Skate Bearings Zebulon NC

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(919) 266-7876
220 Hinton Oaks Blvd
Knightdale, NC
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(919) 662-4177
White Oak Crossing Strip Mall
Garner, NC
 
Dynasty Soccer Gear
(919) 366-0200
530 Cook St
Wendell, NC
 
Mortex Factory Outlet
(919) 365-3946
42 N Main St
Wendell, NC
 
Fitness Concepts Inc
(919) 878-9880
2121 Atlantic Ave
Raleigh, NC
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(919) 792-9090
Triangle Town Commons
Raleigh, NC
 
Eagle USA
(919) 365-3094
375 E 3rd St
Wendell, NC
 
D & S Sportsworld Inc
(919) 365-9286
11 E 3rd St
Wendell, NC
 
Strike Zone Pro Shop
(919) 829-7110
1827 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC
 
Old Navy
(919) 954-0569
5900 Poyner Anchor Ln Ste 111
Raleigh, NC
 

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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