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    Ride More seedsbelize's Avatar
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    new to headset adjustment

    Hi All,
    I bought a '91 Giant Yukon frameset from a bike co-op in Ohio, brought it down here, and assembled it. Not having a 36 mm headset wrench, I had it professionally adjusted, and I watched him do it. 40 km later, it's so loose I'm afraid to ride it home, but have no choice(I was only 15 km out). I fiddled with it myself, this morning, and could only get the slop out if the steering was also way tight. So I set it tight, put loctite on the threads, tightened down the locknut, and then backed it off incrementally. I know this isn't a proper fix, but don't know what is. New fork? New headset? both?
    It loosens with the application of the front brakes.
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    Seeds


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    If yu had it adjusted why not take it back - should not have come out of adjustment that easily. There may be a missing lockwasher between upper race and loknut, as even without the headset wrench you should be able to gently hold the upper race with a protected pair of channelocks and tighten enough to hold. Really hard to tel what it needs remotely.
    There's no such thing as a routine repair.

    Don't tell me what "should" be - either it is, it isn't, or do something about it.

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    Please take the time to post clearly so we can answer quickly. All lowercase and multiple typos makes for a hard read. Thanks!

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    Threaded or threadless headset?

    If it's a threaded headsetand keeps loosening, examine the threads (both on the steer tube and threaded headset parts) for damage.

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    This guy is independent, and makes his money from the full carbon race types. He does my stuff more as a favor, and charges me practically nothing (75 cents to shim and press in the headset races, for example, on my road bike). Mostly I go to him for advice, as I learn to do my own work. So it's channel locks for me. I thought maybe there was an obvious issue. Guess not. Would the wrong size retainers cause this issue?

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    Last edited by seedsbelize; 09-29-12 at 09:42 AM.


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    The real beauty of this play, aside from the fact it was made by my favorite team, is that it was perfectly executed. The receiver ran a perfect route; Wilson threw a touchdown pass, and the defender played his part perfectly. A thing of beauty.

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