This week's column:
Should I Lube My Ceramic Bearings?
March 4, 2012
Hi, Bill: Do ceramic bearings need to be lubricated the same as steel bearings? - Best Regards, Abraham from Madison Heights, Michigan.
Hi, Abraham: That’s a straight forward question without a straight forward answer.
Some skaters prefer to run their ceramics dry. But manufacturers recommend against this. They say you need lube to keep the ceramic from wearing down prematurely.
I threw the question to my daughter, world champion Nicole Begg. She has a set of high priced ceramic bearings, which she has used at the World Championships and skating inline marathons.
Her opinion is that lube, while not not absolutely necessary, is a good idea. She says that without lube, her ceramics are “too rowdy,” and that a drop of oil on each — her preference — settles them down.
The bottom line is that lube for ceramic bearings is a matter of personal preference and how long you want your bearings to last.