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    Headset Issues Help!

    I don't know what I did to upset it but for some reason my headset is crying Went for a ride around my local earlier and a load of grease started weeping out through the gap in the crown race. At first I assumed I'd put too much in there since this was the first ride since I cleaned it out and gave it a refresh so it was maybe overflowing a bit but it just kept coming! Have I used the wrong type of grease or something? The preload of the headset was right (monitored it throughout the ride) and I don't power wash the bike, only spray with a hose. Plus it hasn't been washed since I put the headset back in as this was the first ride. FYI its the Park Tool High Performance Grease HPG-1 and a Hope Integrated Headset. Also when the grease was coming out it was a much lighter shade of blue as it was when it went in, is this normal too? It still feels smooth to turn but I think towards the end of the ride there may have been some creaking (possible I was hearing things since I was looking out for it). Cheers for any thoughts

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    How much grease did you put into your headset?

    Does your headset use sealed cartridge bearings or open bearings?

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    Sealed cartridge bearings, I was pretty liberal with the grease but no more than I have been in the past and I've never had this issue before. It is the first time of using this specific grease though

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    Could be the extra grease migrating from the top race area down the stem and the extra from the bottom race too before oozing out. Does your crown race have a dust seal built in? I'd guess it would eventually stop once all the surplus leaks out.

    I don't use the Park grease so not sure how viscous it is. I generally use either lithium or Lucas Red'n Tacky 2 which stays put, 'cept on warm days if the bike goes unused when I'll get a light trickle of separation oil.

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    Yeah it has the seal built in, like you say hopefully it is just excess. I'll ride it again as is tomorrow and keep checking on it, praying I wont get stranded out in the middle of nowhere!

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    If you have fully sealed bearings, I wouldn't worry. Clean it off just so you don't accidentally get it on your rotors.

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    Few, ok thanks for putting my mind at ease! Luckily I've got a mud gaurd on, it all ended up dripping on there instead! My rotors would have most likely been buggered if I hadn't had that

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