Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Yep, Presta valves. You'll come to love them. They work a bit differently, by the way.
The narrow valve used on most high-performance bicycles, and all tubulars
. Also known as a "French valve". The wider Schrader
(automotive style) valve is used on children's bicycles and utility bicycles. Presta valves have built-in valve caps, which must be opened before you can pump them up. These caps are "captive" nuts, which cannot be removed. Since there is no spring in a Presta valve, this knurled nut must be retightened after inflating the tire, or the valve may leak slowly.
Presta valves are light, and don't require as large a hole in the rim. Since the don't use a spring, they can be easier to pump with a hand pump.
Separate valve caps are not needed with Presta valves. The caps that come with Presta tubes and tubulars are there so that the pointy end of the valve won't puncture your spare tube
while it is rolled up. There's no reason to use them in actual riding
with adaptor There is a third type of valve, very rarely seen in the U.S., which has a bottom similar to a Schrader
and necks down to about the size of a Presta
. This is a Woods valve
, formerly popular in the British Isles and Asia. These low-tech valves work with rubber tubing and spit. This is also sometimes referred to as a "Dunlop" valve.
valve If you want to convert a rim drilled for Presta valves to accept Schrader valves, drill it out with a 21/64" drill bit.
From Sheldon Brown's site.
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