bark! in our world of many different sorts of bearing cleaners and other “fixes”, I think it’s worth noting some “natural” (used loosely) remedies and fixes.
I have a few and if you have found any, list them!
Bearing cleaning in soy sauce.
I know this may sound completely stupid, but an experiment at a YoYo meeting showed that this works quite well. If you have a new lubed bearing, drop the bearing in a bit of soy sauce for a few seconds. Take out, dry off, and you will find that the bearing will play quite nice and smooth as if cleaned normally.
I took a video of us trying this and if liked, I can post it. That bearing remained totally clean and fine for many days until I traded it off to which I heard no complaint.
Bearing. Leaning with corn starch and 7 up.
This one I was skeptical of. I first heard of this at nationals 06 when a group of throwers (including two national champions) were mentioning that it worked well. I tried it, mixing 7up and corn starch, and after a quick soak, I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently, the acidity if the citrus takes away the gunk buildup and the corn starch provides a nice smootheninv action within the inner race. I have a bearing set up as such right now in my RAD, and it’s given me no problems.
String cutting on sidewalk edge.
We e been there, need to shorten string but nothing to cut off the excess with.
Learned this from Yosshi, take the part you want cut, go to any street corner, and rapidly pull down and toward you holding the two ends close to where you want the cut. Works perfect. Use a lighter to seal off the end so it doesn’t fray, and you’re good to go!
I’ll post more when I find them, but I open this up to any others who may also have some.
And if you have any doubt of these, I’ll be happy to post a video of any of them proving that they work.