Archive for April 21st, 2009
Mike suggested bikejournal.com as an online Log Book. I have tried it briefly and won’t claim any expertise so please feel free to correct any errors.
Straight forward on line bike journal that would replace your Excel spreadsheet in functionality. They offer it for free with the option to upgrade to premium service for $20/year.
Riding home on Sunday my Slipstream suddenly developed a sever front end wobble at speeds above 20 MPH. I haven’t really checked it yet but I suspect the headset is loose. Last year it started to bind and I adjusted it. I am hoping that another adjustment will do the trick.
I am also hoping that my sloppy maintenance last year didn’t create a problem. Last year ( Adjusting the Slipstream Headset), I just assumed it was sticking because it was tight and loosened the adjustment. I should have disassembled the headset and checked for dirt or foreign material in the headset. If that was the case I will probably be replacing the head set this year.
This year I am going to do the job a lot better - Bicycle Tutor – How to Overhaul a Threaded Headset. This is a terrific video, it makes everything simple and reminds you of all the things we non-mechanics forget.
But it is cold, dark and raining hard now – so checking the headset will have to wait another day. Instead I have been reviewing headset adjustment videos on YouTube so I’ll be ready when the rain stops. I have the wrenches and lube I need already. I got them last year.
BTW: Park recommends checking headset every 2 or 3 rides and greasing 2x per year
Here are a couple of YouTube Videos you might find useful:
I’ll update you after I check out the headset. This time I’ll remember to disassemble the headset and lube the bearing before I do any adjustments.
Bicycle Tutor – How to Overhaul a Threaded Headset – This is a terrific video – the best by far on this subject