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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 10th, 2007, 10:43 am Thread Starter
 
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How do you add air?

Quick Question. Do you check your tire pressure in the morning before the ride at home? (I'm assuming so). Anyway, if your pressure is down a bit what do you do? Do you ride to the closest Service Station?

The reason I ask is because I've always ridden bicycles a lot I have a number of pumps in the garage so when my pressure is down a bit I just connect one of these. With a floor pump it is only a few strokes and you're back up. And, these only cost $20 or so for the cheaper ones at a bicycle shop. The better ones will run a bit more.

Furthermore, I carry a small bicycle pump with me in my saddle bags. I've used in the mornings a couple of times while on a trip to put in some air. However with these you need around 25+ pumps to get a pound of pressure. So while you "could" inflate a flat with it you'd get a good workout. But, it is light, doesn't rely on anything else and inexpensive. Again, if you check out a bicycle store you can find these guys, get the mountain bike kind as they are higher volumn and lower pressue (don't need to pump a Motorcycle Tire over 100PSI like a bicycle road tire).
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 10th, 2007, 10:58 am
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I check mine in the morning and use a bicycle pump to add air as/if required. Just a few pumps can be several pounds of pressure.

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If you want to check your tires a lot, think about an electric inflator with a BMW accessory plug. On my Michelin you can preset the tire pressure and it switches off automatically. Mine seems to go 1psi over, which I assume allows for some air loss as you remove the adapter. It's a shame though they can't learn two presets to do both front and rear. Perhaps the Chinese will come up with that!



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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 10th, 2007, 11:39 am
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I have a huge air compressor in my garage. If I'm too lazy to drag the hose around my wife's car I grab my 5 gal air tank and use that instead (I keep it full so I don't have to fool around filling it before use). If I'm out on the road I carry a mini compressor that runs off 12V., either using my aux-cig lighter adapter or the socket my radar detector plugs into. I bought the little compressor at Northern Tool for less than $10 bucks. A good complement to the compressor is a stop-n-go plug kit. Now that I carry that, I never have flat tires
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