While adding sealant to my tires today, I came up with an easy way to remove the cores from my Stan's presta valves. I tried several different searches and couldn't find the same solution documented anywhere. Hopefully I'm not the last one to the party.
Although the official presta valve core removal tool doesn't cost much, I always forget to add one to my order. When it comes time to add sealant I don't have it and I end up removing the cores using a small adjustable wrench. C'est la vie.
I was gathering up a few tools and noticed the cheap-o spoke wrench in the back of the drawer.
It looked about the right size so I gave it a try.
The "11" slot fit almost perfectly. I spun the cores out, refilled the sealant and spun them right back into place. Oh, so much better than the small adjustable wrench.
I've seen these spoke wrenches at just about every LBS for only a couple of bucks. If you're lacking the proper tool this might just help you out in a time of need.
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