What Type of Valve to Use for Touring – Schrader or Presta
Presta Valve ————- Schrader Valve
Here are a mix of feelings and observations. They probably won’t change your mind if you already have strong feelings.
On the road, it is much easier to find a pump that works with schrader valves than prestas. If you are stuck and have schrader valves you can always go to a gas station and very carefully inflate your tires. If you have prestas, you will need to find a bike shop or another rider with a presta pump. For example, in Newfoundland there are gas stations every 60 miles but about 500 miles between bike shops.
My feeling was that I had more problems with presta tubes than schrader tubes when I used prestas. They just seemed to be less sturdy. Other long distance riders I have talked with have the same feeling. This isn’t proof it is just my perception.
Yes, prestas can be easier to inflate and may have stronger rims. If you ride mostly near your home or with groups make your choice.
But there doesn’t seem to be enough of a practical advantage with prestas to off set the disadvantages for the long distance rider.
References: See Presta Tube Warning