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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:44 am 
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Hello I am in the finishing stage of restoring a proflex 978 and was wondering what was more commonly used in the 1990's presta or shrader? Thanks for any input


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:27 am 
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The simple answer is both, presta were more common on the more expensive bikes and Shrader on the less expensive. Also narrow rims that were popular worked better with presta

BTW welcome to RetroBike


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:02 am 
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Presta, no high end tubes in Schrader.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:17 am 
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WOODS VALVE!

( Sorry, I thought you wrote " 1890s. " My monocle slipped. )


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:51 am 
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Agency_Scum wrote:
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WOODS VALVE!

( Sorry, I thought you wrote " 1890s. " My monocle slipped. )


:lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:58 am 
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Depends if you want to ride home after a flat
Prestas on a damp hillside are a pita
Schraders aren't


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:21 am 
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Schraeder. Simpler, more reliable, capable of managing the same high pressures as Presta. After all, if Presta is so awesome then cars, aircraft etc would all use it.

You won't find many, if any, Presta equipped MTB s from the 90s.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:30 am 
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shogun wrote:
Presta, no high end tubes in Schrader.


Rubbish, most high end tubes were available in Schrader. I have a set of Air Bs in Shrader.

I saw far more Shrader valves in the 90s.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:22 pm 
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I would say Schrader was certainly the most popular. Vague memories of the Presta rims from Mavic drilled for
Schrader on the outer diameter and Presta on the inner diameter. I always drilled them for Schrader
and I hate the newer high end rims with Presta; never had a Schrader fail, only Presta.

According to this it's about 50-50 though
http://www.bikepro.com/products/rims/rimtables.shtml


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:28 pm 
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I don't think I've owned a bike with wheels bigger than 24" which has had schrader valves.

I don't see why it would be a problem in the field either if your spares/repair kit and pump were correct.


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