Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
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I don't want to cause contraversy here, but.... You'd be better off losing the bearing retainer alltogether and fitting loose balls into the headset. This way, more balls can be added, spreading out the load on the bearing races. I have done this on both my bikes (recommended by more than one LBS). The only downside is that it is more fiddly to reassemble, but a good stiff grease helps to stick the balls in place in the cups (have a few spare anyway!). General rule is to fit as many balls into the cup as possible, then remove one because there needs to be some clearence between them. Also, check to make sure if the top and bottom bearings use the same size balls, as some are different.
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.