Do you clean your bearing every time before you lube?


#1

Just curious. I’ve never lubed it without cleaning before. The cleaning process takes extra time, so I was wondering if it’s safe to lube without cleaning.


#2

For sure. If your bearing is functioning fine and you just want to add a bit more lube, dont’ bother cleaning it.


#3

I use Terrapin X Dry lube exclusively on my non responsive throws, so I cleaned them before I applied that lube, but I really only have needed to lube once. I may have to down the line at some point, but for now, all are working great.

In bearings that I would put lube in, then yes, I would clean those out as well, just maybe not as thoroughly as the dry lubed ones since the oil should help prevent any wear from stuff that was missed


#4

why do people lube


(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #5

Some of us live in the world of the hearing and we have real life friends that find the noise a bit annoying, after a bit. Friends, real life friends, a good thing to keep!

Not saying you don’t have friends but it does raise the question! :smiley:


#6

Some just don’t want to hear the bearing squeeling all the time.


#7

It’s mostly about family, friends, and co-workers for me…

However, it is ALSO rather annoying to play a noisy bearing even on your own, once you’re used to the sweet sweet sounds of a smooth and quiet bearing. If you play for multiple hours with the same yoyo, that resonant frequency for a couple hours would be enough to drive a person mad, too. Or cause tinnitus. :wink:

Maybe if I played with headphones in, I wouldn’t care too much.


#8

i dont think any of my yoyo is significantly louder than ambient outdoors noise, and most of them are a smooth chiming sound that I wouldt call noise except in environments supposed to be extra quiet (and not for playing with yoyos anyway).
It took me a while to get used to nsk bearings initially when they are so quiet that i kept imagining they were somehow responsive.


#9

I can run my NSK bearings dry, but that’s about it.

If you’re watching TV with most other yuggles, or having a conversation with them, it won’t be long before they tell you, “Hey, can you just stop… that noise is driving me nuts…!”


#10

man, i really need to try nsk bearings!

Also “yuggles” might be my new favorite word


#11

No I don’t at least when the bearing starts getting civet and noisy most of the time I put a little in and it quiets the bearing down and makes it smoother.


#12

Nope.

I keep a couple steel KKs lubed, a couple dry, and try to keep ceramic in my “nice” throws.

They gotta be extremely funky\non-functioning for me to warrant a deep clean. I like the sound of dry bearings anyway, like a fishing reel that’s perpetually casting. Very relaxing to me.


#13

Nope, not needed.


#14

Even the NSK’s can get very loud after a period. I have learned to just live with the wine myself, if somebody squawks about the bearing noise… I usually stop Yoing til that person leaves or w/e.


#15

But this is when you would clean it before lubing, per the original question. :wink:

If it’s “very loud”, there’s debris in there, straight up.

What’s this “stop yoyoing” that you speak of? I’ve never heard of such a thing…


#16

My NSK is tarnished, worn in, and still quiet as a mouse (after cleaning) and spins wonderfully after many months of tricking! ;D


#17

No, I don’t. But then again, I rarely clean (or lube) my bearings anyway.