I am not a bike expert, however I enjoy working on modern single speeds and beach cruisers, and learning as much as I can along the way. I have tried to teach myself, via the internet and by asking around at a few local bike shops, about this 1976 Sears Roebuck bicycle that I have, but I have not had much luck. I have never had a bike this old. Not knowing if this bike is complete, I have had trouble finding out which parts might be missing. Nonetheless, this is an incredible bike and I am eager to keep it in riding shape. I am open minded and truly appreciate all information and advice that you have to offer. Thanks!
This headset would get stuck when I would take turns from time to time but would always free itself back up naturally. Most recently, I took a turn and as the headset became stuck, several of the ball bearings (5/32 x 14B) from the lower headset became free and flew onto the street. Back home I disassembled the headset to find the ring, that holds the ball bearings, was torn up and some of the ball bearings were missing. Upon further inspection, I began to consider that some of the pieces from the headset were missing, meaning that I have been riding with an incomplete headset since I acquired the bike. This might explain two things: (1) that's the reason why the headset has been sticking? (2) that is why the ball bearing ring became destroyed?
Moving forward, I am seeking to get a new complete 1" threaded standard bicycle headset that would fit this bike. I am hoping this will fix the problem I have been dealing with. Are parts like these still available for this setup? If so, is one manufacturer better than another? And where is my best bet to look?