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How smart would it be to use this pump for "everything"?

Old 07-08-20, 02:30 PM
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How smart would it be to use this pump for "everything"?

I recently bought a new Joe Bloe Sport 3 floor pump and i planned to use it for bikes only,but how smart it'd be to use for other things too?For example for those a bit bigger blow up pools?
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Old 07-08-20, 02:37 PM
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It's a pump - you can use it for anything. - the only problem with blowing up a very high volume very low pressure object like a pool with a pump designed for relatively low volume/high pressure applications is that it's take you forever.
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Old 07-08-20, 02:38 PM
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Totally fine they even include the adapters for those. But you might have to do several hundred pumps to get one of those larger pools inflated.
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Old 07-08-20, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
It's a pump - you can use it for anything. - the only problem with blowing up a very high volume very low pressure object like a pool with a pump designed for relatively low volume/high pressure applications is that it's take you forever.
+1. Try inflating a car tire with a bicycle pump.
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Old 07-08-20, 05:58 PM
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My daughters fancy BMW 3something has a front tire that leaks just a little bit. About every two weeks it starts complaining about low tire. I just apply my Serfas floor pump to it for a few minutes and its back up. There’s no reason a bicycle pump can’t pump up car tires. Never understood that attitude. Just do it.
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Old 07-08-20, 07:24 PM
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The only problem with using most bike pumps is that they are crap and not designed or manufactured for heavy use like that.
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Old 07-08-20, 10:13 PM
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I have attempted to blow up a single airbed using a bicycle floor pump. Attempt being the operative word.
They are WAY too slow.
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Old 07-08-20, 10:18 PM
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Yea, there are better ways to blow up pools. My neighbors were blowing up a pool with an electric inflator. I told them that that was cheating. We had to have our parents...our 3 pack a day smoking parents...blow up our pools. I was 14 before we ever had a wading pool.
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I had a fun thought reading this thread - to gain more social distancing in prisons, grant those on good behavior their freedom, but only after they have pumped up every tire on an 18 wheeler from flat with a mini-pump (only with the knowledge that should they be back, their new sentence starts with those tires all over again).

This should help our bicycle economy. A weight lifting inmate could go through a case of those pumps.

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Old 07-09-20, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Dany6 View Post
I recently bought a new Joe Bloe Sport 3 floor pump and i planned to use it for bikes only,but how smart it'd be to use for other things too?For example for those a bit bigger blow up pools?
Pump away and AWAY and AWAY!!! on a pool or the easy--peasy way >>>

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-20000.../dp/B00V85CDSS
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Old 07-09-20, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Pump away and AWAY and AWAY!!! on a pool or the easy--peasy way >>>

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-20000.../dp/B00V85CDSS

Yeah, a $25 car plug compressor is actually a great pump for large volumes, and should probably be kept with your car whenever you're driving.
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Old 07-09-20, 05:02 AM
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The trunk compressors are also painfully slow with even air mattresses let alone pools

Battery powered pumps made for air mattresses are pretty cheap and do a good job on pools. Shop vacs are even better.
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
My daughters fancy BMW 3something has a front tire that leaks just a little bit. About every two weeks it starts complaining about low tire. I just apply my Serfas floor pump to it for a few minutes and its back up. There’s no reason a bicycle pump can’t pump up car tires. Never understood that attitude. Just do it.
One of our car tires was having a similar issue until I had a 'd'oh!' moment and tried tightening the valve stem core, which fixed the issue.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
One of our car tires was having a similar issue until I had a 'd'oh!' moment and tried tightening the valve stem core, which fixed the issue.
We're drifting off topic here, but I just had the same thing happen on my bike, very slow leak, wouldn't even notice unless I didn't ride/top-off tire for a couple days. Luckily I caught it before I started taking things apart to get to the tube
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I tried to pump up a fairly large size inflatable pool toy with my bike pump. It was faster to use the air in my lungs.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
+1. Try inflating a car tire with a bicycle pump.
I did that around 1987 with a car at night. The guy was flat and I had a Mount Zefal pump and was able to get his tire up to where he could safely albeit slowly drive it to the nearest gas station with an air hose. What a workout that was.

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Old 07-09-20, 10:37 AM
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I used to inflate a 10ft pool (3000liters) pool with my lungs lol.Tough times.
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Old 07-09-20, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
My daughters fancy BMW 3something has a front tire that leaks just a little bit. About every two weeks it starts complaining about low tire. I just apply my Serfas floor pump to it for a few minutes and its back up. There’s no reason a bicycle pump can’t pump up car tires. Never understood that attitude. Just do it.
Yep. I always keep a car tire plug kit and a cheapo bicycle pump in the car. Yeah, it can get sweaty but it beats putting tire sealant in very expensive z-rated tires, and then having to pay to dismount, clean out, patch and rebalance, usually $50.00 +.
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Originally Posted by AndrewJB View Post
We're drifting off topic here, but I just had the same thing happen on my bike, very slow leak, wouldn't even notice unless I didn't ride/top-off tire for a couple days. Luckily I caught it before I started taking things apart to get to the tube
Good suggestion. I used to have one of those valve caps that had the prongs on it for just this occasion. It sat on my garage desk in the little spot under the monitor. Lots of little nuts and washers too. Then the wife came along and “cleaned up”. Sigh. One of the negative outcomes of families huddled together during this plague I guess.

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Old 07-09-20, 09:22 PM
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Using bike pumps for big jobs usually kills my lower back before the goal is achieved. Once used a big Zefal to pump up the four LR70-15 radials on my old Chevy panel that had been parked in my parents' yard while I was off on a long tour. Unlike most pumps, that one with its two chambers had resistance on the upstroke as well as the downstroke since it was pumping both ways. As opined above, not recommended.




That said, I do keep my old Zefal Husky in our VW camper, just in case. I have tire plug kits in every vehicle and some means of inflation in each, as well.

Anything with greater volume than a car tire, get a compressor or hire some chucklehead to do it.
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