interesting read, i guess id rather spend some $$ up front and buy bearings that will last a long time instead of replacing bearings every 7 weeks, my skating is recreational only, on the street, mostly dry (california)
what have been the most popular wheels and bearings 2006-2007 that i might pick up cheaper somewhere?,
as everyone now wants 2008-9 models
i wonder if a 'high end' bearing and wheel from 2006, would out perform an entry level set from 2008?
Bearings & wheels are generally considered "disposable" though good bearings can last 10+ years, rolling thousands of miles. The only reason I bought bearings in bulk is so I don't have to clean as often... in a good year, I put over 1,500 miles on my skates, & with the trails I skate, the bearings get dirty pretty quick, even the best bearings. So instead of cleaning them as soon as I hear/feel the dirt grinding away inside the bearing, I just swap with a fresh set of bearings, & about once a year clean all the dirty ones at once.
There are plenty of places online to get good deals on wheels here are just a few...
You can also get good deals at vendor booths during various race events.