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Mountain bike tyre pumps

PuzzledPuzzled Posts: 3
edited December 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
How do you pump mountain bike tyres up? I need to take a pump with me because I camp with my bike but cannot find a pump that is capable of inflating innertubes fitted with car-type vavlves. Can anyone help please?

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  • A lot of the pumps you'll find in the shops come set up for presta valves, but can easily be changed to fit schrader by moving a couple of their parts around.

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Randomly looking around I have 3 track pumps and four hand pumps. All can handle both Presta and Schrader.
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  • Yeha pretty much every pump can be set up for both. Most hand pumps will have a little cap you unscrew, flip a plastic washer around and you change to the other type. 20 Second job.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    The only pump I have that can't handle both is my Shock pump!

    Simon
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • Thank you for your help on my previous post. I should have made it clearer. I havea pump,a Zefal, which fits schrader valves, but I can't get any air past the valve into the tube. I have an electric car tyre pump and this even struggles to get air past the valve into the tyres. Thus if I get a puncture there is no way I can pump the tyre up. Why are these schrader valves so difficult?
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    they are not. you have something wrong with either your pumps or the valve.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    The Schraeder valve need the centre 'pip' within it depressed to pump up, if that is snapped/bent/missing you'll struggle to get air in.

    Schraeder are a much used international standard made in their billions, there is no inherent defect with one in good condition!

    Simon
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
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