Jeff Kan 1
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwest KS
Bikes: '99 Rans Recumben, '90 Schwinn Mountain Bike
Tire size vs. tube size
Hey gang... new owner of a used recumbent... had a broken presta valve, so now have a flat. I'm working on getting a set of tire levers so I can get the Schwalbe tire off the rim without tearing up the rubber on the tire and without damaging the rim.
But until I get the tire levers, I assume it's a bad idea to use a screwdriver or metal pry tool that isn't at least 1/2 inch wide. I don't remember having this much trouble getting my mountain bike tire off the bead.
So until I can get the tire off the bead and pull the tube to look at it, I see the numbers 26x1.50 on the side of the tire. Do I need to get a 26x1.50 tube? Will a 27 inch (700 mm?) tube work just fine? If so, what numbers do I get after the 700? 18-24... 19-26... 28-32...35-38? It's EXTREMELY frustrating to order a tube size based on the tire size.
I know, I know... get the tire off, pull the tube and order the same size tube. Or take the entire wheel to my LBS. Well I don't have the tire levers yet, and I live 90 miles from my "local" bike shop.
I just need to get the tire levers and go from there... yes?
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