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 Post subject: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:30 pm 
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...looking at headset press's there seems to be some real expensive (over £100!) ones and then some for a few quid...

My question is do I really need to spend a fortune or would something like this be ok?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEADSET-PRESS ... 19dd757f13

Equally removing headset cups, do you really need a specific tool or is there a cheap alternative.

I don't mind spending money on tools I use regularily but headset tools are not a frequent use tool...

Advice appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:31 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:47 pm 
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I have used one of those a few times.

I guess it all depends on how often you plan on installing headsets.
This does the job just as properly as the expensive ones, but it takes (much) more time to set everything up. If you need to swap headsets on a daily basis, go for the expensive ones. If you plan to use it only once every year or so, get the cheap one.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:55 pm 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
I have used one of those a few times.

I guess it all depends on how often you plan on installing headsets.
This does the job just as properly as the expensive ones, but it takes (much) more time to set everything up. If you need to swap headsets on a daily basis, go for the expensive ones. If you plan to use it only once every year or so, get the cheap one.



...I'm guessing once a year!! I'm no bike shop just a guy with a half dozen bikes and I don't intend fitting new headsets every 5 mins!

So what about getting the headset cups out, a screwdriver and a mallet or a proper tool?


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:00 pm 
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I've always installed headsets with a rubber mallet and a piece of wood to rest the opposite end of the head tube on. Gentle taps all of the way around to ensure it goes in evenly. Had no problems so far.

Removal - blunt end of a old cold chisel and gently tap with mallet. A little kinder than a screwdriver I reckon.

That said, I am not in the habit of installing expensive headsets in expensive frames. I'm quite tempted by the gadget in the OP's post though.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:02 pm 
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This was the cup removal tool I was looking at...still seems pricey for what it is:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEADSET-CUP-R ... 53f7d0265c


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Heafer cup removers cost about twelve quid and Di the job cheaply and easily and last a lifetime. Buy one!


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:08 pm 
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That's the ideal solution. Alternatively, you can take and old handlebar, a saw and make something similar yourself in less than 15 minutes. duct-tape a piece of wood on the other end of the handlebar and you can whack away with a steel hammer.


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:10 pm 
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coomber wrote:
Heafer cup removers cost about twelve quid and Di the job cheaply and easily and last a lifetime. Buy one!


Any link as I can't find what you are on about?


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 Post subject: Re: Headset press
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:11 pm 
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Headset.. Phone typo.. Think mine was just a life cycles one


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