From the article: Presta Valve - What is a Presta Valve?
Schrader valves are used in the most common type of bicycle inner tubes. Presta valves are used on higher-end bikes and bike tires that require higher air pressure. Which do you use most frequently. Is one preferable to the other? Share your thinking, or find out what others say. Share Your Reason
- I do it because the pros do it, end of story. Do they even make schraeder CO2 fillers? There's a reason high end wheels have presta valves, but I'm not an engineer so I couldn't tell you.
- —Guest Oliver
Presta and Woods valves are nightmares
- Every bike I ever bought (mountain bikes) came with one of these stupid valves that I can't pump in a gas station, and not even at home, having a car pump (Schrader). It's a nightmare to pump them even with an adapter... barely being able to... I just bought a bike yesterday second hand, and today I noticed the back tire was almost flat... the Presta cap wasn't fully screwed, but I was screwed, not having an adapter or a pump...
- —Guest Manuel.Romania
No problems with presta
- I just brought a bike with one schrader and one presta. This is my first presta, so of course I had to go buy a new pump, which isn't a big deal, I wanted to get one with a hose and doesn't make me feel like I'm going to rip the valves off everytime I fill. In the dark, I managed to find that the presta has a valve cap that won't fall off, very handy... I didn't have any trouble at all unscrewing it and attaching the pump, not knowing anything previously about the valve, in the dark. The presta valve also gave me much less resistance than the schrader. I think I may be replacing my schrader soon
- —Guest Bryce
- I hate Presta valves because they are so little. You waste a bunch of your time just trying to fit the pump on the valve heads.
I hate Presta and I'm not alone
- Presta, how do i hate thee? Let me count the ways. I commute and ride for pleasure so a Schraeder valve is the easiest, most practical solution. No fear of breaking a stem. Getting the pump to work the first time not the fifth. Racers can have the Presta. It stinks.
- —Guest Guest larder
Presta = Fustration
- After 20 years of using Schraeders on my MTB and motorcycle, I decided to try the Presta on my MTB. What a mistake - they were so finicky, fragile, and outright hard to use. I did make serious attempts to give them a chance but after numerous attempts, I chucked the tubes out! These things are probably best on thin rims but that's the only good I can think about them.
- —Guest Lenny James
Schrader vs. Presta Valves
- Distilling this concept distinctly: Using an anti-flat sealent compound in your tubes is the absolute best way to commute reliably without getting waylaid with an unexpected puncture! Another thought: It can be difficult (limited availability) finding removable core Presta tubes. In certain instances it is very do-able to drill out a rim to accomodate Schrader tubes. All schrader valve tubes have removable cores. Schrader valved tubes are strong, reliable and easy to use.
- —Guest bikerjohn
- What most people don't seem to know is that a Schraeder valve should always have a cap fitted. It's a misnomer to call it a "dust" cap. It does that job well but it primary purpose is as the primary air seal.
- —Guest Das
Schraders are Better
- I've been riding a road bike (older model, 1981, 27x1 1/4) and it has a Schrader valve. They're great! I don't see how they differ in quality.
- —Guest 12gf
- The only problem I have had with Presta Valves is that I wanted to inflate the tyre but I undid the valve too much and it came off in my hand. I couldn't get it back in so I had to replace the inner tube . But I have had no problems with Schrader Valves
- —Guest Rite Peddler
You bicycle people can keep Presta.
- Being a wheelchair user and being on tires all day every day I can assure you there is no difference in the bleed down time. I've had Schrader on one tire and Presta on the other. No difference except the Presta is harder to use and nothing more than a fad. If you like them, fine. My beef is they are becoming a standard on wheelchairs and nobody likes them.
- —Guest Mikey
Don't see a presta on any car rims
- I have been riding bikes for 57 years and working on them for 50 and can say that the only redeeming value a Presta valve appears to have is something we can all whine about, another bonding experience. If Prestas are so good why haven't I ever seen one on a car or motorcycle?
- —Guest Rafiki
Presta: needlessly pointless
- I still quite cannot understand why Presta valves are perceived as being higher quality. I have yet to see one area where it trumps Schrader.
- —Guest person
- Presta is by far the worst invention ever. This valve doesn't have anything that is useful. This stupid invention is a waste of time, annoying to handle, and doesn't facilitate anything. Whoever invented this valve needs to be banned from inventing anything else. What an idiot
- —Guest Bello
Presta v Schraeder
- I ride Presta on my road bike and Schraeder on my MTB- Schraeders are easier to inflate but do take more pressure at the valve to attach the pump- on narrow road rims I couldn't see how Schraeders could be used given that the larger hole would severely weaken the rim. New floor pumps have combination heads for either type- you shouldn't use a gas station tire pump for bicycle tires as the pressure can be way off, inflation is too fast and hard, and without the right adapter you can't use a Schraeder pump head to inflate Presta's. For those who wrote about Schraeders gunking or rusting up, that's why all tubes have valve caps. They are important and useful and should be used to protect the valves at all times. Overall I have never had serious problems with either type- they're just different for differing applications.
- —Guest Ken V
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