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How often should one service headset bearings?

How often should one disassemble one's headset and service the bearings, assuming it's a fairly new road bicycle with sealed cartridge bearings and is ridden every day?
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Can't find right headset adjustment

After a complete tear down and reassembly I can't seem to find the right tightness adjustment for my threadless fork / headset. If I loosen it to the point that the front fork turns freely, there's ...
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Alternative to 1" threaded low profile headset?

I have a old (guessing ~2005) Jamis Aurora road bike. Recently, I found that the threads on the headset (probably original, nuts are made of aluminum) were stripped. The bike has a steel fork, and is ...
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Weird gyro effect while riding

I have an old threaded headset and quill stem. Recently I overhauled the headset; replacing the bearing sleeves with loose bearings (filled to max and removed 1 bearing). The stem was also found to be ...
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Headset fully tightened, but fork still loose and wobbly [duplicate]

I'm almost done assembling my new bike :) There is still one thing in the way though... See the headset in the picture? It was installed by a professional (or, at least a LBS owner) when I bought the ...
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Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?

I'm considering replacing my threaded aluminum forks, threaded headset, steel threaded stem and steel handlebars with threadless carbon forks, threadless headset and integrated carbon stem and ...
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Should I be able to 'manually' rotate the headset?

When I wrap my fingers around my roadie's headset, I'm able to 'rotate' some parts of it freely around. Should this be happening? If it should not be happening, what is causing this and is it ...
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Installing new threadless headset: how to set the crown ring and its rubber ring?

My old headset was loosy and feeling very instable. So I removed it, I got this: and I'd want to install it. I am wondering what is the right way to install the two pieces on the right. I know the ...
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Kona Mahuna 2013 headset change question.

I have a Kona Mahuna 2013 and I got a tapered fork as well as a new wheel and now I'm looking for advice on changing my headset to accept tapered forks. I've been looking and I believe that this ...
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Star Nut Replacement Size

A total newb, I busted the star fangled nut on my new road bike, while trying to tighten the headset. Generally speaking, how does a person know what size star-nut to use? In my case, a quarter fits ...
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How often should the headset be tightened?

I live in an area with a lot of potholes and commute daily (between 10-20 miles depending) on a modern road bike. Today while coming in hard (18+mph) to a stop, I went over a worn paving layer with ...
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SR Suntour XCM v3 forks Headset

Currently building a new mountain bike and for the time being I'm using the old forks until I buy some new ones. My question is how do I find out what type of headset I need? Because from my ...
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Tightening threaded headset locknut

I'm adjusting the threaded headset on my Brompton (if that matters). I read Sheldon Brown's and Park Tool's articles on this topic and followed the recommendations. I adjust the upper race so that ...
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Felt carbon steerer compression plug removal

How do I remove a compression plug (aka. expander bung) like this one? Most guides I could find assume that there's a 6mm hex Allen opening that allows tightening/loosening the plug but that's ...
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Help with pairing the right headset to a new 3T fork

I recently purchased an Aventon Mataro (http://aventonbikes.com/track/) frame and a 3T Funda Pro with tapered fork (1 1/4' - 1 1/8' 1.25 ). I've been trying to figure out which headset I need to fit ...
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Headest: replace bearings or entire headset

I realize this will be different for all headsets, but: I have a Tange Levin headset. The headset is starting to show wear: the fork sticks at regular intervals through its turning. I've inspected ...
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How can I fit a tapered fork to a 1 1/8 semi-integrated/zero stack head tube?

I have a 2004 Giant VT frame with a zero stack / semi-integrated headset. It currently takes a straight steerer threadless fork. Is there any type of headset I can put on so I can fit a tapered ...
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Gap between lower headset cup and fork. Is this likely to be a problem?

Yesterday I had a headset and fork fitted by my LBS. Lacking the specific tools or knowledge, I thought it better to leave this job to a professional; as a consequence of my inexperience, however, I ...
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New headset cups loose against the frame

Trying to replace the headset cups and race faces on a steel frame for 1" fork. Removed the old cups by gently knocking them in a circle with a steel pipe of the correct diameter. However, the new cup ...
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Threaded headset wobbles after riding

This is my first time adjusting a threaded headset. After thoroughly cleaning, inspecting and greasing the bearings, I attempted to re-assemble the headset. The piece is interesting in that the lower ...
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Replacing needle bearing threaded headset with an ordinary one

I got a bicycle like this one (90's trekking/city bike). When I got it, the headset seemed overtightened, when I took it apart I saw that it was somewhat damaged (looks like ridden for some time while ...
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Why no threaded headset cups?

Threaded bottom brackets are much simpler to install require minimal tools (press-in requires a $300 press) are automatically aligned, as the thread was cut in the factory. So what is the reason ...
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Do I need to face my new frame?

I just purchased a new aluminum MTB frame. The headset is a standard "NECO, 142, 1-1/8” AHEAD". The BB is ... I'm not sure, but is internal and threaded. How do I determine if I need to face or ream ...
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Are BMX threaded headsets and other threaded headsets interchangeable?

