I can't pump my bike tire because the valve of the inner tube has been pushed inside, where its not visible anymore. Is there a possible way for me to fix this or should I buy a new inner tube?enter image description here

  • Are you sure your inner tube wasn’t stolen: bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/36433/11160 – RoboKaren Jan 13 '18 at 1:47
  • So the shaft of the core has dropped inward - is it a removable core? That could give you more space to get the shaft out. – Criggie Jan 13 '18 at 2:43
  • That appears to be a Presta where the thumbscrew has been removed from the inner shaft. If you can manage to somehow press/shake the inner shaft back out and then install a replacement thumbscrew then you might rescue the valve/tube. But if the inner shaft is broken off or you can't get it to peek out, for whatever reason, the tube is toast. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 13 '18 at 4:27

Thanks for the photo! This makes it clearer that your valve body didn’t fall into the wheel rim, rather your presta valve internal valve shaft either fell off or fell into the tube body.

Presta valve with labels for both parts

Unlike the photo above, it looks like you have a one piece valve so the core isn’t normally removable (you can’t unscrew the part of the valve pictured above with the words unscrew here) — but if you were to unscrew the thumbscrew too far the inner valve shaft itself could fall into the inside of the tube.

You’ll need a new thumbscrew at minimum but it might be very hard to get the thin internal valve shaft back up into the valve body properly. Unlike a tube with a replaceable core, I don’t think you can replace the core if you can’t rethread the valve shaft from inside.

In many ways, it’ll be easier to just replace the whole inner. They are cheap for a reason.

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  • Your diagram is deceiving. There are 4 separate pieces visible in the picture: The main stem (gold), the removable valve seat (silver), the thumbscrew (silver), and the valve shaft (gold). The valve pictured by the OP does not have a removable seat, but rather the main stem and seat are formed together as a single piece. Missing in the OP's image are the thumbscrew and the valve shaft. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 13 '18 at 20:24
  • Yes. I’ve been scouring the net for a better photo. And trying to come up with better terminology for what’s going on. – RoboKaren Jan 13 '18 at 20:25
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    Yep - I called the little push pin a "shaft" above which seems to fit. – Criggie Jan 13 '18 at 20:29
  • Thanks. I changed the answer to use the term “valve shaft” which I like. – RoboKaren Jan 13 '18 at 20:31

If it’s simply that your inner tube valve pushed in, then you most likely don’t need a new tube. You can just partially pull back the tire where the valve opening is and stick the valve back through. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to do this without peeling the tube back. It just takes some massaging - it helps if you have experience being a midwife or animal husbandry.

That said, it’s always good to have a spare tube. When the valve gets sucked in like that, it often gets crimped at the valve base and leaks and that can’t get patched easily. Inner tubes are cheap so it’s good to always have a backup.

Especially with presta valves, it’s good to use the locknut provided. Don’t tighten it too much (especially when the tire is inflated) or it’ll be very hard to take off with bare hands when you get a flat. But that locknut is designed to prevent the valve falling into the rim well.

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