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Gauging interest: Presta Valve Anti-Rattle Decal

Old 08-09-20, 02:44 PM
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Gauging interest: Presta Valve Anti-Rattle Decal

I just recently had a bike built and my mechanic used the old the electrical tape over the Presta Valve trick to prevent the valve from rattling in my carbon clinchers. Though it works, I don't necessarily like the inelegance of it (i.e., electrical tape gooey residue, bunching of the tape, covering of wheel graphics).

To this end, I frequently work with a Paint Protection Film team to cover my cars in PPF and I'm thinking about designing a purpose-built decal made from 8.0mil thick ppf that can be cut in either glossy or matte that would take place of the electrical tape solution. It'd have a precut hole for the Presta Valve (obviously slightly smaller than the OD of the valve to prevent rattles) and pull tabs for pulling it tight against the wheel.

I may try to prototype something next week if the team can replicate my design in their plotter software. If anyone would be interested in a pair, please let me know.
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Old 08-09-20, 03:00 PM
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Can't someone just cut some helicopter tape and use a hole punch for the vale hole?
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Old 08-09-20, 04:32 PM
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Would not be interested, unless they were free inside a tube box. If a TL valve is installed your product is not necessary. That’s my gauged interest.
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Old 08-09-20, 04:44 PM
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As above, I just can't see many people paying for a special solution to this.
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Old 08-09-20, 07:20 PM
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I think my roval clx50's were supposed to come with anti rattle valve stickers, but I never got them. I cut and applied a small piece of xpel. seems to do the trick.

I tried looking for a purchase solution, but didn't have much luck. I'd buy these if roval sold them 🤷🏻‍♂️.
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BDop Cycling made a Valvinator at one time, but I don't see it on his site anymore.

It is here... https://www.bikeman.com/CARV-VALVINATOR.html
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Or just use the valve nut instead of throwing it away?
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Old 08-10-20, 12:19 AM
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Or just use the valve nut instead of throwing it away?
Do you know what those nuts weigh? Rotating weight too so times it by Pi^something.
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Old 08-10-20, 08:03 AM
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BDop Cycling made a Valvinator at one time, but I don't see it on his site anymore.

It is here... https://www.bikeman.com/CARV-VALVINATOR.html
Thank you for this! I didn't think anything like this existed. I'll give them a try.

I did go through the trouble of designing my own version in vector graphics format for use on a plotter. I may still have them cut if these end up being out of stock.
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Old 08-10-20, 08:51 AM
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If you buy better quality electrical tape, it won't leave a gooey mess when you pull it off. 3M tape is usually pretty good.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
If you buy better quality electrical tape, it won't leave a gooey mess when you pull it off. 3M tape is usually pretty good.

Or get a roll of black gaffer tape. No sticky residue, ever. And on carbon wheels it'll be pretty much invisible.
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Old 08-10-20, 09:55 AM
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I think it's a good product idea. Tiny production cost, & folks love spending money on special little bits.

I use liquid electrical tape, which works well but could be described as inelegant.
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I think it's a good product idea. Tiny production cost, & folks love spending money on special little bits.

I use liquid electrical tape, which works well but could be described as inelegant.
I going to describe it as a good idea I'm going to try. Has to be better than a rose thorn I have resorted to in desperation.
Tape can get stuck and tear in the hole especially out on the road just when the last thing I need is another annoyance.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
If you buy better quality electrical tape, it won't leave a gooey mess when you pull it off. 3M tape is usually pretty good.
Better yet is the clear Gorilla tape. It's a lot like helicopter tape.
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Originally Posted by dscohen View Post
I just recently had a bike built and my mechanic used the old the electrical tape over the Presta Valve trick to prevent the valve from rattling in my carbon clinchers. Though it works, I don't necessarily like the inelegance of it (i.e., electrical tape gooey residue, bunching of the tape, covering of wheel graphics).
Isn't the idea is you just wrap around the valve stem at the base before putting the tube in, so that the electrical tape is in contact with the rim hole, but not make noise because it's soft vinyl (or whatever that stuff is made of)? Sounds like your mechanic made a mess trying to wrap around the stem with a tube that was already installed and inflated (which of course can create a problem when you need to change the tube on the road.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Isn't the idea is you just wrap around the valve stem at the base before putting the tube in, so that the electrical tape is in contact with the rim hole, but not make noise because it's soft vinyl (or whatever that stuff is made of)? Sounds like your mechanic made a mess trying to wrap around the stem with a tube that was already installed and inflated (which of course can create a problem when you need to change the tube on the road.
Hmm...that sounds like that could work as well if there's enough space around the valve stem; however, most of the time I've seen this trick, it's just a piece of electrical tape with a hole poked through the middle that wraps around the rim profile itself.
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Even cheaper and easier: a straw.

Cut it to length, place it over the valve stem, push it down until it's no longer visible, trim with a razor if needed. I found the green ones from Starbucks to be just the right diameter for the valve stem\valve extender combo on my tubular tires. No more rattle.
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Do you know what those nuts weigh? Rotating weight too so times it by Pi^something.
I'm not sure, but I really hope you're joking.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Isn't the idea is you just wrap around the valve stem at the base before putting the tube in, so that the electrical tape is in contact with the rim hole, but not make noise because it's soft vinyl (or whatever that stuff is made of)? Sounds like your mechanic made a mess trying to wrap around the stem with a tube that was already installed and inflated (which of course can create a problem when you need to change the tube on the road.
Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn't. Depends on the valve hole size and how much tape you use. It's often just easier to take a piece of tape, poke the stem through and tape to the rim - especially on tubulars.
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Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn't. Depends on the valve hole size and how much tape you use. It's often just easier to take a piece of tape, poke the stem through and tape to the rim - especially on tubulars.
I suppose. Just a wrap around the stem though (before tube is used), allows you to pre-prep your entire tube inventory if you like though. If your electrical tape is too thick, perhaps teflon tape would suffice.
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Originally Posted by jnesss View Post
I think my roval clx50's were supposed to come with anti rattle valve stickers, but I never got them. I cut and applied a small piece of xpel. seems to do the trick.

I tried looking for a purchase solution, but didn't have much luck. I'd buy these if roval sold them 🤷🏻‍♂️.
Found them after I ordered the bdop kit. I ended up ordering these as well to compare...

https://www.amaincycling.com/special...900025/p746342
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I too just do the unthinkable and use the nut...
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You could try shrink tubing around the valve stem.
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I too just do the unthinkable and use the nut...

Deeper wheels often need valve extensions, which are not threaded...
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https://www.effettomariposa.eu/en/pr...ter-wheel-kit/ This is clear and thick.
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