Why won't my bearings break in?


#1

Every time I lube a bearing (YYF Performance thin oil) it won’t break in. It continuously stays responsive, even after days of play. It’s quite annoying.

Should I possibly clean them??

Edit: It doesn’t matter what type of bearing it is. I have tried One Drop 10-ball, a Buddha Ripple, and a KonKave and they all ended up responsive with seemingly no hope of becoming unresponsive.


#2

I would say yes.

First, how often are you lubing your bearing? A drop a month on a shielded bearing is more than enough.A half of a drop works fine. Maybe not even that often.

So I think you’re lubing too often and too much. Clean out your bearing properly, and if you are going to lube, use the needle/pin dip method and you’re good.


#3

kill the lube, clean the bearings. play dry and completely unresponsive. the bearings are somewhat resilient and can take plenty of dry play. clean clean clean


#4

Well, the OneDrop for example hasn’t been played in 3 or 4 years. I only recently picked this up again after a few years hiatus. The konkave hadn’t been played in that same amount of time either.

The Buddha however was a new bearing that played fine dry, then became responsive so I put a drop of lube, and it’s been a week and it still hasn’t broken in.


#5

Did you clean it after it was responsive?


#6

If it became responsive why would you put lube in it?


#7

A perfectly valid option! I like a bit of lube myself, but it’s not a requirement.


#8

When it comes responsive as you mentioned with the Buddha bearing, you just keep playing it and it will become unresponsive again.


#9

Non ABEC bearings vary quite a bit, some are good some are not…