Valve dust caps

by Raleigh   April 24, 2012  

Does anyone bother with them?

I think that there's a Velominati rule about it.

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I use the caps, but not the collars, a whole 2g each!
=)

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
25th April 2012 - 9:34

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I use both collars and caps. Not a weight weenie Smile not worked out a use for all the spare ones from replacing tubes though. Does this mean I've broken another rule Devil

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posted by giff77 [1117 posts]
25th April 2012 - 10:12

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posted by giff77 [1117 posts]
25th April 2012 - 10:13

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i have a basket on the front of my bike to carry my terrier (small dog, less weight). I don't think there's a rule that says i can't?

posted by matt637 [52 posts]
25th April 2012 - 10:49

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carlgrz wrote:
Jeez, lighten up boys.

Hands up to a sense of humour failure over here, but it was late and my joke radar wasn't working properly. I even had the sound turned up but couldn't hear any chuckling.

Perhaps you could help the 'hard of humouring' and provide a clue.

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posted by Simon E [2250 posts]
25th April 2012 - 11:33

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My apologies. Never got on with those emoticons. Unnecessary weight! Big Grin

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
25th April 2012 - 12:14

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Use the caps - if you cycle through fords, streams and rain then they will prevent your valve cores from rust and dirt.
Unless you are a fair weather only cyclist - in which case dust and dirt will still get into and jam a "naked" valve.
You have much to gain and nothing to lose by using valve caps.

Gravity - it won't let you down.

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posted by bigmel [104 posts]
25th April 2012 - 12:19

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I use them unless I lose them after mending a puncture, which frequently happens. At the moment I have two, amazingly, but I haven't had many punctures recently. Put a tool bag under my saddle as well as I've got plenty of other stuff in my pockets. And a rack for commuting/shopping. There must be a rule against that. They are a bit ugly though but needs must.

posted by Alan Tullett [1523 posts]
25th April 2012 - 12:49

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I save up all the collars from my previous tubes and use multiples on my 76mm valves....gives a really great centripedal effect when the wheel rotates at just the right velocity....and use Green (slime) valve caps as they go really well with my red/black/white paint on my bicycle...(the last part about the valvecaps is true....and I might just try out that other.....nah!) Cool

The_Kaner
FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [598 posts]
25th April 2012 - 12:59

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Use the dust caps - as has been said before it stops water, grit, etc. from gunging-up the valve. I have yellow dust caps, easy to see after fixing a puncture.

posted by John G [53 posts]
25th April 2012 - 13:33

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+ 1 for the Conti yellow valve caps Cool

Of course, if anyone's leaving the valve caps off to get that *pro* look, they'd better be running tubs (and throwing their empty bidons at the feet of pedestrians waiting to cross the road)

Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9112 posts]
25th April 2012 - 13:45

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I just leave the valve caps off because I lose them all the time. I ride through winter and summer, rain and shine and haven't so far had a valve core seize up...

As for the collars, I found them useful when using a push on pump as they hold the valve in place. Trouble was, they always came slightly loose and then rattled and irritated me. Now have a screw on pump head, so I leave those off too.

Just to complete the look, I'm ordering tubs and will try Simon's bidon throwing trick on the way home. Anyone fancy volunteering to drive my team car so that I can still get a drink when I need one? Big Grin

posted by step-hent [713 posts]
25th April 2012 - 15:40

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The conti yellow ones are harder to loose.

Glad we're all debating the serious stuff Wink

Next? must bottle cages and bidons match, I know mine don't

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
25th April 2012 - 16:37

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Hah, and all these years I believed that the "Dust cap" was only there to prevent damage to a folded tube. Have to see if I can find some so I can look less pro.

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posted by Manglier [85 posts]
25th April 2012 - 17:10

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I don't use them, other just get in the way when I need to pump up the tyres FAST.

Matching bidons: A MUST.

I'm just about to colour coordinate my skewers, headset spacers, bar tape, jockey wheels, chainring bolts, spoke nipples, Nokon cables, bottle cage bolts and tyres.

S'gonna look sweet.

If anyone has any blue, red or gold valve caps, I'll buy them

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
25th April 2012 - 18:06

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Raleigh wrote:

Matching bidons: A MUST.

