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    new headset

    Are there options for upgrading an old style headset with a newer lighter one?

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    oldstlye as in 1''?

    canecreek makes 1'' sealed headsets but youd have to get a 1'' fork that isnt threaded....IF thats what your talking about

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    More details, please.

    The answer is probably yes, and my commentary in any case is that it isn't worth it unless you're trying to set a record up the Alpe d'Huez or something.

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    Threaded or threadless? 1" or 1-1/8"? Stack height limitations?

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    well, its an old schwinn, I have totaled it, along with another, newer bike, that I want to take the components off and use and sell the frame. the new bike is a lemond fillmore, but I don't know if I could swap the headset from that to my 80' continental.

    I know it seems like blasphemy to some ppl, but I have no money to get a new bike, and I need to make a good one from the 2 I got, so do you think I could take the headset from the lemond and fit it to the schwinn?

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    Plase allow me to piggy back the thread:

    I have a 73-74 Lambert (of England) classic old racer in great shape. I found it this past weekend at a local antiques/flea market for just $70 dlls. Had to have it, knowing itís becoming a collectible item. Size comes about 54 cms.

    Right know Iím debating between restoration or a fixed project. At any rate, it still sports the unfamous aluminum alloy cast fork (Death Fork) which is going to have to go (fork itself is a collectible item because they were recalled 3 yrs later after production).
    If I decide to go the fix route Iíd like to replace it with a 1Ē carbon fork and matching headset. I believe it may be doable since Iíve see it done here on BF but usually I donít mix new and old techs, am I asking for trouble or can it be done with some reasonable efforts.
    BTW it has long semi-horizontal dropouts.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Fixter, the answer is probably not...while I am not familiar with the exact models you are working with, I'd put a nickel or two on the Schwinn having one-piece crank American dimensions and the Lemond having ISO dimensions of some sort. The two are not compatible.

    You could, however, put a BMX headset on the Schwinn if it is of the one-piece crank persuasion. These can be cheap - the last one I bought was the Odyssey Dynatron ($8).

    Spinerguy, for your Lambert the important measurement is the inside diameter of the head tube. If you can get a headset that both presses correctly into the head tube and fits a suitable fork, you're home free. (You'll need a new stem too, of course, if the size of the steerer is different from before. The steerer is the part of the fork that is hidden.)

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