Athletic Supply
(541) 772-7594
2930 Biddle Rd
Medford, OR
 
Sports Authority
(541) 282-5736
Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Avenue
Medford, OR
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Suzy's Small Tall & All
(541) 773-6051
606 Crater Lake Ave
Medford, OR
 
Southern Oregon Ice Arena Llc
(541) 770-1177
1349 Center Dr
Medford, OR
 

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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