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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Guilty.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
24th April 2012 - 21:47

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Why not? They exist for a reason.

Always have done, I can't think of a reason not to. I don't need a slightly sad set of internerd rules (even when they're tongue-in-cheek ones) to tell me what to do. And since I read Brian Palmer's account of dealing with a gunked up naked valve I ensure mine never leave the house uncovered.

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posted by Simon E [1919 posts]
24th April 2012 - 21:53

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its not worth the hassle to take them off -> unlike something like the spoke-protectors behind the cassette which do significantly improve the looks of the bike.

posted by ALIHISGREAT [110 posts]
24th April 2012 - 22:03

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Bin em and that stupid screw on collar. They are both pointless so why bother? Oh and the pro's don't use them so that's good enough for me.

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
24th April 2012 - 22:10

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Yeah, I bother with them, (although I always seem to lose them) stop your valve cores getting corroded by salt water and gunk… there's a reason pros don't bother with them (well, pro team mechanics) but then I'm not a pro so I do…

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
24th April 2012 - 22:11

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Coloured ones that match the frame, a pretty final touch...

posted by jforbes004 [7 posts]
24th April 2012 - 22:28

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'the rules' are brilliant, but please don't think you have to follow them all! I can't believe this forum topic! Pros don't bother with them because they don't ride the same tube for months through rain, salt, muck etc and they have 'people' to put things right and lots of money - oh, and it's not their tube or their bike etc etc........... Why would you be so concerned about such an insignificant thing?!

posted by matt637 [52 posts]
24th April 2012 - 23:00

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carlgrz wrote:
the pro's don't use them so that's good enough for me.

I guess you walk around in a cycling skinsuit and drink a recovery shake every time you pop to the post office? Does a car follow you round on every training ride with spare bikes on the roof? Do you have an apartment in Girona? If the pro riders stopped using toilet paper after a poo would you do that too?

Where's the 'rolls eyes' icon when I need it...?

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posted by Simon E [1919 posts]
24th April 2012 - 23:01

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I'm sorry that you gents are unable to perceive the tongue in cheek nature of my post. I personally don't use either the caps or collars as I get so many punctures due to the shocking condition of my local roads that the tube is never in there long enough to bother with it.
Each to their own and if you want to screw slightly pointless things to your bicycle then more power to you. How about some of those nice coloured beads to go on the spokes?
Jeez, lighten up boys.

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
25th April 2012 - 7:54

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I use 'em. Conti tubes come with a nice, yellow dust cap that makes me feel happy, and matches the yellow of the Flemish shield I have on the downtubes of all my bikes.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [418 posts]
25th April 2012 - 9:14

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

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posted by zzgavin [205 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 [1040 posts]
25th April 2012 - 10:12

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posted by giff77 [1040 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 [1919 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 [66 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 [1434 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

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posted by The _Kaner [380 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 [7940 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 [654 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

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Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [205 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 [68 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 [1728 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

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Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [205 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 [1728 posts]
25th April 2012 - 19:01

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