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Presta Valve Vs Schrader Valve: What Are The Differences?

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  Bikes typically come with one of two types of valves. Schrader valves are typically called American valve and are abbreviated as AV, they are more common and exactly the same as those used on cars.  They are found mostly on inexpensive bike models.  Higher-end bicycle tires, however, are inflated with a Presta valve also known as French valve and abbreviated by FV, they are designed mostly for bikes. Here’s help on identifying them:   • Schrader Valve=American Valve=AV: Wider than a Presta and typically the same circumference top to bottom. Often wrapped in rubber when used on wheels. The...

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5 TIPS when buying your first Bike Shoes and Pedals

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We receive a lot of inquiries from newcomers to cycling. Most commonly, about Bike Shoes and pedals information.  Here is a quick guide for buying your first bike shoes and bike pedals Tip #1 -  Bike shoes are always paired with pedals, typically new bikes don't include clipless pedals. The most important contact point of a cyclist and a bike, is the shoes and pedals, this is where the power transfer begins. In the late 80's, the evolution of bike pedals and shoes changed from Toe Clip pedals to clipless pedals. This evolution made biking more safe, efficient and comfortable. ...

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