Skate Bearings Sikeston MO

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Hibbett Sports
(573) 471-0865
1213 S Main St
Sikeston, MO
 
Sikes Sporting Goods
(573) 471-5668
207 N New Madrid St
Sikeston, MO
 
Big Dog Sportswear
(573) 481-9707
100 Outlet Dr
Sikeston, MO
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(636) 536-3718
64 Thf Boulevard
Chesterfield, MO
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(636) 278-5050
Mid Rivers Mall
St. Peters, MO
 
Southern Rod & Gun
(573) 471-4458
1014 Linn St
Sikeston, MO
 
Feeders Supply
(573) 471-2280
1014 Linn St
Sikeston, MO
 
Hot Shots Archery
(573) 545-9400
106 Charleston St
Benton, MO
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 363-1198
Ward Parkway Mall
Kansas City, MO
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(816) 407-1111
Liberty Triangle
Liberty, MO
 

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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