Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Headset problems in the cold

    I am working on a bike. When I'm inside, the headset feel a little worn. However, I left the bike out in the cold today for about 30 minutes and the headset felt absolutely terrible - a lot of resistance when turning the handlebars, very gritty, etc. Is this normal?

  2. #2
    Team Beer Cynikal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Sacramento CA
    My Bikes
    Too Many
    Posts
    5,765
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Time to repack.

  3. #3
    Senior Member lowbike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chicago
    My Bikes
    Recumbent
    Posts
    119
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Better yet, time for a good sealed bearing headset.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thank
    You
    Earl

    Lightning Stealth
    Easyracers Gold Rush
    Rans Stratus 700
    Rans V3
    Optima Baron Lowracer

    2010' Toyota Sienna
    2011'Toyota Avalon LTD

    im old,fat,bald,ugly,VERY SLOW, and poor
    i need your spare change
    Bicycle Mechanic for over 44 Years

  4. #4
    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,874
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cyates View Post
    I am working on a bike. When I'm inside, the headset feel a little worn. However, I left the bike out in the cold today for about 30 minutes and the headset felt absolutely terrible - a lot of resistance when turning the handlebars, very gritty, etc. Is this normal?
    How cold, like Minnesota cold?

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Around 20F

  6. #6
    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,874
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As previously suggested by Cynikal, time to clean and repack. I don't live in such a cold environment, but perhaps could you have water in the headset, which then freezes into ice (hence the gritty, crunching feel.)

  7. #7
    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    20 deg F is not significantly cold for bike parts and the grease used to lubricate them. In your case, at a minimum you need to clean, repack, and adjust the bearings in the headset. If that doesn't clear up the problem, or if the headset is exhibiting an "indexed" feel, or tendency to center itself, then it is worn and needs replacing.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •