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Old 08-25-10, 08:34 AM   #1
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Installing tires and tubes.

This is my first time dealing with road rims, tubes and tires. First how do I inflate a presta valve? Second how do i properly install the tube? And finally, is the installation off the tire the same as that of a wider mtb rim and tire? Thanks
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To inflate a presta valve tube, unscrew the little knob on the end of the valve, and either use a pump with a presta head or screw on a presta to schrader adapter and use a pump with a schrader head. Your MTB undoubtedly has a schrader valve tube. Installation of tire and tube is no different than on your MTB or any other clincher tire and tube.
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thanks, I'll have to stop by the shop and buy an adapter. I was also wondering if it is possible to add links to a chain. I bought a partially complete bike that just needed wheels. the chain for my purposes is too short, but its a really high quality chain and I don't want to just get rid of it. Is there anyway to add links to the chain?
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Is there anyway to add links to the chain?
Yes. You'll need to get a few spare links from your lbs and either have them install it or buy a chain tool. You need to get the same size links as your current chain, either 1/8 (track and BMX) or 3/32, which is normally used on geared bikes but also sometimes on SSFG.
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