Barb & Dan Artley wrote:
> I've used needle bearing headsets for years with no real trouble. That
> may be their problem, you can set 'em up and forget them.
A couple years ago I ended a 20-year experiment with the A9 headset. I put an A9 in my commuting bike and did absolutely no maintenance on it for 20 years. Then I opened it up and checked the races:
You can see a slight amount of fretting damage on the inside lower race, but really nothing on any of the other races. I cleaned it up, reassembled it and put it back on the bike. It's still working fine now.
John Thompson (email@example.com)
Appleton WI USA