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Old 02-20-06, 08:19 PM   #1
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headset/stem problem...

Posted this in fixed/singlespeed then I noticed that there was a forum for it!!!!

So I took a bike mechanics workshop as a beginner....It was a free class...and we whizzed through everything pretty fast...Anyways...I finished my bike, however the fork seems to be loose inside the stem. When I tightened everything up and installed another washer....it wasn't loose anymore but it was so tight I could hardly steer the wheel....Help me!!! I can't seem to find a happy medium...Its an old frame, stem, but the headset is brand new (and threaded)...I don't think that I need to grease anything up because its brand new...what am I doing wrong?
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Old 02-20-06, 08:58 PM   #2
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possibly a seal or bearing/retainer assembly installed upside down.

check here:

http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=127
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New headsets need to be greased when installed.
I think you have the headset to tight. There are two nuts at the top of the headtube* If your steering is to tight, loosen the upper one about a sixth turn and then tighten the lower one against it. Check your steering. you want to do this until you get the first hint of slop and then maybe go back one sixth.

As svr says there may be a part installed incorrectly, if you can only get loose or tight, then this is the most likely case.

*This is the tube that is part of the frame that the fork passes thru.
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