So you've just got your first board. Congratulations! Maybe it's your first downhill board, maybe a dancer, or maybe you've even...
As anyone who has ever been in the market for purchasing bearings can attest to, the concept of ABEC ratings for skateboarding purposes are ultimately useless. Understandably, this may come as a surprise to unsuspecting or unfamiliar buyers.
Though most skateboarding brands have good intentions in mind, it does not mean that all are exempt from publicizing deceptive marketing tactics like advertising ABEC ratings in order to sell bearings.
When you think about what keeps your skateboard moving, the first thing that comes to mind are the wheels that carry you forward. Perhaps more importantly, however, are the bearings that sit within these wheels.
Since these bearings tend to be more of an afterthought, a lack of understanding and a lack of proper maintenance for bearings seem to go hand in hand. To clear up some of the most common misconceptions, we dug deep into the factors behind them.
Click here for a skateboard install. WARNING! Do not push the bearings in the wheels with your fingers! This can bend...
Whether you’ve just finished setting up your very first complete skateboard or you’ve been thrashing around the streets for some time, the sensation of popping in a fresh set of bearings is up there with the greatest feelings a skateboarder can experience.
In the process, the first instinct for many is to give their wheels a spin with their hands as soon as they finish screwing on the axle nuts. At this point, the moment is often spoiled by an underperforming first roll that leads skaters to thinking something must be wrong with their bearings.