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...Take the time and have metal valve stems put in the next time you have tires put on. ....
Take the time and have metal valve stems put in the next time you have tires put on. I have put them on all my bikes for the last 8 years. I've gone through probably 20 of them. They are like 4 or 5 bucks a piece. I keep about 4 of them in my toolbox at all times just in case I need them.
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How is it not possible? I've done that to car tires before. Bike tires may be a bit stiffer, but it's the same general idea. As long as you can get the tire crushed down far enough to have access to the valve stem, it can be done.
Now iam paranoid to take a long ride and getting a flat...Does the metal stem extend into the rim or is the rubber base accually sealing the air in..I guess i need a valve stem cross section to find out...
Wait - what do you mean you're "going through" metal valve stems?!? Aren't they pretty much a one-time deal?
Also - I'm not the world's expert on valve stems, but I've been told that there are two different common sizes for Euro-made wheels and Japanese wheels - anyway that there were two sizes and that you needed to know which your wheels used when buying replacements. Maybe someone has more details?
Lastly - I'm not a huge fan of 90* stems because of the mounting design. You have to bolt them into place from the inside of the rim, tightly enough that they will hold against air pressure. This is different than straight valves, which are pressed *into* place by the air pressure. I put a set of 90* stems on a bike myself and had to go through several tire mount/dismounts to get them to stop leaking - and I never really trusted them even after that.
BTW - you want 90* stems? BMW has you covered:
How sweet is that!?!
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