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How necessary is bringing a shock pump?

Old 02-22-19, 12:07 PM
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How necessary is bringing a shock pump?

I'm planning a two-month bikepacking trip on a hardtail. If I'm usually comfortable with a certain amount of pressure in my front suspension, would it be reasonable to set it beforehand and leave the shock pump at home all summer?

Most of the riding is going to be dirt/gravel roads, with some easy-moderate trails mixed in. XC-style riding. Probably my worst enemies will be washboard and sand.
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Originally Posted by BlarneyHammer
I'm planning a two-month bikepacking trip on a hardtail. If I'm usually comfortable with a certain amount of pressure in my front suspension, would it be reasonable to set it beforehand and leave the shock pump at home all summer?

Most of the riding is going to be dirt/gravel roads, with some easy-moderate trails mixed in. XC-style riding. Probably my worst enemies will be washboard and sand.
Like anything else dependent on air pressure for proper function, air shocks typically depressurize with use/time, thus the need for a pump. Some require pumping before each use, depending on use/user. Ride your bike unloaded a few times and observe the shock pressure change, then you can estimate an interval for pumping/repressurization.

Going the whole summer without needing to pump up seems highly improbable.
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Put a Rigid suspension corrected (blade length) Replacement fork on and leave the air oil one home?..

+ then you can put front pannier racks & bags on..


But maybe practice using the pump you have to inflate your tires, that you Must have , & see if it can serve both functions?





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As seeker said. If you find that you don't have to air it up too often, and you know you'll be going through towns that might have bike shops every week or two, I say just stop in at the bike shops and ask them if they'd let you use one real quick, or top it up for you. You'll also get the chance to maybe see some cool local shops, they might enjoy hearing about, or at least seeing someone out on a cool bikepacking adventure, etc. It's always fun to stop somewhere with bikes or beer.
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