This is an unabashed hijacking of this thread but, please, let me ask a related question with respect to reassembling and tightening a headset. The context of my question is relative to vintage, Campagnolo-type threaded headsets with 1" English threads.
How tight is tight enough?
How tight is too tight?
Is it better to be a little too tight or a little too loose?
Yes, I read the article above. I'm just very concerned about the subjective nature of the discussion. I'm concerned about what happens after you sit on the bike I add over 200 lb to the frame and the head tube is going to flex a bit (scream!, actually).
I suspect many headsets die prematurely from improper adjustment. I have come to think of headsets as a consumable, like grease, rather than a fixture on my bikes. It's just that Campagnolo headsets are becoming rare and costly (~$100), too costly to replace frequently.
Last edited by Mike Mills; 10-09-08 at 03:28 PM.