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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
I am getting an air fork for the first time. I see the place where air enters ia a schrader valve, I have a pump that has the head for a schrader. So is there any reason i could not use a regular pump with a guage for this thing? try to bare with me here
Technically it will work, but it will be impractical:
1. The volume needed is relatively small - it'd be hard to regulate the amount of air introduced to the shock.
2. The fork valve may not be configured to accept a "squeezed-on" pump head, which is typical of most bicycle pumps. The valve usually protrudes 1/2 inch and it may not be enough for the pump to grab onto. Fork pumps have "screw-on" heads.
3. It could be hard to set the correct pressure with a larger pump. Most fork/shock pumps have a micro-air release button, which allows you to remove very tiny amounts of air to adjust the internal pressure. For example, you can pump it up to 95 lbs, and hit this button 10 times to bring the internal pressure down to 90 psi.
4. Fork and shock pumps are more like fine precision instruments, while tire pumps are meant to deliver a lot of air with the fewest strokes. A shock pump is almost opposite - small volumes of air with a lot of strokes but with great accuracy.