How to make skateboard wheels go faster?

Use a silicone-based bearing lubricant like Bones Speed Cream to make your skateboard wheels spin faster. With just a few drops of this lubricant, dirt and grime will have less of an effect on how well your bearings work. This will make your wheels spin faster.

Still, there are other ways to make your wheels spin faster than lubricating the bearings. Sometimes, lubrication won’t make a difference if there are other things going on, like if your wheels are too loose. So, to help you get started, here are five ways to make your skateboard wheels spin faster.

HOW TO MAKE SKATEBOARD WHEELS GO FASTER?

1. LUBE YOUR BEARINGS

Like I said before, many skaters, including myself, use Bones Speed Cream to grease their bearings. It’s really cheap, and one bottle lasts a long time. If you put 3 or 4 drops of this stuff in your bearings, it will feel like you’re riding a brand-new skateboard.

When you think about how a bearing works, it’s easy to see why lubricating them helps improve speed. There are a few steel balls inside a bearing that move along an inner and an outer race. As they move along what are called “races,” the outer rings, friction is made, which makes rolling resistance.

When a bearing isn’t properly oiled, the surface the balls roll on has more friction, which makes it harder for the bearing to turn. After being oiled, the races have a thin layer of oil on them that helps the bearing balls roll smoothly with much less friction than before.

This lubrication wears out over time, which is why you should keep lubricating your bearings to get the best performance. If you skate a lot, you should grease your skateboard bearings every three to six weeks. That will make sure that your wheels always spin fast and smoothly.

Before you think you can use other lubricants like WD-40, you should think about what kind of lubricant it is. Lubricants that aren’t made of silicone, like WD-40, will dry out your bearings and make them attract more dirt and dust. Long-term, these lubricants will do more harm than good, so it’s best to stay away from them.

2. CLEAN YOUR BEARINGS

Lubricating your bearings won’t help much if they haven’t been cleaned properly in a while. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to clean your bearings, and you can do it at home with a few things from the hardware store. In another post, I go into more detail about how to clean your bearings, but let’s start with the basics.

 

Using a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a small plastic container, put enough cleaning solution in the container to cover your bearings. After popping the bearings out of the wheels and taking off the shield, put the bearings in the isopropyl alcohol and swish them around.

After letting them sit for a minute or two, take out the bearings and pat them dry with a paper towel. Once the bearings are dry, add a few drops of your preferred silicone-based lubricant, such as Bones Speed Cream. Slowly turn them so that the lubricant can get to every part of the bearing.

Once this is done with all of your bearings, you can put the bearing shield back on and put the bearings back into your wheels.

 

When you clean your bearings, you get rid of any dirt and dust that could be getting in the way. Anything that stops the bearing ball from turning will slow down the speed at which your wheels spin. So, if you want your skateboard to go faster, you should always give it a deep clean like this.

3. LOOSEN YOUR AXLE NUT

Even if your bearings are clean and well-oiled, an axle nut that is too tight can make your wheels spin very slowly. When the nut is too tight, it squeezes the bearings so much that they can’t spin freely. Because of this, your skateboard wheels won’t go very fast and won’t spin for very long.

If you grab your wheel and try to move it, you can see if this is the problem. Your axle nut is too tight if it can’t move from side to side along the axle. In an ideal situation, your wheel should be able to move slightly along the axle and make a “clicking” sound when you try to move it.

Grab a skate tool or a 1/2-inch socket and turn the axle nut counterclockwise until the wheel can move a little bit. Now do this again for every wheel that seems too tight.

After this easy fix, your skateboard wheels will spin much faster because the axle nut won’t be holding them down.

4.GET LARGER DIAMETER WHEELS

If you’ve cleaned and oiled your bearings and loosened all your axle nuts, but your wheels still aren’t going as fast as you’d like, it may be time to get bigger wheels. Larger wheels go faster than smaller wheels with the same speed because there is more rotational force and contact area with the ground.

To put it simply, a bigger wheel moves over more ground with each turn than a smaller wheel. That’s because as the wheel diameter gets bigger, there’s more surface area.

When the wheel spins, a bigger wheel has more force on the way the bearings turn, which lets it pick up speed faster than a smaller wheel. Think about a teeter-totter and how it’s easier to lift the other side up the lower you are. This is an example of leverage, and it’s similar to what a bigger wheel does when you turn your bearing.

For a normal skateboard, choose wheels with a diameter between 53mm and 55mm. Compared to smaller wheels, this will make a noticeable difference in speed, even if you never clean your bearings.

5. GET HIGHER QUALITY BEARINGS

Not all bearings are made the same, and if you use cheap bearings, you are limited by the materials they are made of. Standard for bearing speeds is the ABEC rating system, and most standard high-quality skateboard bearings are ABEC-5.

Now you can upgrade these to ABEC-7 or ceramic bearings, which are made of different materials and can spin faster under load than ABEC-5 bearings. This rating jump comes with a big price increase, which makes it less appealing to most skaters. Even more so when you think about how quickly this difference in speed can disappear as a bearing gets dirty.

If you bought a toy deck from Walmart or a random set of bearings from Amazon, for example, it’s likely that your bearings are not very good. Instead, you can quickly speed up your wheels by getting Bones Red Bearings, which are one of the fastest and cheapest bearings on the market.

Last words

So, using these tips to make your skateboard wheels go faster will make a big difference in how fast your skateboard moves. Many times, keeping your bearings in good shape will make the biggest difference for the least amount of money.