On 02/02/2018 01:13 PM, Brewster Fong wrote:
So let me get this straight. A guy is about to go on a four day tour
and the night before he decides to "screw around" with the threadless
headset. However, he has no idea what he's doing and then a couple of
hours into the ride, the headset comes loose and he has no idea how to
adjust it nor does he have a 5mm to fix it?! Wow. I agree in that
scenario, there is no advantage. I guess the advantage would be to a
threaded headset as he would need two specific tools (32mm or 36mm) to
adjust it. In that case, the threaded headset would probably keep him
from being tempted to "screw around" with the headset the night before
a big ride. Unbelievable....
What I said was: /"...threadless *in all but one case (and he was
screwing around with the headset the night before,* didn't adjust it
right and left the wrench in the car -- and this as we were about 2 hrs
into a 4 day tour in South Dakota!)" //
No, a threaded headset, and I guess he wanted everything just so
completely perfect, but got tired before he finished and maybe dozed off
and forgot he hadn't tightened it down. And he left the wrenches in the
van, which we'd left at the B&B. In the area where we were, once you
get outside Rapid City it's virtually all game preserves and little in
the way of habitations, and certainly no place where you could find the
wrenches needed to properly tighten a threaded headset. Now you'd think
that in itself would keep someone from messing around, but the urge to
screw around with things the night before is hard to resist for some.
One time I talked a guy from work, a systems engineer, into joining me
at the Mathews County "Tour de Chesapeake." This was his very first
ever bike event. The night before, he decided to completely take his
rear derailleur apart in the hotel room, including removing the
pulleys. In the process, he lost some parts, took him half the night to
find where they ended up. So as everyone else is taking off on the ride
next morning, there he is trying to reassemble a rear derailleur with
his bike laid out on the grass in front of the school.
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