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Old 06-09-21, 07:27 PM
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Shwinn Trailway Crown Race Question

My neighbor just bought a Women's Schwinn Trailway this April, and she recently took a small spill. She asked me to take a look at the bike and see if anything was wrong with it. Looking it over, the bottom headset caged bearing was falling out and the bearing cage was bent (removed in the photo below). Seems easy enough to get a new caged bearing for the headset. My question is: sitting on top of the crown race was this small washer that had split (not intentionally - the edges were jagged).

A) What is this piece? B) How critical is this piece? and C) If I need this piece, where can I get a replacement? Thank you!

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it's the upper headset seal. you should be able to get it at most any bike shop or online store
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Agreed that the "small washer" is a bearing seal. Disagree that it will be readily available. But it's not really needed for a headset to do what they do. We also see a lot of these parts in poor condition but as long as the bearing unit is in good shape the seal's condition does little but worsen long term life. Andy
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Agreed that the "small washer" is a bearing seal. Disagree that it will be readily available. But it's not really needed for a headset to do what they do. We also see a lot of these parts in poor condition but as long as the bearing unit is in good shape the seal's condition does little but worsen long term life. Andy
bike24.com has them, at least.
i've used them broken before.
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