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Old 03-12-06, 11:30 AM   #1
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chicago: need to borrow headset removal tool

anyone have this? I tried using a screwdriver but it won't budge and I didn't want to ruin my screwdriver.

if you have a press as well, even better, but I made the jury-rigged version that shoud work fine.

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Old 03-12-06, 11:45 AM   #2
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i was talking to the Orphans crew about headset tools.. it's the one thing no one seems to have. I'd be interested to try making the home-made version though.
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I have done this and it has served me well on three bikes. Make sure that the press portions are made from brass - this way they won't gauge out the cups/races and that you buy extra washers.
http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html
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Old 03-12-06, 12:39 PM   #4
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Maybe douse it in penetrating oil and try the screw driver again?
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I have done this and it has served me well on three bikes. Make sure that the press portions are made from brass - this way they won't gauge out the cups/races and that you buy extra washers.
http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html
Daaaaamn that is thinking. I used a lead pipe and a hydraulic press and nearly crushed my headtube in the process.

Sorry steak i just use screwdrivers.
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anyone have this? I tried using a screwdriver but it won't budge and I didn't want to ruin my screwdriver.
Its pretty easy to mimic a real headset tool



A length of copper piping or aluminum conduit, with a slit cut along its length and the resulting legs spead apart works well.
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+1 DIY remover. I use one in the shop. There's absolutely no reason to buy one when you can make one out of scrap pipe (which we have in spades) in about 2 minutes.
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+1 DIY remover. I use one in the shop. There's absolutely no reason to buy one when you can make one out of scrap pipe (which we have in spades) in about 2 minutes.
Yes. 3/4 inch tubing and a hacksaw will do it. Mine's been working fine for a while.
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Yes. 3/4 inch tubing and a hacksaw will do it. Mine's been working fine for a while.
Also, I got tired of my crappy stamped bb/lockring tool and took a die grinder to a set of cheap channel locks yesterday. Seems like it will work fine, although I've yet to put it to use.
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Most pipe steel isn't the right springyness (technical term here, ask a metallurgist).
How much is the LBS charging, it should be cheap.
If not, bribe them with beer and food.
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Also, I got tired of my crappy stamped bb/lockring tool and took a die grinder to a set of cheap channel locks yesterday. Seems like it will work fine, although I've yet to put it to use.
I've been using a homemade channel lock-ring tool for about 6 weeks now.
Best thing I've ever made.
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Come to the shop.


I'll hook it up.
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I take a cheap Aluminium seat post file the bottom is on an angle just 10degrees or so.
make sure the lowest part of the edge is quite sharp, then put it through the top cup, twist it so it is on an angle then give it a firm "whack" You will have to hit it on the opposite edge as not to damage the head tube. For the record I have used this on my Chris King headset in a frame with a machined internal lip, a normal tool would not remove and happily no damage.
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Most pipe steel isn't the right springyness (technical term here, ask a metallurgist).
How much is the LBS charging, it should be cheap.
If not, bribe them with beer and food.
Aluminum works just fine, though. Probably copper would, too.
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