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Bicycle pumps pump air into tires and suspension forks.

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The pump needle broke off, leaving the base in the nozzle. How to remove the stuck base?

I was using this bicycle pump to inflate a ball. I inserted a needle pin to the nozzle, but the needle broke off after trying to insert it into the ball. The base of the needle pin is now stuck in the ...
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Bike tires only inflate up to 30psi with foot pump

My bike has sat over the winter, and the tires went flat. I used my foot pump to inflate the tires (front and back) and both tires inflated to 30 psi. I have shraeder valves. The pump continued to ...
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Can't push down bike pump

I have Bell air glide 950 pump. I can't push down as the air is being blocked somewhere. I removed the tube/pipe that connects to the Schrader/Pestra valves. If I open the screw behind the pump, air ...
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Can't inflate my bike tires

Received an old bike from a family member and I've tried to inflate the tires but whenever I attach the pump to the tire it seems that I can't inflate it. All I hear is a hissing and it feels like all ...
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Can pumps fail due to age?

I have a small cache of the now-discontinued Quickex Quicker Pro mini pumps. They have 105 cm3 stroke volume, and 5 kgf force required for 7 bar pressure. In about 100 strokes, I reach 7 bar on 28mm ...
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Pump head suitable for for small tires

What is the best pump for small bike tires with narrow spokes? The pump head we have is large and is hard to place over the valve on our 20 inch tire. I've tried pump extenders but they are screw ...
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Any fix for a schrader valve that won't open?

I have the all too familiar problem of being unable to pump up my tyre :( It's not a problem with the pump (because it works on the other wheel) so I guess there must be something wrong with the ...
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How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?

I have the following Schwinn bike pump. It’s pretty old, perhaps 30 years or more. I like it a lot. Some years ago, I changed to Presta valves; for this I needed a new head. I got a Topeak SmartHead ...
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Not able to inflate my bike tyre

I have a Norco Mountaineer SL. It has a schrader valve and I am trying to inflate the tyres using https://www.amazon.ca/Crank-Brothers-16304-Sapphire-Silver/dp/B07K4PLWKW/ I seem to have set it up ...
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How do I inflate this bicycle tire valve? [duplicate]

I inherited this bike with this funny looking stem. Is this broken? How do I inflate it?
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What is the typical structure and location of a check valve in a floor pump?

I decided to take apart a Bontrager reCharger floor pump recently on a whim, one of those whims during which you pay no attention at all to what you're doing. After putting it back together, the pump ...
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Usefulness of high-pressure/high-volume switch on a track pump

Among the track pumps (floor pumps) on the market, I see one advertised with the following feature: foot-activated high-pressure/high-volume switch I'm interpreting this to mean that the pump has ...
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How to keep Presta valve insert from detaching after inflation?

I have Presta valves on my bike tires and for the rear tire, each time I inflate the valve, upon detachment, the insert screws off with the pump attachment and the tire deflates. I tried about 6 ...
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Can I use a gas station air pump on a bike tire?

Someone pointed out that it may be risky, and it might not have the right kind of nozzle, but I don't have a bike pump at the moment. Does anyone else ever do this?
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Is my pump faulty or my tyre?

I have recently bought a Specialized women's road bike and for the last couple of weeks was borrowing my boyfriend's hand pump with no real issues. Last night I finally purchased my own (Topeak ...
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Spin doctor Essentials II pump not working properly

I attach the pump head to the presta valve. It attaches properly and even a few PSI, like about 10 psi, go in and then the pump handle just wants to spring up and is very difficult to push down. I can ...
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What is this valve and how do I fill it?

This is the valve in one of the tubes on my bike: What kind of valve is this, and how do I fill it? I originally thought it was a Presta valve, but it doesn't look or work like any of the presta ...
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Are there any mini pumps that can be mounted on a wide rectangular frame?

On my previous MTB (a hard tail from 2002), I had mounted a mini pump (not sure which brand) under/next to the bottle cage. The pump came with a frame mount and a velcro strip to secure it in place in ...
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Using a schrader pump on a presta valve

I have a JoeBlow Sport (not a Sport II or Sport III) It head defaults to schrader style. There was an adaptor in the box which I thought was a presta adaptor. I tried sticking that adaptor in the ...
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Pump defective?

When I started pumping a new Pumpico floor pump, the shaft slid down doing nothing for about 12 pumps and then kicked in for 2 hard pumps before it did nothing again for another 10 pumps. It's a ...
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Fill my Fox Shock with Air

When I go over a sidewalk, the marker ring on my shock goes all the way down the shock, so I think I need air. I bought a Giant "shock pump" that supposedly goes up to 400 psi. I screwed it onto my ...
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Bike pump issues

I got a Diamondback Viper for Christmas. The tires got a bit deflated so I got a $5 bike pump and I attempted to pump up the tires. All went well for a couple of seconds then all the air from the tube ...
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Comparing mini pumps - what to look for and what to consider? [closed]

I plan to buy a mini pump to take on road rides. My bike has 700 x 25c tires. There are many different models from each, some with thumb lock levers and some with a hose and screw-in lock. What ...
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I can't inflate tire. Should I look for another pump?

Hello to everyone in the community. I used to own a mountain bike which used 26" tires and I was able to inflate them after changing the tube while on the road. It wasn't perfect but allowed me to ...
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Bicycle pump slips after using gear oil

My pump got little rusty from rain. So i tried gear oil on it. But now its not pumping, just sliping all the way down. Is it because of oil or the valve is damaged? I tried removing the oil with ...
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Can I use a shock pump to inflate a tube?

