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    HELP-headset gets out of alignment EASILY. (noob)

    Okay. So I just bought a bike, and I made the dumbest mistake ever.
    FYI, my bike has threadless headset.

    So I was assembling the bike and I thought I had to put the grease on to the steering column, so I did.
    .HELP-Loose headset. (noob)-20130705_174448.jpg (on to the metal part)

    But then I realized that I shouldn't have so I wiped all the grease off
    with a cloth.
    but...(Even with all the screws on tight. I just took them off)
    the headset is like super-loose. Turning the handlebar doesn't move the wheels now. What should I do now?


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    Where is the cap and the associated screw that threads into the star-nut? You need to leave the stem fixing bolts loose until you put tension on the bearings. Only after the bearings have a load on them would you tighten the stem bolts. Go to Park Tool and read up on how this is done.

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    I tried it like that, but still, when I lift up the front wheel and shake the bike, the headset and the front wheel goes out of tune/sync.

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    If I didn't bicycle when the weather is bad... I wouldn't be a cyclist. I'd just be another old fat man... with a bicycle hanging in his garage.

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    Okay. Let me rephrase myself. I don't think the headset is loose, but

    the handlebars and the fork/front wheel goes out of alignment everytime I turn the handlebar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bboyinmartin View Post
    Okay. Let me rephrase myself. I don't think the headset is loose, but

    the handlebars and the fork/front wheel goes out of alignment everytime I turn the handlebar.
    Right! And by looking at the pic you posted I can see the head set isn't together or tight. You should click the link.... and watch the video.
    If I didn't bicycle when the weather is bad... I wouldn't be a cyclist. I'd just be another old fat man... with a bicycle hanging in his garage.

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    No I just took the screws off to see what's wrong. I did what the guy in the video did, but it still didn't work.

    Do I have to apply some sort of glue onto the steering column?

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    Re: HELP-Loose headset. (noob)

    No glue!

    Are you missing a spacer? I'm assuming the side Allen bolts are in...did you use the right ones?

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    Re: HELP-Loose headset. (noob)

    In the pic the side Allen bolts are loose. Did you ever tighten them?

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    Unless the star-nut is slipping and/or deformed, I'd say it's user-error. The star-nut looks ok, best I can tell. Just need to get a feel for it. Take a break, grab a beer, pat yourself on the back for even trying... then try again.
    Last edited by headloss; 07-05-2013 at 07:05 PM.

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    HELP-Loose headset. (noob)-20130705_200232.jpg
    Here's the picture of it. I'm pretty sure I did everything right. I tightened everything (fairly hard; Couldn't tighten them any further).

    But still, when I lift up the front tires and just shake it a bit, the alignment goes off right away :c

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    Re: HELP-Loose headset. (noob)

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    Here's the picture of it. I'm pretty sure I did everything right. I tightened everything (fairly hard; Couldn't tighten them any further).

    But still, when I lift up the front tires and just shake it a bit, the alignment goes off right away :c
    Well, not that it will fix your problem but if you tightened them that tight, they're too tight.

    Leave it alone for today and tomorrow morning, watch the video and start again.

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    LOLOLOLOLOL

    Looks like you put the two stem screws into the wrong side!
    Turn them around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy99CL View Post
    LOLOLOLOLOL

    Looks like you put the two stem screws into the wrong side!
    Turn them around.
    Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. Good call! I bet he was just testing all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redondoaveb View Post
    Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. Good call! I bet he was just testing all of us.
    But just in case he wasn't, I have another suggestion: before you ride it, have somebody knowledgable take a look at it.
    Eppur si muove.

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    Oh my god. You sir, are a genius. Haha

    This was my first time actually assembling a bike, so I didn't know. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    But just in case he wasn't, I have another suggestion: before you ride it, have somebody knowledgable take a look at it.
    Yep, good advice too. Hope the OP heeds it.
    If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

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    I will go to a local bike store tomorrow and have the guy check my bike. Thanks guys!

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