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Integrated headset -- how to check?(9 posts)

Integrated headset -- how to check?5ive
Jan 27, 2002 3:32 PM
Hello all.

Is there an accurate way to check if my integated headset is loose? Other than bouncing the front wheel and feeling for rattle, I wonder if there's more accurate way to know for sure.

Thanx in advance.
re: Integrated headset -- how to check?nee Spoke Wrench
Jan 27, 2002 5:38 PM
Apply the front brake and try to rock the bike forward. If the headset is loose you will feel it.
do it this way! ....... nmCT1
Jan 28, 2002 7:31 AM
re: Integrated headset -- how to check?Eric
Jan 29, 2002 1:03 PM
Rocking with the front brake is a good plan, but if your front brake is at loose on its mount it will give a poor indication of a loose headset. Check the tightness of the mounting nut before doing.

An alternative method is to turn the bars 90 degrees, so the front wheel is perpendicular to the frame. Hold the bars with one hand and rock the bike back and forth to reveal any play.
re: Integrated headset -- how to check?edmundtan
Jan 27, 2002 11:48 PM
Lift the front wheel off the ground by the top tube, then grab the handlebars and push / pull it up and down to check for accessive play in the headset.

Adjusting for proper tightness is a question of touch and feel. A properly adjusted headset allows smooth rotation of the handlebar/fork without binding and accessive play.
An alternative method,TJeanloz
Jan 28, 2002 7:28 AM
If you have a delicate touch, my favorite method is to put the bike in the stand (or have somebody hold it up), spin the front wheel as fast as you can, then jam the front brake on to lock the wheel up- any looseness will be apparent. With this method, you can find even the smallest mis-adjustment.
Stick your finger in it!Jimbo
Jan 28, 2002 10:30 PM
clamp the bike in a workstand.

put one finger at the back/bottom of the headtube where the fork intersects the headset.

make sure the front wheel is not touching the ground.

give the front wheel a good smack with the palm of your hand on a 45 degree angle relative to the headtube.

If its loose you will feel it vibrate and move.

try it with the headset a little to tight then a little to loose as a reference. This will help you differentiate fork vibrating from headset movement.
Thank you for all of your suggestions!5ive
Jan 29, 2002 8:13 AM
re: Integrated headset -- how to check?grzy
Jan 29, 2002 5:16 PM
Squeeze the front brake while standing next to the bike and gently rock it fore and aft. If the HS is loose you'll feel a slight "clunk". All that is required is a decent sense of feel.