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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Smog Valley
Bikes: SOMA Rush, Miyata 912, Kogswell Mod. G, want a porteur bike
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headset installation question
Here's a question for any savvy mechanics out there. Thanks in advance
if you take the time to consider this situation.
I have a bike that I ride for commuting and on rollers. Considering
that I put a lot of mileage on the rollers and rely on it for my
primary form of exercise I decided to get a King headset. I went
to one LBS and they installed it. They failed to notice that the
spacer for the front brake stuck up just enough that the bottom
race didn't seat against the fork and was cockeyed--so I noticed
it later and they redid it with a diff spacer. Then a friend of mine who is a bit OCD
was like "did they face it, did they chase it," etc. I don't know if
this was done the first time but they did chase the headtube slightly.
As for facing I don't know. I had one shop look at it and they just
pressed the cups slightly to make sure they were snug and they said
it "looked fine." It feels fine.
So the question is, if the headtube was not faced properly what are the consequences?
Will this ovalize the headtube? Will it lead to a shimmy? This frame isn't high end
but it is worth taking care of (tigged Reynolds 631). Once a shop does a crappy job
it kinda makes me question everything else they touch. Next time I am going
to pay very close attention to the installation and ask more questions.