Are you a “do-it-yourself” kind of person? Or, do you prefer to have someone else get the job done for you?
Me? If something’s broken, I get my wife to fix it.
For cyclists, the most common and probably most vexing problems are flat tires. This is where it’s handy to know the differences between a Schrader valve and a Presta valve.
If you typically have your local bike shop repair and inflate your bike’s flat tires, it doesn’t much matter whether your inner tubes have Schrader or Presta valves.
On the other hand, if you purchase replacement tubes to repair your tires, the difference between these two types of valves matters.
The Presta valve is thinner and has a lock nut, rather than a spring, for sealing. The thinner Presta valve has been popular for racers because it allows the rider to use a hand pump to inflate the inner tube.
The Schrader valve are more commonly found on cheaper bikes of all types, mountain bikes, city bikes or kids bikes and generally, riders can more rapidly inflate their bike’s tires at a gas station.
The Schrader is definitely the easier to use than a Presta valve. All you need to do is remove the cap put the pump head on far enough so no air leaks out, and air up your tires.
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