Wednesday, 21 January 2015

2015 at SMB Bearings Ltd...

A belated Happy New Year & welcome to 2015 to all our lovely friends & followers - all of us at SMB Bearings wish you every happiness & success for the coming year.

Now that the chaos of returning to work & kicking off a busy 2015 has calmed down a bit, we've begun contemplating what the future holds for SMB this year...

I know we said this first in 2011, but we're actually doing it - WE'RE MOVING!!! 

Our new home...

Ventura Park, Broadshires Way, Carterton...

Work is scheduled to begin inside our swanky new premises in the next six weeks & we'll be moving in later in the summer. Very importantly the move means that we'll be able to increase our bearing stock range from our current 2000+ individual sizes & have even more speciality miniature bearings in stock.

This is an aerial view of SMB's new home, we're the lovely big unit here on the bottom left of the image...

Also coming later this year is SMB's new paper catalogue - old-school but super handy for reference - it's definitely time for a new version, as our stock range has grown significantly & a couple of staff members have an awful lot less hair than when the last version came out over a twelve years ago!
The last SMB Bearings catalogue, in which people still had hair...

Officially antique now, the original SMB catalogue circa 1985... it was typed!!

If you can't wait to see the paper version, you can still just click here to see it.
check out a full version of SMB's catalogue online -

The finalised version of our new website - tweeked & optimised to the full - is also due to put in an appearance... what a busy bunch we're going to be!!

We're looking forward to bringing news from SMB Bearings 
& from our wonderful friends & customers as the year progresses.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


From us all at SMB Bearings
we'd like to wish you all the best for the festive season & for the coming year!  

Our very own warehouse elf, Colin...

Nelly, SMB Bearings biscuit eating director & office mascot...
 We look forward to bringing you news of all our adventures in 2015 - 
including the move to our new premises (scheduled for next summer).

SMB's current home, pictured in the snow...

Friday, 12 December 2014

Schaeffer Mclean, Skateboarding Snowman...

Love this...

 If this doesn't get you in a festive skateboard-y mood then nothing will!  Nice one Schaeffer :-)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

SMB Bearings pre-Christmas delivery update...

Don't let the pre-Christmas post delays disrupt your orders! 

There are severe seasonal delays to all Royal Mail services & the last posting dates for Eastern Europe have now passed (& are fast approaching for Western Europe & the UK) but SMB Bearings still have a range of options to get your orders to you next day, or within a few days.  Spending just a fraction more now can save a whole heap of frustration later (especially as 1st class post/airpost services are not trackable)!

Please contact us before submitting your order & we'll advise you on a whole range of delivery options.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Photo of the day - featuring Joe Baldwin & Aaron Skippings...

Joe Baldwin (left) & Aaron Skipping (right) - gosh darn it they're lush aren't they?!!

Check out this awesome image of our two favourite gents, chilling out after Pike's Peak,
 in their BTR leathers.   At SMB Bearings, we are very pleased to grace such finely-honed legs - chiseled by years of downhill skating! It is also very nice to see some sunshine (as we're officially in bleak mid-winter phase now) :-)

GLEN POINTON FLY FISHING BLOG: kelly Kettle moment good for the soul,

This is a lovely fishing blog, with lots of interesting tales from the riverbank - well worth a read.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The techies guide to Father Christmas...

We love this...
But please don't worry kids (& concerned adults), this is all just a theory - we all know that Santa uses magic, so the laws of physics don't really apply!

The Physics Of Santa

Monday, 1 December 2014

Race Report from F1 in Schools World Finalists, Team Robus...

We've just had this great season round-up & race report from our friends at Team Robus, who we supported with precision miniature bearings for their F1 in Schools challenge this year.  They're just back from their World Finals adventure in Abu Dhabi...

"Hello everyone! 

Team ROBUS are back from Abu Dhabi, fresh from competing in the F1 in Schools World Finals 2014 as the official Scottish team. We all had a fantastic time showing off our work to the judges and other teams, and we have also had a great deal of fun throughout the project, particularly our time in Abu Dhabi! 

With 37 other teams competing, it was fantastic to meet so many new people and we have made many new friends. During the networking session at the start of the event, we had an opportunity to introduce ourselves to another 240 students from across the world, having interesting discussions about our journey to get to the World Finals, and our hopes and expectations.

It was also extremely enlightening to see everyone else's work and the variety of ways in which the other teams interpreted the regulations. There were no similar pit displays or cars as everyone had their own ideas and their own ways of fitting their designs around the rules set by the competition judges. 

One of the most striking things about the competition was the good spirited nature and support for other teams.  As everyone has gone through the same struggles, all the participants encouraged each other across the competition days, with some superb examples of teams assisting each other. There was so much good spirit between everyone, whilst still maintaining that competitive edge that it created an excellent buzz which lasted throughout the duration of the challenge. This was most evident at the awards ceremony, as applause roared out for everyone who won an award or was even nominated! 
On this occasion, we were unlucky not to collect any awards, but genuinely believe that we became winners from the second that we qualified for the World Finals.  The number and variety of skills we have developed, refined and applied to the various elements of the challenge is truly astounding. From literacy to numeracy, sciences to engineering or design to marketing, the challenge has pushed us and ensured that these skills were not just taught, but applied and that we can use them in later life. It could be said that this has been the real award from our team taking part in the challenge. 

