Presented by

This week's column:

Should I Lube My Ceramic Bearings?

March 4, 2012




QHi, Bill: Do ceramic bearings need to be lubricated the same as steel bearings? - Best Regards, Abraham from Madison Heights, Michigan.

Ask the Coach!

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.

Cheers, Bill


Ask Bill Begg!

Skating's top coach answers your

World renowned coach Bill Begg shares his vast knowledge of skating in his weekly advice column, "Ask Bill Begg!" ... Every Wednesday on the Inline Planet.