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Resizing Headset
#1
Hi all,
*This is my first post so please bear with me*
I recently got into a nasty bike accident and managed to salvage just about everything except my frame, fork and cranks. I just bought a new (to me) bike off craigslist to put all my old components on. Sure enough the stem on my old bike is to big for the headset.

My question: is the headset diameter dependent on the frame or the fork? I would like to keep my old stem (or quill, not certain on the proper terminology). I can replace the fork but I'd like to keep the frame.
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#2
answer : Both, sort of
Pics would help. If you do have a quill type of stem you cannot use it. sounds as if you went from an 1 1/8 to a 1 in steer tube on your fork.
if you are threadless you could buy an adapter to step up your steer tube to fit
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
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#3
Thanks Painkiller.
It's an older bike (late-80's) and yeah, after doing some research it is a quill stem. There's a little wedge inside. So I would need to find a fork with an 1 1/8" steer tube?
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#4
if your new frame is for a 1 in steer tube you cannot go with a fatter fork tube to be able to use your old stem. you must buy another stem. If you do not have a fork for your new frame you must buy the smaller fork to fit your frame and a stem
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
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#5
and you can get one of these to be able to use your handle bars:

http://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Threaded-Threadless-Quill-Adapter/dp/B0037N6PEC/
Nigel
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#6
(11-10-2011, 09:52 AM)nfmisso Wrote:  and you can get one of these to be able to use your handle bars:

http://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Threaded-Threadless-Quill-Adapter/dp/B0037N6PEC/
Hi Nigel, I bought one of these for a project. They work very well but are not very long. I used it with an adjustable stem to gain correct h/bar height.Its a great idea and allowed me to finish the job.
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#7
Thanks all. I'm going to stick with the current stem.

That adapter is neat, only wish I could use it..
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