|Adjustment is key|
Where's your head set? Is it adjusted to be smooth and silky? Or cranked down so tight you can't turn? Does it have dents that cause you to steer some directions more readily than others? Is it well-lubed, or rusty? Silent, or noisy? Clean or gritty?
|From the outside|
In outward appearance, is it shiny, or dull? Does it proclaim bold branding, subtle lettering, blank chrome, or dull corrosion?
|Measure me this|
How does it measure up? 1", 1 1/8", more, stack height, thread standard, crown measurements? Do you know these off the top, or do you require a Gary Gauge and caliper to check?
Where's your head set? Is it time for a new one? Do you have the tools, or would you consult an expert? And, would you use "official tools," and if so which ones, or are we talking screwdriver, hammer, washers, and a length of all thread? Keep the key washer, or discard? Cage, or no?
What if your best plans for your project get derailed by a cracked head tube, or a head tube out of spec? Too small, too large?
When you are just riding along, do you think about your headset, in your head, or does your head set not include your headset on a typical ride?
I'll tell you this much: when the press is precise, and the parts fit right, it's a moment of beauty.