Can you use a bicycle tube at a gas station?

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Catherine Kshlerin asked a question: Can you use a bicycle tube at a gas station?
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Date created: Sat, Apr 3, 2021 11:51 AM
Date updated: Sat, Sep 17, 2022 8:25 AM

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Video answer: How to inflate a presta valve at a service station

How to inflate a presta valve at a service station

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  • Yes you can, but consider that bicycle tubes are thinner that motorcycles, and these compresors at gas stations are sometimes poorly mainteined, and air has lots of water. This water tends to give unexpected flats.

Video answer: Pumping air using a schrader adapter at a gas station

Pumping air using a schrader adapter at a gas station

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When using a gas station pump, ask the attendant for a pressure gauge and inflate your tires in small bursts, checking the pressure after each one. Gas station pumps are extremely high pressure, and you can pop your tires if you're not careful. If you're using a bike pump with two openings, the smaller one is for a Presta valve.

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Bicycle pumps are fine, and will do the job -- know at least one guy who uses it on his ST4. However, for similar packing and far better filling, save up for one of these-- they easily fit under the seat (if you haven't filled it with R/Rs, power points or other stuff), pump far faster and can work off of battery pigtails (can start the bike to keep it from depleting battery).

If you’re stuck with a flat a long way from home, then first speak to the gas station manager to check you can use the pump for your tire. Secondly, go real slow and delicate with the trigger. You might be able to cycle home with an under-inflated bike tire, but you definitely won’t if you burst it by over-filling.

You can use an air compressor to fill a bike tire much faster than you can with a manual pump, but there are a few things you have to watch out for – especially if you are trying to air up the tires of your mountain bike at the gas station.

So a bicycle tube with the Schrader valve can be pumped up at your local gas station if no hand pump (or CO2 cartridge) is available. The presta valve is on the left. This is typically found in bicycle tubes on many road bikes and some mountain bikes.

If you have this type, you will definitely be able to get air into your tubes in a pinch. However, air hoses from gas stations are usually unregulated, high-pressure & high-volume, and lack a pressure gauge. Therefore, it is much easier to over-inflate and even blow out your bicycle tire, if you were to use one.

With this attachment, you can even inflate your bike tires at a local gas station. To use the Presta valve adaptor: Rotate tire (to 12 o’clock position) for the pump to comfortably reach the valve head. Remove the valve cap and loosen the valve’s locknut. This is done counterclockwise until you can let air by depressing the locknut.

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