Review: Stan’s NoTubes Valve Core Remover

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November 23, 2015

Sometimes it's all about the simple things

Brand: Stan's NoTubes
Product: Valve Core Remover
From: Paligap
Price: £8ish
Tested: by Marc B for Eight Months

File under:  Things that are awesome

This is better than that.
This is better than that.

Valve core removers.  Not terribly titillating.  Or even interesting for that matter.  After all, most of us–as I did–have a little plastic Presta remover or two floating around in the toolbox- and possibly even a decades-old metal Schraeder valve-cap-stroke-remover in there as well.  I’ll get by with what I’ve got, thankyouverymuch.

But with the advent of tubeless tyres, the ease with which those inflate with their valve core removed, and the periodic need to refresh the ride-saving goop inside, the little core remover that came with every Mavic wheelset over the past fifteen years saw more and more service- and every time it was cursed for being such a pain to find.  For starters, it’s black.  And it’s tiny.  And it likes to hide in small, dark places like the bottom of the toolbox or with the sticky, furry things growing under the workbench.

Easy to find, easy to use.
Easy to find, easy to use.

The Stan’s NoTubes Valve Core Remover is neither small nor black.  In fact, it’s a quite easy-to-locate anodised red, roughly the size of an underfed AA battery.  Being precision-machined from aluminium, it removes or tightens both Presta and Schraeder valve cores without complaint.  For mechanics or anyone with a family’s worth of bikes (or just a family of bikes), it’s a time saver and frustration fighter.  And after years of making do with freebies, I kick myself for not spending the £8 on one sooner.

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Review Info

Brand: Stan's NoTubes
Product: Valve Core Remover
From: Paligap
Price: £8ish
Tested: by Marc B for Eight Months

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