headset removal from steerer tube
I have the unfortunate pleasure of having a 1 1/4" headtube on an early 90's cannondale mountain bike. The bike is in great shape is very light etc, but I need to replace the front fork. The headset, despite being about ten years old is in pretty good shape, the races are worn but clean and the headset has been pretty snug, so, since 1 1/4" parts are hard to find and I dont want to put a lot of money into the bike I was hoping to re-use the headset.
But...I cannot get the lowermost ring (it is a Dia-Compe Aheadset Threadless) that sits on the fork crown off. I have tried to whack it off with a hammer and a screwdriver but it does not want to budge.
My question is: does anyone have any ideas about how to get the ring off? Or am I better off coughing up the $30.00 bucks for a new headset?