I just picked-up a 1990 Wicked Fat Chance the other day. The seller, knows little about bikes, and in the process of removing the stem he left the wedge in the steerer. Thats no big deal, but instead of just leaving things sit, he started messing around with the Mavic headset thinking this was somehow going to help his cause. Now he has a loose heaset/fork and is asking how he gets it re-tightened. I do not know much about the Mavic headset regarding the construction and installation, but my real concern is that he has loosened it enough to lose some ball bearings from the headset.
The good news(if there really is any) is that the guy did not remove the fork from the headset, so the likelihood of him losing pieces from the lower cup is slim other than losing bearings. From what I read on the BikePro site it sounds like their are 22 ball bearings in each race with some form of retainer. I guess my main question is can anyone confirm is this headset is loose bearing. I also did some seacrhes which provided a link to the bikepro link to that headset here : http://www.bikepro.com/products/headsets/mavic_hset
If anyone has a diagram of what parts are in the headset stack (spacers, etc..) it would be great to confirm what may or may not be lost.
Thanks in advance for any info anyone might have. Btw- I did do my searches before posting this question, and thats how I came up with the bikepro details.