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    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
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    Headset play... slight fork jiggle

    Sorry, I'm trying to describe it the best I can..

    I took apart my headset today on my new bike and when I put it back together the spacers, and other pieces didn't quite fit all back Perfectly, so I did my best to get it all back right.

    Now there's a very very slight amount of play in the headset so that the fork moves a little bit. Every part is on correctly and tightened, but I just couldn't get the top part of the headset to fit in snugly, so there's a little space there causing the jiggle in the fork.

    Is it safe to ride like this or should I take my bike back to the LBS and have them adjust it for me before riding?
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    If you can't figure out how to make everything snug by yourself, take it to a shop before riding it. A slightly loose headset can ovalize the head tube on your frame. There is no repair, short of a new frame, for an ovalized head tube.

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    Something is in the wrong spot or missing. Go back carefully. There is a part in the wrong spot or you left it out. The headset, threadless right? Should snug up easily.
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    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
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    I fixed it!

    Well, Rev. Chuck motivated me to try one more time...

    ... this time I actually took off the front wheel and that for some reason really helped.

    I put the fork against the floor (on carpet) and put every piece back and got everything back on snugly this time.

    No play now, I'm still probably going to get a Chris King though.
    Last edited by ultra-g; 02-19-05 at 11:03 PM.
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    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
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    I was making a very very stupid mistake, giving me the play in the headset:

    I was tightening the stem before tightening the stem cap binding bolt.

    I just looked at my bike repair manual and figured it out, then re-did it on both my LeMond and Pista, No more play on either bike, the LBS that assembled the Pista barely tightened the stem cap bolt on it.
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    don't overtighten the cap bolt. it should be just snug enough to prevent movement after the stem bolts are tightened.

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