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Re: steering head bearings
There's no quick fix if your steering head bearing are shot - no amount of tightening will fix a bearing that is severly worn or about to collapse - so be careful !!
If however your steering head bearings just need a little adjustment (which is pretty normal after a road bike has done a few miles) then there's no need to take the top triple clamp off...
Back off the big nut on the top of the triple clamp, grab the adjuster from your toolkit for the rear suspension spring pre-load (big C-spanner/wrench) and hook it into the stepped nut under the top triple clamp.
Nip that nut up FIRM - no more...definately not tight as you wont be able to steer the bike properly otherwise.
Swing the steering from side to side to check the tension - if you're happy, tighten the top nut up again (this one can be done up real tight) and then check the tension or stiffness of the steering once again to see if the top nut has affected anything.
If it all feels OK, then you're good to go...
I know that there are specific troque settings for steering head bearings, but it seems like a lot of mucking around to go to removing top triple clamps etc for a 30 second job...I've used the above method for over 30 years of riding without any trouble - just so long as you're careful about how much tension you put on the bearing with the stepped nut you can't go too far wrong...