Can anybody explain what's going on here? All four wheels were like this.
Simple case of a lack of knowledge. Did you give the owner an education?
I didn't see anybody around.
Oops, that'll cost some judging points.
For the newbies, here is the correct setup (from an old forum post):
Probably another NTB installment, probably charged extra for new valve stems and road hazard protection.
It keeps the valve stem from sucking into the rim at speeds over 125 mph.
"Can't Fix Stupid" !
After spending twelve long and exhausting hours mounting some very difficult and stiff clincher tires, the owner realized he forgot to install a few parts inside so.....
I'm guessing they forgot to put them inside first & didn't want to leave them off.
Isn't Stupid self-correcting? This looks like a case where the person installing the metal stem tubes was simply unfamiliar with the process and did not have a mentor.
Looks like they tried that bridge washer on the other way but didn't like how it was digging into the felloe. Good call.
One good hard stop and they'll be trying it again !!
Wasn't it Mr Jelf that once lamented about vague topic descriptions? <grin>
That's the correct set up if the wheel wood is red oak. Possibly owner does not know s/he has hickory wheels????