Intro: Install a Headset in a Bike
Ever need to install a new headset in a bike? Well it couldn't be easier, it only takes 15 minutes and some basic tools.
Step 1: Tools
To do this you need an adjustable wrench, hammer. screwdriver, another wrench.
Supplies: To press in the headset cups, you some washers and a big bolt.
Step 2: Install the Race
You need to install the race first.
Wedge the shim if you need to, if not just put a small bead of grease on the fork and slide the race as far down as you can. Now you need to beat the race down to sit flush with the fork.
I use a large adjustable wrench and tap the race down using a hammer on the wrench. Keep turning the wrench so you tap it down straight.
Step 3: Remove the Old.
I had to remove the old headset. I did this by tapping out the cups using a LARGE screwdriver and a hammer. You don't want to hit it on a funny angle. If you don't have the screwdriver on straight it will gouge the cups. So tap them out carefully.
Don't hit the screwdriver up towards your face. If the screwdriver goes awry you may hurt yourself.
Step 4: Grease the Cups
Grease the cups and line them up in the head tube.
I refused to buy the Park Tools $170 headset press. Don't get me wrong, it is very nice and I have used it quite a bit. But for $5 at McGuckins Hardware I made one. Just buy some long bolts, nut and a few washers. Get 8 washers, this will allow you a lot of flexibility when it comes to tightening down the cups.
Tighten the bolt down and watch the cups go in! Well the only thing to watch is that you don't over tighten and crumple the head tube.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself - yo!
Grease the bearings and tighten everything up.