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    am I retarded?

    I just bought my first new bike in ten years. How do I pump up the tires?
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    Well, first you have to find out what kind of valve your tires have. Along the rims there will be a small cylindrical valve with a cap on it. Take the cap off and if it is a schraeder (the kind of valve that is on a car tire) valve, then you can pump it up with any standard floor pump. If it is a presta (its thinner than a schraeder, plus it has a little screw cap on the top that you need to unscrew to let in/out air) then you may need a valve adaptor for your pump (you can get em at your LBS for like 89 cents) unless you have a pump that supports both valves.

    For a schraeder, simply push the head of your pump onto the valve, lock the handle on the pump head outwards, and pump. For the presta, unscrew the cap on the valve, install the adaptor onto the end of your pump head (if you have to), and then do the same as you would for a schraeder.

    To take the pump off, do everything the same, except backwards.

    I hope this is good, it'd be easier with a diagram.

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    If anything this post should make bikers feel a close kinsmanship to the feelings of riding and getting back into the sport. The joy of learning all the new goodies.

    Good luck! Sounds like a presta and it looks like Judd97 has got you covered there with good info.

    Here is a proud presta!


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    Thank you
    I guess I have a presta, It is very small and thin with a little screw on piece at the top. I will run to the Lbs and get the adapter. by the way, how do I find local trails. I'm new to mtbr, and a little confused with the forums, couldn' t find an ohio link. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Ohio Link

    Here is the Link for OHIO. It was a little hidden with a couple other states. If you live closer to PA we have a lot of people on the PA forum talking about trails in the Pittsburgh area. Hope it helps and welcome to the forums.
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    Thanks, glad to be here, can't wait to ride.

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    Most "small pumps", and maybe big ones too, seem to have a head that you can reverse for use with either schrade or presta. Prestas may take a bit of getting used to...

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    Yea, if you have a newer pump, you might wanna double check to make sure its not compatible for both valve types.

    If you have a schraeder only, then I would recommend keeping an eye open for one of the newer ones. I found a cheap Specialized pump that is compatible for both for a real bargain at my LBS.

    As jminrod said, there are alot of trails and riders out here in PA if you can't find anything in Ohio. But I'm sure there are alot of trails out there too (its just so FLAT)

    Have fun!

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    Not to feel bad, I recently went through the same thing.
    They are tricky little rascals and require some trial and error.
    Last edited by rg32; 05-14-2006 at 02:37 PM.

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    It took me about an hour to learn how to pump up a presta tube. How embarrasing.

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