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    Orange Seal valve stems

    I notice a lot of folks poke their valve stems through a scrap of inner tube to seal of the rim hole, so when I saw these - with rubber attached at the base - I thought, "hey, they did the work for me." Well, using the included o-rings, that piece of rubber is harmlessly poised a centimeter off of the surface of the rim. This seems like a gimmicky design, now. What gives?
    What removable core valve stems are the tried and true standard - anything other than Stans I should look at??

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    I know of nothing other than Stans, and rimstrips. Unless you want to take a tube one size down from your wheel and spend some time with a razor? I avoid the hastle and use Stan's stems and Orange seal.

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    I use stems from an old tube, cut away enough tube to not interfere with the bead, make it oval (ish) and ride on. FREE. I use stans yellow rim-tape and orange seal.
    My bike MCA kinda climbs like a billy-goat. WOO WOO!

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    In hindsight, I should have just used old tubes. I'm going to be breaking the bead to check my sealant levels ANYWAY, so why even fuss about removable cores??
    For the time being those Orange Seal valves are working fine. Hope they continue to!
    Thanks for the input y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpinkhouse View Post
    What removable core valve stems are the tried and true standard - anything other than Stans I should look at??
    Cut the valve out of a Q-Tube with a removable core (says it on the box), like this:


    Quote Originally Posted by cpinkhouse View Post
    I'm going to be breaking the bead to check my sealant levels ANYWAY, so why even fuss about removable cores??
    It's not a fuss, and there are two primary reasons for me:
    1. super-fast inflation, which helps get beads set; often the make-or-break set-up change.
    2. ability to add sealant easily without breaking the bead. i don't break beads to check sealant levels very often at all. I generally know about when they are going to need it
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    a good shake will tell you if you have sealant. if you hear sloshing, you have plenty
    My bike MCA kinda climbs like a billy-goat. WOO WOO!

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    I prefer the Stans injector to breaking the bead.

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