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Scheduling maintenance (or living with creaks till spring)

nicklongnicklong Posts: 231
edited November 2017 in Workshop
The headset bearing on my winter bike has died. I've brought it back to life temporarily by breaking it open and packing the bearings with grease, but it's really rough and steering feels pretty awful.

A new bearing is on its way, but I'm thinking of saving replacing it till after winter - it was the cold and wet which finally killed it in the first place.

Does anyone else save general maintenance till after a rough, wet winter? Or just change it before it does any more damage?

I'm thinking of doing the same with the BB on my other bike - no point changing it now when its useful lifetime is measured in #winters.


  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,164
    If you leave your rough headset bearings long enough I think one possibility is the headset could could seize resulting in you
    visiting A&E . Alternatively, the bearing race breaks up resulting in lots of play in the headset,you then ride the bike home with the steerer knocking hell out of the frame. The result of that could be a knackered frame.
    I would fix it sooner rather than too late. :)
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    its a head set bearing - change it now.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • nicklongnicklong Posts: 231
    Point taken. Hadn't considered the chance of a catastrophic failure.
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