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  1. #1
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    Presta valve caps removal?

    One of these plastic caps already has a crack in it. I'd like to take these off of both wheels, is it advisable to do so?

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    they don't hold air in.. they don't really do anything but keep them clean I suppose. take em off
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    valve caps are the first indications that one is a noob.

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    Ok thanks, took them off.

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    Fashion victims take 'em off right away.

    I think they keep the system a little cleaner and prefer to keep them. But they're not crucial by any stretch.
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    In the ridonkulous chunk, I'll sometimes get a valve tip busted off when not covered by my nerdy presta caps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snodrift View Post
    In the ridonkulous chunk, I'll sometimes get a valve tip busted off when not covered by my nerdy presta caps.
    I want to ride where you're riding.

    I also try to keep mine, just to keep gunk out.
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    You guys suck im all bummed now

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    The caps on Presta valves are just there to keep the point on the tip of the valve from puncturing the tube when it's rolled up in the box. They don't hold air in and aren't really necessary. That said, on a MTB I usually keep them on anyway (at least until they split) because it keeps the valve area a little bit cleaner. FWIW, I always take them off road bike tubes.
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    Go to Toronto cycles dot com and get some cool anodized ones in any color to match your bike!

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