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the $3 ghetto headset press for sale for 55 pounds!?

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Old 06-21-05, 08:20 AM
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the $3 ghetto headset press for sale for 55 pounds!?

for sale for 55 pounds from this british bike shop!

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Old 06-21-05, 08:35 AM
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ha ha!
I just made one this weekend from a 1/2" threaded 12 inch bar, two bolts, two washers are two brass bushings. total cost $5.32 US. I also made an Italian BB fixed cup remover. We'll see how these work. Of course, I am just toying around as I do not have a headset press (yes, I have done many installs - call this an experiement) or feel like being over-charged at the LBS. Normally, I would take my frame to my fav shop, but they are too backed up right now. So I will give these a try! If they work, I will have my Tommaso built up for Sunday at the Velo!
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come to britain and you will understand....
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do they bonk you on the head when you step off the plane, or what?
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isnt 55 pounds about $5
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55 pounds is around $100.
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no, its around 25kg !
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come to britain and you will understand....
There's no Home Depot in the UK...
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i can send anyone in the UK one of these for the discounted rate of 40 pounds
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The CP-1 model. An engineering masterpiece. I know a bargain when I see one.
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ha ha!
I just made one this weekend from a 1/2" threaded 12 inch bar, two bolts, two washers are two brass bushings. total cost $5.32 US. I also made an Italian BB fixed cup remover. We'll see how these work. Of course, I am just toying around as I do not have a headset press (yes, I have done many installs - call this an experiement) or feel like being over-charged at the LBS. Normally, I would take my frame to my fav shop, but they are too backed up right now. So I will give these a try! If they work, I will have my Tommaso built up for Sunday at the Velo!
thanks for the press recipe!

would you mind revealing your method for making a fixed-cup remover?
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removing the cups is easy.

hold the frame in your lap with the headtube vertical and cup you want to remove facing down.

i use a 1/2" or so wooden dowel, i'm sure other things would work.

i insert the dowel through the other side of the head tube, place it up against the edge of the cup and gently tap it with a mallet. i tap it once or twice, then move it around a little bit, working all the way around the circumfrence of the cup.

it taps out in a few minutes.

people will give you all sorts of warnings about how you can ovalize or otherwise screw up the head tube doing this, but i've done it many times, always been gentle and slow, and never had a single problem.

removing the crown race from the fork is another issue. the only way i've done it is by tapping it off with a blunt object of some sort (some use a screwdrievr - i use a 6" long solid brass rod with slightly rounded edges - doesn't leave marks and seems to transfer force a little better than a screwdriver) and mallet. it works fine, but i know this is not the best way to do it, it can leave marks on the bottom of the race (just cosmetic, though) and can take a long time.

i will attempt to devise a home-brew race puller soon.

you can install the race by tapping it on with a piece of pvc piping. again, some will advise you that this can damage the bearing surface, and i'm sure it could, but i'm not about to stop doing it this way.
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Originally Posted by brunning
i will attempt to devise a home-brew race puller soon.
Homebrew race puller: Flip fork upside down, hit crown race with pvc pipe, wood block, or as a last resort; a screwedriver/chisel. That sucka will come off by the methods above.

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people will give you all sorts of warnings about how you can ovalize or otherwise screw up the head tube doing this, but i've done it many times, always been gentle and slow, and never had a single problem.
There are tools for this, but they don't work any better than your method.

If you have an old chisel, throw it in to your next campfire to soften it up.

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well, the park tool does the same thing, but applies pressure to all sides at once.

wouldn't really take too much thought to make this exact tool out of some scrap metal.

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Originally Posted by brunning
well, the park tool does the same thing, but applies pressure to all sides at once.

wouldn't really take too much thought to make this exact tool out of some scrap metal.

I've heard it's VERY easy to make this out of PVC pipe.
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Everyone needs a proper crown race puller, it's only US$108.95!

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Haha.

I do that with my bare hands, 'natch.
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