Interview With the Pleasure Tool Bearing Man ... or Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Inline Skate Bearings But Were Afraid to Ask
(Or Maybe... Lady Chatterley's Bearings: How to Service Your Skate Bearings Without Help From the Gardener)
(As reported by Robert "He Had His Eyes Closed the Whole Time" Burnson)
Pleasure Tool, I gotta say, is the Johnny Come Lately of the bearing world. The company only got started in 1999. But what it lacks in history, it makes up for in other ways. For instance, its low prices: Twenty-one dollars (no mas!) for a set of 16 ABEC 7 bearings! How can it do this? Because it gets its bearings from a little factory in China. (Do I know which one? ... Heck, no! It's a company secret, for cristsake!)
Another great thing about Pleasure Tool (kinda provocative name, eh?) is its web site!
What's so great about it?
Well, if I am not mistaken, it contains the all-time, No. 1, top-rated tutorial on bearing maintenance ON THE PLANET! ... (although unfortunately, not on the Inline Planet!)
The photos are so big and clear that you could pitch a tent on them ... (right next to the bearing tool, perhaps.)
Anyhow, I interviewed Ed Lynn, owner-operator of this Internet-only company (based in Vancouver, Washington) and found the experience to be quite enjoyable, not to mention educational.
I learned all about the Crunchies, which are kind of the bearing equivalent of the munchies, meaning that they happen after bearings ingest an (under)controlled substance, namely road grit.
I also learned that it is time to abandon my "shake 'em in the can" method of bearing cleaning. ... (There's got to be a better way, and it appears that Ed has found it!)
Anyhow, read my interviews with Ed. He's a four-star guy!
In the first part of the interview, Ed talks about Pleasure Tool. It turns out the founding of the company was a completely fortuitious accident. (And no, they don't sell sex toys!) Also in the first part of the interview, Ed talks about the general raison d' etre of bearings.
In the second part of the interview, Ed gives advice on how to "service" your bearings. ... (Hey, what's up here? ... You got a company called Pleasure Tool, and the owner is giving advice on "servicing" bearings! Hmmm. ... I probably should have asked him about that.)
Anyhow, there's lots of good stuff here. Check it out!
Copyright © 2006 by Robert Burnson
The Planet Review of Pleasure Tool's Bearing Cleaner Kit