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Old May 3rd, 2012, 02:42 PM   #30
Code Monkey
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Hey Legacysage,

As you can tell there are many solutions. Sort of depends on money.

For the least expensive solution try Hoppes gun oil M-Pro 7. You can get it at any sporting goods store that sells gun equipment. Or

Clean your bearings well and then apply the Hoppes with a drop of 3-in-1 oil.

You will notice a big difference right away. In fact I'll be surprised if the gritty sound doesn't go away. If you do this, let me know how it works for you.

The next is go to and get a set of the inexpensive stainless steel bearings.

A must in your case! Since you use your skates for transportation you need something that you don't have to pamper all the time. Stainless steel is the option and with the Hoppes and 3-in-1 oil mix, you will be so happy. The stainless will enable you to skate threw water puddles or rain and not have to clean your bearings right when you get home. And with the Hoppes mixture I mentioned you most likely won't have to bother cleaning them after getting stuck in rain.

I skate in all kinds of weather and I like skating in the rain. I have a pair of skates just for that and they have stainless steel bearings in them and have for years, same set by the way, and I just clean them when I feel like it, not because I have to.

The Hoppes and 3-in-1 or any oil will last a very long time, years, because you only use two maybe three drops per bearing. So it is very inexpensive. Also do this first on your current bearings and see if it saves them. Then save up some change and get the stainless steels, you will be very glad you did.

Take care and skate on!
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