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Jason Shrack
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« on: February 08, 2010, 10:58:42 AM »

Back then, the year I started skating, there were only three kinds of bearings in the skateshop.  The cheapest were Singaphors (sp?), for a few bucks more you could get the Germans (GMN), and there were the Holy Grail of bearings, the Powell Swiss (but when I had the chance to get those or a new deck, I always picked the deck).  Does anyone know what happened to the first two?  Why can't you find them anymore?  I would love to throw a set of GMNs into my Spitfires instead of some stupid pro model bearings that were on sale.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 11:44:22 AM »

I found some GMN's here.

Why they stopped selling bearings?  No idea.  They were never a huge "skateboard bearing" company or anything, so I assume that when the Shorty's/Lucky/Etc bearing companies started, they just faded away.
 
It's to bad, I used to rock them all the time.  They were fast and cheap.  Just like I prefer women.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 12:00:20 PM »

everything sure was better a long time ago.

i remember in '87, when people saw you skateboarding, they bought you ice cream.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 12:07:41 PM »

That's when I used to skate uphill to school and back in 3 feet of snow.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 12:38:30 PM »

must have been hard to skateboard back then
did you ever have to fight any bears/mountain lions with just your board?
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 12:48:22 PM »

back in the day(har har) i used to find the GMN bearings at stake shops also. i also found them at a vacuum cleaner repair shop.  they make bearings of all sorts of sizes for different applications. maybe you can find some there? or hit up a bearing shop and see if they can match one up for you.

they were labeled GMN 403, from what i remember.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 12:51:54 PM »

or you could just accept that its 2010 and we have better product available now and move on.

you gonna start pining for flat noseless boards on gullwings next?
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 01:35:36 PM »

 I started skating in 92.  Boards were just starting to grow noses.  But at least you knew what bearings you were getting.  Ha ah its fun debating bearings.  Bring it on.  What do you guys have to say?  Cant wait to hear!
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010, 01:36:59 PM »

what bailgun said.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010, 06:08:42 PM »

Boards started growing noses long before 92. 

My first set of bearings weren't cased.  If your axle nut got too loose, they would roll out on the ground.

My friend is skating bearings made for washing machines.  Comparable to reds, cost under a dollar each. 
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2010, 07:55:16 PM »

yah but I was not paying attention.  I was just trying to learn how to ollie.  I think that was all I cared about back then.  My first board with a nose was the Tom Knox Black Flag Rent-a-cop board
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2010, 01:48:31 AM »

just get SKF bearings, they make bearings for trains.
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2010, 04:33:18 AM »

ha, at least I can say I never rode a set of those Gullwings.  Didn't those have the plastic baseplates?  And the groove in the center.  At that time I was rolling on Venture V-8s thank god
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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2010, 12:29:52 PM »

For some reason, I have it in my head that all bearings other than Bones are standard bearings made by companies for use in applications other than skateboarding. They just brand/package them and Bones are made specifically for skateboarding.
This ring any bells?
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2010, 12:41:36 PM »

rings bells of claims made by bones. and that rockin' ron dude. and concrete disciples.
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