Threaded Headset Maintenance – Front End Wobble
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