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Originally Posted by no1mad
1) What is the smallest tire/tube with a non-presta valve?
2) When it comes to figuring out FG/SS gearing, any other method than ride my geared bike until I find a combo I can live with?
1) Go ask at your local bike store. Specifically, look at what tubes they stock in Schrader. You don't want to be riding something that you can't get tubes for. Don't be surprised if the answer comes up as the old 27" tires or the 26x1-3/8 tires or something odd like that, that you don't really want to use.
2) That sounds like a good method to me. Unless, say, you're riding a mountain bike or other fat-tired bike now, in which case you could maybe go up a bit on gearing with a skinnier-tired lighter bike. Getting other people's ideas helps if those other people are about as equally fit as you.
If you haven't used Presta tubes before, they are pretty easy to work with, at least in my experience- nothing to shy away from. If you could get a 23x700 tube in Schrader valve, I'm not so sure you could get the air chuck off it without losing half the air in the tire.
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