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09-24-2012, 05:35 PM
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Do bearings really make a difference?

I play roller hockey and was wondering if changing my bearings is worth it. The ones I use now I don't notice a problem with them, but they are old. I've switched them from old wheel to new wheel for years now. I have brand new ones and was wondering if it's worth switching now before my season starts up or leave the ones I have now since I don't notice a problem with them.

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If they're dirty or worn out, yes you will see (or feel) a difference with new ones. If you've got a low-rated bearing and jump to a higher-rated bearing, you'll also notice a difference.

What have you got now? Are they in fine shape? Do you clean them? They could last for years or they could have needed replacement years ago. It depends on their condition, ultimately.

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I have no idea what my old ones were and I never cleaned them. I decided to put the new ones on. They are Bevo Abec 7 pro speed bearings, not even sure if they are cheap ones or not.

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my bearings start squealing when they get old

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There should be an ABEC rating on the shields of the old bearings. A long time ago when I played inline as a teenager, ABEC-5 was the top rating. Now they're up to 9 as a commonly-available rating. A couple years ago I had a new set of RBK 6Ks which came with ABEC-7s and I couldn't tell much of a difference over the 5s. Now I skate on RBK 8Ks with ABEC-9s and I still notice no difference over the previous. There may be, but I can't tell. It's not a difference comparable to ABEC-1 vs. ABEC-5, anyway.

Whatever the case, you can't go wrong with a brand new set of bearings so enjoy 'em

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Anything 5 or up should be fine on the road/driveway.

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I always cleaned them about once a season and I also cleaned my wheels with Acetone (I think) about every two games. I was playing on an outdoor rink with a bad surface so keeping the wheels clean helped me out a bunch.

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