Skate Bearings Sparks NV

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Sportif
(775) 353-3434
1415 Greg St Ste 101
Sparks, NV
 
World Gym
(775) 352-8663
1575 E Lincoln Way
Sparks, NV
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(775) 331-1211
558 N McCarran Blvd
Sparks, NV
 
J & R Bowling Services
(775) 351-1790
670 Greenbrae Dr
Sparks, NV
 
Rocksport Indoor Climbing Center
(775) 352-7673
1901 Silverada Blvd
Reno, NV
 
House of Arrows Archery Shop
(775) 356-6614
1121 Rock Blvd
Sparks, NV
 
Sfc USA Inc
(775) 327-4744
50 Freeport Blvd
Sparks, NV
 
Gilly Fishing Store The
(775) 358-6113
1111 Rock Blvd
Sparks, NV
 
Deportes Colima
(775) 313-0426
2975 El Rancho Dr Ste 111
Sparks, NV
 
Dynamite Lures
(775) 333-1063
1000 Telegraph St
Reno, NV
 

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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