Shimano headset spanner?

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Shimano headset spanner?

Postby munga » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:21 pm

I have this arabesque headset (see similar image below) from a monster 70cm c-c donor bike.

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Thing is, it doesn't have the standard hex heads. Is there a simple fix for removing the headset cup and locknut?
I'm currently thinking electrical tape and some multi-grips..
Can I buy a specific headset spanner locally? I think its the kind of thing more often seen on older shimano track headsets, is that right?
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Postby familyguy » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:19 pm

The specific spanners are worth about twice as much as a new headset...and are rare as. I've seen a couple on US ebay around the $40 mark.

Probably better off to rig something up, and hope you dont scratch it. People pay good money for those 600 headsets.

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Postby kukamunga » Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:28 pm

Ooh.... Just realised that one of the RAM-Paul Einsiedel bikes I picked up yesterday has one of those headsets :!: :)

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Postby il padrone » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:27 am

With care, you can use a regular headset spanner of the correct size on this, as long as it doesn't require too much oomph. The points of the angles on it are the same as on a normal hex set-up.

I used to have one of these sets on my old tourer in the 80s. And had the spanners to go with it, but damned if I know where they got to :?
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Postby cycles gitane » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:33 pm

il padrone wrote:With care, you can use a regular headset spanner of the correct size on this, as long as it doesn't require too much oomph. The points of the angles on it are the same as on a normal hex set-up.

I used to have one of these sets on my old tourer in the 80s. And had the spanners to go with it, but damned if I know where they got to :?


I had one of these on my gitane from 1983 :)
for years I used multi grips and care as I did not have the correct tools.
A couple of years ago I bought a set of Durace spanners at the local trash and treasure market :D
Recently I picked up a second similar headset, so the tools are useful.
Good luck in finding a set, could be very hard.

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