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Presta Valve Caps

Black - 159
Yellow - 14
Clear - 10
Blue - 2
Red - 2
Red Fish - 2
Grey - 1
WTB Black - 11
WTB Grey - 4
WTB Green - 1

Schrader Valve Caps

Black - 2
Black Alloy (Bullet) - 2

Presta Valve Nuts - 155

Safety Pin - 2
Valve extender - 1
Toe Stud - 1
Cat Bell - 1

Why do I keep all these?
What am I ever going to do with them?
And why have they reached a critical mass, there never seems to be any more or any less?
And the valve extender doesn't even belong in this drawer.

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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purplecup [217 posts] 8 years ago
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so what - do you keep them from tubes that die, or do you remove and lovingly store them? myself i take them off as soon as i buy a new tube, and chuck 'em away. they're all in the hedge by the door to the shed  1

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BananaDrama [35 posts] 8 years ago
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I think I am most impressed with the fact you actually counted them. Were you waiting for a delivery?

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VecchioJo [402 posts] 8 years ago
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yup, they're mostly taken off new tubes, although i've no idea where the Schrader ones come from, well, the alloy bullet ones were a freebie with a magazine, and the blue Presta valves, which manufacturer does that?

the WTB ones were from a little bike expo in California, they had a cookie jar full of them so i snaffled pocket-fulls, they made good presents for bike-nerds, and i have a certain emotional attachment to them because it was a great holiday, is that sad?

counting them? of course, these things are essential.

and the cat-bell's waiting to go inside someones handlebars, or if i'm feeling really nasty inside a split and then resealed inner-tube.

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Trek Sal [52 posts] 8 years ago
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I thoroughly approve of the fact that you haven't binned them.

The valve nuts make nice little additions to homemade greetings cards and friendship bracelets, but the valve caps are a bit trickier to use.

Surely an artist of your calibre could make a rather nice collage of them?

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Barry Fry-up [187 posts] 8 years ago
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The valve nuts make nice little additions to homemade greetings cards and friendship bracelets

you should see if you can get a gig selling your cards made out of bike parts on road.cc! i'd buy 'em  1

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VecchioJo [402 posts] 8 years ago
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i might make a hedgehog

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Trek Sal [52 posts] 8 years ago
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Mmm. Nice thoughts, boys.
BTW, the blue valve caps are Schwalbe. (blue Smarties). But I think they only do clear now. Must be Fox's glacier mints.

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Raouligan [11 posts] 7 years ago
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Raleigh do Blue Presta caps ;0)