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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old Yesterday, 11:52 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Doc Sk8 View Post
However I don't use any "magic" oil either. Grease baby, grease... Even on my Fafnirs, WIB, Boss and Bones Swiss.
Well...OK I have been known to use a little BSB/Casterol Professional Race Oil (That is what it says on the can.... Talk about magic...well @ least the info on the pump can looks like magic to me. All synthetic, polarized molecules... eieio...Bought a couple of cases cheap years ago. May be 1/3 of the way through the first one.
I never use oil either, grease all the way. If I buy new bearings, long ago I did, I wash them out(they are clean anyway) put in a good standard or synthetic grease. Nothing fancy as the seals have very minute drag and grease even less. I never thought spinning a bearing was how to determine how good it was, but to determine if it were damaged or not only. The difference between new or good bearings having drag under loads is so minimal it is just not worth comparing. Especially compared to the difference in wheels, which can really be felt and measured reliably.
Besides, I'm cheap on bearings, run 'em and chunk them when they fail. $30 bearings are just as good rolling as high dollar bearings. Been running a set of inline, resale shop skate bearings for nearly 3 years now. I had to throw away a couple the other day, I never even greased them.... I have better things to do than sit around and waste time tearing down and cleaning bearings. Did that in the loose ball roller bearing days, wore the crap out of the cones back in the day.
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Old Today, 01:58 AM   #22
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Smile Still weighing ideas

Originally Posted by amohrfeld View Post
I doubt the bearings are the issue. Unless someone packed them with grease. But that probably did not happen. Look at the suspension and wheels. Maybe even the plate mounting on the boot. Consider softer cushions or adjusting the pre-load.
As of that writing I had just given them a bath and a drink of 3-in-1 and they almost seemed a bit better. The cushions are stock for the Century, giving thought to the SG purples (medium). I think the stock ones (black) are firm. This time at least I have the option of different cushions, my last skates were Classics with the oversize rubber ones. At any rate, I have them loose but not too much so, can deflect them maybe a half-inch to either side but it takes a bit of effort. I fear loosening much more will make them hard to control for me, hence maybe a softer cushion as you suggest and adjust them similarly to what I'm running now. The wheels can't get a whole lot harder than they are at 101A, but there are 103's available (yeah, I know none of them are supposed to be harder than 100 according to the scale). I've also been musing about a different brand of 101's, like the SG Royals or the Varsity Plus from Riedell with hubs. And, like I said in the OP, Qube 8-balls for the reasons I mentioned. I'm already saving my pennies to do the Harry's stud conversion to make them easier to tweak.
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