We ended our time away on an exceptional high, with a desert safari, Grand Prix Qualifying and the Grand Prix itself! There was also a sneaky chance to see The Who live in was fair to say that there were some very envious staff and students back at Deans whilst we were in Abu Dhabi!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, who offered an exceptional range of support while we were taking part in the challenge - from financial support to assistance with manufacture or printing our pit display boards, to painting our car and even providing folding cardboard trucks; we couldn't have asked for a better network of sponsors.  The assistance that you have all provided us with throughout the last year has been exceptional, and we would not have got to Abu Dhabi without your support. Thank you to you all.

Our thanks also go to our parents, teachers and peers as we couldn't have got as far as we have without you. 

Our congratulations go to all of the teams who won an award and to the top three teams: Boreas Racing in third, Gamma Raycing in second and Colossus, the new world champions. You all did amazingly well, but be warned...with a far better understanding of the competition rules and regulations, future teams from Deans, West Lothian and across Scotland will be far better prepared in the future when attending the World this space!

It's not all over for us, in fact it has just begun - with two new teams from the school competing in the 2015 regional finals and our Legacy Project starting in December! We are very excited about being able to give Primary 7's a taste of the F1 in Schools Challenge and hopefully we will be able to inspire them to take part in future years. Our dream is to be able to have Scotland not counted as a region of the UK in the challenge, but to have it split into its own regions as England is. Here's to making this happen in the next few years!"

Congratulations to Team Robus from us all at SMB Bearings.
It's been a pleasure to support this great team & we admire their valiant efforts greatly,
watch out for these future industry leaders - they'll go far for sure!

Friday, 28 November 2014

How do bearings work? An animated guide...

This cool little video explains to budding techies how the use of radial ball bearings & specifically the steel balls inside them can decrease friction and increase efficiency in a bearing, allowing a wheel, or other spinning component, to spin freely.  

If you'd like to see more technical information on bearings, please visit our website's technical pages, which are jam-packed with useful information on a range of topics & includes advice on material selection, bearing fit, lubrication & much more...

Monday, 24 November 2014

Marie Bougourd (Spoky Woky) is 2nd in 2014 IDF rankings...

Spoky Woky chilling out during her American tour earlier this year

We'd like to send massive congratulations to our friend & downhill skater Marie Bougourd (aka Spoky Woky), who has had an exceptional 2014 downhill skateboard race season, & it's not over yet... :-)

Race action from the Catalina Classic 2014

Several important victories have seen her bag a mightily impressive 2nd place in the IDF world rankings for the 2014 race season to date.

IDF rankings showing Marie (Spoky Woky) with an astounding season points tally

Could Marie now top the season standings?  Maybe!  As she is now jetting off to South Africa for Hot Heels Africa 2014 - a world cup event that could see her on top of the world, so GOOD LUCK!!

Wishing Spoky Woky every success at this event...

Everyone at SMB Bearings is so pleased to be a small part of Marie's success & we look forward to continuing that success into the coming 2015 race season - you ROCK Marie!!!!

Latest from Aaron Skippings, downhill skater...

Aaron in action in California earlier this year

We had a lovely message from our friend Aaron Skippings at the weekend:

"I wanted to say a massive "thank you" to SMB for helping me so much this year and I am so grateful!   It's done a lot for me and helped me skate as fast as i can! Looking forward to next year!" 

Thanks Aaron!  We are so glad that our skate bearings have helped your 2014 downhill skate season to go with & bang & we can't wait to see how you progress in 2015.

Schaeffer Mclean's been busy - again!

Check out the latest action from our mate, sponsored skater Schaeffer Mclean:

What a busy guy!!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Schaeffer Mclean tours local skate spots...

Epic skateboarder Schaeffer Mclean continues his tour of local skate spots...

You can follow this junior genius on Facebook, Google+, Twitter & a host of other social media sites.

And for a bit of "throwback Thursday" check out this vid of him when he was just four years old:

Super cute & super cool :-)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Marie Bougourd's American adventure flies her up the IDF rankings...

We are delighted for Marie (aka Spoky Woky), as her 2014 IDF downhill skateboard race season continues to see her advance up the international rankings & who knows, as she continues onto the final leg of the race tour in South America next month, maybe she'll even make it to the top?!

Marie is flying up the IDF rankings after her US success & she's hoping to continue the rise
on the South American leg of the IDF tour...
Good luck Marie & big loves from everyone at SMB - we're with you every step of the way :-)

Spoky Woky/Marie Bougourd in action at Pike's Peaks last weekend...

Friday, 29 August 2014

SMB's bearings are going to the movies...

It's always a delight to see new uses for our bearings & we're thrilled to have been in discussions with Dynamic Mounts International, manufacturers of camera stabilization & mounting equipment - our precision miniature bearings are on their way to Hollywood (well, sort of)!

Dynamic Mounts' movie & non-film credits read like an real Oscar winning performance.  From Disney, to Star Wars & James Bond onto the the Olympics - these guys have provided the camera equipment for it all.
Dynamic Mount's rig used for the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace"

We're proper chuffed to be a part of something so exciting :-)


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Joe Baldwin, downhill skater supremo (& supermodel)!

Check out these absolutely gorgeous pictures of downhill rider Joe Baldwin, taken by the extremely talented Robyn Harvey Coggans...

Joe Baldwin - one of the UK's top downhill skateboarders...

for Thrill Magazine & BTR (Born to Ride)

You can find out more & follow Joe's downhill adventures at his Tumblr page.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

3D printing, a possible future for bearing production?

Well, maybe... for one-off/bespoke items, but at the moment prohibitively expensive compared to conventional steel bearings which can be produced in bulk at just a few pence each!  

An exciting concept though & one worth watching as new materials are added to the 3D printing portfolio.