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Sounds like your pump fitting is in schrader configuration. Locate the pump instructions and verify/modify the pump-head.


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Practice with a spare tube outside of the tyre. You'll see it start to inflate on one or two pumps. Could it be the pump you're using locks-on the other way? When its clamped down you should not be able to feel air moving out the end, around the valve. Possibly your pump is a schrader-only style? There are wee thread-on adapters that let you use a ...


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For shorter stem presta valves in deep rims the trick to fill air is to first deflate the tyre about 50%, then push the pump head onto the stem with one hand while at the same time pushing the stem through the rim from the tyre side with your other hand. Then use the lever to get a good seal. When you pump it up, the increase in pressure in the head of the ...


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You don't actually have to decide :-) For bicycles you want a pump that is capable of pretty high pressures (at least relative to a car) and most bicycle pumps can do either Presta or Schrader valves. Many floor pumps have a reversible head (two heads in one). For frame pumps it is common for the pump head to be convertible between Presta and Schrader. ...


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You should buy a presta pump, especially if your wheels already have presta valves. But one fitted with a pressure gauge as well.


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It does not take me three hands How to pump a tire One good reason for down to be the open position is storage, transportation, and longevity. Most people would store in the down position. For a frame mounted pump you definitely want to store / transport with the lever in down position. For longevity of the rubber seal in the head it is better to store ...


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The lever on SKS Multi Valve head works the way you are looking for. It comes standard on new SKS floor pumps and you can install one on pumps from other brands, too. That being said, I have used what you call new style head for about ten years and never felt the need for a third hand. The benefit of the new style is that the lever's rest position is flush ...


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For on the road, I use the Topeak Road Morph G. This pump has a hose, so it doesn't required that you hold the valve. It has a little tab that pulls out that you step on with your foot. You can pump up a tire using one hand (and one foot) with this pump. You have a free hand to hold the wheel if you feel the need to hold the wheel while pumping. You can ...


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Current pumps are "push-pull On" and "Pull-push Off". ie. you have to push the pump head on the valve, then pull the lever to get the pump head on the valve, then reverse the process to remove it. This new style took a two-hand problem and made it into a three hand problem. I need one hand to hold the tire, one hand to hold the pump head in place and one ...



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