I am currently fixing up an older road bike. Doing a single speed conversion and giving it a full cleaning, lubrication, painting the frame and replacing worn our parts. It is a mid 80ies Peugeot. Currently the headset has a Ball Bearing on top and loose balls on the bottom, however I lost a couple of the loose balls, and now I need to replace them, but I am wondering if I could put a bearing on the bottom to?
I tried just placing the top one on the bottom and I thought it gave a smoother feeling, but I am wondering if the bearing can handle the pressure, or if that is why there are balls now? Any insights?
I read somewhere that bearings give a larger contact surface on each balls, which should be an advantage. But my logic tells me that balls will be able to hold mere weight!?
Anyway, help or advice wanted.