Skate Bearings Parkersburg WV

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American Eagle Outfitters
(304) 485-9101
Grand Central Mall
Parkersburg, WV
 
Pacific Sunwear
(304) 422-5300
Grand Central Mall
Parkersburg, WV
 
Shirt Factory and Sporting Goods
(304) 428-0566
1606 Dupont Rd
Parkersburg, WV
 
On the Run
(304) 422-8916
3207 1SA-3207-1 Emerson A
Parkersburg, WV
 
Old Navy
(304) 424-7091
830 Grand Central Ave
Vienna, WV
 
Uncle Bob's Outdoors
(304) 485-0014
2311 Ohio Ave
Parkersburg, WV
 
Emerson Bowling Lanes
(304) 485-7406
1501 36th St
Parkersburg, WV
 
Boone's Bow Shop
(304) 863-6962
1545 Larkmead Rd
Parkersburg, WV
 
Steve & Barry's University Spor
(304) 424-6500
100 Grand Central Ave
Parkersburg, WV
 
Golf Club of West Virginia
(304) 464-4420
Waverly, WV
 

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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