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Can not pump up tire with presta valve using Blackburn AirTower 3. what am I doing wrong?

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  • Peter Webb Oct 06, 2010

    Can you tell me what you are doing so I know what may need to be corrected

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I am buying a bike pump. My Tires Kenda Comfort w/ puncture resistant K-shield 26x1.95 on The Classic Serene 2010. Do they have standard valves or presta valves. Can you recommend a floor pump for me.


Tires don't have valves. TUBES do. Can't you tell by LOOKING at them?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schrader_valve#Presta_valves_vs._Schrader_valves

Either way, you should buy a pump that serves both types. Stick with name brand - Blackburn, Park Tool, Topeak. Get on the web and read some reviews.

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I can't seem to use this on my bicycle tires. what am I doing wrong?


What kind of valve do you have on your bicycle tires - standard (like a car) or Presta (narrow with manual screw down valve)? If you unscrew the head of the pump you should be able to reverse the rubber gasket to fit each type - wide for standard and narrow for Presta.

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How do i use the schwinn airdriver 1100 pump


This pump is a bit strange to use. The valve in the filler head is odd in that it controls the flow of air in both direction...which is not a great design in my opinion...but it does allow for use in different filling applications. The trick is getting the pump into its different filling "modes"

For a Schrader bike valve:
1. Make sure the pump is in "tire mode" by blowing into the valve with your mouth. If you then pump the handle you should feel air filling your mouth.
2. Put the "locking lever" in the unlocked position, the unlocked position is when the silver metal lever is parallel to the air hose, or said another way it makes an "L" with the air outlet that goes on the tire air filling stem. To verify this is correct, look in the air outlet and move the lever from locked to un-locked, you will see slight change in the diameter of the outlet.
3. Push the air filler hole over the schrader valve really hard and make sure it is seated all the way down. Close the "locking lever" (silver metal lever should now be perpendicular to the air house and be in line with the air outlet... i.e. point straight out away from the tire filler stem.
4. Pump.

For a Presta bike valve:
1. Make sure the pump is in "tire mode" again.
2. Take off plastic caps off presta valves on bike tire.
3. Unscrew the little nut on the presta stem to allow the tire valve to open when pressure is applied (you can test this by pushing the stem in a little and air should escape, the nut holds the valve closed, so it needs to be loosened).
4. Take the adapter from the locking lever (silver metal lever) on the pump and screw it on the presta valve. The adapter is the brass looking thing. Screw the rubber gasketed side down on the presta valve.
5. Press the air pump tire filler outlet onto the adapter.
6. Close the locking lever to seal the filler head on the adapter.
7. Pump.
8. Unlock the locking lever and pull it off quickly.
9. Unscrew the presta adapter and screw down the presta valve nut but just finger tight.
10. Screw on the plastic cover cap for the presta valve.

To Fill a Ball:
1. Twist the ball pin filler out by rotating the gray plastic tab around until the ball pin filler is pointing straight out (in-line with the air hose).
2. Make sure the pump is in "Ball mode" by again blowing into the filler. Sometimes shaking the filler valve really hard is necessary.
3. Put the filler pin into a ball.
4. Pump.

Hope this helps.

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Can't get air into my tires with the blackburn TP4 pump


Look at the last page for how the two styles of valves work. You have to unscrew the center knurled nut on the presta and tape in it momentarily to break the seal.

http://blackburndesign.com/manuals/3xPumpsManual2010_v2.pdf

Apr 26, 2011 | Blackburn Air Tower Floor Pump

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The pressure gauge on my Topeak Joe Blow Ace floor pump is not working. The pump works fine. How do i take the pump apart and what should I be trying to do to repair?


