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Old 03-03-21, 06:13 AM
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Tire Inflator

Anyone have experience with these type tire inflators? Connect to a compressor? In particular I am interested in the Park Tool INF-2 Bike Shop Inflator that I saw on Amazon.

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Old 03-03-21, 06:44 AM
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Tried a couple over the years, but preferred using a hand pump to inflate bicycle tires. Perhaps if I had a busy bike shop and inflated many tires....
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To me the critical issue with quick and easy bicycle tire inflation has to do with pushing the presta inflator head onto the valve stem. I made a presta inflator for my air compressor with a Silca head, but I never liked or used it very much.

Last fall I drilled out all the rims on our Catrikes for Schrader valves. I think the push-against schrader inflator is much quicker and easier to use provided you have an air compressor.
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I bought a Prestaflator, which appears be similar for about half the price. However, I only use a compressor to mount up difficult tubeless mtb or gravel tires. Otherwise, I just use a floor pump with a gauge.
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I use an electric inflator down in my shop, and a floor pump in my garage. The inflator is surprisingly good (as is it's digital pressure setting and gauge), but you have to use a Presta adapter for the Shrader-only chuck on the inflator. It's been a game changer for tire swaps, maintaining tubular wheelset pressures and general maintenance for our cars. The low pressure/high volume side is good also for inflatables, like paddle boards or pools.

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I've never had an issue just using a presta adapter and Schraeder chuck with my compressor in the garage.
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
I've never had an issue just using a presta adapter and Schraeder chuck with my compressor in the garage.
+1. What does a dedicated Presta inflator get you that an adapter and standard inflator doesn't? I guess the extra few seconds to put the adapter on and take it off. Like others have said, I use a floor pump to inflate tires. The only time I use my compressor is setting the bead on new tubeless.
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I only use my compressor for my cars (and sometimes the motorcycles), because they take forever using the floor pump.

My reliable Joe-Blow floor pump is easy, handy and fast for all the bikes.
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