Re: Loose Headset and Steering Woes
Turned out there were a couple issues going on....When I first bought the bike used several years ago, there was a vertical hairline crack in the fork running between the two legs where it fits over the steering tube. The steering tube was loose and could rotate independently of the fork. I had bolted the two parts together back then, and recently the bolt had corroded and snapped. So I re-bolted it with a beefier stainless steel bolt & lock nut. There was still play in the headset though, and the glide-flex was corroded to the steering tube. Mike from Bacchetta suggested spraying the glide-flex/steering tube gap with WD-40 and hitting the underside of the glide-flex with a mallet. I hit it many times, seemingly without it loosening up to the point where it was free, but when I tightened the cap bolt afterwards, there was no more play in the headset....yay!