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Old 07-26-07, 07:36 PM   #1
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Threaded headset woes

Ever had a threaded headset that just wont adjust right?
Ive got a 1" threaded headset that I just re-packed on my 82' Schwinn Voyageur S/P. I spent over an hour last night trying to adjust the thing. took it apart 2x thinking maybe I had a bearing upside down or something. nothing was wrong. I finally got it close (just a smidge on the tight side) took it for a ride tongiht (about 22 miles) and its loose again. Any ideas?
The races werent pitted at all, and everything looked great.
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Old 07-26-07, 07:41 PM   #2
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Was it okay before?

You can check:
- face the frame to verify that the headtube ends are parallel
- verify cups are seated
- verify retainer isn't in wrong
- verify crown race is tight and seated
- did you use new, high quality bearings

Seems like you knew to check things so maybe that list is redundant.

Tons of grease, lots of torque on the locknut (start with adj cup a bit loose).

Might need a new headset (?).

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see, before I popped her open it was great, just a little gritty.
I did not replace the bearings, as they looked good.
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