Skate Bearings West Des Moines IA

Local resource for skate bearings in West Des Moines. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to inline skate bearings, skateboard bearings, and roller skate bearings, as well as advice and content on skate parts and skating equipment.

Sports Authority
(515) 226-9700
Water Tower Place, 4100 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Fitness Techs
(515) 440-3043
2000 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
 
Rasmussen Bicycle Shop
(515) 277-2636
301 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA
 
Soccer Connections
(515) 279-6927
312 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA
 
Push Pedal Pull
(515) 222-0810
9901 University Ave Ste 100
Clive, IA
 
Adventure Diving Inc
(515) 255-7282
2041 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA
 
Gap The
(515) 225-1025
118 Valley W Mall
West Des Moines, IA
 
Pro Image
(515) 223-1026
116 Valley W Mall
West Des Moines, IA
 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
(515) 223-0356
6630 Mills Civic Pkwy Ste 2110
West Des Moines, IA
 
Finish Line
(515) 267-0891
1551 Valley West Dr Ste 122
West Des Moines, IA
 

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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