Skate Bearings West Warwick RI

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West Warwick Soccer Assoc
(401) 826-2844
West Warwick, RI
D and L Shooting Supplies
(401) 738-1889
8 Nausauket Rd
Warwick, RI
Feet First
(401) 885-0606
5600 Post Rd
East Greenwich, RI
Gymco Ltd
(401) 615-2783
1160 Bald Hill Rd
Warwick, RI
Bennett Embroidery
(401) 921-0949
71 Dewey Ave
Warwick, RI
Soccer World
(401) 827-7722
687 Quaker Ln
West Warwick, RI
Pure Hockey of Warwick
(401) 732-3914
1800 Post Rd Ste 12
Warwick, RI
Modells Sporting Goods
(401) 828-1659
1276 Bald Hill Rd
Warwick, RI
Sports Authority
(401) 732-0389
Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road, Suite 700
Warwick, RI
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(401) 826-3330
1276 Bald Hill Road, (Route 2)
Warwick, RI
10:00AM - 6:00PM SUNDAY

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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