It's hard to get all of the air out just pressing down on the valve core. You have to spend a lot of time squeezing the air out by pressing the tires, and still would need levers. I think most tubes have removable valve cores, but I'm guessing that some specialized (racing?) ones don't. I should say that this works for those who have Schrader Valves, for Prestas I'm assuming would require no tool and the tire levers might be the only way to get the tires off.
Can't you just unscrew the valve and then press down to do the same thing? Not all tubes have removable valve cores either.
The tool would allow you to remove the tire easily with your bare hands because there is no pressure left in the tube. Same applies with putting the tire on, screw the valve core on after tube and tire are in the rim. The tool works very quickly.
Apie (10.6) said:
How would this "tool" get a tire on and off the rim?
A nice and very small tool that eliminates the need for tire levers is a valve core remover. After the valve core is removed, you can easily remove the tire and tube manually.
What, no X9000 Macroblaster?
Jaik S. said:
Here's a list of contents:
Road Morph G pump
Patch kit & caps(big tin)
Park Tool Levers
700x35 tube(never replaced the 700x23 that I gave away)
Busted tube(for bungeeing on the bike)
UltraFire XML-T6 1600 Lumen flashlight
Tube Rubber bands
Brooks Seat wrench
Three Allen/Hex keys
Walgreens Mini Screwdriver with five bits
Pedros Trixie wrench
Gerber multi-tool bits
Peter Atwood G5 Prybaby(Wrench/Bottle opener/Wire stripper)
Timbuk2 Toolshed(small size)
Elkind No. 20912 Hex wrenches
Gerber 400 Mutlisport Compact
Maratac Peanut Lighter
Everything fits in the toolshed with the exception of the Pump, Flashlight, Gerber, Prybaby & Lighter. I'm sure if I got the larger toolshed, all but the pump would fit.
Irvin Steinert said:
interesting, but I'm not sure what all those things are just from looking. What is that thing in the bottom right?
I can't seem to find an x9000 that both looks great and has the "fully loaded" package. All of the custom builds seem a little too archaic. Maybe with the x9001 they'll improve and make it less bulky.
I made a separate blog post to capture mine. Finally got some perfect pictures. Go see:
Also found a similar thread from 2009 with some funny stuff. Go see:
Comparing there, and here, and mine, all the best kits are very similar.