Skate Bearings Texarkana AR

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Bucks & Ducks
(870) 773-4725
1125 Highway 71 S
Texarkana, AR
 
Angel Awards
(903) 793-6505
304 McCartney Blvd
Texarkana, TX
 
Hibbett Sporting Goods
(903) 838-1235
2400 Richmond Rd
Texarkana, TX
 
Champs Sports
(903) 832-4111
55 Central Mall
Texarkana, TX
 
Sports Center
(903) 832-2948
2700 Richmond Rd
Texarkana, TX
 
Landing Tackle Shop The
(903) 792-0663
3601 N State Line Ave
Texarkana, TX
 
Play It Again Sports
(903) 334-8256
2820 Richmond Rd
Texarkana, TX
 
Squeeze Play
(903) 223-0052
7760 Hampton Rd
Texarkana, TX
 
Gander Mountain
(903) 832-3607
2301 University
Texarkana, TX
 
Dallas Cowboys Proshop
(903) 838-2604
111 Central Mall
Texarkana, TX
 

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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