Stiff headset

Moodyman

Guru
One of my bikes seems to get a stiff headset (behave yourselves) when left unridden for a few days.

The last couple of times this happened, I squirted some GT85 into the headset area and re-tightened all the bolts. It's fine when ridden daily but as soon as I leave it for a few days, the handlebars develop a strong resistance to turning.

The headset is the standard one that came with the bike and done about 7k miles.

Is it on it's way out?
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
GT85 into a headset. oops. You need to pull it to bits, clean it and regrease soon. Check if the races and bearings are pitted, if so, it's new headset time.

What type of headset - integrated or external ?
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
You should be able to just buy new bearing cartridges, but you may need a LBS to tell you the exact ones. Not too expensive and with luck it will just be the bearing cartridges that are needed.
 
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