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Badger Propel Air Fittings: DIY Rubber Washers

Unlike ordinary bike tubes, Michelin ProTek tubes have a square-ish cross section:

Michelin Protek Max Tube - carton

Michelin Protek Max Tube – carton

So, having a defunct Michelin ProTek tube in hand, I cut, cleaned, and dissected a few inches, then punched out a set of (flat!) washers for the Badger Propel air fittings:

Badger 260 Propel fitting seals - inner-tube version

Badger 260 Propel fitting seals – inner-tube version

As with the cork version, they fit fine:

Badger Propel fitting - DIY rubber seal

Badger Propel fitting – DIY rubber seal

The picture is slightly fuzzy, because zooming a Pixel photo doesn’t magically create any new mmmm pixels.

I tested the washer with 45 psi air (the recommended maximum) and it holds the pressure fine. Better than a fouled ProTek valve, anyway.

Flushed with success, I preemptively replaced both OEM cork washers, an action which will surely come back to haunt me.

 

 

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  1. #1 by tantris on 2018-11-25 - 21:13

    zooming a Pixel photo doesn’t magically create any new mmmm pixels
    You don’t watch enough movies.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-11-26 - 08:15

      I’ve tried moving my hands apart in front of my fafe, but it’s still blurry out there!

  2. #3 by Justin Marrese on 2018-11-26 - 09:50

    Depends which PIxel you have: https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/10/see-better-and-further-with-super-res.html
    TL;DR: By tracking small movements of the camera (from hand tremor or intentionally jittering the OIS) and taking multiple images, the camera can capture R G & B data for a space that’s normally a single-color subpixel.

    • #4 by Ed on 2018-11-26 - 09:58

      It’s the original Pixel, bought on sale just before the Pixel 2 came out, so it lacks all the fancy new features. It also lacks the tendency for screen burn-in, which is fine by me.

      A year from now it’ll stop getting security updates, by which time the battery should be completely defunct, and maybe I’ll pick up a Pixel 3 on sale just before the Pixel 4 comes out …

  3. #5 by Jason Doege on 2018-11-26 - 12:41

    You fixed something that wasn’t broken? Dude!

    • #6 by Ed on 2018-11-26 - 13:16

      Not once, but twice!

    • #7 by david on 2018-11-26 - 19:57

      you know what they say — if it ain’t broken, fix it until it is!

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