I’ve just noticed that ball bearings in the bottom tube (marked as 100-03 and 100-04 in the manual) do not turn as clean and lubricated ball bearings should. No problem with steering, no signs of wear on the pivot pin (I bought strida only a month ago however), but it just feels wrong that those elements work as a plain bearing.
How should I clean and lubricate them? They are pressed into the tube…
Only WD-40 comes to mind, but it won’t serve as a lubricant.
The bearings you mentioned (6802Z found on both) did not work really clean on both of my Stridas since I got them. One year later there is no difference, I mean.
Maybe we should not stick our fingers in every hole?
I would suggest to keep an eye on that, usually should the bearings be lubricated for “lifetime”, I guess.
It would be really interesting if a bearing change (ceramic?) would cause a different steering behaviour