Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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Headset Problem with a 1970 Schwinn Continental
So, I purchased a Schwinn Continental from a gent just out of Cle Elum for 20 bucks, all parts original and intact. After the usual deep clean, everything works just fine and dandy, happy love story of steel rims and crazy alien antennae shifters and steel being awesomely heavy, etc.
However, I have discovered a most distressing problem! When I turn my bars left, slowly, but surely, the head set also begins to loosen over time. Not right away, but a week or two of riding and the bars turn independently of the wheels... every time I adjust it back, it gets loose again! I've tried adjusting more or less every nut and bolt in that department, loosening them, tightening them, pretty much every possible combination you can come up with on a threaded headset/stem, and it persists.
I'm at the end of my rope... should I pony up and just convert to threadless through and through? I'm not looking to spend a bundle, so I'll probably just end up scrapping a random fork with a long enough tube for it, and I have a road handle-bar and variety of stems, just need to find whatever size they made headsets in back in the day (I think it's a 1", not positive though) and put that on... just wondering if this is a common problem I'm too stock-stupid to fix or if it's really just kinda wonky to the point of no return.
Thanks in advance all the lovely people of this forum, and whoever decides this thread is worth consideration.