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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
I hope if replacement bearing sets are found that it's posted here. i have a few bikes with the Stronglite A-9s. Andy.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. My experience with A9 headsets is that they are virtually indestructible, even with long term neglect. As an experiment, I set up my commuter bike with an A9 headset and rode it in all kinds of weather for 20 years without any maintenance whatsoever. In 2008, after 20 years, I opened it up, cleaned off the old grease, and this is what I found:

Some minor discoloration on the lower race, but nothing more. I swapped upper and lower races, reassembled, and will ride it for another 20 years and report back again.

At this point, I have half a dozen bikes with A9s installed, and a Delta (similar design, but with O-ring seals on the cups) on my tandem.
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