Is My Headset too Tight or too Loose?
i have a threadless headset that isnt adjusted properly. "squirrely" is the best way i can describe how it feels. maybe "wobbly" works as well. if i push down on the front of the bike while im riding, as in standing up, it wobbles a lot and i feel like im losing control of the steering. if i try to push hard going up a hill, as in pushing the bike from side to side while standing up, it doesnt want to be pushed to the side. it kind of springs back up and i get less out of my push.
so is this too loose or tight? or some other problem? i have tried tightening and loosening it, i know how to do it correctly, but i cant find a good adjustment. this is also a very cheap bike, it might just be that its too poor quality to ever be adjusted right, though it is fairly new.
another thing is that i normally have a lot of weight on the back, panniers that usually have about 30 pounds and i never really notice the steering issues until i take them off and suddenly there is no weight on the bike. this could be affecting things also.
and then lastly, i get used to the adjustment pretty quick and it makes it hard to know if its adjusted correctly or not once im used to it being the way it is.