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Floor Pumps ... hard to use?

Old 07-12-06, 10:53 PM
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Floor Pumps ... hard to use?

I just bought a new floor pump and is it just me or is it difficult to put the damn thing on the schrader valve? I had such a hard time I had to deflate the tire then pump it back up again. I can't seem to get a good hold on the valve stem cause it keeps sinking into the tire.

Or am I a ******?
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Old 07-12-06, 11:43 PM
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Try holding the stem when you attach the pump.
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Old 07-12-06, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by mister
Try holding the stem when you attach the pump.
Ya I do try that. Just seems quite hard to push the pump onto the stem. I can't get it on until I deflate the tire and am able to push from the outside of the tire against the very end of the stem that's attached to the tube.
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Old 07-12-06, 11:48 PM
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Take some pictures for us.
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Never a problem with Schraders, Presta on the other hand, I ripped open quite a few.
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Do you have to switch an attachment from presta to schrader and vise versa? Is it one of those pumps that you lift up on the lever to attach/ secure it?
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Originally Posted by mister
Do you have to switch an attachment from presta to schrader and vise versa? Is it one of those pumps that you lift up on the lever to attach/ secure it?
Nah I'm not that ********.

I have two pumps ... one hand pump (which you have to switch the insert) and one floor (that I bought today) with two different holes for both stem types.

Lever is floded down in the unlocked position while I try to put it on. One thing ... my stems don't have that washer/nut that I've seen on some before.

Maybe I will take a pic but there's not much to see. I basically can't hold the stem from sinking into the tube while I attach the pump. I can't attach either pump! (without deflating the tire first)
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Maybe it's broken?
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Originally Posted by mister
Maybe it's broken?
Well it does work. I was just wondering if other people have a hard time getting them pumps to attach correctly.
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Ok maybe it was just me. Seems to work a little easier now.

Maybe just needed to be broken in a little bit.
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Originally Posted by jtown
Or am I a ******?
Did you put the shoe onto the hose?
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The only problems I had was that the stems on the tubes were pretty short and didn't have that nut. So when trying to attach the pump it would push the stem partially into the wheel and sometimes would be hard to get a good seal.

I replaced my tubes with long stem ones and now it is much easier.

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