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Old 06-26-08, 08:41 AM
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Pad adapter for bike pump?

I recently did Bike Virginia w/ my new big agnes bag and pad (2.5" insulated air core), and slept quite well. The only problem is blowing the silly pad up; it takes quite a while.

REI has two pad pump options: a pillow/pump, and a Big Agnes pump that is really a dry bag. I'll try this in a pinch, but a) it looks very clumsy, and the reviews aren't overwhelming, and b) I don't really want to carry something else.

But it occurs to me that I have a pump: it would be quite convenient to pump up the pad each night using the bike pump, but I'd need some sort of adapter.

Has anyone heard of such a thing?

Other solutions?

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Old 06-26-08, 11:27 AM
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I'm curious about an adapter also but I would guess when you consider the volume of air required, it could take quite a while with a pump too.
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I guess that I'm also concerned that blowing it up for six weeks straight w/ lung power would introduce lots of water vapor, i.e. spit, into the pad. This can't be a good thing long-term.
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i have the exped down mat the bag it comes with is also the pump it works great ok takes a bit longer but the idea behind it is the down doesen't get damp.
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Hi, I built an adaptor from an old tube and a fitting and some epoxy. I then wore myself out trying to pump it up with my pump. It's a volume issue. One pad=200 tires, or something like that. Five minutes of pumping had zero effect. I would suggest blowing up ballons during the winter to keep in shape.
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Originally Posted by gregstandt
Hi, I built an adaptor from an old tube and a fitting and some epoxy. I then wore myself out trying to pump it up with my pump. It's a volume issue. One pad=200 tires, or something like that. Five minutes of pumping had zero effect. I would suggest blowing up ballons during the winter to keep in shape.
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Okay, maybe I'll try the agnes bag/pump.
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Just get one of these.

Hey what's a couple of extra pounds for such ease of use?

Seriously, If you are talking about using a bike pump forget it. Not enough volume. You would be pumping for a long time.
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Originally Posted by quester
I recently did Bike Virginia w/ my new big agnes bag and pad (2.5" insulated air core), and slept quite well. The only problem is blowing the silly pad up; it takes quite a while.

Has anyone heard of such a thing?

Other solutions?

Thanks,
pete
Funny you should ask, I wondered the same thing before we started our cross-country tour. Before we left, I took an old 70x23 presta tube, cut it so it had an inch on each side of the valve stem, cemented one end closed, then stretched the other end over the BA valve. I locked my Topeak Road Morph on the presta valve and set the timer and the stroke-o-meter. The baseline for my 6' 6" BA Aircore is 21 full breaths, or ready to use in less than 5 minutes, including rests to stop the headspins.
With the pump and adaptor, I hit 1000 strokes and total time of 20 minutes, including rest stops to switch hands (don't go there), shake the blood back into my hands, and wipe sweat off. I want to pass on to any and all who wonder about this: just blow it up! I'd be afraid you would wear out the pump using it that much. We are almost halfway on this trip, and the inflation process really hasn't been a problem.
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