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Old 03-10-14, 03:24 PM   #26
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At least he has mastered punctuation and capitalization.
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Was on sale at Christmas for 69.00 if I recall correctly - quite handy for schraders.

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This does presta and schrader valves and has a trigger to control flow. I can also use it to blow stuff off, too! Air Supply brand.

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[QUOTE=Shepp30;16565987]Sears.com

Was on sale at Christmas for 69.00 if I recall correctly - quite handy for schraders.[/QUOTE

That is mine or pretty darn close to being it! Mine has been fixed and has run for 2 days so I'm happy ish.
I haven't tried it on the Excursion tires. 60-80psi.
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This does presta and schrader valves and has a trigger to control flow. I can also use it to blow stuff off, too! Air Supply brand.

Later! Ridin'! Yay! Day Light Savings Time!
That one is expensive! Mine is just an inflator from the auto parts store with the end cut off and a Silca end added with a hose clamp. It work fine and the built in gauge is pretty accurate. I can't find a picture. Maybe John D. Thompson will post his. It's identical to mine. It also blows stuff off.
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I told him just to get a hand pump as its easier! By the time you fish out the pump, hose, head and get it filled to pressure, I can have a tire filled from zero!
Wrong. I'm ready to fill my presta in a matter of walking to my garage...in no time. Everything is always ready 24/7. No need to bend tens of times lol Air compressor is way easier to use.
Thank god your father is not buying one each time he needs to pump the tires...that would take even longer than just using floor pump that you already have ;-)
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That was a compliment. I was insulting fietsbob. It's hard to resist.
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Thanx!

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Don't worry about grammar nazis. Some just don't understand that auto correction is not perfect, may not work at all, we may have fat fingers or english is our second or third language.

Back to the topic. DON'T buy Stanley Bostitch CAP2000P air compressor or any combination kit that includes that compressor. I just learned about its very faulty design. Mine is great after 4 years of very heavy use, but I never played with pressure adjuster.
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Why are people saying "its so much work" to use a floor pump...to pump bicycle tires...

I'm confused here... Complain about a little work before you go do a lot of work on a bicycle...
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This thread is amazing. No comment about compressors, but what is all this stuff about pumps. $20 pumps from Nashbar like "Hurricane" or "Joe Blow" work great, last for decades, and never need any maintenance. Why do so many folks on this forum make the easy stuff hard? It's a pump, not an intercontinental ballistic missile, and it costs almost nothing. That is something to be excited about, not leery of. Stop worrying about whether a brand is expensive enough to complement your bike and kit and just pump up the tires so you can ride.
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I use a Campbell Hausfeld 25 gallon 135-150psi (can't remember). I do use it for car and mower tires... and have used it to inflate a few bicycle tires too. But mostly I use it for/with pneumatic tools.

The bad thing is the smaller ones only generate/store air at 90-100 psi and maybe only 5-7 gallons of air. So it isn't suitable for much more than a finish nailer. And the bigger compressors hold so much air and take so long to reach pressure you really end up wasting time (and electricity) just getting to pressure.

So I picked the 25 gallon as a compromise.

To pump my bicycle tires... I picked up a cheapie stand-up pump with an integrated pump head that fits both Schrader and Presta valves, and can pump up to 160 psi.
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I have two compressors, but have never used them for anything bicycle related.
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Quincy....Is there some other brand worth buying?
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I've had a Craftsman 4HP 120/240V direct drive, 125 psi, 26 Gallon, 9CFM@40psi, 7 CFM@90psi for probably 20+ years. Has run everything I've ever asked it to. I believe it was manufactured by Devillebis. If it dies I'll get a belt drive as the oilless is really noisy. I'd also get an upright for the smaller footprint.
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Noise is a big factor! I'm in the garage in the winter with the door closed. Not really a close neighborhood, but a lot of echo when the door is open in the summer.
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INFLATORS

For road tires, this $45 Performance Bike pump seems to hold up well and no need for a shredder adapter with presta valves. I service a lot of bikes and it has no signs of wear yet in 2-3 years of use.

This Campbell Hausfeld inflator works well too but is noisy and the hose is cheap.

PANCAKE COMPRESSORS

I've had the Dewalt, it got stolen. Now I have the cheap $120 or so Porter Cable and it does okay, but is noisy. They are easy to carry up and down stairs too.

HIGH CAPACITY MOBILE COMPRESSOR

I have done a lot of remodeling so I have a compressor that can power a Senco framing nailer, driving 3 1/2" nails as fast as you can squeeze the trigger. I use a 20 gallon Craftsman oil less, currently $230, but it is noisy and not one I would recommend repurchasing. I paid about $50 for a vintage Craftsman belt drive, those old green ones, and that's probably my favorite. Quiet and works without a hitch. Neither of these produce enough volume for pneumatic sanders or automotive tools, but they are powerful enough to blow water out of your underground sprinkler systems prior to winter. Either of these will trip your 15 amp circuit breaker in minutes, so if you don't have 20 amp service in your shop/garage, fuggedaboutit. Almost no normal cheap extension cord will help.

Overall, unless your needs are heavy duty, I would recommend shopping for a lightly used pancake compressor on craigslist, but be forewarned, often the asking prices are high relative to a new model. BTW, Harbor Freight has over 24 models, but I have no experience with their compressors.
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Great post! Thanks.
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I have carried the idea of a whole house compressor with me for a while! Built in! Built specifically for home use! "Plug in"s all around the house! Instead of washing off your deck....use your air hose! No water intrusion! Got air tools? Just plug in your hose into a convenient "plug in" around your house...voila!
Blowing your irrigation out? Just plug into your convenient, well, "plug in"!
I'm sure that a way to introduce water into the air stream could be come up with, too! Aqua abrasive! So on and so on!
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I use this one quite a bit for about 8 years now.
Husky 60-Gal. Electric Air Compressor-VT6314 at The Home Depot

Seems like the price has doubled in eight years?

Zefal Pro Floor Pump: Bikes & Riding Toys : Walmart.com

This has been real reliable for two years now , and is real easy on presta valve bases unlike the Silca which used to eat 80.00 tubulars.

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I've got a small CH compressor I bought @ Wallyworld probably ten years ago for $60. The thing has an accurate guage, is small and has been flawless.
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