To provide good cage guidance in a window cage for a preferable flangeless spherical roller bearing in order that the bearing might achieve higher loads, the cage includes two annular axially spaced apart ribs and transverse ribs that extend between the annular ribs and define cage pockets. At least one and preferably two and preferably opposite pockets of the cage are loading pockets. The annular ribs are radially outside the pitch circle of the bearing, but at the loading pockets, those ribs are recessed inward nearly on the pitch circle of the bearing and preferably outward thereof about the thickness of the rib material. The angle between the center of the loading pocket and the adjacent pocket is larger than the angle between the centers of other adjacent pockets to facilitate loading of the loading pockets.
A self-aligning roller bearing includes an external ring with one curved external track, an internal ring with two curved internal tracks, two rows of rollers disposed between the external and internal rings, and a guide ring. The guide ring is located between the rows of rollers and is preferably configured as an circular annular disk. The guide ring has a rectangular cross section with the center line of the cross section running parallel to the bearing axis. The guide ring may also be dimensioned in such a way that the rollers are axially prestressed. The front faces of the rollers which face the guide ring are configured in a manner that the front faces only touch the guide ring at one point.