How to Adjust Roller Skate Bearings

Roller skating is a fun activity enjoyed by many people of all ages. However, to ensure a smooth and safe skating experience, it’s important to properly adjust the roller skate bearings. In this article, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to adjust roller skate bearings.

What Are Roller Skate Bearings?

Roller skate bearings are small, circular metal pieces that fit inside the wheels of roller skates. They allow the wheels to spin smoothly and easily, which is essential for a good skating experience. Over time, bearings can become dirty, worn, or misaligned, which can cause issues such as slowing down or even stopping while skating.

Official Advice & Guidance

  1. “Maintain your roller skates by regularly checking and adjusting the bearings to ensure a smooth and safe skating experience.” (National Safety Council)
  2. “Proper maintenance of roller skate bearings is crucial to achieving optimal performance and extending the life of your skates.” (Roller Skating Association International)
  3. “Bearing alignment significantly affects the performance of inline skaters, including speed and power output.” (Journal of Applied Biomechanics)

Step 1: Remove the Wheels

The first step to adjusting roller skate bearings is to remove the wheels from the skate. Use a skate tool to unscrew the bolts holding the wheels in place, and gently remove them from the skate.

Step 2: Remove the Bearings

Next, use the skate tool to remove the bearings from inside the wheels. Hold the wheel with one hand and use the tool to gently pry the bearing out from the other side.

Step 3: Clean the Bearings

Once the bearings are removed, it’s time to clean them. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris on the surface of the bearing. Then, place the bearings in a small container with a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol or bearing cleaner. Swirl the container around to ensure the bearings are thoroughly cleaned.

Step 4: Dry and Lubricate the Bearings

After cleaning, use a clean cloth to dry the bearings thoroughly. Once dry, apply a small amount of lubricant such as bearing oil or grease to the bearing. This will ensure smooth and easy rolling.

Step 5: Reinstall the Bearings and Wheels

Once the bearings are cleaned and lubricated, it’s time to reinstall them into the wheels. Use the skate tool to gently press the bearing back into place on one side of the wheel. Then, flip the wheel over and repeat the process on the other side.

Step 6: Reinstall the Wheels

With the bearings back in place, it’s time to reinstall the wheels onto the skate. Gently place the wheel onto the axle and screw the bolt back into place using the skate tool. Repeat this process for each wheel.

Step 7: Test the Skates

Finally, it’s time to test the skates to ensure they’re rolling smoothly. Put on the skates and give them a spin. If they’re still not rolling smoothly, it may be necessary to repeat the cleaning and lubrication process or seek the help of a professional.

Adjusting roller skate bearings is a simple and straightforward process that can make a big difference in the performance of your skates. By following these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth and safe skating experience every time.


In summary, adjusting roller skate bearings is an essential part of maintaining your roller skates and ensuring a smooth and safe skating experience. By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can easily adjust your bearings on your own and enjoy the benefits of smoother, easier rolling skates.


How often should I adjust my roller skate bearings?

It depends on how frequently you skate and the conditions in which you skate. If you skate frequently or in dirty or wet conditions, it may be necessary to adjust your bearings more often. Generally, it’s a good idea to check and adjust your bearings every few months.

Can I use any type of lubricant on my roller skate bearings?

No, it’s important to use a lubricant specifically designed for roller skate bearings. Bearing oil or grease are good options.

What if my roller skate bearings are still not rolling smoothly after cleaning and lubricating them?

If your bearings are still not rolling smoothly after cleaning and lubricating them, it may be necessary to replace them. Worn or damaged bearings can cause issues with rolling, and replacing them can make a big difference in your skating experience.

How can I tell if my roller skate bearings need to be adjusted?

If you notice that your skates are slowing down or not rolling smoothly, it may be a sign that your bearings need to be adjusted or cleaned. It’s also a good idea to periodically check your bearings to ensure they’re in good condition and rolling smoothly.

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Written by James Burton
Hey everyone! I'm James Burton, and I love being a chef. It's my full time job and I love it. But what some of you may not know is that I also have a side hustle as a roller skating trainer. In fact, I do it for fun now - it's not my main source of income or anything. But I love it, and I blog about it in my spare time. I'm from Irvine, California and I love spending time with my family and friends. We like to go out and have fun - play sports, go to the beach, etc. And when I'm not working or training (or blogging), you can usually find me eating!
Verified Sources

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  1. The National Safety Council provides information on roller skating safety and maintenance, including tips on maintaining and adjusting bearings:
  2. The Skate Maintenance and Repair Manual by Roller Skating Association International (RSA) provides detailed instructions on adjusting and maintaining roller skate bearings:
  3. The Journal of Applied Biomechanics published a study on the effect of bearing alignment on speed and power output in inline skating: