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01-14-2014, 08:11 AM
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Cleaning Inline Wheels

So, my inline wheels have become incredibly dirty to the point where I spin them, they spin about once and stop. Needless to say, it's pretty tough to skate fast when your wheels/bearings are dirty.

What would be the best way to go about cleaning them? What lubricant to use, how long, etc?

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They make products like this for cleaning/protecting the actual wheel: http://www.hockeymonkey.com/sonicgrip.html

Regarding bearings, this video shows a good tutorial on what is needed. It's relatively easy: take them apart, use bearing cleaner, dry them well, lubricate, and re-install: http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/fitlc...nbearings.html

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Thanks for the info. I actually don't have any of those tools in the video. How do I figure out if I need the push or the pull tool? Not sure where he got that little rack thing either to put the bearings.

And also, I've had my wheels/bearings for a while. Probably about a year and a half, and I've played on them about once a week. How could I tell if they're completely shot and if I need new ones? I don't want to buy this stuff and waste the product on already bad bearings.

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The little rack comes w/the cleaning solution.

If your bearings make a lot of noise when they spin, or don't spin freely, you're probably due for replacements. Cleaning them may help, but it may not. Hard to say.

It's usually about $10-15 for the cleaning solution w/the rack though, which is a good investment for these or future bearings either way.

Lastly, you can use a plain allen wrench to remove the bearings. Stick it through the bearings and push the spacer out, then use your finger through the wheel to remove the other one.

All that tool does is fit precisely where it needs to go and makes it quicker. You can even use a small screwdriver to do the job.

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Gotcha. Thanks. Funny enough the one that actually moves is the one that makes noise lol. It's not that loud though.

The others are barely moving. Like I said, they move about once or twice around and then just stop. It's pretty bad. I'm hoping theyre just super dirty because the rink I play at, they rarely clean the rink off.

I'll give the cleaning a shot before buying new stuff. Thanks man.

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Good luck. Sometimes bearings spin like crazy but are loud. It happens!

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Gotcha. Thanks. Funny enough the one that actually moves is the one that makes noise lol. It's not that loud though.

The others are barely moving. Like I said, they move about once or twice around and then just stop. It's pretty bad. I'm hoping theyre just super dirty because the rink I play at, they rarely clean the rink off.

I'll give the cleaning a shot before buying new stuff. Thanks man.
What rink are you playing at? I think Sport Time in Bethpage might be the dirtiest roller rink I've ever skated on.

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What rink are you playing at? I think Sport Time in Bethpage might be the dirtiest roller rink I've ever skated on.
Rapid Fire in Mastic.

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Rapid Fire in Mastic.
I've played there a few times, definitely not the cleanest rink around...although I don't think any are very clean on Long Island.

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I've played there a few times, definitely not the cleanest rink around...although I don't think any are very clean on Long Island.
You're probably right. I've played at World Gym once and I don't remember it being overly dirty. Although I may be wrong. And I played a season at Skate Safe, and I don't remember that one being too dirty either. I wasn't a huge fan of the refs over there but they seemed to be pretty good from my one experience over there.

Guess it's time to make the switch to ice lol.

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Gotcha. Thanks. Funny enough the one that actually moves is the one that makes noise lol. It's not that loud though.

The others are barely moving. Like I said, they move about once or twice around and then just stop. It's pretty bad. I'm hoping theyre just super dirty because the rink I play at, they rarely clean the rink off.

I'll give the cleaning a shot before buying new stuff. Thanks man.
if you are having this much of an issue, it's probably too late.

but go on ahead and clean them.

Since you are playing on a dirty rink, you probably need to be cleaning your bearings at least once a month. It is a pain to do because it is slow work, but its absolutely worth the effort. Just do it while watching a game.

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