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Old 04-19-05, 05:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys -

Getting a new chris king headset soon, and I have been reading about the facing process. Sounds like something I should definitely have a bike shop do. Does anyone skip this step? do it themselves? HEre is the description from the Chris King website: Frame preperation for headset

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Old 04-19-05, 05:55 PM   #2
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You are right. The LBS should charge around $20 to do it. That is much cheaper than the tools required. It will make your headset smoother and allow you to adjust it more preciscely.
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Yeah, that's a definite shop job. If you're getting a king headset, you're not going cheap anyway, so find a shop you trust to do it for you.
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Thats what I figured. Just wanted to make sure I wasnt wasting money! Thanks for your advice!
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And some CK headsets require a special headset press adapter for installation:

http://tinyurl.com/7ws3q

Another good reason to have a shop do the work.

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Either a shop - or a framebuilder in your area. I would go with a framebuilder because they do it all the time.
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Hey guys -

Getting a new chris king headset soon, and I have been reading about the facing process. Sounds like something I should definitely have a bike shop do. Does anyone skip this step? do it themselves? HEre is the description from the Chris King website: Frame preperation for headset

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Is this for the Trek or a new bike?
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Is this for the Trek or a new bike?
New bike - only 60% sure i am getting it. I am wary if I have enough money for the whole project and I am struggeling trying to find a cheap, short frame.

The whole point of the project is for me to build my first bike.
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... struggeling trying to find a cheap, short frame.
Are you looking for only a track specific frame or road frames too?
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looking for road frames too - and have had my eye on some on ebay - but I would rather buy a Mark V for $250 than a 20 year old bike for 200 (unless its special of course). I have parts all pieced together in my head (he is gonna be one damn fine bike) just need a black frame and I am very hesitent about the Mark V since I will only have about 1/4" of clearance between me and the top tube.
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looking for road frames too - and have had my eye on some on ebay - but I would rather buy a Mark V for $250 than a 20 year old bike for 200 (unless its special of course). I have parts all pieced together in my head (he is gonna be one damn fine bike) just need a black frame and I am very hesitent about the Mark V since I will only have about 1/4" of clearance between me and the top tube.
Standover is less important than proper top tube length.
My 50cm (with it's 46cm c-c seat tube) fits like my 49cm Miyata conversion because of it's high bottom bracket. You're welcome to try it for size next time we meet up.
If you're torso can fit the 52cm top tube then you'll be fine (with your chosen stem). Just wear lugged MTB clipless shoes and you'll make up the difference in standover.
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YES! I didnt know one of the SF crew's IRO was a 50! I really want to try your bike out for size next time, i was worried about the 52 top tube too.
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Facing reduces that rocking over the front end of the bike, that pitching up and down, and the yawing side to side. Really worth it, you can tell the difference. It makes the bike safer to ride, easier to control.
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