repairing a slightly ovalized head tube (my solution)
I was encouraged to post this here as someone might get some ideas from this or have some comments.
I recently came into possession of a beautiful 1940s Carlton track frame. The previous owner had a Brampton headset in there, but he took it with him when he sold me the frame. My campy headset practically fell in to the head tube (i could push it in with my bare hands), and when riding would rattle around. it was driving me insane, and really detracted from the solidity of the ride. After doing some research and talking to several people I devised the solution of putting thin layers of JB Weld inside of the head tube and then having it professionally reamed. I was then able to properly press the headset into the head tube properly and everything has been golden ever since!
Bah! Almost all immigrant groups to the US have lived in a ghetto at one point or another (except the hispanics-- who have their own word for it). Consider it a right of passage. It is a non-discriminating word. Besides, anyone can move to a ghetto!
Originally Posted by jsharr
You are aware that a ghetto is an area where a minority is kept in bad conditions right? I am not sure there are any positive conotations associated with the word, and I am sure that many members of this forum find the word offensive.
Actually, stating that it has negative connotations is more offensive than just using it in a repair context. Ghetto, ghetto-fab, or ghetto-fabulous refers to a repair that is done with minimal monetary input, but works as well as a conventional fix. It's creative, and saves the owner time/money, even if it may not look, or appear as nice. No one here is particularly worried about any negativity wrt the term, but if someone is, then they may have a negative view of it. If that was the case, then that would be offensive.