28. How to Use a Presta Valve Adapter
Learn how to use a presta valve adapter to inflate your tire using a regular air pump.
The two most common valve types these days are Presta valves and Schrader valves. Schrader valves are most commonly found on bikes with wide rims and are the same style you'll find on most automobiles. They use an internal spring to allow inflation while keeping the valve closed. You can inflate this style easily with any regular air pump.
Presta valves are a lot narrower and are commonly found on higher end bikes with narrow rims. They are a little trickier to inflate as they use a manual locknut to open the valve for inflation. To inflate a Presta valve you'll need a regular air pump and a special adapter. These can be purchased for about a dollar at your local bike shop. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to use the adapter to inflate your tire.
The first step is to remove the cap and then loosen the valve's locknut all the way counter-clockwise. Notice that you can now let air out by depressing the locknut.
Now install the adapter by carefully threading it clockwise onto the valve stem's threads. The adapter effectively converts your Presta valve to a Schrader valve so that you can use a traditional air pump to inflate it. Attach your air pump and inflate the tire to the recommended pressure. This is written on your sidewall and is usually marked with a 'PSI' rating (pounds per square inch).
Once the tire is fully inflated, remove the air pump, remove the adapter, and finger tighten the locknut. Then replace the cap. There is another locknut at the bottom of the valve stem. This should be finger-tightened once the tire is inflated.
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I learned a lesson today about tires. I went to get road tires for my Trek 831 MT Track.
You cannot just take a 26x2.10 tire and swap it for a
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I also have a cruiser bike - 26" and the tires are 2.125
It seems I can use the same innter tubes for both bikes because I get the ones that are like 1.9 to 2.1 or something. I keep the tires on both bikes at 55 psi which is basicly the middle of the range it says to inflate them to on the tires. After 2 weeks they are down to about 48 psi or so.
I ride both bikes daily and for about 20-40 min each.
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BTW, should I take a spare tube or a patch kit? I understand there are some times where a spare tube is the only way (i.e. blowout, giant rip in the tube, or the valve stem comes off) but a wrench (needed to take the rim off the bike) adds weight (although t... Read more >>
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Ordered a replacement from Amazon a few weeks ago , but instead of sending a 700x38c , they sent me a 700x35c . Wanting to keep the front and rear tires the same size , I returned the 35c and again ordered a 38c . Today , the new tire arrived and again they sent me a 700x35c !!!!!!!
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Earlier this year I replaced tires on both vintage bikes, due to dry rot... Age (30+ Years).....
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Put about 20 Pounds of air in, then bleed it out.... Then do 30, and bleed...
Then 45, and bleed...... then went to 70....
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I remounted the tire twice and the bulge formed in the same place each time. I tried inserting a folded dollar bill, but it didn't help.
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Ha... Read more >>
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Can I still ride?...
Anything to do to repair?...
or is it replacement time?
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Please forgive me if this has been covered somewhere on this site, if it has, I can't find it.
I have 26 x 1.50 rims with 26 x 1.75 tires
needed two new inner tubes.
The bike shop sells me a 26 x 1.50/1.75 with Schrader valve and a 26 x 1.9/2.125 also with Schrader valve.
They didn't have anymore of the 1.50/1.75 with Schrader valve and said the 1.9/2.125 would fit especially since it's a mountain/city bike.
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