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tire stem came off? - July 19, 2009, 01:32 PM

I just got back from a ride today and decided to clean the bike up some. was just using a damp rag and some junk remover and as a ran my hand passed the tire stem on the rear wheel it shot off and all the air came out. Im still fairly new to bikes so im not sure what i need to do. can i just replace it with a new stem? glad it didnt come off while i was riding. here are some pictures:




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July 19, 2009, 01:51 PM

You're a lucky ducky that it came off while it was parked.


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You're a lucky ducky that it came off while it was parked.
lucky was an understatement. i was out for about 85 miles today at a "spirited" pace all on back roads, would have been some bad shit had it happened on the ride.


my understanding is that i can just push the tired away from the rim a bit and put a new stem in, can anyone confirm that? and also would any auto parts store carry them?
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July 19, 2009, 02:09 PM

Tire will be removed, with the sidewalls so short I don't think you're going to be able to push the tire away as you would on a car. Check your tire for dry cracks otherwise, just take it somewhere and have them replace the stem. Your tires are tubeless so the stem is independent of the actual tire/rim itself.


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Tire will be removed, with the sidewalls so short I don't think you're going to be able to push the tire away as you would on a car. Check your tire for dry cracks otherwise, just take it somewhere and have them replace the stem. Your tires are tubeless so the stem is independent of the actual tire/rim itself.
tires are pretty new, about 1500 miles on them, no cracks. i just got the bike about two months ago, my guess is the tire stems were not replaced with the tires. i guess ill have to figure out a way to pull the tire and bring it somewhere, will probably do the front too while im at it just to be safe.
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Sounds like they broke the stem when they pulled it throught the rim. Rare but it happens...


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July 19, 2009, 04:09 PM

Wow! Scary stuff.

I think you're right and that's probably an old valve stem, maybe the original. Most shops won't change them unless you ask or they see a problem.

Go play the lotto. You're on a winning streak to have had that let go while stopped.
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Wow! Scary stuff.

I think you're right and that's probably an old valve stem, maybe the original. Most shops won't change them unless you ask or they see a problem.

Go play the lotto. You're on a winning streak to have had that let go while stopped.
yea i should haha, i feel more then lucky right now, i literally just bumped it very softly while cleaning the rim and it shot off. Cant imagine having it happen while in a turn or something.
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July 19, 2009, 06:36 PM

No big deal. remove the wheel and take to get replaced. I would suggest a metal replacement. 90 degree stems are a little pricey ($17). Mine went bad 2 weeks ago. Shit happens.
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