I've never managed to acquire a matching pair, then I broke the matching elite bottle cage and the 2012 black one looks different to the 2011 one, so I impulse bought a white one for my B&W caad 10. It does look a bit off, but I'll cope

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
25th April 2012 - 18:28

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zzgavin wrote:
Raleigh wrote:

Matching bidons: A MUST.

I've never managed to acquire a matching pair, then I broke the matching elite bottle cage and the 2012 black one looks different to the 2011 one, so I impulse bought a white one for my B&W caad 10. It does look a bit off, but I'll cope

Just train on the turbo until you get a pair, yeah!

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
25th April 2012 - 19:01

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I don't see the point in leaving the washer nut on (I only use it to aid tyre inflating). I leave the valve covers on my commuter as it gets filthy when I venture onto the almost-off-road cycle paths for a laugh. My roadie doesn't wear either the caps or washers!

posted by wellsprop [10 posts]
27th January 2015 - 21:31

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I stopped using dust caps after recently going to pump up my tyre and in the process of unscrewing the cap wound up removing the valve core from the inner tube (which proceeded to shoot across the garage never to be seen again!). Rolling Eyes

posted by dazwan [278 posts]
27th January 2015 - 21:54

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1) they do keep the crap out
2) if you leave the lock ring off, I bet you drop the new one off your spare in the rain at the side of the road and have a 'mare inflating it.
3) if you ever run out of co2 or damage your pump, if you knaw or cut the top off the cap......and screw it back on......a Schraeder valve air line at a garage will fit over it and get you home.

I mainly run tubs, so no lockirungs, but I still use caps.

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [806 posts]
27th January 2015 - 22:00

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There is a third way for all the fashionistas, Schwalbe tubes come with transparent dust caps

posted by AsOriginalAsYou [9 posts]
27th January 2015 - 22:05

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I got some free inner-tubes with my tyres (michelin inner-tubes). No lockring, and no thread on the valve stem if I wanted to use the lockring off the old inner-tube! Total mare to inflate as every time I push the pump onto the valve it disappears into the tyre somewhere!

I'm determined to use them though purely because they were free!

posted by dazwan [278 posts]
27th January 2015 - 22:12

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Never used them for 30 years, MTB, cross, road.
I struggle to see what crap they keep out; it's not exactly a big area for problems to build up.
Bit of a Fred detector IMO.

posted by crikey [722 posts]
27th January 2015 - 22:14

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crikey wrote:
Never used them for 30 years, MTB, cross, road.
I struggle to see what crap they keep out; it's not exactly a big area for problems to build up.
Bit of a Fred detector IMO.

helps keep water out and then freeze your valves shut. (been there done that, just added to the annoyance of fixing a puncture in the snow.)

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posted by mrmo [1694 posts]
27th January 2015 - 22:23

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They don't make Celeste valve caps so I won't have them on the Infinito.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [531 posts]
28th January 2015 - 0:30

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AsOriginalAsYou wrote:
There is a third way for all the fashionistas, Schwalbe tubes come with transparent dust caps

Ooh, fancy! I want some of those. People would think I'm a pro but I'll know I'm keeping things clean.

posted by harragan [66 posts]
28th January 2015 - 14:10

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valve caps are a bit like mudguards. Pointless, unless you are the sort of person who gets all whiny if there's a bit of water.

posted by andyp [1331 posts]
28th January 2015 - 14:31

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Don't use them but then I am someone that uses tubs with latex tubes so it's unlikely my valves will glue themselves shut since it have to pump them up every morning and bin them after 6 months when the tubs are bald.

That 0.5g saving I'd the real reason tubs are better Wink

posted by racingcondor [133 posts]
28th January 2015 - 16:06

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Depends where ur riding, my road bike doesn't have em don't see a need, when I had a track bike didn't have em, my cross bike definitely has the to keep all the crud out, if I had an MTB would have em, horses for courses so to speak Big Grin

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posted by Beefy [306 posts]
28th January 2015 - 17:14

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I reckon I had more problems with corroded/jammed valves when I used them than I've had since I saw the light and ditched them (and the collar nut). no need for either. Not about looking pro or saving weight, just cba putting them on!

posted by Al__S [810 posts]
28th January 2015 - 17:27

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