Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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If it's a cup/cone headset with balls in retainers, odds are you put a retainer in upside down. Or you might be missing a spacer or shim making the upper cup beach on part of the lower someplace. Take it apart and take your time re-assembling one step at a time and checking the feel as you go along. BTW- some headsets have different size balls in the upper and lower bearings, and reversing them can cause your problem.
In the future, use the "breadcrumbs" method when dis-assembling unfamiliar stuff.
Lay a few sheets of paper towel on the bench and as you remove parts lay them down in sequence with the same orientation (up is up, or right is up) in a row as you remove them. Now before you do anything else, like clean them, take a digital photo so if you mix them up later, you can duplicate the sequence, and find your way back to where you started.
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Last edited by FBinNY; 01-09-11 at 03:16 PM.