When you get a Yo-Yo, What do you do First?

Okay. Cleaning used yoyos. I can see that!

  1. do a quick 10 second long visual inspection
  2. put on a short string
  3. play test
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I usually just eat it to be honest

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Then you are one of the few that truly have yoyos in your blood.

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After checking tracking obsessively for days until discovering the package has finally arrived, I dash to the mailbox.

Upon fiddling keys and turning rusty old locks…package retrieved!

Now, retreating back into the sweet atmosphere of air conditioning and soft bumps of hiphop, I search for a sharp utensil.

Like a seasoned surgeon, slicing through tape as if it were an incision, only skin deep, to free the musty scent of fresh cardboard released by folding back firm, virgin flaps.

Gazing into the small abyss, packing material is carefully excavated to reveal the prize!

The inner package is excised, inspected for any blemishes then admired for design and materials before being carefully pried open to release the sought after jewel inside.

A sigh of relief, a moment of silence to let it all wash over in a jaw dropping wave of bliss and aw. Gazing upon the initial glow, I reach for the jewel to pry it free from its protective fixture.

An inspection is conducted, as if glancing through a loupe…examining the finish and fondling the smooth, clean and cool curves until reaching satisfaction.

A string is selected from a closet of colors, textures, and thicknesses. Looped, stretched, measured, cut, tied, and tested for fit like a tailored suit.

Finally, the moment of momentum, I snap start the yoyo and bind. Another throw and bind to ensure a good snug wind before the gauntlet of trials begins.

Trapeze, eli hops, suicide and magic drop. A few tech combos and then a front throw with barrel rolls and boingy boings galore! Kwyjibo and beef hooks, then repeater after repeater until torsion becomes overwhelming.

Return torsion to neutral, throw and bind once or twice more until the wind is snug, but not too tight. Right and ready for the next encounter.

Until the next throw…satisfaction!

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Thoroughly clean and lubricate the bearing.

People who run their bearings dry are monsters I tell ya!
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Step 1: Unbox it and then throw away all of the packaging it came in.

Step 2: Put the string on and throw it until the bearing sounds like the garbage disposal running (usually takes 5-15 minutes for this to happen)

Step 3: Be sad about all bearings getting crunchy so quickly these days. Then take the bearing out and throw it into some acetone.

Step 4: Be too impatient for the bearing to soak, so get a different yoyo from my shelf and steal its bearing for the new yoyo.

Step 5: Return to yoyoing with the new yoyo.

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This is my routine for getting used yoyos.

  1. Pull the string that’s on it and throw it away! Y’all send some nasty string on yoyos. Hahah
  2. String it up with some bulk
  3. Throw front side and blind
  4. Throw and finger nail test for vibe
  5. Open her up, pull the bearing and clean/lube it
  6. Replace response pads or silicone. These are usually nasty too! I’ve gotten some old chewed up sliicone/pads before.

Then with fresh pads and a clean bearing, I throw a new string on and BAM! It’s like throwing a brand new yoyo!

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I put on a new string and roll it up, then I throw it, only to ding it on the ground immediately.

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