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headset / handling questionsurf
May 15, 2002 7:50 AM
This is a hard one to explain and sounds kinda weird but my wheel/headset wants to stay in the middle --which means the wheel is pointing straight ahead. This causes problems when handling. It seems like it does add some stability when going straight but makes turns unnatural.

Should the wheel turn freely or should it have a slight affinity for the center. it feels like as i hit dead center, it falls into a groove. I really dont know how to explain this but i hope you guys know what im talking about. It's an older bike with a quill stem, so i think that means it's threaded headset???

Can i adjust this, any ideas?
Sounds like...PsyDoc
May 15, 2002 8:52 AM
your headset is indexing, and you are correct in believing that you have a threaded headset. You might want to try re-greasing it liberally and see what happens. I had a headset on my Merlin that began indexing after about 8 years of use. I re-greased the headset and that took care of the problem. Ultimately, you may have to get a new headset.
how do i re-grease it? How do i get to the bearings?surf
May 15, 2002 11:12 AM
Do I have to take the fork off, how does the headset come apart. No, im not an idiot, i have worked on most other parts of the bike but never the headset.
Thanks alot
Threaded headset instruxczardonic
May 15, 2002 3:57 PM
You should be able to find all the info you need on this page http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/howfix_headset.shtml
First clue: look for something with wrench flatsKerry
May 16, 2002 4:32 PM
If you have a threaded steerer, then the "nut" at the top of the stem unthreads. First remove the stem, unthread the nut and the adjustable cup below it, and the HS comes apart. If you have a threadless, remove the stem, loosen the star fangled nut, and things just come apart.