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    Small air compressor for tubeless tires?

    I normally am able to set the beads of a new tubeless tire with a floor pump. I often have problems if I remove a used tire and re-install it later. The beads must stretch and soften just enough that it's difficult to get them to seat.

    Does anyone know of a small and inexpensive compressor that is strong enough to pop on mountain bike tire beads?
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    I have a small, 3 gallon Craftsmen compressor that I love. It was under 200 dollars + a cheap adopter from the LBS got me going. The model I picked up had a bunch of accessories that I use for jobs around the house (cleaning out the vacuum cleaner, etc). Worth it to me, and works like a charm on my tubeless jobs. The smaller tank means it needs to refill frequently, but I can deal with that.

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    My Coleman PowerMate VP201 Two Gallon Compressor has no trouble popping the beads on. Running standard tires (i.e. not tubeless ready) w/Stan's sealant on UST wheels. I do have to remove the valve cores first.

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    2-3 gallons at 100psi is fine, the problem is the noise, as these types of compressors are typically super noisy. A much quieter one usually costs at least 2-3x what the cheap 2-3 gallon ones do. I used them to blow on DH tires before, no problem. Fat bike tires on the other hand, that's a whole 'nuther problem and you need a lot more air, but any normal 26 or 29er tires are fine with those small compressors.
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    Pancake Air Compressor - 3 Gallon, 100 PSI

    I have had my pancake compressor from Harbor Freight for about 5 years and it works great. Inexpensive and does the job.
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    +1 on the Sears compressor.
    Pretty good at everything, but not really good at anything!

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    Same on the pancake compressor. I do it the same way Dry Side appears to. Instead of using a presta/schrader adapter, I use a regular nozzle to blow air in to the stem minus the core. Then use the small Stan's bottle to put sealant in through the stem.
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    Looks like there is an okay one on ebay for $50, free shipping. Or maybe a pawn shop?
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    I really like my Lezyne high volume floor pump... Never had any issues with tubeless setups... A regular pump cannot compare...

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