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Garage airline to inflate forks.

MancunianfightingcatMancunianfightingcat Posts: 2,054
edited April 2010 in MTB general
Can't believe what I've just seen,

A scally using a garage forecourt to pressurise his forks on his hard tail.

He was too far away to see what the bike and forks were 9they looked like 160 or even 180mm travel), but I guess he'd nicked the bike anyway.
He was with his girlfriend I think and he had 3 attempts whilst I was filling the car, finally he'd got enough air in them to be fully locked out, which seemed to be his aim as he stopped then and rode off slowly with his lady walking beside.

I tried to follow him and watch the imminent failure of his forks, but he turned down a side street!

I bet he uses super glue on his punctures too! :roll:

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  • RealManRealMan Posts: 2,166
    Right tool for the job?

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  • captainflycaptainfly Posts: 1,001
    Probably won't do any harm to the fork as the pressure ain't going to be that high and when you release it will let air out anyway. Cumb but probably not a fail :cry:
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  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    I wouldn't have thought garage airlines were capable of getting up to the pressures required, they're designed for low pressure large volume inflation.
    It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

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  • scale20scale20 Posts: 1,300
    I remember inflating the wheel on my Raleigh burner years ago. The tyre and mag wheel blew up, I sh!t myself :lol: stuck to my dad's halfords footpump after that :lol::lol:
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  • Seems it might not be as disastrous as I thought then!

    He must have got some serious pressure in there though, he bounced on the front end of the bike and the forks were solid!
  • abarth_1200abarth_1200 Posts: 370
    Compressors sometimes build up water vapour so bleed the line and empty tank first
  • richg1979richg1979 Posts: 1,087
    whats wrong with that? ive done it before in an emergency,

    garge airlines max out at about 130lb wich is no probs for forks and shocks.
  • mtbikerboymtbikerboy Posts: 325
    Could also have been a coil sprung fork with air preload, like my marzocchi 55R's. it takes less than 15psi (1 bar) to lock them solid.
    I bet he uses super glue on his punctures too! :roll:
    on a light note, i've used masking tape and clear tape on some desparate occassions :)
  • tri-sexualtri-sexual Posts: 672
    richg1979 wrote:
    whats wrong with that? ive done it before in an emergency,

    garge airlines max out at about 130lb wich is no probs for forks and shocks.



    my local tescos petrol station air line does not go beyond 60psi (digital version)
  • I would have thought that the force of the air coming out into such a small air chamber would not be good for the forks, but maybe I'm wrong.
  • tri-sexualtri-sexual Posts: 672
    can be done but not very well
    the main problem is the locking mechanism on the air line, it doesnt really secure itself to the fork/shock valve. a shock pump has a screw on attachment which makes the job much much easier and will not "pop" off during inflation.
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