Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: London, UK
Bikes: Trek T200 plus enough others to fill a large shed
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Quick tip - if you are not using a track pump (only good reason is having a puncture on a ride) then there is an easy way to make inflation much easier:
Basic physics (Newton) says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Thus when you push with the handle of the pump, the other hand has to use the same force to keep the rest of the pump still. Solution is to brace the end of the body of the pump against a tree, fence post, sign post or kerb edge so that you only provide half the force, just like a track pump. You do have to remove the wheel from the bike to do this, but you need to do that anyway to fix the puncture. Also you need to be moderately careful not to slip and twist the valve.
Few people seem to know this technique and look at you like you're stupid when you start pumping away, but are normally surprised how quickly you are ready to ride again.