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Old 08-08-09, 07:55 PM
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A couple tire and inner tube questions

Hey guys..I'm new to this whole thing, so please pardon the ignorance, if my questions sound elementary.

First off, I have a Schwinn Hybrid. It currently has 700 x 38c tires. I read on an old thread here, that it was possible to actually use an even thinner tire to I guess lesson road to tire friction ( I forgot what they actually said, but something along these lines). How much thinner can I go? Is 28 too thin?

On inner tubes...my current inner tube is labeled on the tire as 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 . Anyone know where I can get this tube? I hear a lot of owners of my particular bike have problems finding it due to the longer valve length (I take it the 1 1/2 " measurement is the valve length?)...The longest I saw it go was 1 1/4. Can I use something shorter? Currently the valve sticks out about 1/2 an inch or so past the rim.

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anyone? also if i change the tire size, do i also need to change the tube? or can i change the tire to a smaller size w/out changing the 28 x 1 5/8 tube?
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Originally Posted by Yin_Yang View Post
Hey guys..I'm new to this whole thing, so please pardon the ignorance, if my questions sound elementary.

First off, I have a Schwinn Hybrid. It currently has 700 x 38c tires. I read on an old thread here, that it was possible to actually use an even thinner tire to I guess lesson road to tire friction ( I forgot what they actually said, but something along these lines). How much thinner can I go? Is 28 too thin?

On inner tubes...my current inner tube is labeled on the tire as 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 . Anyone know where I can get this tube? I hear a lot of owners of my particular bike have problems finding it due to the longer valve length (I take it the 1 1/2 " measurement is the valve length?)...The longest I saw it go was 1 1/4. Can I use something shorter? Currently the valve sticks out about 1/2 an inch or so past the rim.

Any help you can give would be appreciated.
You can install 700 x 28C tires on your rims without issues. I wouldn't go narrower without swapping for narrower rims. You should get narrower tubes, too, because it'll be tough to stuff those tubes in the skinnier tires. It's possible, just not easy or wise.

The dimensions printed on the tube are pretty irrelevant, and none of those measurements refer to the valve. It's the same as a 700x32 to 38 tube. You can find "long valve" tubes in most shops- the valves are generally 2" long: http://harriscyclery.net/page.cfm?Pa...ils&sku=TU6886

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By measuring parts of the rim, you can get an idea of what size tires are appropriate. There's a colorful chart at the bottom of this page that will help: http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

I used it before I made the switch from 35c to 28c.
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so one more question..if i downsize the tire to a 700 x 28c...what size inner tube would i need?
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Just bring in your tube to a bike shop and tell them that you need the next skinnier size for 700c wheels. Beware though if you go to 28's that you will have to check your tire pressure more often and you probably have a narrower range of useable pressures in the smaller tire. I would recommend trying a 32, but 28 is still a good size. Just avoid a roadie telling you that you need to but 23's on there.
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so one more question..if i downsize the tire to a 700 x 28c...what size inner tube would i need?
The tube size that I'm using with my 28s is 28-32. From shopping around it looks like most tubes are 23-25, 28-32, or 35+. Here and there you can find an oddball like a 26-28, but they're not common.
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Don't get too hung up on tube sizing anyways. A little leeway is fine, just use your personal judgement. They just hold air (obvious extremes and common sense please).
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so one more question..if i downsize the tire to a 700 x 28c...what size inner tube would i need?
You would use a tube that includes the actual tyre-size in its range. So a tube labeled 700x25-28c would work, as would a 700x28-32c. However, there are some differences you may wish to consider.

A 700x25-28c tube would be stretched thinner when inflated inside a 700x28c tyre compared to a 700x28-32c tube. This thinner tube would be more susceptible to flats. And it may even split at the seams easier. A 700x28-32c tube would be more durable in use, but may be more susceptible to installation damage such as pinches from tyre-levers or pinched between the tyre and rim.

Personally I always go with the largest tube that'll fit inside the tyre. I've gotten fewer flats that way even if it does take a little more care to install.
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Personally I always go with the largest tube that'll fit inside the tyre. I've gotten fewer flats that way even if it does take a little more care to install.
I'm just the opposite. I use the smallest inner tube that will fit my tire. I don't get very many punctures so I'm more concerned with pinching the tube under the tire bead.
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I'm just the opposite. I use the smallest inner tube that will fit my tire. I don't get very many punctures so I'm more concerned with pinching the tube under the tire bead.
Apropros of the OP's screen name- I guess we're experiencing the Yin and the Yang of inner-tube fitment. Ommmm.....
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thanks all...so most lbs' will have long valve tubes?
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is there a diff. between 700 x 28 and 700 x 28c??
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is there a diff. between 700 x 28 and 700 x 28c??
Not really, the "c" rim is the most common type. If it was something different, like a "b" rim it would probably say so.

BTW, I agree with Retro Grouch, when it comes to tube I'd rather be on the small side than on the big side.
The outer circumference of a wheel is the best place to lose weight. Also a larger tube is more likely to wrinkle.

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my current tube is a schrader valve..does it have to stay schrader, or can i user a presta?
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my current tube is a schrader valve..does it have to stay schrader, or can i user a presta?
Stay schrader. You can convert to Presta with an adapter insert, it's up to you.
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i would, but i cant find the valve length i need w/ schrader on the popular sites like nashbar and performance.

I need a 48mm schrader if i go with the original tubes measurement. The only 48mm valve length ive been able to find are in presta...but now performancebike doesnt have any adapters LOL
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i would, but i cant find the valve length i need w/ schrader on the popular sites like nashbar and performance.

I need a 48mm schrader if i go with the original tubes measurement. The only 48mm valve length ive been able to find are in presta...but now performancebike doesnt have any adapters LOL
Try your LBS? They may be able to order exactly what you want (if not in stock).
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ya ill give them a call tomorrow.
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Does 26*2.25 tube size fits 26*3.0

Hello guys,

I need to change tube for my bike and I see 26*3.0 on my tire. I dont see this size tube in Walmart, I see only 26*2.25. will this 26*2.25 tube fits my 26*3.0?
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Hello guys,

I need to change tube for my bike and I see 26*3.0 on my tire. I dont see this size tube in Walmart, I see only 26*2.25. will this 26*2.25 tube fits my 26*3.0?
Yeah, it'll fit fine. Make sure it has the kind of valve you need - just open the box and look at it.
But it'd be smarter to buy the tube at a real bike store if you've got one nearby - they could check for other problems that you might not notice.
Do you know how to change a tube?
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