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    headset woes

    recently i've run into some problems with my headset. i've found that when i bounce the front wheel, i feel some strong sideways vibration (i dont really know how else to describe it) in my fork instead of the front end just bouncing up and down. i had a feeling that the headset was too loose so i tightened it up, but once i tighten it up there is some serious friction in the headset, but the sideways vibration goes away.

    my question is, is this sideways vibration bad for the bike? also should i be able to turn the spacers on the fork if the headset is properly tightened?

    for reference the headset is a ritchey logic which came stock.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jf30 View Post
    recently i've run into some problems with my headset. i've found that when i bounce the front wheel, i feel some strong sideways vibration (i dont really know how else to describe it) in my fork instead of the front end just bouncing up and down. i had a feeling that the headset was too loose so i tightened it up, but once i tighten it up there is some serious friction in the headset, but the sideways vibration goes away.

    my question is, is this sideways vibration bad for the bike? also should i be able to turn the spacers on the fork if the headset is properly tightened?

    for reference the headset is a ritchey logic which came stock.

    thanks
    No. Sounds like your headset has not been properly adjusted (becous of not enough spacers?) and therefor it could be toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jf30 View Post
    i had a feeling that the headset was too loose so i tightened it up, but once i tighten it up there is some serious friction in the headset, but the sideways vibration goes away.
    How tightly did you adjust? There's a delicate balance between too tight and too loose.

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    +1 on adjusting the play in your headset.

    The slop you were feeling in the fork is strongly indicative of the headset needing some adjustment. If you tightened it down and you feel resistance then back it off until you reach that happy middle ground of no slop and no resistance.

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    make sure the stem is COMPLETELY loose before trying to make headset adjustments.

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    thanks for the replies. i think i've found that my problem is "indexed steering" which led me to loosening up the headset and feeling the slop.

    is indexed steering a bad thing? could it lead to headset failure?

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