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tyres at 30 psi

DLBDLB Posts: 631
edited June 2007 in Road beginners
I have only just bought a pump with a scale (Beto track pump from argos) and was amazed when i measured the tyres on my hybrid that i ahd been riding at about 30psi. I thought they were much harder that than. So i pumped them to the recommended 80psi and they were REALLY hard. Much harder than i thought a bicycle tyre should be and it took some serious pumping to get them up that high. How do people do it with a mini pump???

I can't imagine what my road bike will be like at 100psi.

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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by DLB</i>

    . How do people do it with a mini pump???

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    You don't.
    You invest in a track pump to keep at home. The mini pump is simply an emergency "Get You Home Tool"

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  • photojonnyphotojonny Posts: 382
    BTW, the tyres on the Revo should be up at 120psi [:)].

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  • benjusbenjus Posts: 27
    I'm wondering about getting a track pump (I only have a mini pump at the moment). But how accurate are the guages on track pumps? The guages on the car tyre pumps I've used seem to bear little or no resemblance to the actual pressure of the tyre (when measured using a pencil guage). The instructions even admit this and say that the pressure should be checked with a proper guage.
  • TotalnewbieTotalnewbie Posts: 932
    I have that pump (or one like it, it was Beto from Argos a couple of years ago) and it reckons my tyres are 30 psi and won't go any higher, the thing just blasts off the Presta valve. It works on my boyfriend's Schraeder valves though.

    I thought it was because it was a cheap pump but yours seems to be working ok. Am considering getting a more expensive one.
  • DLBDLB Posts: 631
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Totalnewbie</i>

    I have that pump (or one like it, it was Beto from Argos a couple of years ago) and it reckons my tyres are 30 psi and won't go any higher, the thing just blasts off the Presta valve. It works on my boyfriend's Schraeder valves though.

    I thought it was because it was a cheap pump but yours seems to be working ok. Am considering getting a more expensive one.
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    i had to screw the little adaptor onto the valve first and then attach the pump and throw up the lever.

    At first i thought it wasn't working but once i figured that out it worked ok.

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  • wongwong Posts: 817
    A track pump is one of the most useful extras to buy when starting cycling.
    The correct tyre pressure will also reduce the number of punctures experienced.

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  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    sometimes it won't pumpp up becuase of the valve - i get this with bonntrage tubes. as well as unscrewing the doodah, you have to wiggle the wobbly valve bit and let some air out before attaching the pump head.

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  • mr_hippomr_hippo Posts: 1,051
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peejay78</i>

    sometimes it won't pumpp up becuase of the valve - i get this with bonntrage tubes. as well as unscrewing the doodah, you have to wiggle the <b>wobbly valve bit</b> and let some air out before attaching the pump head.
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    "The wobbly valve bit"? Please do not get too technical. Do you mean the thingy?

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  • TotalnewbieTotalnewbie Posts: 932
    My prob turned out to be the connector on the pump. I bought the Topeak Twinhead upgrade hose and attached that to my pump, and now it works. The beto pump just didn't connect nicely to my valves no matter what I tried (wiggling the wobbly valve bit and so on!) Plus the bloke will be able to use it on his schraeder valves without any fiddling about.

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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Track pumps are the best bit of kit you can have for a bike ! Pity it took me 15 years to work that out !
  • "Track pumps are the best bit of kit you can have for a bike ! Pity it took me 15 years to work that out !"

    Delete "15"; replace with a much bigger number!

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  • DLBDLB Posts: 631
    Beto pump from argao has stopped working. returned it for a refund. luckily tesco sell an even better one for œ10 [:)]

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  • ZygiteZygite Posts: 142
    Tesco's ten pound track pump? Bought one - it's fine and dandy! Some left in the Whitstable store if you're local...

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  • ZygiteZygite Posts: 142
    ...To Whitstable, that is. If you're local to Aberdeen or somewhere near Swansea then forget it and find your own

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  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    screw, that, get on your bike and ride down. are you a man or a sans-track pump mouse?

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  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    Track Pumps all the way with road bikes.....

    Get a good one and it will last you years !
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