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I've got a bike tire that says "(32-630) 27 X 1 1/4" on it.

I've got also got an innertube that says "700X18/23C -27X1 A/V".

I'm trying to figure out if the innertube is the right size for the tire. I gather that my tire has a 27" diameter and a 1 1/4" width. It seems that the innertube is designed for a tire that's 27" by 1"... which seems like it's not the right size. But is that correct? Or will the innertube fit? And in either case, what does A/V mean in this context?

Many thanks,


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Schrader valve/Schrader tube

aka "American valve" or "Automotive valve"

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The Schrader valve consists of a valve stem into which a valve core is threaded, and is used on virtually all automobile tires and most wider rimmed bicycle tires. The valve core is a poppet valve assisted by a spring.

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That innertube would be slightly undersized -- it would probably work, more or less, but you might have a low spot (and a bump every tire revolution) in the valve area because the rubber is thicker there and doesn't expand as readily.

Generally the tube's box will list the range of sizes it can accommodate.

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Whether it will work is dependent on whether the valve is a correct fit for the rim, in addition to the size limitations of the tube. There is no information about what valve his road rim has, and as both AV and Presta valves are common for 27 inch wheels, there is not good way to even guess. – zenbike Aug 8 '12 at 3:48

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