My hate for Presta valves led me here, so hello

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  1. BizarroMantis

    BizarroMantis New Member

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    Hello all....I live in Denver, Colorado. I'm currently training for my first century in about a month. I don't own a fancy bike. Hey don't judge me! :p My presta valves infuriate me and I was happy to see I'm not the only one that is angry about their uselessness. Anyway, I'm happy to be here.
     
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  2. jpr95

    jpr95 Active Member

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    Presta valves are simpler and (in my experience) less likely to collect a bunch of gunk if you lose the cap, potentially causing the valve to stick.
     
  3. p38lightning

    p38lightning New Member

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    On the other hand if you break off the screw down valve center post when attaching you pump it ruins the tube. I've done this and ended up walking the bike home for 12 miles. The alternative, and the remedy to this problem is to get a Prest to Schrader valve adaptor available at any bike shop for about $1.00. Weight weenies need not apply!
     
  4. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

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    A few tricks to make your life with presta valve happier.

    1. Back the threads on the valve stem half way open. Some inflators get blocked if the lock nut is backed all the way out.

    2. Depress the valve by hand for a second to free it up before ataching your inflator.

    3. Practice these new skills at home before going out on a ride.
     
  5. coolcamaro12

    coolcamaro12 New Member

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    I hate rpesta valves, too. Where I live, they are so uncommon.
     
  6. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    I hate crunchy onions in home fries that haven't been cooked long enough.
     
  7. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Just by tubes that come with removable cores in the presta valves.
     
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