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Old 01-09-10, 02:32 PM
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Cork in the steerer tube has nothing to do with headsets. It does help in keeping your stem wedge and steerer tube from sticking (corroding) together, however. I used to run cork in my MTB fork back in the day of quill stems on MTBs. If my road bike didn't have a brake bolt in the way, I'd jam some cork up in there, but as it is I just make sure I pull the stem out and lube it every other year or so - good enough to keep the stem from sticking.

If your bottom headset bearing grease seems to get fouled too quickly, there's a light and cheap solution to that as well. Cut about a 1" length of old tube and slip it up onto the bottom of your headtube next time you're repacking your headset bearings. After you've got the fork back in, slide it down over the headset and up against the fork crown. Keeps the water out of unsealed headset bearings. Acts as a slight steering damper, too.

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