You might have heard of the term “lubing”. The word “lubing” is slang used in the cubing community, meaning lubricating. What do I mean by lubricating a speedcube? Well, whether you’re competing or just practicing with your speedcube, it helps to apply a little bit of lubricant on the pieces or core of your cube in order to make it feel the way you want it to. That may be either faster, smoother, or more stable. Depends on you. Let’s figure out how to lubricate your speedcube.
Why Is It Important?
Lubricating your cube is really important for the longevity of your speedcube. Without the use of proper lubricants, the cube will have more wear and tear from use. Although 100 or 200 solves without lubricants don’t make a noticeable difference, it is still recommended to properly lubricate the cube before solving, especially if you’ve bought an expensive cube and plan to use it for quite a while. Some cubes come pre-lubed from the factory, but that lube fades really quickly. After the lube fades, the plastic pieces rub against each other and generate small-sized plastic shavings, just like the rubber dirt you get with an eraser. These little plastic shavings build up over time and really affect the turning, feel, and longevity of your speedcube. Also, another plus point is that by lubricating your cube, you can make it more adjusted to your personal preference, which may be slower and stable or really fast.
Cubelelo Lube Services
A lot of our cubes come pre-lubed, like the Drift series. For the cubes that do not come pre-lubed, we have a special lube service that you can choose while checking out. Cubelelo's lube service is long-lasting and very premium. I’d recommend you check it out! Some of you might wanna do the lubing themselves for personal preference and we have an option for that too! You can also add Cubelelo lubricants while checking out or buy them individually. Let’s move on to learning how to lubricate your cube by yourself.
How To Lubricate Your Cube
There are many types of lubricants available. There are some lubricants that you can add to your cube without any preparation. Just drop in 2-3 drops of the lube and break it in. These kinds of lubricants are great for competition situations where you don’t have time and space to disassemble the cube and clean it. A great example of this kind of lubricant is “Maru Lube”.
If you’re at home and not currently in between a solving session, I’d recommend lubricating your cube the second way. In this way, first, you have to disassemble the cube and clean it to get rid of all the previous lube and “gunk”. Once you have a clear cube, you have the option of lubricating the core as well. In order to lubricate your core, you can disassemble the core and drop in a small amount of viscous lube. Make sure to add the lubricant slowly in order to avoid over-lubricating, which is just a waste. Alternatively, you can just loosen the tension of your cube with a screwdriver and drop the lube in your core that way. Lubing the pieces is really simple, assemble your cube and just drop in the lube of your choice. Make sure to not use too much or the cube will become really gummy. That’s it! Do a few solves to break the cube in, and you’re done!
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Although I’d totally recommend you learn how to lubricate your speedcube, I’d still recommend Cubelelo lube service as it can save you a lot of time and hassle if you can get your cubes pre-lubed. So, the conclusion is that although cubes last for a long time even without lube, it’s recommended to use lube in order to maintain the original feel of the speedcube. Hope this blog helped! Thanks for your time.
Sarthak Masta is a speedcuber from Raipur. He started cubing in 2013 and now has 9 years of cubing experience. Apart from cubing, Sarthak enjoys making music and singing. He has attended a total of 7 competitions in Raipur and has gotten 10 podiums, with 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.