Skateboard Bearings Guide

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Bearings for skateboards.
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Bearings for skateboards.

Skateboard Bearings

Bearings are the small metal rings that go inside the wheels to allow them to spin on the axle. They contain small lubricated metal ball bearings.  

Bearings come in packs of 8 as you need 2 for each wheel. Bearings come in one standard size that fits all wheels.

Most bearings are measured with the ABEC rating, the higher the ABEC rating the more accurate and precise the bearing will be, giving a smoother, faster ride. The ABEC rating is not directly related to skateboarding so some companies do not measure their bearings in this way. For example, Bones Bearings are 'skate rated' which means they are specifically designed for skateboarding. You can also get 'ceramic bearings' which are smoother, faster and more durable, they have hardened ball bearings that will effectively 'self-clean' as they crush and breakdown dirt that would cause ordinary bearings to ware out. 
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These bearings need servicing.
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Look after you bearings, they will look after you!

We recommend you keep your bearings clean and dust/dirt free. Some bearings have removable outer shields that allow you to clean in side, we suggest you clean your bearings once a month if you skate regularly. 

Above all else DON'T SKATE IN THE RAIN!
A bearing maintenance kit makes it easy to service bearings.
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A bearing maintenance kit makes it easy to service bearings.

Cleaning your bearings

To clean bearings we recommend wiping the dirt off with a tissue first then soak the bearings in a degreasing agent such as Acetone (Acetone is harmful and so please take the proper precautions). Avoid using anything that will leave a residue as this will prevent lubricant from being reapplied, WD40 and citrus based cleaners are NOT recommended for this reason. We sell   bearing maintenance kits that make this process much easier, view here… 
Apply a drop of lube every month or so.
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Once you have removed all the dirt and grime from your bearings and thoroughly dried them, you can apply new lubricant. We recommend using either Bones Speed Cream or Venom Bearing Lubricant. To keep your bearings spinning fast you should reapply a small drop of lube every month or so depending on how often you skate.
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