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    headset installation

    hey all,

    I'm looking into eventually building a bike and am researching the process and parts that I need to do it, what I want to build is a fixed gear. So far everything seems pretty straight forward, except I am having trouble finding a good (extensive) guide on how to install the headset and stem. Can anyone point me to a good and extensive (with pictures ) guide to installing a headset and stem?

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    MY favorite guide is no longer present, but here's a decent one. I use a piece of stock aluminum to knock out the old cups, and the threaded rod with nuts and fender washers to press a new one.

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/fix/headset2.htm

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    Tried Park tools web site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Tried Park tools web site?
    I agree completely. The Park site is much better than the Utah Mountain biking site...pipe wrench What the hell were they thinking?! Looking around the garage and they see a pipe wrench and say, "Hey that's just what I need?" What, were they short of C4? I have about a hundred things in my garage that I'd use before a pipe wrench.

    If you don't have the tools...they can be a little expensive...you can McGuiver lots of things to work. To drive out the cups use a piece of copper pipe, electrical conduit, old steer tube, etc that you've slotted - you'll need 4 slots - and flared out a little. Beats the heck out of a pipe wrench!
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    I don't like the Park site because it presumes that you're using Park tools.

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    A long threaded rod, two big washers, two big bronze bushings and a wrench. http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html

    Be sure to grease the surfaces of the headset/headtube interface.

    Or in the $10-15 in parts you buy, you could pony up 10 more dollars and have a shop press it in for you.

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    I think the shop charged me $8 to remove and replace my peugeot headset. I didnt even order if from them. I bought it online and brought it in to get replaced.
    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    ..... but at the end of the day we're all just dorks riding around on bicycles, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellyho View Post
    I don't like the Park site because it presumes that you're using Park tools.
    Park shows how to do things with their tools. They do sell tools, after all. But as clever monkeys, we should be able to figure out how to lick the grass to get the termites Many of the tools can be fabricated from ordinary things you have at home. The Park tools just make the job a little easier. And zhe are veerry nice! I already got one!
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    Home Brew

    I've used a pin punch and a hammer to remove the crown race. Strike only as hard as necessary. Then used a piece of steel pipe as a slide hammer over the steerer tube to drive home the new crown race. A block of wood and a hammer will set the cups.

    That was on a aluminum and steel frames and forks.

    The headsets worked fine for years. But it was a lot of fussing around and doubt to save a few dollars at the bike shop.
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    I do most all my builds/maintenance/repairs myself. But this is one of the few things I will go to the LBS for. For as infrequently as I set a new headset, and considering the cost of the tools to do the job correctly, this is one I'm happy to pay a pro to do. It seems like the most difficult part of headset installation is the fork crown race, and that isn't something I want to just hack away at.

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