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A floor pump like Joe Blow has a massive piston, and the problem I can see is not about reading the pressure, but actually pumping such small amounts of air for this to be accurate (although the manometer may also not be too precise...). Technically you can use this, but as you mentioned it will not be accurate and there's not much you can do about it. You ...


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A couple of tips I learned when winter commuting in Calgary: Depending on how much salt gets used on the roads where you live, using a good quality car wax on the frame will go a long way towards rust prevention. A squirt of WD-40 on your chain, cable pivot points, etc. will displace any water that's collected there. Keep your chain well lubed with a good ...


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It's just a standard schrader head. Locking heads are only needed for hand- or foot-pumps as you can't secure the head on while pumping the pump manually. Any well-stocked automobile parts store will have a schrader head for an air-compressor that doesn't require a locking head. Schrader valves are the same valves used on your automobile tire. For ...


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Hubs/Bearings Clean and repack your bearings every fall. Most bicycle greases are fine for low temperatures, but if you are biking in sub-zero temperatures you may want to look at a product like Lubripate Mag-1 which is rated for use in temperatures down to -60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are biking in wet conditions as well as cold, you may want to clean ...


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Do not try to use a floor pump to inflate your shocks. Use a shock pump - "Use the right tool for the right job." What you're attempting to do is like trying to fill a water balloon from a fire hydrant. If I had ever attempted to use a floor pump to pressurize a fork in any of the shops I've worked in, I would have got slapped. Your pressure will not read ...


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This is a fairly common problem. Air spring forks and shocks are high pressure and low volume. Floor pumps are designed for lower pressure and much greater volume. While the valves may be the same, floor pumps are not designed for the requirements of suspension air. I highly recommend that you do buy a pump designed for air suspension ("shock pump").


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Search for "schrader chuck" or "schrader head", and take your pick. If you want one locally. any auto parts store should have a couple to choose from. Alternatively, if you need a presta head, just switch the search terms. Silca makes a couple of popular ones.



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