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    Question about the Topeak Mountain Morph Bike Pump

    i have a question about the Topeak Mountain Morph Bike Pump. (this is going to make me sound kinda dumb though)

    this is the first mini pump i have had and i had to use it for the first time today. i had a hard time getting the end on the valve stem and when i did get it on right and got the air out i couldn't get it off. i noticed before i put it on the little rubber piece inside the piece that goes on the valve was threaded. i figured i was suppose the screw it off so after it a little while the valve stem broke off. i lost the instructions so i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong.

    as far as i know i have the Schrader Valve

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    I don't know that

    pump, but most can handle Schroeder and Presta valves with ease. You must know or learn how to adapt the head to fit the valve correctly.

    sounds to me like you may have tried to put the pump head over the valve in the closed position, similar to jamming a foot into a sneaker with the laces done up tightly. But I'm just guessing.

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    It can handle presta and schrader. I have one.
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    well i had and extra tube (one that had a hole in it from another ride) so i got it and the pump and set in my room trying to figure out what was wrong. the main thing that was wrong is the locking handle is backwards from what i've used on a full size pump. i'm used to when you lever down it was lock and straight out was unlock.

    hopping i got a question for you: is it normal to have to take the head off to get it on/off a schrader valve?

    thanks for the replies

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    Quote Originally Posted by soul embrace
    hopping i got a question for you: is it normal to have to take the head off to get it on/off a schrader valve?
    No, you should not have to remove the head the get it on or off of a schrader valve.

    I just tried mine on a car tire (only schrader I have) and had no difficulty.

    Are you sure the 2 adapter pieces in the head are turned the correct direction? Large hole out on the rubber piece and small pin out on the plastic piece behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr
    No, you should not have to remove the head the get it on or off of a schrader valve.

    I just tried mine on a car tire (only schrader I have) and had no difficulty.

    Are you sure the 2 adapter pieces in the head are turned the correct direction? Large hole out on the rubber piece and small pin out on the plastic piece behind it.
    i just checked both pieces and they are all in the correct direction. not sure why mine is so hard to get on and off.

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    I have one and used it the first time. Either it's a piece of junk or it's the idiot using the pump (me). I tried to fill up a friends tire which had the schrader valve. Problem is it went on fine but I couldn't get it off. I litteraly had to take it apart and unscrew it from the valve step moving spokes as I turned. I thought for sure a spoke or the valve stem was going to break. I haven't tried it again. Right now it's on the garage shelf to go back to REI and get my money back. I will probably try it again since it could have been something I did wrong but not sure what.

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    sounds like me and timberstone is having the same problem. once it's on it works great, to get mine off i have to screw the head off from the hose and then unscrew it from the valve. i will keep mine since i've had it for awhile and can't send it back. plus i would rather have to go through what i have to do to get it on/off than to have to walk all the way back home or to my car.

    i messed with it some more just now and i found if i unscrew the end cap (where the 2 adapter pieces are) just a little bit then it goes on and off pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soul embrace
    sounds like me and timberstone is having the same problem. once it's on it works great, to get mine off i have to screw the head off from the hose and then unscrew it from the valve. i will keep mine since i've had it for awhile and can't send it back. plus i would rather have to go through what i have to do to get it on/off than to have to walk all the way back home or to my car.

    Another option is what I do. This pump is only for emergency at the car. On my bike I carry a new tube and also 2 CO2 cartridges. If I am going on a 70-100 mile ride I carry 2 tubes and a total of 4 CO2 cartridges.

    At home I fill up via air compressor so this pump is kept in the truck and used if I need to top off a tire before a ride. I wanted something small that would fit in a tool box with all the other bike parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soul embrace
    i messed with it some more just now and i found if i unscrew the end cap (where the 2 adapter pieces are) just a little bit then it goes on and off pretty easily.
    I think you found the key to the problem. On a presta valve the top cap is screwed down tight, but on a schrader valve it has to be adjusted to just the right tightness for correct operation.

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    I have one of those pumps and mine came with the head set up for presta valves. I think this is the norm for most pumps that have reversable heads. So make damn sure you have the head set up correctly for what type of valve you are pumping up.

    I have used it on both types of valves, and never had an issue.
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    Too tight on the valve head?

    one can spit on it 1st, or try a grease that won't rot the rubber bushing in the pump.

    DO NOT use oil, it rots rubber.

    Silicone grease/lubricant will work well for you, and stop the wrestling with getting the thing off.

    Good luck, Jim

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