Bicycle Mechanics - Headset play... slight fork jiggle
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02-19-05, 10:54 PM
Sorry, I'm trying to describe it the best I can..
I took apart my headset today on my new bike and when I put it back together the spacers, and other pieces didn't quite fit all back Perfectly, so I did my best to get it all back right.
Now there's a very very slight amount of play in the headset so that the fork moves a little bit. Every part is on correctly and tightened, but I just couldn't get the top part of the headset to fit in snugly, so there's a little space there causing the jiggle in the fork.
Is it safe to ride like this or should I take my bike back to the LBS and have them adjust it for me before riding?
02-19-05, 11:02 PM
If you can't figure out how to make everything snug by yourself, take it to a shop before riding it. A slightly loose headset can ovalize the head tube on your frame. There is no repair, short of a new frame, for an ovalized head tube.
02-19-05, 11:03 PM
Something is in the wrong spot or missing. Go back carefully. There is a part in the wrong spot or you left it out. The headset, threadless right? Should snug up easily.
02-19-05, 11:07 PM
I fixed it!
Well, Rev. Chuck motivated me to try one more time...
... this time I actually took off the front wheel and that for some reason really helped.
I put the fork against the floor (on carpet) and put every piece back and got everything back on snugly this time.
No play now, I'm still probably going to get a Chris King though.
02-20-05, 03:25 AM
I was making a very very stupid mistake, giving me the play in the headset:
I was tightening the stem before tightening the stem cap binding bolt.
I just looked at my bike repair manual and figured it out, then re-did it on both my LeMond and Pista, No more play on either bike, the LBS that assembled the Pista barely tightened the stem cap bolt on it.
02-20-05, 08:25 AM
don't overtighten the cap bolt. it should be just snug enough to prevent movement after the stem bolts are tightened.
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