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Old 11-05-08, 08:04 AM
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Three tubes?

I was tired this AM (from staying up to watch the 2 pres speeches), but still determined to commute in....When I went to inflate my rear tire, the presta valve cap popped right out - and that tube was toast. Still, I was up early enough...grabbed a tube off the shelf, got it on easily, and......it had a leak. Opened a 3rd out of the box, put it on......and the stem was too short for the aero rims....but still useable...then the damn cap broke off.

After 3 tries, I got in the damn car and drove.
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Old 11-09-08, 04:40 PM
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Oh man that sucks. Not sure what else to say. I would have taken the car too at that point!
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Old 11-09-08, 05:00 PM
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Old 11-09-08, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kokomo61 View Post
I was tired this AM (from staying up to watch the 2 pres speeches), but still determined to commute in....When I went to inflate my rear tire, the presta valve cap popped right out - and that tube was toast. Still, I was up early enough...grabbed a tube off the shelf, got it on easily, and......it had a leak. Opened a 3rd out of the box, put it on......and the stem was too short for the aero rims....but still useable...then the damn cap broke off.

After 3 tries, I got in the damn car and drove.
Ya, what a bugger. How frustrating.

Presta valves are so simple in design, you would think them fail-proof. However, I have also found them to be more fragile and testy than Schrader valves. Maybe your rims don't allow for Shrader valves, but if they do, consider the switch to Schraders.
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Old 11-09-08, 08:10 PM
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what no backup bike and/or an extra commuting/climbing wheelset?
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Old 11-09-08, 08:58 PM
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what no backup bike and/or an extra commuting/climbing wheelset?
exactly, you can find single speed wheel sets for like 75$, no reason not to have a couple.
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Originally Posted by kokomo61 View Post
I was tired this AM (from staying up to watch the 2 pres speeches), but still determined to commute in....When I went to inflate my rear tire, the presta valve cap popped right out - and that tube was toast. Still, I was up early enough...grabbed a tube off the shelf, got it on easily, and......it had a leak. Opened a 3rd out of the box, put it on......and the stem was too short for the aero rims....but still useable...then the damn cap broke off.

After 3 tries, I got in the damn car and drove.
That's 2 more tries than I would've given it this morning. I drove too though this morning, because I came down with a bit of a cold.
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Old 11-10-08, 12:16 PM
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You must have seen my "Hit by a car this AM" thread.....that was on June 23rd....

As far as a backup bike, I have two other bikes I could have used - my Giant CF road bike, or my aluminum/carbon double....but as it's getting dark very early, I like using the one with all the lights instead of just having a helmet light and a blinkie on the back of the helmet/jersey. (My commuter has 4 rear blinkers, two front, and a Hi-Po LED setup).

And....it's the only bike that has fenders.

I don't use a backup SS bike, because the commute is a hilly 21 miles each way.

After the 3rd tube went bad, I was done. I picked up 6 on sale on the way home, though.
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Originally Posted by kokomo61 View Post
I was tired this AM (from staying up to watch the 2 pres speeches), but still determined to commute in....When I went to inflate my rear tire, the presta valve cap popped right out - and that tube was toast. Still, I was up early enough...grabbed a tube off the shelf, got it on easily, and......it had a leak. Opened a 3rd out of the box, put it on......and the stem was too short for the aero rims....but still useable...then the damn cap broke off.

After 3 tries, I got in the damn car and drove.
Wonder why I have been buying Pyramid Thorn Resistant tubes?



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here is a tip that might save the "pulled the valve out of the tube" problem.

Use the valve nut on the inside of the rim. That way you should never be able to pull the stem out of the tube. Can be a great thing on a commuter bike.
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