Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Hodgepodge 26er Rigid
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@ahsposo, good point. People are often flummoxed when first confronted by presta valves.
You know what else gets people? Name-brand bicycle floor pumps all seem to work backwards from what everyone has grown up used to. The first time I bought a floor pump, I was shocked to find that one lifts the lever to lock the pump onto the valve, and pushes down to release. For 40+ years I had only ever used pump heads on which you push down to lock and pull up to release. Every friend and neighbor who borrows my floor pump is at first confounded by that reversal. Inevitably, they pull up on the lever to release -- or so they thing -- and frustrate themselves in trying to jam the pump head onto their valve.