How To Adjust The Headset On Your Bike | Installation, Servicing & Bearing Wear

Published on September 3rd 2018


The headset of your bike is the assembly the holds the forks in place inside of your headtube. They take a massive amount of impact and abuse and do need looking at from time to time. Jon gives you his guide on adjusting your headset. Subscribe: The GCN Shop: GCN Tech Uploader: Often headsets can work loose and so they will need tightening every so often. You often see people adjusting the headset preload bolt in order to tighten a loose headset, however, this will not work! Firstly then let’s assume you have a loose headset, so let's loosen the preload bolt and then loosen your stem bolts, enough so that you can easily rotate the stem on the steerer. Now align the stem with your front wheel and tighten the preload bolt enough so that you meet a bit of resistance, this resistance is the headset bearing under pressure/preload, or tension if you like at either side of the headtube. It can take a bit of toing and froing to get it spot on, but for nice smooth handling, it’s worth it. Despite all of this, if you’ve been riding for a long time with a loose headset or a tight one or maybe they are just worn out, in that case, you are best off actually replacing the bearings rather than riding along and risking poor quality handling. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN Tech... Ask Pros Stem Length 📹 Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Brought to you by the world’s biggest cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter. GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you. With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations. Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on cycling tech. Suscribirse a GCN en Español: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter -