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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:21 pm 
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So this happened today whilest adjusting my handlebar height by removing spacers.. is it dangerous to ride them like this? I can't feel any play in the forks.. all feels fine....

So is it dangerous, or is everything fine with the stem holding the forks in place?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:25 pm 
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well that cap isnt load bearing as such, its to fine tune the headset bearing tension my wifes dawes has no top cap and seems fine other than from a waterproof point of view


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:26 pm 
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The stem is what holds the forks in place on any other bike. The top caps are only to tension the headset bearing, which is why they are so often plastic.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:27 pm 
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mind you, you can buy the bit that goes inside from halfords for 3 quid


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:36 pm 
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Thanks everyone!
So nothing to worry about and cheep to fix too.. all good news :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:56 pm 
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Just tap the broken bit in the steerer down a little way and you're ready for the new one


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:22 am 
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rosstheboss wrote:
Just tap the broken bit in the steerer down a little way and you're ready for the new one


I use a kids cricket stump and a mallet for this purpose. Perfect fit.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:58 am 
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Or my method is find a screwdriver the right size, put the shaft of the screwdriver in the hole and tap away!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:45 pm 
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fit a hope hed doctor much more reliable


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