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    I just had a King headset slapped on my new On-One frame.

    Without a torque wrench that measures in inch-pounds, what is the best way to figure out the tightness?

    I know King's are tough, but did I mess it up if I tightened it too much (no binding, though)? It's just that this is one of my first pieces of functional art, and I don't want to screw it up

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    The king only requires 10 inch pounds of torque. This is less than any other part on your bike! When I Tighten mine I disconnect the brakes so there is no extra drag to get a
    total feel of the headset when I tighten it. It does feel quite tight when first installed. I make sure that when I lift the front of the bike the wheel "flops" from side to side, if it does not do this from center point it is too tight. Remember, 10 in. pounds pretty much feels like no force at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intheways
    I just had a King headset slapped on my new On-One frame.

    Without a torque wrench that measures in inch-pounds, what is the best way to figure out the tightness?

    I know King's are tough, but did I mess it up if I tightened it too much (no binding, though)? It's just that this is one of my first pieces of functional art, and I don't want to screw it up
    I tighten it until there is no play left (test by holding the front brake and rocking the bike back and forth) and then give it a 1/8th to 1/4 turn more. Then I do the flop test mentioned above.

    Mark.

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