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Old 09-09-08, 01:47 PM
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wind protection for headset (roof-rack travel)

No, I don't bike fast enough to worry about all the lubrication blowing out of the headset, but I was reading a bicycle repair book the other day & the writer was recommending that you use a sheath of some sort to protect the two swivel points for the bearings of the headset...basically so that if you use a rooftop bike carrier that you don't end up blowing all the lube out of the headset when you're driving 65mph+ on the Interstate. Am I the only one who's never thought of this? I'm probably going to be making a 400 mile road trip tomorrow and will have bikes on the roof either one or both ways.....should I be wrapping something around the headsets to protect them from wind? I've seen 'bike bikini' type setups before, but I figured they were just to protect from bugs & stuff...
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I have logged a bunch of miles with my bike on a trunk rack. Never have I blown the grease out of a headset. Sounds a bit sketchy to me. Did the guy sell a headset wind protector on this site?
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Old 09-09-08, 02:03 PM
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no, it was a book....and nothin' to sell, as far as i could tell. .....he was recommending using a cut piece of innertube around the headset that could be pulled over the ends of the headset....simple idea, but not one to implement tonight
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As a quick measure you could duct tape saran wrap or a piece cut from a plastic bag around the headset cups to keep the wind off of them if you are cocerned.

There are cloth "bras" that cover the entire front of bikes on roof racks, including the bars and fork blades, but they seem to be more useful in avoiding bug splashes than protecting the headset.

I've also driven thousands of miles with bikes on both roof racks and on a rear hitch-mount carrier and the headsets suffer no damage at all.
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As have I. No issues with lube loss on the roof rack. It sounds pretty kooky to me; I can't imagine a scenario that would cause a problem, short of getting picked up in a tornado and deposited in a lake. And as long as I got it out pretty quick, it'd probably still be fine.
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli View Post
no, it was a book....and nothin' to sell, as far as i could tell. .....he was recommending using a cut piece of innertube around the headset that could be pulled over the ends of the headset....simple idea, but not one to implement tonight
My shop buddies and I used to do this on our mountain bikes . . . in 1984, mostly for mud riding protection. I don't think it did any good, but we sure looked cool.
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Since reading that — I think it's in the Bicycling Magazine book, right? — I've watched my headset, which gets a lot of roof time. I'm pretty sure all that builds up behind the headset is regular road crud from riding.
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