By Dan Foy, Fountain City Derby Girls Coach
Tools that you will need to maintain your skates:
- ½ nut driver or a socket wrench or a Riot 8 in 1 tool
- Small knife or a safety pen or a needle as long as it is small.
- An old towel.
- Oil for your bears plus bearing wash which I will talk about these at the end.
Let’s get started:
1) Insert the proper sized socket wrench or nut driver most skates use a ½ nut driver. Rotate the handle of the socket wrench to loosen the securing bolt. Take all wheels off before messing with bearings. Make sure you are using an old towel so that dirt or oil does not get on anything that you may be working on.
2) Use a Riot 8 in 1 tool for skates to get the bearings out. Once the bearings are out (depending on the type of bearing), if you use Bone Reds or any type that has a plastic shield, you can use a needle to push this shield out. Make sure you wipe the front cover of the shields so that dust or dirt won’t get on your fingers when you put them back on.
3) Now to clean. Many people clean their bearings different ways by using either citrus cleaners, gas or acetone. I think the best cleaner is Qube Bearing Cleaner. The reason why? Because once you have washed your bearings using the “Bones Bearing Wash Bottle” you can use air to blow off the extra, then place three drops of BSB High Speed Lubricant or Bones Speed Cream and any the other types of oils. Some people use sewing machine oil which can be bought at Target, Wal-Mart, etc. Leaving some of the cleaner in the bearing will not hurt the bearing.
4) Since the bearings have been oiled, let them set for a little. This would be a good time to wipe the shield like I mentioned earlier. Take a look at the wheels for any type of cracks and wear. Try to decide which wheels you would like to put where and lay them out.
5) Now for the bearings use your Riot 8-in-1 tool. Grab a bearing, place it either on the tool, or place in in the wheel. Press the bearing in. If it is hard to place in, try to wiggle it a little bit, and press hard from both sides.
6) By now you have placed all the bearings in the wheels and it’s time to put them back on the skates. Place the wheels on and tighten, but not too tight. Once you have tightened all the wheels use your ½ nut driver to loosen; turn counter clock wise from 12 ‘o’clock to 9 o’clock for all wheels.
7) Next, to clean the wheels I use Turtle Wash Glass Wipes. They really do a good job and you will notice the extra grip.
I hope the tips help. My name is Dan and keep skating.