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Old December 12th, 2019, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default Guys do skate skate in rain and winter periods?

I have no experiences yet skating in rain (no rain wheels in stock).
Also do you skate in in winter?

I do skate in winter with these kind of skates ( I have blue boots), slow slow...


If skating in raining condition any recommendations to e.g. prevent rust, falling etc.... ?

Thanks mates!
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Old December 20th, 2019, 01:43 AM   #2
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Hello! I joined the forum just today, and I'm also looking for guidance in skating in wet weather.

I bought a set of Powerslide Torrent rain wheels and so far I've been out in the rain twice. The wheels do work--I have more grip on wet pavement than I would have expected. Not anything like skating on dry pavement, but good enough to skate confidently.

My first time out the water leached all the oil out of my bearings and my boots got wet.

Today I put a plastic layer between the outer shell and the boot, so my feet stayed dry. Didn't have as much standing water, so wasn't quite as hard on the bearings.

I've read a lot of posts here on SLF that say to use grease instead of oil. I'm planning to try that for my rain skates, but I wonder how to clean the bearings once you get solid grease in there.

I'll try to post some pictures soon.
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Old December 20th, 2019, 02:32 PM   #3
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Thanks mate for sharing your experiences. Yes I have seen those while searching for raining wheels.

I just use alcohol for cleaning bearings.

Will have look for new stainless steel bearings.

I have Chinese knock off semi ceramic bearings, but too much play....
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Old January 1st, 2020, 07:46 PM   #4
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I have been skating outside with my new wheels: MPC Slalom dual density 110 wheels. Weather was cold around 0 degrees celcius, surface was wet and dry at different spots.

I have to say, yes more grip :-), but a degrease of speed as expected.
Skate frame is Chinese no brand frame 3x110 (290mm).

Too bad these wheels are discontinued model
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Old January 27th, 2020, 08:16 PM   #5
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Don't use oil for any bearings..... oil will only attract dirt. Always use a bit of low-temp grease. Just a bit though. Too much and it will produce too much drag. Too little and it won't lube the bearing races and balls. Also remember that your bearings work the best when there is a force upon them (your body weight and pushing force). Merely because a bearing rotates for a longer time on a frame held off the ground does not mean it will be faster when skating.
I always use older greased bearings when skating on wet pavement or slushy snow. They seem to last forever if they're some 'swiss' bearings and lightly packed with a low-temp grease. I've found very good results with Finish Line grease. http://www.finishlineusa.com/product...-fluoropolymer
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Old January 29th, 2020, 07:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for your info mate.
I am using cheap Chinese hybrid bearings (ceramic balls and stainless steel cage).

I skate through water and some dirty spots.
So after skate session bearings are kinda dirty....

In summer period I am using more high graded bearings
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