First drop bars road bike here, just looked it up...its a Trek 1200 from 1991.
Went to check it out today and could not get the tires to hold air. Bought it anyway ($100).
Got it home and I can get the rear to hold air because it has this brass colored (presta valve?) spring inside. When I touch it it lets air out. I miss schrader valves already......again, why did they invent the presta?
Anyhow, the front has the fitting coming through the rim, but no brass colored flexible looking spring. Can I just drop by the bike shop and pick one up or do I need a special tool to insert it. Maybe it just screws in by hand, but like a schrader it needs a tool to apply force to seat it.
And another one, there was this part that I pulled out, it was essentially a brass colored nut that was on the valve that I cannot get back on (but I see no reason for it) because the presta valve is slightly bent. But Im sure I can get some pliers on it and thread it on if neccessary.
The bike is in pretty good shape but I wont know until I can get that front tire to hold air.