Bicycle Pump Instructions

Bicycle Pump Instructions
Getting a flat tire is one of the few hassles of riding a bike. Carry the right tools -- including a portable bicycle pump -- with you and learn how to make the repair, and fixing a flat will become second nature.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Make sure to have the correct pump before riding. You should always carry a pump with you when you bike. Check your tires for the type of valve and get a pump that matches. The two valves you're likely to encounter are Presta and Schrader. If you're not sure, bring your bike to the shop.
Step 2
Use the pump to inflate the tube before putting the tube into the tire. The tube is flat when it comes out of the box -- you will need to inflate it just enough so it takes shape and fits into the tire.
Step 3
Take the cap off the tube valve. For a Presta valve, turn the top nut counterclockwise to open the valve.
Step 4
Open the pump nozzle if you have an open/close lever and attach the nozzle of your pump onto the valve. Press it straight down firmly. If there is an open/close valve, lock it in closed position. If there's no close lever, simply press down on the nozzle and hold it in place.
Step 5
Pump air into the tube. The difference between the floor pump you use in your garage and the mini-pump you carry on your bike is that it takes drastically more effort to pump up a tire with a mini-pump. Pump vigorously and the tire will fill slowly. If the pump doesn't work, try pulling the nozzle off and reattaching it.
Step 6
Once the tube is inflated into shape, place it into the tire and rim and reinstall the tire.
Step 7
Pump the tire up fully. This is the hardest part of using a mini-pump, and it will take some time to get the tire inflated. Hold the nozzle head firmly on the tube valve, develop a rhythm and keep pumping until the tire is full. If you have a gauge, pump the tire to the recommended pressure. If not, pump your mountain bike tire until it is firm but still has a slight give when you pinch the sidewalls.
Step 8
Take the pump off. Unlock the pump nozzle and quickly pull it off the valve. Close the Presta nut and put the cap onto the valve. Your tire should be ready to go.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
CO2 portable pumps are available to make pumping on the road or trail easier. Check a patched tire several minutes after pumping to ensure it's holding air.
 
CO2 portable pumps are available to make pumping on the road or trail easier.
 
Check a patched tire several minutes after pumping to ensure it's holding air.
 
Don't overinflate your tires.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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