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Aero rim pump problem(5 posts)

Aero rim pump problemEman
Jul 20, 2001 9:16 AM
I'm having problems fitting my floor pump onto my road bike's Aero rims. Less of the stem comes through the rim than on any other bike I have owned before, so the pump doesn't grab the stem well, and even when it does grab it doesn't depress the lever. I've wound up forcing it on at an angle, and I can eventually get the tires inflated to about 110 PSI, but the pump blows off a few times before I get there. I'm sure there is a better way, do I need a different pump for my road bike than I use on my MTB? Is there an adapter?
re: Aero rim pump problemDINOSAUR
Jul 20, 2001 9:19 AM
Do you use long valve tubes?
re: Aero rim pump problemPaulCL
Jul 20, 2001 9:23 AM
Two choices:
First: buy a valve extender. Available at your LBS.
Second: the best solution is to start buying long stem tubes. continental makes them in 36mm, 45mm, or 60mm length. Many brands make long valve tubes. These should be available at your LBS. By the way...Excelsports sells the conti tubes for $2.98 each. A great deal. Paul
re: Aero rim pump problemEman
Jul 20, 2001 9:31 AM
Thanks! I didn't even know these existed, but was pretty sure there was an easy solution.
wait!doc (tro)
Jul 20, 2001 11:49 AM
depending on how buried the stem is you may only need the $.99 extender for the very first inflation because after the first pump up the stem might stick through far enough...this was the case with my aerospoke wheel....have a great time with your new wheel....what kind did you get anyhow?

-doc