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I now have installed the new parts and am using my new bobbins. I haven't tried the new ratios yet, but my spinning is easier and faster and I treadle less than half as much.This may take a little soul searching, but maybe some day I'll decide to try the new double treadle!!!Then I hit a snag, I just couldn't seem to install the new upgraded parts.I was so used to my old wheel and it was working so well that I used the items that I needed from the maintenance kit and shoved the rest of the items in a drawer and went merrily spinning along.
I didn't think of dismantling it for this, but probably should have done.
Maybe if I were spinning for hours I would get foot-ache sooner, but I don't get the chance to do that much!
Where I lived before I was near a supplier who had done the ball-bearing upgrade on his own wheel, and wondered about having it done.
I wouldn't consider doing it myself though, not having woodworking skills.
I've only ever used the Ashford, so I suppose you don't miss what you've never had.
If any goes on the metal spindle of the flyer be sure to clean it off as it is very sticky. I got an oil bottle with a long thin spout and oiled these places: the holes where the pins of the treadle go into the legs, the back and front flyer bearings, the wheel axle (both sides of the wheel) and the place where the footman joins to the wheel. This is NOT a once for all job; I now oil every day I spin and wipe & vaseline the spindle when ever I change bobbins.