I know that shock pumps are meant for high pressure applications so that they can withstand high pressures needed by suspension shocks. However, can I use a shock pump to inflate my tire in a pinch ...
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How would I go about getting this Zefal pump to work with a Schrader valve?

I have a seemingly well-functioning Zefal pump that I'm unable to identify that has a head on that I'm also unable to identify (maybe it's just Presta?). All my family's bikes use Schrader valves. ...
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Locking pump dual nozzle on presta valve doesn't work

I have just replaced an inner tube on the front tire, and discovered it had a presta valve. My old floor pump is fitted for a Schrader valve. I learned I could buy an adapter, however, I decided to ...
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How to disassemble a Topeak JoeBlow Sport II

OK... I searched everywhere, could not find a definitive answer. I've had the pump a few years and use it a lot on several bikes. I like my pump and want it to last as long as possible and I'd ...
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How to attach mini-pump to valve on kids' bike with no space to manoeuver?

I bought a new, unused mini-pump from Ebay, here: https://bit.ly/2HbbYRW From the enlarged views, you can see that the pump works with both Presta and Schrader valves. For two kid's bikes, I can ...
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How can I inflate a presta tyre with just one hand

I'm trying to inflate my bike with thin presta tyres; but the pump I'm using is universal, it fits loosely. I need to keep one hand in the valve in order to inflate but on reaching 50 psi, I need ...
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Do I need a new tire pump or can I fix my old one?

My old bike pump psi gage shows a different pressure than my newer hand held tire gauge. Is there a way to fix the pump or do I need a new one?
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How does this hand pump work

Some time ago I bought this pump. It should be usable for all valves, but I'm not sure how that is supposed to work and it didn't come with a manual. On one side there's a lever, on the other side (...
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How does a double-headed bicycle pump work

I have a pump with a presta fitting on one side and a schrader fitting on the other side. If I leave the pump unattached to anything and work the handle, air squirts out both orifices. But if I put my ...
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What size are the replacement o rings in the prestacycle set?

https://www.crosslakesales.com/products/prestacycle-prestaflator-tool-rebuild-kit-o-ring-new I asked the company that manufactures them, they said they didn't know. Idiots. Does anyone know the ...
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How to clean sealant stuck in pump head?

I have a old trusty pump that over the years has the presta head filled with tubeles goo. Noways it pumps the tires very slow. Is there any chemical way to remove it without melting the plastic?
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how to use “smart valve” pumps?

i got one floor pump with a so called "smart valve". it came with no instructions whatsoever. and I'm not smart enough to use it... I tried it on both type of tire valves, and no matter what i do, it ...
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Inflating My Bike Tyres

and just bought a bike and needs to inflate the tyres. I bought a muddyfox trade pump - see attached pics- but still can't fix the air pump head into my wheel. I guess it could be the wrong size or ...
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How to use a stirrup pump on kids bikes - no space for chuck?

My last bike experience was about 56 years ago. I now want to inflate the tyres of my grandchildren's bikes. I have a steel stirrup pump (floor pump) with presta and schrader orifices in the chuck. I'...
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What makes a good floor pump?

There are so many options, mainly because of the own-brand alternatives. So how do I choose a good floor pump? What should I look for?
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Is there a pump / Schrader valve adapter that prevent leakage during disconnection?

My tyres are rated at 120psi and I like to inflate them close to that. My pump is electric with presure indicator. If I just unscrew the pump and connect it back the pressure drops by about 20psi. I ...
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How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?

My new bike has these thin tires with a type of valve I haven't usedbefore. I searched online and found out it's called a Presta valve, and it's pretty common and popular. I'm finding it annoying and ...
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How does a bicycle pump *head* work?

Asking about the pump heads that are pressed on the valve, not screwed. One has to lift a lever before pumping. After pumping, push the lever down before removing pump head. I would like to understand ...
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Mounting mini-pump on frame

I recently bought a mini-pump from Amazon, it was very cheap and, so-far, I'm pretty impressed with the build quality. I never intended to mount it on the bike but then realised that it came with a ...
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Replacement part for old Schwinn pump

Where can i find a replacement for the metal part (at the end of the 24 inch hose) that clamps around the valve stem, for an old Schwinn floor pump (30 years?)?
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Bicycle Pump: Dual (Schraeder/Presta) automatic valve stuck [duplicate]

I got a pump with an head like this, and I use both the presta and the schraeder opening. The problem is that the automatic switching does not seem to work as well as it once did. It is pretty random ...
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Can I approximate how much air pressure is lost from disconnecting the hose?

I have a floor pump intended for mainly rather low pressure tires. It lets out quite a bit of air from the hose when disconnected. Can I calculate (approximately) how much air pressure is lost by ...
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Floor pump blowing wet air?

I have a Lezyne Sports Drive floor pump. It has worked fine for a couple of years, and it lives in my garage. The handle is stored in the down position, so the cylinder is mostly empty. The pump ...
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How do tire pumps work?

How does a pump push air into the tire and take in air from somewhere else? Why doesn't air spill out from the edges of the hole where the long thing goes in and out of the tube? I'm a complete noob ...
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How do I attach this pump head to my Schrader valve?

I am such an idiot, but I can't figure out how to attach this pump head to my Schrader valve. The lever doesn't seem to flip up??