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I'm installing my first CK headset. Should I grease the bearing cap and the base plate, as well as in the cups around the bearings? I'm not sure if the extra grease will help keep dirt and moisture out, or help attract more of it. Thanks!
 

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rpiontek said:
I'm installing my first CK headset. Should I grease the bearing cap and the base plate, as well as in the cups around the bearings? I'm not sure if the extra grease will help keep dirt and moisture out, or help attract more of it. Thanks!
The latter.
No need whatsoever to grease anything. If you're just itchin' to try out the new grease gun, a coating on the cups where they press into the frame might ease their installation. And it's never a bad idea to coat a steel steerer tube completely inside and outside with grease to prevent rust.
Keep the grease gun handy though, in about a decade you might want to pop the seals on the headset's cartridge bearings and add some grease. I recently did that on a CK I installed in 1992, first time I touched it. It still had grease inside, but I added summore anyway.
 

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I would look at the bearings under the seals once a year after that, although you might not need to do anything some years. I have abused my bike in the elements occasionally and that will show up even in a CK headset (and especially their hubs). Not a complaint, I like stuff that can be serviced for years and years...
 
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