HOW-TO: Cleaning your Longboard Bearings
Trevor Preston from Motion Boardshop shows you how to thoroughly clean your longboard bearings step-by-step. Crud and dirt collects easily within longboard wheel bearings and can really slow you down. If your bearings are making noise or your wheels don’t spin freely, you’ll really benefit from cleaning your bearings really well. Even if they don’t seem dirty, cleaning your bearings regularly will keep them in good shape and hopefully you can avoid having to replace them completely. Plus, riding bearings that are super dirty and unlubricated will increase friction and cause excess heat, creating more wear and tear on the bearing balls. Eventually your bearings can even stop spinning and lock up – and that doesn’t sound like any fun.
What you’ll need:
- a skate tool. if you don’t have one, you can get one from our website.
- a razor blade
- some sort of solvent (isopropyl alcohol, mineral spirits, etc.. Gasoline works well too)
- lubricant. Trevor recommends Skanunu Wet & Slippery 100% Lubricant.
- optional: crayons and a coloring book (preferably filled with kitten pictures).