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I'll take things that can bind a steerer for 500 Alex.(14 posts)

I'll take things that can bind a steerer for 500 Alex.Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 12:10 PM
I know I'm going to regret asking this, but...

If a threaded steerer is bulged is there any leeway in keeping the fork? Or should a bulged fork be disposed of immediately? Also, when a steerer feels as if its binding when the stem is loose, but not removed, are there other possible causes other than a bulged steerer tube?

I know you are tempted, but please refrain from throwing me your pearls of wisdom about frame decisions at this time. Its under control. :-)
re: I'll take things that can bind a steerer for 500 Alex.russw19
Mar 26, 2003 12:38 PM
Just get a new frame that can handle the bulge in the fork. Maybe a Cannondale Silk frame, they have big oversized headtubes.... surely you can fit a tiny little steerer tube bulge in there no problem!

Sorry Kristen, I am feeling like a silly dork today....

Anyways, can you give a better verbal picture of this bulge? Or maybe take a pic of it? It's hard for me to picture it, so it's hard to give advice about it. Is the steerer bent? Do you really like the fork, or can you replace it? Is it a standard threaded steel fork? If so, I may have one you can have if you tell me it's 1 inch threaded and how long of a steerer you need....

It goes under the knife on Saturday (possibly)Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 12:50 PM
I haven't pulled the fork out yet. When we had the stem loose (but not removed) last week, it felt like it was binding and it was suggested that it could be a buldge in the steerer tube caused by an over-tightened quill. (I've had 3 stems in this bike so its possible that at some point this occured.) What I mostly want to know is if other things can cause that sense of binding in the steerer? If I take the fork out and its fine, I want to know what else to look for. One other suggestion a friend made was checking the lub factor on my headset...if its dry it can stick a bit.
Getting a clearer picture....Brooks
Mar 26, 2003 1:01 PM
You have removed the quill and loosened the locknut on the stem so the stem/fork are loose. Right? And it still feel like its binding somewhere. I'd first check the bearings (both top and bottom races)for lube as your friend suggested. It is unlikely a bulge from tightening the quill, but you never know until you pull the whole thing. Potentially bent from crash in a former life perhaps. Just pull it and remember to put down a towel or something to catch the loose bearings! Headset work is pretty straightforward, as long as you are not installing new races.

Have fun,
Duct tapeMR_GRUMPY
Mar 26, 2003 12:44 PM
Duct tape can fix anything.......... There is a lot of it around now.
LOL. Great answer. Thanks.Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 12:54 PM
I was thinking about duct taping my frame in order to weather proof it. Can I duct tape the bearrings in? I hate when those things fall out and get lost.
Bearings, you don't need bearings.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 26, 2003 1:03 PM
If you take out the bearings and the headset cups, you won't have a binding problem anymore.
Oooooooh. Good idea, and multifunctional too...Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 1:11 PM
After the repair the bike could be used to perform gravity validation tests while providing a great upper body workout.
Okay, lubbing the headset?Kristin
Mar 26, 2003 1:13 PM
Why doesn't Zinn doesn't cover this? If its there, I've missed it twice. Do I need to completely uninstalled the headset to lube it? Also, how many miles should this be done? I didn't know it was something I was suposed to be doing.
Are you smoking crack?No_sprint
Mar 26, 2003 1:19 PM
You must be either smoking crack, have gone to Chicago schools and be dumber than f$%king mud or just be too much of an idiot to buy a properly fitting bike ASAP and to keep laboring over that nightmarish rig. I've never seen anything like it. If you have to pay someone to take it away, I'd say it's one hell of a good investment.
Easy........big guyMR_GRUMPY
Mar 26, 2003 1:27 PM
I think you need some of my medication to keep the voices away.
Don't be an a$$. nmKristin
Mar 26, 2003 1:29 PM
Take your own advice. nmNo_sprint
Mar 26, 2003 1:32 PM
All rightKristin
Mar 26, 2003 1:40 PM
I was not intending to offend you with my post the other day. I was frustrated and you did call me stupid first. But I meant most of what I said tongue-in-cheek. (I really doubted you'd given the website more than a 10 second glance, and wasn't seriously thinking you're on drugs or brain dead.) I'm not a mean person...well, let me qualify that. Unless you're trying to drive an SUV up my a$$, I'm not a mean person.