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I bought a Reebok Bike pump yesterday which is this one. I have presta valves for my Jamis Allegro Sport 2012 hybrid bike and I was trying to pump the tyres using the pump as part of my monthly maintenance. I could not lock the pump nozzle to my presta valve because the nozzle was not fitting properly even after locking the clamp and was constantly coming out. Additionally, I could not hard-press the nozzle as it might damage my presta valve. I would like to know what the problem is and if I (possibly) need an adapter to corretly fit the valve? Does anyone have any previous experience? I kind of feel that the pump itself is rubish

Also, When I connected the pump to the presta valve, it did not gauge the existing air pressure which is weird as I expected it to show so.

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First you need to make sure you have the right chuck setup. If the pump you have is the one in the link then it claims to be auto-converting between Schrader and Presta -- you can skip to the next paragraph. But if you have a slightly different pump it may require manual conversion. As you press the chuck onto the valve you should feel some resistance as the rubber gasket in the chuck snugly fits around the valve stem. If the fit is not snug the chuck probably requires manual conversion and is probably set up for Schrader, so you need to unscrew the knurled nut on the very end of the chuck and reverse the rubber gasket inside (taking care to no lose any spring or washer behind the gasket).

Regardless of whether the chuck is auto-converting you may need to tighten the knurled nut on the open end of the chuck, to make it tight enough that you feel some resistance from the gasket as you slide the chuck on.

But before installing the chuck you must unscrew the little knurled knob on the top of the Presta valve. Unscrew it all the way until it stops against the crimp on the top of the threaded rod. Just to be sure you have it open, press the end of the rod with your finger and listen for the puff of air.

Press the chuck onto the valve. If the Presta valve does not have a nut retaining it to keep it from sliding back into the tire you will likely need to use your thumb on the tire, on the back side of the valve, to keep the valve from sliding into the tire.

When you get the chuck all the way onto the valve (about 3/4" or 2cm) then flip up the lever to lock the chuck on. (Note that there have been a few chuck designs where you flip the lever up while applying/removing the chuck, and flip it down to latch instead of vice-versa.)

Once you get the chuck on properly you should be able to read the air pressure (if any) already in the tire. If not the valve is not open and you will likely not be able to get air into the tire.

Once inflated, remove the chuck and screw the knurled knob down snug (but not over-tight). And install the cap, if you have one. This helps prevent damage to the relatively fragile Presta valve mechanism and prevents accidental release of air.

You need to add air to your tires much more often than monthly. Once a week at the very least, and in most cases 2-3 times a week.

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That pump, and especially the head looks quite similar to the pump I own. On mine, you have to put it quite far on to the valve to get it into the right position. I always test by pushing the release valve to ensure it has a decent lock, if it's not on right, the release valve doesn't work. –  Kibbee May 13 '13 at 12:51
    
@DanielRHicks Thanks for your answer and it is really well-explained. However, I have to go back and check if it works at all. I will let you guys know. –  hagubear May 13 '13 at 13:23
    
With my pump and innertubes, you can't read the air pressure in the tire until after I start pumping, since the presta valve keeps itself closed automatically. –  amcnabb May 13 '13 at 23:10
    
@amcnabb - Yeah, most chucks will depress the presta stem when fully installed, but some don't. –  Daniel R Hicks May 14 '13 at 0:28
    
@DanielRHicks: I didn't realize that, but it makes sense. Thanks for the information. –  amcnabb May 14 '13 at 4:03
  1. Make sure you unscrew the presta valve first. There is a small top piece that must be unscrewed before you place the pump onto the valve. If all is correct, you should be able to press onto the presta valve and air will be released.
  2. Once your presta valve is open, place the pump nozzle over the valve with the locking tab DOWN. Press firmly (you might hear some air deflate, but don't worry about that).
  3. Once the nozzle is over the valve entirely, push the nozzle locking tab UP to lock the nozzle in place.
  4. Pump up your tire.
  5. Once fully inflated, put the nozzle locking tab DOWN and pull off the nozzle. You may hear a small amount of air escape, but this is most likely from the pump itself and not from your tube.
  6. Screw the presta valve top piece back down.
  7. High-five yourself!
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Thanks for your answer! I assume when you say locking tab UP you actually mean open? Have you given your answer based on my Reebok pump? –  hagubear May 13 '13 at 20:27
    
Your edits are correct, @user2030818. Thank you. In short, I feel that you should have no problems as long as you follow these steps. :) Happy riding! –  Andrew Van Wart May 13 '13 at 22:01
    
Andrew thanks for your answer though! It was nearly an absolute envisagement of the pump dynamics so I was sold out by your answer...also DanielRHicks thanks again for your descriptive answer –  hagubear May 14 '13 at 7:19

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