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Getting Air Out of Tubes

Old 08-05-09, 05:24 PM
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Getting Air Out of Tubes

To make tubes as small as possible for packing, I usually suck the air out. I'm thinking that this probably isn't good for my lungs. Any tricks for getting them as flat as possible?
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Old 08-05-09, 05:39 PM
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You suck the air out of the tire tube? What for? Just compress the tube with the valve pressed and the air will be forced out easily.
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Old 08-05-09, 05:41 PM
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I roll the tube starting with the end opposite to the nozzle. With presta valves, it's pretty easy. If you have schrader valves then you'll need to release the air as you roll the tube.
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Old 08-05-09, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by annc View Post
I roll the tube starting with the end opposite to the nozzle. With presta valves, it's pretty easy. If you have schrader valves then you'll need to release the air as you roll the tube.
There are stem pullers for schrader valves. Haven't seen one for years but they exist. Though you might have to go into satan's lair ot get one (E.g. an auto parts store)
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Old 08-05-09, 06:26 PM
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I used to wrap them around my hand, which squeezes the air to the unwrapped side. I would then press the valve down to release that air, and start wrapping the rest of it around my hand again. I am not the "animal" I used to be, so the next time I do this I will try wrapping it around the handle of a hammer or something.
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