I want to buy a threaded headset for an old road frame that takes 1 inch threaded steerer tube / headsets. I see headsets for sale online that are labeled as "1 inch threaded BMX headset". Is there ...
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Do headset and frame metals need to match, or will a steel/aluminum headset get stuck on an aluminum/steel frame?

Will a steel headset get stuck on an aluminum frame bike? Will an aluminum alloy headset get stuck on a steel frame bike? I am not asking about carbon frames, by the way. I ask because I have seen ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
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How do I tighten up my headset?

I've got an old bike with a quill stem, and the headset arrangement has a nut, and a textured lock ring. I presume I should tighten with a combination of a spanner and mole grip. Is a mole grip the ...
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Missing a part from an internally threaded steer tube

I recently obtained and then disassemble a Kink Co. BMX. It had a threadless headset. Unexpectedly, instead of having a star nut inside the fork's steer tube, the steer tube was internally threaded ...
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How do I fix movement in headset

I have bought a second hand bike and generally it's going well. However, there is a small amount of play in the headset that I've been trying to diagnose and resolve. It's a threadless fork. I've ...
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Split crown “race” possibly dangerous?

On some headsets which use a cartridge bearing in the lower assembly, the crown "race" is split. Also, I know a lot of people split their crown race for the ease of installation. Perhaps I'm overly ...
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Solutions for a slightly loose crown race

For a bike I'm building, I had my headset crown race press fitted to my fork crown by my LBS, along with my top and bottom cups into the headtube. The crown race was loose such that I could rotate it ...
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Zerostack headset fit

I am looking to get a ZeroStack headset upper and have found the right size in terms of diameters. However, different models of headset reach different depths into the cup on the frame. Should the ...
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Trying to build a bike, confused about fork/headsets/compatability

I have a fork with a 1" steerer tube, and a frame with a 1.5" head tube. The steerer tube is slightly short, and when inserted into the frame, is flush with the top of the head tube. The fork is ...
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Is it possible to replace a 1 1/8 steering tube with a 1"?

I have a 94 Giant ATX. Threaded 1 inch steeering tube. I need a shorter stem, and would also like to install a suspension fork. Is it doable? Could I take a modern suspension fork, heat the crown, ...
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How many headset spacers might I need?

I am building a bike. The headset is in the head tube, and the next thing is to fit the stem and handlebar to the steerer. At this point, it seems I need some headset spacers in between the headset ...
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Can I leave headset spacers above and below the stem

I am in the process of building a bike with a new frame and fork. The groupset will be from a donor bike. When it comes to fitting the bike and cutting the steerer I would like to do some trial rides ...
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Help finding headset

I have only been able to find a headset that measures 1-5/16" on the small end of the bearing cup that goes into the headtube on the bike. All of the bearing cups I've found are 1-3/4" on the large ...
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How do I prevent play in the steering post?

I recently changed my handlebar stem to an angle-adjustable variety and now there is a little bit of play in the bar coming up from the front suspension through the frame, onto which that stem is ...
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Trouble With Upper Tube Race Installation

I was able to install the lower race without issue, but I cannot seem to get the upper one installed. I am installing a new threaded headset on a newly painted bike. There is no new paint blocking ...
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Where can I get a new steer tube or 1 1/8" 6061 Aluminum Rod Stock?

I have an Anti-Gravity fork that features a removable steer tube, but it is a threaded fork. Where can I buy a threadless steer tube to clamp into it to convert it? All I can find are threaded steer ...
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Will an Italian threadded headset fit on an English frame and forks?

I'm currently building a roadbike with slightly dated components and was wondering if a Campagnolo headset will fit on my frame? It's a Holdsworth, so the fork threads are English spec. I know what ...
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How important is it to face the head tube?

I have a frame that I've built up and I'm having trouble getting the tension perfect on the headset, which is not usually something I have trouble with. A friend of mine who is much more knowledgeable ...
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Which headset to replace my FSA No.10?

I have a Cube LTD CC (2009 model) which has this semi-integrated headset in it. It needs replacing, but I'd rather go for something with cartridge bearings instead of cage bearings. I've been looking ...
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Can I use normal grease for a car on the surface of carbon bike?

Helo Guys, I want to know your experience about carbon material and grease Can I use normal grease with carbon ? I want to put grease onto fork and stem.... Or WD-40 or silicone penetrant would be ...
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What's the easiest way to insert a star nut into a steerer tube?

I need to install one of those star-fangled nuts, but I don't do this often enough to warrant buying a special tool for it. I usually manage to hammer the thing in eventually but in the past it has ...
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Not finding the right tension for my threadless headset

I recently installed a new fork on a bike I'm building up. I find that before I get the preload tension correct on the top cap to remove knocking, a squeaking sound starts emanating from the steer ...
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Installing a compression plug

I am currently building a bike up. I have a carbon fork, with a carbon steer tube, and I have to install it using a compression plug. I picked up one of these this morning: ...
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Which threaded headset size do I use?

I have a frame that I want to use. It is an old early 80's Cannondale frame. How do I tell what size threaded headset to use? What diameter should the tube be?
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What are early signs of failure in forks/stem/handlebars?

I ride an SE Lager. In the past year, the following components have worn out or broken Front chainring Rear cog Rear freewheel Chain Seat (one of the bars snapped off) Many, many spokes Wheels ...