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    PRESTA or SCHRADER tubes?

    I pick presta.
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    me too, when I first got em I was hesitant but now they are the best way to go in my opinion. So Smelly, I am afraid to ask but how did you get your user name? nice dress too!
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    Shraeder every time. I hate presta

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    I could go one way or the other but I tend to pick presta these days.
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    In case anyone is interested, you can convert a Shraeder rim to accept Presta tubes by taking an 1 gal. ice cream bucket and cutting a ¾" W x 1½" L strip, drill a hole in it to allow the Presta valve through and install the tube on the rim as you normally would. My 2¢. (I'll go with Presta).
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    Whatever the wheel rim requires. But, haven't seen any of those big old fat ugly heavy stems on anything but entry level bikes for quite a number of years.

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    I think it is also a road vs mtb thing. I don't see many prestas on any mtbikes at all (at least in this neck of the woods) even on 6000$ dh bikes it is still shraeder

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    This choice is usually made by the rim manufacturer, no? And it's hard to imagine someone choosing one hybrid or low-end MTB over another just because of the size of the valve hole in the rims.

    And I can't remember the last time I saw a road bike rim with shraeders.

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    Originally posted by Cipher
    In case anyone is interested, you can convert a Shraeder rim to accept Presta tubes by taking an 1 gal. ice cream bucket and cutting a ¾" W x 1½" L strip, drill a hole in it to allow the Presta valve through and install the tube on the rim as you normally would. My 2¢. (I'll go with Presta).
    Or you could just buy a rubber insert sold at the Home Depot for $0.04 each.
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    Originally posted by Maelstrom
    I think it is also a road vs mtb thing. I don't see many prestas on any mtbikes at all (at least in this neck of the woods) even on 6000$ dh bikes it is still shraeder
    Four riders at work, four different MTB all Presta I think it is the rims more than the style of bike. Also Presta I think are proving to be more popular cause 10 years ago only high end road bikes had em. Butr also I have to agree with Rich Clark (Shudder ) I know when I choose a bike valve type is not one of thr criteria.
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    All right mr. Smelly, post us a picture of these adapters please.

    I like presta best and run presta in my mtb rims that are drilled for shrader with out any kind of adapter and have had no problems, yet. I think I like them because you can manipulate the vlave core with out a tool and to me they just look better on a bike tire.

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    since I run tubulars there is no choice - presta

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    Originally posted by ngateguy
    Four riders at work, four different MTB all Presta I think it is the rims more than the style of bike.
    Same here... all my MTBs have presta and most high end XC rigs I see have presta. However, that said, I can see the draw for schraeder in MTBs, especially those with air-adjustable suspension since air-shocks normally have schreader valves and thus one would only need to carry a single pump. Granted filling a tyre with a shock pump is gonna take a lot of time and pumping.
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    This is one of those perennial topics that won't go away. I have 4 bikes with prestas, and plan to convert the UO-8 next time I need an inner tube. (To convert, I slip a thin metal washer, whose ID barely accepts the Presta stem and whose OD comfortably covers the Schraeder hole in the rim, between the rim tape and the rim itself.)
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    Originally posted by uciflylow
    All right mr. Smelly, post us a picture of these adapters please.

    I like presta best and run presta in my mtb rims that are drilled for shrader with out any kind of adapter and have had no problems, yet. I think I like them because you can manipulate the vlave core with out a tool and to me they just look better on a bike tire.
    http://www.marcorubber.com/grommets.htm

    They're called rubber grommets. They come in thousands of sizes, many will fix around a presta valve, making it wide enough to sit in a schrader valve hole.
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    We sell the rubber grommets for 50 cents. There is an alloy adaptor that works better for about a buck.
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