My bearing wont spin that long on a flick.


#1

Hey all,

My bearing will spin about 3 seconds on a flick, and I have heard of people having bearings spin 30-40 seconds on a flick. Is this a problem(should I clean it/lube it) or should I ignore it and try to keep playing with it?

Thanks,
Yoyonut


(SR) #2

It’s not a big deal. I wouldn’t worry about it either.

What bearing are you using?


#3

Just the stock bearing… Its a fine bearing too…


#4

It might have too much lube in it, you might want to try cleaning it.


#5

Also, my bearing doesn’t stay in the the yoyo easily. I open it up and I just poke the bearing and it can come out. Isn’t the bearing supposed to stay put in the little cavity?

Thanks,
Yoyonut


#6

It’s a Code 2. One Drop normally aren’t tight to the bearing seat. It’s OK, nothing to worry about. However, a touch of tightness is OK.


(SR) #7

Perfectly normal. YYF’s bearings are the ones that are hard to get out. Any other bearing/company’s will practically fall out if opened.


#8

I’ve noticed that before and after cleaning, it might have gone from 3 to 15 seconds on a flick, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your yoyo will spin 5 times longer. Also, I actually like when bearings come out easily. Then you don’t have to go find the right pair of pliers whenever you want to take your bearing out.


#9

Thanks everyone, I’m just going to clean my bearing and do paper slip and then put a drop of lube and play it like normal.

Thanks again,
Yoyonut


#10

I always have more fun breaking the bearing in myself instead of cleaning it


#11

How long a bearing spins with a flick really doesn’t say much about the bearing. For instance, a bearing with a heavier outer race will spin longer than a bearing with a lighter outer race on a flick. However, when in a yoyo, other aspects of the bearing affect spin time (how freely the balls move, tolerances, etc).

If a bearing works well in a yoyo and provides enough spin time, but doesn’t spin long on a flick, don’t worry about it. As long as it works in a yoyo, you’re fine.


#12

This is again, a subjective matter. Like what is the best bearing, string type, shape, company, etc. Some will preach that you have to have x amount of flick spin time. You have to use x bearing. I personally prefer terrapin bearings or at least a bearing dry play treated. But honestly, I mostly stick to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. Or at least I try to, because anytime in life I don’t something breaks.


#13

I don’t completely agree.

If a bearing won’t spin good on a flick, that usually means that the bearing needs to be addressed. If it won’t spin very long in a on a flick(say, under 4-5 seconds), then it’s gonna be grabby and snaggy in a yoyo. In my experience with bearings with super short spin times like this, I have problems with them being grabby and snaggy. The lower the time on a flick, the greater the problem.

Having a good bearing that is spinning a decent amount of time shouldn’t be grabby or snaggy. At this point we agree. At this point, how it performs in a yoyo is more critical. Just having a bearing spinning a massive amount of time on a flick doesn’t necessarily equate to “more time to do tricks”. Only practice, acquired skill and playing cleaner will provide that.


#14

Either way, I cleaned the bearing and sprayed it with some air and my yoyo is no longer screaming/it is spinning well now. Thanks for all your help.

-yoyonut


#15

You didn’t say the bearing was screaming. It’s still bearing in a bit. If it gets to this point again, it should be done breaking in and just clean it again like you just did.