Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: santa cruz, ca
Bikes: gitane fixed conversion, giant ocr2
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My newly assembled bike has a problem. it tracks to the left. when i let go of the handlebars its hard to stay upright it is tracking so badly.
there are two possibilities that i think might be causing this -
First off, the headset is 30 years old and has some quirks. it's an old stronglight (p-3 i believe?) with loose ball bearings. I regreased it thoroughly on reassembly and it turns smoothly during normal operation. however, when you turn the wheel more than about 30 degrees to the right, it encounters resistance, and when put at the full right of its motion wont move unless you turn the bars (wont shake loose or anything. it's pretty tight). this only happens when its turning to the right, and since i never really turn that far in normal operation, i didnt think it would be a huge deal, but now i'm suspecting this is what is causing the tracking to the left.
secondly, i think i may have bent the front fork at some point during dissassembly trying to get the rusty stem out of the headset. i have tried bending it slightly back, but dont want to bend it too much without adressing/eliminating the headset problem first (as i could do more damage than good).
one last thing, since the ball bearings all fell out when i took apart the headset, i didnt have a chance to count them. so i put 27? per side i believe, just enough to "fit" with the grease in there. when i was test-fitting them without grease, i think 29 fit with no room to spare.
also, any other ideas that you may have that would be causing this tracking issue, let me know. thanks!