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Old 10-08-07, 07:54 PM   #1
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Hi hope all are good... building a SS for the first time... wondering what a good headset would be to put on my old Puch Path Finder... ? it is a one inch head set now and would like to know something easy and better to replace the old one in it now... and not cost an arm and a leg...

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Old 10-08-07, 08:04 PM   #2
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Are you going threadless? I put a Cane Creek on an old Raleigh SS convert. It's no Chris King, but I got to keep a few dollars in my pocket.

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thanks for the info
what headset did you use... ?
the one you used is a one inch and let you go threadless ?

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Old 10-08-07, 08:15 PM   #4
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Tange, Cane Creek, and Ritchey are all fine and under $30, maybe under $20 on a good day. Read up about ISO and JIS headset sizes on sheldonbrown.com, you'll need to know this to buy one. You'll also probably want to have a shop do it anyway, unless you have access to tools it takes more crap than it's worth it to buy to do it once.
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Yes, I went 1" threadless. I think it is the S2 model.
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i saved a few bucks and got an Aheadset STS... it's by cane creek but just not quite as nice.
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hi thanks for all the help... but i am still unclear as to what heatset to use... i want to reuse my current forks .. so are there any headsets that let me do that?

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Old 10-09-07, 11:22 AM   #8
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Get out your micrometer.
You'll need to measure the crown race.
That's where the magic happens.
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tell me about it worked in a bearings plant for 20 years....

thanks but i have just started to work on bikes so forgive me for not knowing alot but learn fast
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Okay, there are two different types of headsets for 1" steerer tubes: Threaded and threadless. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the stem. If the stem goes inside of the steerer tube and tightens with a bolt on top of it, it is threaded. If the stem goes around the steer tube and clamps to it, it is threadless.

Find out which type you have, and buy the appropriate headset. There are a lot of 1" threadless and 1" threaded stems out there.
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While were on this topic, I want to replace the threaded headset that came w/ my 80s Schwinn World Sport. What should I get (Chris King not included)
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You have to measure.
There's no clearcut defined way to tell other than the size of the crown race or cup.
JIS is 27mm and ISO is 26.4.

You really can't find too many threaded JIS headsets other than the $5 **** from Taiwan.
http://sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-headsets.html
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hi thanks a ton for the help ... . but... my first post was asking how do i go from threaded to threadless
headset without changing the fork... just give me the name of a headset that will let me do that if there is one..
thanks a ton

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For crying out loud man.
Go measure that ****!
If in fact you have a threaded ISO headset, you could possibly buy a new ISO threadless headset.

Then you can deal with buying a new stem, and finding out if your steerer tube is even long enough to get the stem on it. Never mind the unsightly exposed threads.
**** man, you might as well buy a new bike.
As you can see the list goes on.
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hi thanks a ton for the help ... . but... my first post was asking how do i go from threaded to threadless
headset without changing the fork... just give me the name of a headset that will let me do that if there is one..
Probably not possible.

Threaded forks typically only stick about 1cm or so past the top of the headset, and this has a nut on it to keep pressure on the headset bearings.

Threadless forks stick up past the headset by at least an inch or so, sometimes more. The stem and all the spacers press down on the headset from the top-cap.

In order to make a threaded fork work in a threadless setup, the steerer tube will have to be a LOT longer than the head-tube, and then you cut the threaded part off. With the threads cut off, it will have to be still a good deal longer than the headtube. Some folks clamp their stem onto the threaded part, but that is pretty lazy and dangerous.

In summary, in order to make it work, your fork will have to have a length of UNTHREADED steerer tube that is long enough to go through the headtube, both cups of a headset, and almost reach the top of the stem that you are using. That is longer than most previously-mounted threaded forks are. Sorry.
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thanks a ton
thanks aeroplane for really giving me an answer and not a winnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...


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