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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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I bike all winter long, down to -30°C, there are some definite tolls to your bike at colder temperatures. Unlike a vehicle that warms up after the engine has been running for a while, bikes stay cold when you ride them cold. There are two things I notice the most, air pressure is definitely one of them; cold air shrinks, and low tires drag, so if you're ...


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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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The short version: the bike was fine (maybe low on tire pressure) but you were not, provided you didn't have something like a brake dragging (which you would have noticed). I doubt a bike would have retained air in its tires for a few months, so you should have pumped them up [this may have added some rolling resistance, but it shouldn't have killed you on ...


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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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