How do I put air in my Road Bike tire?
I am new Road Biking and I got a new bike. I have the standard bike tire pump, but the it doesn't fit on my new Road Cycle. This probably sounds stupid to anybody that knows anything about road bikes, but do I need a special tool to put the air in the tires?
If you have presta or french valves you will need to loosen the little knob so you can get the valve to open (by pressing on it). Then you'll need either an adaptor (a buck or so from a bike shop) to make your valve fit your pump or a fitting to make your pump fit the valve.
You will probably need to pump it up higher than your used too. Around 100 psi. And a top every week or so. You will use your pump a fair bit so if your old pump is a bit dodgy invest in a newy.
Maybe it'san Avanti Valve. You can get a converter for $1 a bike store,or get a fitted pump.
maybe you should ask the person you brought it from is there any tool that you might need.
u probly have a presta valve, do a search on it.
If you have schrader valves, it's just like a car tire. If you have presta valves, you have to unscrew the top of the valve before you pump it up. Most modern frame pumps or floor pumps will work with either valve. If you're not sure, go to your local bike shop and they will be happy to assist you.
You need a presta valve adapter. Bike pumps for schrader valves (what most traditional American bikes have) won't work. You can get one for very little money. I would buy two and just leave them on the presta valves.
The problem with purchasing an inexpensive Presta hand pump is that it will be nearly impossible to use a hand pump to obtain the PSI that your tires require (100 - 110 PSI). Best bet is to just get the adapters, then you can fill up at a gas station or from an air compressor at at home (or wherever).
No, you need either a Presta to Schraeder adaptor (about $1 at a bike shop) or a new pump that has a universal chuck, like many from Topeak.
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