*sigh* I shake my head...
I took the Prince in to certain shop (that is still technically a Pinarello Dealer) to get the headset bearings replaced, a job which I wasn't 100% confident in doing, considering the fragility of the alloy where the bearings are pressed in to the frame. No probs they said, come back in a couple of days.
Rang yesterday to see if it was ready - Um....err, we've had a bit of trouble getting it back together. Me, rather hesitantly, Rrrright, how exactly?
Well, they got the bearings in but couldn't adjust all the freeplay out of it. Not sure where to go from here they said.
So, I picked it up, paid the $20 for the bearings only and took it home to The Garage.
Before giving adjusting a go, I thought it best to take a quick look. First thing I saw was the lower O ring bulging out of the frame
Pulled the fork out and well, I'm no rocket scientist but it took me all of 30 seconds to see what was wrong. The lower bearing was flopping around on the fork like a fish out of water. These bearings were so obviously the wrong size I could not believe they didn't see it.
So, luckily they gave me back the old bearings, grab the number off them, a quick look up on Bearing Services catalog, double check with the verniers and hey presto, in stock at Bayswater - $13.95 for Japanese, cheaper for Chinese.
Off I go this arvo, and I reckon I'll do a better job pressing them in.
(also, I should mention - still waiting 4 weeks later for Pinarello bar tape I ordered through the shop......)
Should I give them the benefit of the doubt - they really have tried to be helpful each time I've gone in for little bits and pieces. I am going to take the bearings back for a refund and explain where they went wrong, but I hate trying to tell a bike shop how to suck eggs.