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    Thumbs down Water in the Headtube

    I seriously don't think there is any tube on my bike that does not have water in it. I hate water. I pulled my fork to give my bike a thorough cleaning and lo and behold, droplets of water in the headtube. It's a King headset so what do I need to do to make sure the bearings don't die?

    Is it just me or has this year been wet like a bastard?

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    bummer....but no the end of the world.

    first, just clean everything out.

    wipe clean the steerer and the top race and bottom race.

    if the headset is more than 6 months old, consider cleaing the bearings.

    getting the snap ring and seal off can be tricky so go the the King website and view this video be for you even touch the C-clip. a damaged or even slightly bent clip will make a smooth running headset feel really rough.
    Snap ring and seal removal

    anyway, once you get teh snap ring removed on both of the bearings...blast a bit of WD40 in there and take a tooth brush and scrub. you'll have to flip the frame over to get the bottom cup. once they are clean you can either rinse the headset with water or blow out all the WD with compressed air. a rag never seems to get out all the water. repack the bearing cartridge with grease and reseal and reinstall the snap ring.

    remove the o-ring from the top race and clean out the groove it sits in and the o ring itself. reinstall the o ring, with a drop or two of oil of grease into the top race.

    once you've got all that just clean up the spacers and stem. nothing should have water or grease on it. the steerer should be bone dry.

    a little grease on the headset race and top race isn't a bad idea. just make sure you only put grease on the contact points....those little angled edges that contact the bearing cart.

    slap it back together and you're done.

    i'm not sure how wet the typical bastard is but it has been pretty wet.

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    Blasting stuff with WD-40 rules. I went and cleaned all my other parts with it too. Well, not everything, but the small stuff that wasn't too sensitive. Now to reassemble Johnny 5...

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    cool. happy to hear that the headset issue is resolved.

    WD40 is best for bearings and threaded parts. don't get too nuts cause that stuff can get into some weird places where you might not be able to reach.

    also...if it gets on the frame...Windex cuts grease well.

    also, WD40 dulls nice paint jobs so use it sparingly...it potent.

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