Skate Bearings Pleasant Hill CA

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Diablo Valley Gun Works
(925) 798-7522
1942 Linda Dr
Pleasant Hill, CA
Art Thoms Locker Room
(925) 521-0750
60 Crescent Dr
Pleasant Hill, CA
Mike's Bikes
(925) 671-9127
1150 Contra Costa Blvd
Concord, CA
Fleet Feet Sports
(925) 827-4772
45 Crescent Dr Ste B
Pleasant Hill, CA
Basketball Court Equipment
(925) 689-4587
Concord, CA
Soccer Pro
(925) 685-0440
565 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA
All Out Baseball
(925) 798-8326
1741 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA
Play It Again Sports
(925) 825-3396
1601 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA
American Eagle Outfitters
(925) 798-0370
450 Sun Valley Mall
Concord, CA
Champ's Sports
(925) 687-0534
Concord, CA

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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