I am on a spinning yahoo list and these just popped up today:
I have a dilemma...a friend of mine talked me into
buying a single treadle Lendrum last year. I had
tried hers out, and it treadled smoothly enough, and I
loved that it was foldable for travel or storage.
Well, I've found that my own is VERY hard to treadle.
I was using the Fast Flyer, smallest whorl, to spin
some fine Shetland, and my leg got tired and sore
because I was having to push so hard on the treadle.
As I recall, the wheel would rotate 2 1/4 times if I
treadled once and let it go (my Symphony rotates 4 1/2
times). It's pretty much the same with the regular
flyer & the plying head. However, when the driveband
isn't set up, the wheel will rotate very freely and
smoothly. My friend tried mine out, and said it feels
like hers. Maybe I've just been spoiled by my
I have the Lendrum folding wheel also. I ran into your problem and
discovered what I had done to cause it. I picked it up to move it to a
different place and (for lack of better terminology) the wheel stretched. I
hadn't tightened one of the knobs enough and once I figured that out, I
pushed the top back down where it belonged which loosened the band around
the wheel which then made the pedalling and spinning so easy.
That one particular knob must be a tension type that can be adjusted for
different drive bands. I do hope this isn't sounding too dumb but maybe you
will understand me enough to be able to try remedying the problem that way.
To loosen the tension on the drive band will help some cases....but my flyer
head is as low as it goes, wheel's fairly new and it's the hardest to
treadle wheel I have.
I have no personal experience with them but wanted to pass that along...