[BVC-CHAT] Bike pulling
texafornia at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 18:03:30 CDT 2008
Took it to aggieland and Rob loosened the headset just a bit. After a very
short ride, seems like it doesn't pull anymore. Longer ride will prove it.
Overtightened headset will make it not want to turn and definitely
exaggerate the beginnings of any bearing "burn-in" and make it want to stay
in one spot and resist turning. Thanks for the help!
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:39 PM, <bk at jp.pair.com> wrote:
> > I recently bought a 95 specialized allez and noticed that it pulls
> > slightly to one side. Everything looks aligned fine in the dropouts.
> > Is there a chance the problem is old headset bearings or is it a bent
> > fork?
> > Brett
> ...hard to say without looking at it - also hard to understand what you
> mean by "pulling to one side." If you mean that when you move the bars
> side to side, they seem to want to position themselves in a certain spot
> and that spot is not dead center, then yes, the headset is the first place
> to look. The headset can become damaged where it has a dent from the ball
> bearings and no longer moves freely, but instead wants to stop at a
> certain spot where one of the bearings goes into the dent. This can be
> caused by a lot of wear, improper adjustment, of some type of accidental
> damage. If so, you may have the type of headset where you can replace the
> bearings if you have a high end part, like Chris King, or you may need to
> get a entirely different headset. If something else is going on, however,
> a headset replacement won't help. I'm not sure how a problematic fork
> could cause such a problem, but I'm sure there is a way.
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