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Water in my OCLV(6 posts)

Water in my OCLV12x23
Aug 7, 2001 8:51 AM
How can I keep water out of my oclv headtube besides not ride in the rain? Anyone have this problem? Is the water coming throught the headset? I have a Chris King on one and Cane Creek on the others. I thought about trying a couple of those neoprene/velcro doohickeys made be Lizard Skins to see if this would stop it. SOP is to remove the fork after every rain ride, clean and grease, and reinstall. Not a big problem, but I'd like the eliminate it so I could get the post ride beer a little quicker. ;-)
use a condomak
Aug 7, 2001 9:12 AM
take off your stem and put the condom on over your steer-tube and your stem over it. When you screw in the top-cap-bolt try to give the condom enough slack so that it doesn't poke through. it'll poke through anyway, but the better seal you can form the better it will work. If you can get a pre-lubed condom it might also help keep your stem from creaking. Get a good old-fashioned thick (non-durex) one and try to avoid anything that is texturized.
good luck and explain it to the wife before you buy it.
Resevoir Tip or No?grzy mnky
Aug 7, 2001 9:24 AM
Sorry, but I couldn't resist. The UV from the sun will break down the latex and you'll be stuck doing it over and over again. Frankly I've never heard of water collecting in the head tube and I rode my OCLV in the rain on many occasions. It can only come in from the ends and I have a hard time picturing this given the path that the water must take to get there. Most likely is the water is following the threads/slot down so maybe a decent application of grease would work. Obviously if it came in from below it could then leave the same way when the bike is not being used. One could drill a small 1/16" weep hole in the head tube on the back side - the stays and forks already have them. This turns the problem around from totally preventing the water entry to giving it a path to exit.
Aug 7, 2001 10:20 AM
the condom is going to be underneath the stem, the top-cap, and (although I forgot to mention it earlier) all the spacers you may or may not use. the only part that is exposed to the sunlight is below the point from which it enters the head-tube. The UV breakdown is thus very slow. The condom should be replaced every two months or if you notice the latex deteriorating significantly.
Kewlgrzy mnky
Aug 7, 2001 3:39 PM
Thanks for the clarification - I wasn't exactly sure which way you were installing it. I guess it's like putting one on before you go on a date - no one has to know it's there until you start taking things apart..... ;-)
I dunno,12x23
Aug 7, 2001 3:49 PM
think I'll pass on practicing 'safe seal.' I'm afraid my headtube will feel all numb. It doesn't really hold water, just gets pretty nasty inside. It happens when I get out in heavy rain. I feel it is spray off the front tire blowing by the bottom headset. I think I'll try the Lizard Skin, if still on the market, and go looking for a t'storm. Won't be hard to find with Barry backwash spewing here.