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Advice on servicing headsets

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by jay clock, 8 Jan 2017.

  1. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I never bother unless I get a problem. If it ain't broke....
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I have done on my fixed commuter. Straight forward. Pop the seal and pack with grease.
     
  4. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    It's not really necessary but it is a very thorough way of doing the job (I'm a good squirt of oil kinda guy though)
     
  5. gbb

    gbb Guru

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Its quite easy and can lengthen the life of a bearing.
    I do it at work more than on the bike, ie repairing an assembly and find i dont have a new replacement bearing. Seals out, clean, as he says blast out with an airline , pack with grease, insert seals and refit.
    Done it on crank bearings a couple times. Ive even done it to some pretty dry and dirty bearings, it can have quite an effect.
     
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  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

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  7. gbb

    gbb Guru

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  8. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    I do like the use of the butterknife. :becool:
     
  9. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    Thanks everyone. A new headset is £15 so I think I will stick with occasional replacement
     
  10. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    Nice one @Globalti . Just need to get a butter knife now
     
  11. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this..........

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    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Am I missing something here? Unless you pop out the seals and repack the bearings then why the heck are you servicing the headset?
    In fact, I'll change that. Unless you repack or replace the sealed bearings then you are not actually servicing the headset, you are merely taking it apart and putting g it back together again.
    Either leave the bearings until they are shot and need replacement or repack the bearings. Anything else is just fannying about and you risk damaging something (stripped thread or similar!).
     
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  12. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    Thanks. By taking it apart I did manage to have a good clean up which must have helped