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Kids BMX Bike Fork attachment issue?

Old 06-12-23, 01:04 PM
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Kids BMX Bike Fork attachment issue?

This kid's BMX bike still rides ok. But I have noticed the fork attachment is loose and the ball bear is exposed. Is it supposed to be like that?

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No, it is not supposed to look loke that.

Hard to tell from your pics but either it is mis-assembled or the steering tube is bent preventing proper seating of the bearings in the cup.. I would totally disassemble and examine the steering tube of the fork for any mis-alignment or evidence of being bent.
The lower bearing cup is also showing to not being properly seated in the head tube. No view of the upper bearing cup to make comment on.
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Originally Posted by bikecommuter13
This kid's BMX bike still rides ok. But I have noticed the fork attachment is loose and the ball bear is exposed. Is it supposed to be like that?
It only seems to ride OK because it lacks a front brake, so the normal test for a loose headset doesn't work. You need to check the headset for damage, and adjust so there's no slack but it still turns freely.
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since you had to ask if the VERY Loose Headset is "normal or not" i'll assume that you Should Take The Bike to a Bike shop/Co-op and Have Them fix it for you. There are tools involved that you won't have, and skills needed that you may not possess.

TAKE THE BIKE TO A SHOP Please... .there may already be damage that is not visible to a non-bike mechanic... and Safe steering is very important.
the Headset was Not Adjusted and tightened correctly to begin with... If the Bike is still Under Warranty, GT should pay for the repair... and a good shop would probably do the Repair for no labor charge anyway... it's easy when you have the tools and skills, not so when you don't... TAKE THE BIKE TO A SHOP.

one personal note.. YIKES!

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