Re: [CR] Bardon oversized tandem headsets was 1 1/8" threaded

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Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:31:23 -0500
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Subject: Re: [CR] Bardon oversized tandem headsets was 1 1/8" threaded

Yes they really are 5 mm bearings. I've got some extras maybe one headset's worth if you want them. They are not hard to find nor expensive though. 100 would cost you $5.60 from Fastenal and they are even grade 25. See this link. Stronglight also made the headsets and they were quite superior to the Bardon. Nice chrome and polished races etc. I had Stronglight on my first two Taylor tandems, one from the 60s and the one I ordered in 1978, but that was the last of the Stronglights. The ones I ordered in 1983 all came with the Bardon. They didn't come with bearings and it took some sleuthing to figure out they should have 5 mm. I repaired a fork from a 60s Taylor about the time I bought a batch of 1983 tandems and was stuggling with the bearings, and I asked him to measure his bearings for me. He gave me a decimal inch number that was very close to 5 mm. Put them in my Taylor and they work perfectly . And yes the Taylors built with 28 x 1 French steerers. They emulated the French in many ways. The racks, geometries, and even their trailer was a direct copy of a French trailer. They asked permission to copy it and the French maker said yes by all means and would you please make some for us as they are a pain in the ass to make.

Message: 14 ate: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 22:45:30 -0500 rom: Ancient Cycles <> ubject: [CR] Bardon oversized tandem headsets was 1 1/8" threaded o: essage-ID: <> ontent-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 yes I took a closer look at French tandem's head parts ork steerer is 28mm i forget the pitch... eadtube inner diameter is around 33.5mm who else was manufacturing oversized threaded tandem headsets in the day ? ere the Bardon headsets as spec'd by the Taylors still a metric thread ? s it true they use metric (5mm) bearings ? at first i thought my headset was a bit of a bastard, aving been packed with 5/32" bearings up top and 3/16" at the crown ut all parts appear to match the photo of NOS offering on ebay aybe the balls were both the wrong size.... anyone want to go in on a bag of 100 from mcmaster-carr ?

ndrei padlowski rooklyn, ny


Bob Freeman
Elliott Bay Bicycles
2116 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121