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Bikes: 2007 Trek Pilot 2.1 WSD & 2001 Specialized Crossroads
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Presta head broke off - how long can I ride this way?
Howdy. So, I broke my first Presta head today. The tube was about 6 months old, and after inflating it, as I was screwing the inner cap back on, the screw-on head snapped off. From reading the forums, it seems like this happens every so often.
My tire is pleasantly full, and I have a rather long commute home tonight. I was just wondering if I need to get a new tube at the LBS immediately before I go home, or if I can continue to ride with broken-headed tube and use it for a while. Unfortunately, I haven't tried inflating or deflating it, because I wanted to get an expert opinion before I meddled around with it - it's a long walk if I screw something up horribly, heh heh.
Also, what should I do when I change the tube - what's the best way to deflate the tire when the head is broken off? I don't want to try deflating it right now because I need to get home, but I'm assuming you can use a pen or something to press the metal piece that opens the valve. Is this what's typically done when this happens?
Urrgh. So frustrating. Thanks for helping, everyone.