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If the bike is pretty old, like before the early '90s, then you will want 1" fork/headset/spacers/stem. The best thing to do is to measure the steerer tube outer diameter, but if you have a quill stem now, you'll want 1". I'd stay with threaded, personally. Nothing wrong with threaded headset/forks/stems, and it looks more period correct. But there are a couple of different standards for 1" threaded headset- ISO, JIS and French, each with slightly different parameters.
As far as the bottom bracket goes, measure the shell width- if it's 68 mm and the bike isn't French then you're golden- use British standard. Otherwise, there are Swiss, French, Italian, Raleigh Proprietary, Ashtabula, Thomson, all kinds of other standards that each require a different solution.
I guess the question is: What year and brand of bike is it?
Last edited by cycle_maven; 07-19-11 at 08:04 AM.