Problems with tubes

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by naked_draughtsman, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. I wonder if anyone can help me out with this problem:

    I had a flattened front wheel replaced on my mountain bike and as I was
    using 1" road tyres, the bike shop fitted a presta valve innertube,
    which I found out today was about half an inch wide.

    I've now gone back to 1.85" off raod tyres as I do more off roading now
    and also need to get fitter and I intended to replace the presta
    innertube with a wider schrader one from my stockpile. This didn't
    work though as the hole in the rim isn't big enough and as I have no
    problem bending and flattening wheels I didn't fancy drilling it bigger
    and making it weaker!

    I resorted to putting the original presta tube back in and was
    inflating it by hand when it let out a hiss and went flat - it seems
    the slimline tube objected to being inflated to such a large size even
    though the tyre was nowhere near hard.

    I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres
    * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres
    * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes

    First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    available? (and more importantly - cheap!)

    Any advice/suggestions/sympathy would be appreciated!

    peter
     
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  2. Clive George

    Clive George Guest

    "naked_draughtsman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    > * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres
    > * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres
    > * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes
    >
    > First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    > adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    > available? (and more importantly - cheap!)


    Michelin C4 tubes are available in presta and do both our 1.75" slicks and
    our 2.1" knobblies. And it's nice to keep the pump in presta-mode rather
    than having to swap between that and schrader.

    I'd also use a pump without an adapter, but that's merely because it'll be
    less faff.

    cheers,
    clive
     
  3. POHB

    POHB Guest

    Wiggle will do you 10 Specialized Tubes, Presta MTB 26x1.5-2.2 for 25 quid



    "naked_draughtsman" wrote

    > I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    > * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres
    > * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres
    > * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes
    >
    > First option is my preferred


    > Any advice/suggestions/sympathy would be appreciated!
     
  4. Jim Price

    Jim Price Guest

    naked_draughtsman wrote:
    > I wonder if anyone can help me out with this problem:
    >
    > I had a flattened front wheel replaced on my mountain bike and as I was
    > using 1" road tyres, the bike shop fitted a presta valve innertube,
    > which I found out today was about half an inch wide.
    >
    > I've now gone back to 1.85" off raod tyres as I do more off roading now
    > and also need to get fitter and I intended to replace the presta
    > innertube with a wider schrader one from my stockpile. This didn't
    > work though as the hole in the rim isn't big enough and as I have no
    > problem bending and flattening wheels I didn't fancy drilling it bigger
    > and making it weaker!
    >
    > I resorted to putting the original presta tube back in and was
    > inflating it by hand when it let out a hiss and went flat - it seems
    > the slimline tube objected to being inflated to such a large size even
    > though the tyre was nowhere near hard.
    >
    > I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    > * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres
    > * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres
    > * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes
    >
    > First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    > adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    > available? (and more importantly - cheap!)
    >
    > Any advice/suggestions/sympathy would be appreciated!


    Next time you find yourself at a bike show, look out for stalls doing 10
    inner tubes for 10 pounds.

    Failing that, try:
    http://www.bikepimp.co.uk/search/inner+tube+presta

    Or if you are in a bit more of a hurry and live near a Decathlon store,
    they do tubes for ~£2

    --
    JimP
    --
    "We don't have a plan, so nothing can go wrong" - Spike Milligan
     
  5. "naked_draughtsman" <[email protected]>typed

    > First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    > adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    > available? (and more importantly - cheap!)


    Not too difficult, not too pricy. You have to know what you're looking
    for and not get fobbed off with 622/18...

    Online purchase is a possibility.

    --
    Helen D. Vecht: [email protected]
    Edgware.
     
  6. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <[email protected]>,
    naked_draughtsman ('[email protected]') wrote:

    > I wonder if anyone can help me out with this problem:
    >
    > I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    > * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres


    That's the one.

    > * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres


    Not if you want to ride off road.

    > * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes


    Not unless all your other bikes and pumps are Schraeder.

    > First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    > adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    > available?


    Yes.

    > (and more importantly - cheap!)


    That, too.

    --
    [email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

    ;; single speed mountain bikes: for people who cycle on flat mountains.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Just drill out the holes - I've done it on every undersized rim I have
    ever owned with no problem and even had the bike shop do it on the last
    bike we bought. This will also have the advantage that whatever type of
    tubes your mates use you will always be able to scrounge them albeit the
    Prestas will rattle around in the schrader sized hole. I believe the
    only place for Presta valves is on a road bike (duck for cover).

    Mike

    naked_draughtsman wrote:
    > I wonder if anyone can help me out with this problem:
    >
    > I had a flattened front wheel replaced on my mountain bike and as I was
    > using 1" road tyres, the bike shop fitted a presta valve innertube,
    > which I found out today was about half an inch wide.
    >
    > I've now gone back to 1.85" off raod tyres as I do more off roading now
    > and also need to get fitter and I intended to replace the presta
    > innertube with a wider schrader one from my stockpile. This didn't
    > work though as the hole in the rim isn't big enough and as I have no
    > problem bending and flattening wheels I didn't fancy drilling it bigger
    > and making it weaker!
    >
    > I resorted to putting the original presta tube back in and was
    > inflating it by hand when it let out a hiss and went flat - it seems
    > the slimline tube objected to being inflated to such a large size even
    > though the tyre was nowhere near hard.
    >
    > I'm now a bit stuck as to what to do next, my options are:
    > * Find a wide presta innertube more suited to wide tyres
    > * Buy a replacement presta innertube and go back to narrow road tyres
    > * Buy another new front wheel designed for schrader valved innertubes
    >
    > First option is my preferred as I've already had to buy a presta
    > adaptor for my handpump but are wide presta innertubes easily
    > available? (and more importantly - cheap!)
    >
    > Any advice/suggestions/sympathy would be appreciated!
    >
    > peter
    >
     
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