I appreciate you disecting my questions and providing all the answers. I tightened up the headset with the old crown race and it is smooth as butter, but I should know more after tommorrow's commute. The old crown race is brunelled, but it doesn't matter since the sealed cartridge sits on the race. This was quite a learning experience for me. Also, thanks for your website and information. I have been visiting your website regularly for the last 5-6 years when I started bike commuting to work. I started with the R300 tourer, but the only original parts left are the frame, fork, Avid 4 brakes, and brake cables. Replacing the brakes is next and then someday a steel frame, probably a Surly LHT.