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    New to bike riding and need help working out which tyre pump to buy for my bike.

    Hi, I have bought a "2012 GIANT Cross City 4/" but have no idea about what kind of maintenace I should be doing.
    The other day I popped my Tyre and embarrasingly had to get my friend's dad to fix it for me.

    I have gotten some of the specs that I think may be important but I just want help buying/ choosing the right kind of pump. Could anyone help me please?



    Crankset Shimano M131 28x38x48T
    Bottom Bracket Shimano UN26 sealed cartridge
    Rims Giant double wall alloy 700c x 32H
    Hubs Fr: Giant alloy QR | Rr: Shimano 2200 8sp cassette
    Spokes 14G stainless
    Tyres Giant S-R3 700 x 28

    Here is a version of my bike http://blackmanbicycles.com.au/produ...ty-4-w-599.00/

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    You probably have presta valves:

    Presta closed: valveprc.gif open: valvepro.gif w/ adapter valvepra.gif Schrader valvesch.gif

    http://sheldonbrown.com/brandt/presta-schrader.html

    Notice on the presta, you have to "open" it first by unscrewing the little nut a couple of turns and giving it a tap to make sure it's loose. The adapter is if you only have a car type pump such as at a gas station (be careful)

    Most decent pumps will work with both. Either a lever you flip depending on type, or a universal head that works for either. Get a floor pump with a guage to keep at home.

    Also, you should have a pump or CO2 cartridge(s) and spare tubes when you ride so you can fix a flat on the road.

    There are quite a few "What pump should I get" threads already, so do a search and see what comes up.

    Goto http://Sheldonbrown.com and http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help for tons of info.
    Last edited by Homebrew01; 09-25-12 at 05:07 AM.
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    Thank you so much for replying

    That was really helpful!

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    You need to be able to pump up your tires in two situations: in your garage before every ride and on the road. There are a number of good floor pumps depending upon how much you want to spend. On the road you have three choices: CO2, small bike-mounted pump, both. CO2 is very convenient, but if that's all you're carrying and you get unlucky you'll really want a frame pump. Do a couple of forum searches and you'll see lots of opinions on both floor pumps and frame pumps. Check out what your LBS carries. Look at Amazon for reviews.
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    I'd never recommend relying on just a CO2 to refill a patched repair,
    nor relying exclusively on them , for on road repairs..

    Nooby,riders even less than never..

    hand pump and know how to patch a tube, even if you bring a spare tube..

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