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F-forksake! Advice needed please?
#11
Brilliant, cheers.
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#12
For what its worth I think you made the right decision there too Smile
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#13
Thanks... I'll show the missus your post, she's just seen a large chunk taken out of my "Get a Garmin" fund, which when I've got a Garmin becomes the "Get the missus an iPad" fund. Lol
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#14
Don't get me wrong - a Garmin is nice to have but I think forks are a greater priority. I've ridden without a Garmin, but never without forks :lol:

And I've never ridden with an iPad at all...
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#15
Totally agree. Would look a bit daft if I had to wheelie everywhere on account of buying a Garmin before a set of forks. Especially as I'm crap at wheelies. Big Grin
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#16
Yeah correct decision.

And http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/garmin-e...da-2107868
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#17
That's a cracking deal for that GPS...

Luckily for me, I have a friend who works at Garmin who can get a 50% discount. And I have plans for this year that involve the South Downs Way, the North Downs, the Downs Link, some trails in the Limousin region of France as well as some others so I'm thinking a ½ price Edge 1000 will be the way to go.
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#18
The saga continues...

Yesterday afternoon when I woke up I thought I'd get to work prepping my bike to receive it's new forks, so tapped out the old ones and found them in this state;

resim

Then discovered bearings that looked like this:

resim

Which would explain the grinding noises I get when I steer.

Slightly deterred that this is gonna become a bigger, more complicated job than I thought I sent my friendly bike dealer a message with pictures explaining what was going on and asking for their advice.
They phoned me back (must've had my number on record) within the hour and gave me loads of advice and encouragement for where to go from there.

I didn't realise there'd be tube cutting involved etc and I don't really have the right tools for the job, nor the confidence to start cutting over 100quids worth of stuff that can't be repaired once cocked up. So Jack (who's been helping me out at the shop) has said to bag it all up, drop the bike down to them and they'll do it for me for a tenner! And help with setup.

Bloody good guys at Handsome Bikes in Hastings, I can't recommend them enough. They've done loads of work for me for free and are always helpful.

The new forks haven't arrived yet, but when they do I'm looking forward to getting em sorted.
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#19
jonboy1066 Wrote:The saga continues...

Yesterday afternoon when I woke up I thought I'd get to work prepping my bike to receive it's new forks, so tapped out the old ones and found them in this state;

resim

Then discovered bearings that looked like this:

resim

Which would explain the grinding noises I get when I steer.

Slightly deterred that this is gonna become a bigger, more complicated job than I thought I sent my friendly bike dealer a message with pictures explaining what was going on and asking for their advice.
They phoned me back (must've had my number on record) within the hour and gave me loads of advice and encouragement for where to go from there.

I didn't realise there'd be tube cutting involved etc and I don't really have the right tools for the job, nor the confidence to start cutting over 100quids worth of stuff that can't be repaired once cocked up. So Jack (who's been helping me out at the shop) has said to bag it all up, drop the bike down to them and they'll do it for me for a tenner! And help with setup.

Bloody good guys at Handsome Bikes in Hastings, I can't recommend them enough. They've done loads of work for me for free and are always helpful.

The new forks haven't arrived yet, but when they do I'm looking forward to getting em sorted.
Great service from you're bike shop. It's always good when you get on with the boss, the guy at my lbs has been similarly helpful to me, like this week when my account ran dry before i got the chance to pay for them to blead my new brakes...no worries, take the bike and drop the money in the weekend he said Smile
Re the headset, bikes usually come with crap poorly sealed ones from the shop, whenever i've got a new frame it's usually the first thing i change if it comes with one. Make sure you get one with sealed cartridge bearings and a good seal below the stem. Cane Creak and FSA are usually a safe bet for not silly money and you can change just the bearings when they wear out instead of the whole headset.
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#20
An alternative is to get that up and running again. That is an old style of headset using caged ball bearings, it's obviously not very well sealed but it'll almost certainly be good as new again with a bloody good clean up and regrease. It'll only take you half an hour.

Spray a load of WD40 onto the bearings to begin with, this will help to shift the skanky grime and used grease, now let them sit for a bit. Give the cups (usually black or silver bits at the top and bottom of the head tube within the frame) that the bearing sits in a good clean out too with tissue. Now get back on the bearings, more tissue and a bit of a wipe and they will probably come up much cleaner than you expect. The crown race attached to the fork will also need a clean up, treat it the same as the cups. Sparkly...

Get plenty of grease and slather it into the bearing cups both top and bottom, use a load, it'll last longer and will help to 'waterproof' the unsealed bearing. Stuff the clean bearings back into the cups (the grease helps to hold them in place too)and hoof a bit more grease on top of the bearing for good measure.

Now slap the fork back into place, do it all up and marvel at your resourcefulness. Smoother than a buttered dolphin.

Sorry if I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs, good luck.

resim
Keep it foolish...
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