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post #1 of 20 Old 09-10-2019, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tire valve stem broke off

So I'm checking my tire pressure Sunday night before work the next day...

Went to stick the gauge on the back wheel and felt some air coming out. Hmm that's weird, wiggled the stem a bit and it breaks right off! I'm standing there thinking this is a good that this happened in my garage instead out in the middle of nowhere.

I haven't really given much thought to valve stems. Gone through a lot of tire changes on a lot of bikes. I know that some people install new stems with each tire. Seems a bit much to me but maybe replacing them every couple of tires would be prudent. Kind of hard to fix on the side of the road, could carry a spare I guess.

Anyway replace those valve stems once in awhile fellas.

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I do it with each tire change or two if they're the rubber kind. I think the steel ones last for a very long time.

You're right, glad it happened to you at home!
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Now is a good time to switch to metal angled valve stems. However if you are not into them new rubber ones at NAPA are about $0.50 a piece if you but a pack of 6.

I usually wiggle them around when I change the tire to look for dry rot. If I do not notice and cracking or dryness they stay in service. If I do notice signs of degradation replacement is a snap....well actually more a pull and then a snap into place.
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Anyone know of a good metal one for our cast wheels? I have air pressure sensors on mine and they say that metal is suggested as opposed to rubber.

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Anyone know of a good metal one for our cast wheels? I have air pressure sensors on mine and they say that metal is suggested as opposed to rubber.
I like metal ones over rubber ones. About 4 years ago I installed BikeMaster 45-degree air valve stems on my 08 DL1000 wheels. They make it much easier for me to get my air chuck in there and check tire pressure. I check the gaskets every time I change tires. So far so good.
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One source of angled, metal valve stems.

https://www.kurveygirl.com/shop/inde...gs2sd4n60r0q37

This did happen to me, out in the middle of nowhere. Prompted me to switch out all my bikes to metal stems.
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Anyone know of a good metal one for our cast wheels? I have air pressure sensors on mine and they say that metal is suggested as opposed to rubber.
Ariete and Bikemaster are good brands. Avoid the cheapy ones if you can.
They look like this
https://www.ebay.com/itm/90-DEGREE-A...4AAOSw-W5Uu0qQ

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Wandering around Amazon looking for valve stems I found these:

Colby Valve Ultimate Tire Valve Stem Replacement System

"Colby Valves are made to install from the outside of the wheel, without any tire removal. Our patented Ultimate Valves can be installed at home, from the outside of the wheel, without tire removal, in about 1 minute. You will need to tighten them down with a 7/16" socket or wrench. They are 20X stronger than normal valves and will help you avoid many common valve issues up-front. They aren't indestructible, but they will take one heck of a beating. Consider them an amazing rigid valve that can be installed without breaking the bead. "


So yea looks like there is a way to fix a valve stem out on the road.
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I've used the 90 metal valve stems in the past. They work great and allow easy air ups.
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This is similar to the "oil drain plug washer" argument.
A pair of tires average cost is $300. A pair of valve stems cost 79 cents. Do you want a $300 job to fail because of a 79 cent part?
I change them every time. Overkill? Certianly, but I'm not going to have a problem because of being too cheap to spend an extra 79 cents on my $300 set of tires.
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