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loos fork/headsetluvmybike
Sep 30, 2003 5:04 AM
Last night when I arived from my commute trip home i noticed the front fork on my poprad had a little play - i am no bike mechanic but know enough that this is not good.

I am going to take it into the lbs today but I am concerned that I have caused some serious damage. I don't think I have ridden it a lot like this, thinking I would have noticed it. I do ride some pretty rough roads.

Last nights ride was only 11 miles - how do you fix this problem?
re: loos fork/headsetWheelz
Sep 30, 2003 11:57 AM
Most likely you did not do any damage to your headset and you LBS should be able to tighten it while you wait.

If you want to do it your self, you need to know if you have a threaded headset or a threadless version.

A threaded HS will have 2 nuts at the under at the top of the stack and your stem will slip inside the steer tube. If this is the case, simply tighten the lower nut so that there is no play in the headset but the steer tube will swing freely. Then tighten the upper nut to lock the lower nut into place. Usually this will tighten both nuts, so you'll have to back the lower nut off some. You will need a special wrench for this, size depending on your steer tube diameter.

If you have a threadless version, there will be no locking nuts at the top of your steer tube, and the stem will fasten over the steer tube holding everything into place. In this case, loosen the bolt at the top of the stem, and the 2 bolts on the out side of the stem and steer tube. Then tighten the bolt on the top of the stem so that there is no play in the headset but the steer tube will swing freely. Then tighten the two bolts securing the stem to the steer tube. No special tools needed, just a standard hex wrench.

Good luck