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Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY Locking Headset Spacer

Why would you want to have locking spacer on the steerer? Well if you are one of those down-to-the-millimeter freak on bar height like yours truly.... or want to perform a quick stem change. In these situations you won't need to hold the headset in place each and every time which can be a real PITA.
*falling hex keys* , *spacers tumbling & rolling away*

Unless you are just gonna slam the stem or need a tiny amount of spacers beneath it...

 ...a solution already exist from Problem Solvers. But I needed a quick fix and can't wait 2 weeks shipping from the US. Seen a number of DIY floating around, mostly using plastic brackets but didn't fancy the ill-fit of those as plastic gets crushed when the screw is tightened. Doesn't look too convincing too, sturdiness wise.

Looks like a spare 32mm seat clamp filed flats would just about fit with a little shimming from a cut plastic P-clamp.
Pretty snug too.. don't really need to tighten the screw
I really think laziness is actually the greatest motivator for innovation? Achieving the most with the least effort has been my steadfast philosophy.

Yup, gonna push the functionality of the lockring spacer further - cutting excess steerer without having to disassemble the front end of the bike.The only compromise tonight will be having to use a pipe cutter instead of priding on usual freehand sawing preferred. Saw guide? Nah never own and never use one.

Making the bike it's own workbench...

Hope I know what I'm doing... else its gonna be one expensive experiment to replace a fork.
(Nah-- I'm leaving a liiiiittle more just in case)

           Pipe cutter blade checked
         Pre-scored lined check
       Length measured-- checked and doubly... triply... quadruply checked

Steel steerers take a lot more rotations to get through...maybe it was my paranoia as well. Gone at it real slooooooooooooooooow to make sure each revolution is still aligned with every turn and each tightening of the cutter.

Pretty good. A little filing to bevel up the slightly expanded cut edge due to the pressure of the blade pressing on it and all's good to go...

Still a considerable amount left compared to what I normally leave for spacer stacks but then got to cater for those funny bars to switch around to on "touring"/ cruising modes..

Update: Just realize this morning the converted seatclamp spacer doesn't sit flush. Another Salsa Lovelip does a better job.

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