I am about to remove and replace the bearings from the cages in the wife's 87 Centurion Ironman headset.
I want to keep the cages, since I feel that the benefits of going with individual bearings don't outweigh the ease of use of the caged bearings (see other threads on this topic). When I overhaul the headset next time, I want to be able to just remove, clean, and replace the entire cage, and not worry about bearings escaping.
I want to replace the bearings in the cage because I think they've been in there for 21 years.
Any trick for removing them from the cage and putting new ones in? The guy at the LBS thought it would be risky. Haven't tried it yet, I'm hoping they'll just pop out and in.