Recently I buckled under some light, but never-ending, peer pressure and converted my tyres to tubeless. During the frustrating ‘learning’ period, the specific irritants of which were strangely absent from the sermons I’d endured, I stumbled upon these little brass miracles.

You see, the thing about tubeless is that the slow leaks, the impromptu front wheel flattie pishing out toxic milk into your eyes and mouth as you pull up your lame horse, the sheer impossibility of seating a tyre with a standard floor pump; absolutely none of this stuff is in the glossy brochure.

Absolutely none of this stuff is in the glossy brochure

With one of these humble valve adapters in your bag, every petrol station on earth becomes your own personal compressor pump. Caught with a puncture in town and loath to pull out your mini pump, simply limp on the remaining 15psi to the nearest station, screw the adapter over your presta valve and—taa daa—you now have a valve to fit the garage air line. It’s a miracle I tell you!

Changing your tubeless tyre with no large volume floor pump or compresser handy? No problem. Simply whip down to the servo, blow your beads on and while you’re at it, pick up the stuff you forgot to get at the supermarket.

Available at any good LBS.

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