http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html

  1. Rotate the wheel so the valve is resting just above the floor. Remove the valve cap.

  2. Unscrew the locking nut on the valve stem. Quickly press down the stem to loosen the seal. You should hear air escaping when the stem is pushed in--if you do not, loosen the nut and try again.
  3. Press the pump head onto the valve and flip the locking lever to make a seal. You'll hear air escape, but it should stop after you've locked the lever. If air continues to leak out, remove the pump head and reattach it.
  4. Make two pump strokes and listen for air moving into the tire. If the pump handle becomes hard to press down after only a few strokes, or if the pressure gauge elevates extremely quickly, remove the pump head and repeat Step 3.
  5. Inflate the tire to its recommended pressure. Remove the head by unlocking its lever and quickly pulling it off the valve stem. Secure the valve's locking nut and cap.
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Read more: How to Inflate a Bicycle Tire With a Presta Valve ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html#ixzz1Brv5VfAX

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HOW DO I PUT AIR IN A MOUNTAIN BIKE TIRE WITH A PRESTA VALVE WITH A TOPEAK MINI MASTERBLASTER PUMP.


http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html
  1. Rotate the wheel so the valve is resting just above the floor. Remove the valve cap.

  2. Unscrew the locking nut on the valve stem. Quickly press down the stem to loosen the seal. You should hear air escaping when the stem is pushed in--if you do not, loosen the nut and try again.
  3. Press the pump head onto the valve and flip the locking lever to make a seal. You'll hear air escape, but it should stop after you've locked the lever. If air continues to leak out, remove the pump head and reattach it.
  4. Make two pump strokes and listen for air moving into the tire. If the pump handle becomes hard to press down after only a few strokes, or if the pressure gauge elevates extremely quickly, remove the pump head and repeat Step 3.
  5. Inflate the tire to its recommended pressure. Remove the head by unlocking its lever and quickly pulling it off the valve stem. Secure the valve's locking nut and cap.
Read more: How to Inflate a Bicycle Tire With a Presta Valve ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html#ixzz1Brv5VfAX

Nov 02, 2010 | Topeak Mini Master Blaster

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I have just purchased a Topeak Mountain Morph pump, which can be used with both Presta/Scrader valves. I have a presta valve on my bike, but am not able to inflate my bike. Not sure if I am doing...


http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html
  1. Rotate the wheel so the valve is resting just above the floor. Remove the valve cap.

  2. Unscrew the locking nut on the valve stem. Quickly press down the stem to loosen the seal. You should hear air escaping when the stem is pushed in--if you do not, loosen the nut and try again.
  3. Press the pump head onto the valve and flip the locking lever to make a seal. You'll hear air escape, but it should stop after you've locked the lever. If air continues to leak out, remove the pump head and reattach it.
  4. Make two pump strokes and listen for air moving into the tire. If the pump handle becomes hard to press down after only a few strokes, or if the pressure gauge elevates extremely quickly, remove the pump head and repeat Step 3.
  5. Inflate the tire to its recommended pressure. Remove the head by unlocking its lever and quickly pulling it off the valve stem. Secure the valve's locking nut and cap.
Read more: How to Inflate a Bicycle Tire With a Presta Valve ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4779541_inflate-bicycle-tire-presta-valve.html#ixzz1Brv5VfAX

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How do I pump a presta valve with the Blackburn Mountain Air Bike Pump 4 Bicycle


They should be designed to fit both styles of valve, but you need to reverse the seal.
you should be able to unscrew the end, remove the sealing rubber and a plastic fitting that pushes on the valve, replace them the opposite way around ,and they will fit the presta.

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My Blackburn air tower 3 pump won"t work.When attached to the Presta side air leaks out the schrader side and when attached to the schrader side air leaks out the presta side. What can I do?


I had the same problem, Blackburn knows about the defect. All you have to do is call their 800 number and if everything goes as it did for me, just tell them your name/address and they say they'll send a replacement head. We'll see if it gets here in the next 7-12 business days.
btw, the new replacement head isn't the same dual one that you and I have, it is a new one with only one insert that can apparently fit both dunlop (car tire) and presta (skinny bike tire).

Aug 07, 2010 | Blackburn Cycling

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How do I use a Blackburn Mountain air pump?


Dear Doug, to lock a hand pump onto the valve stem: 1.depending on valve type-loosen the valve lock for presta, twist off valve cap for schrader. 2.unlock the pumping handle from the pump so that you can actually "pump" the pump... 3. put the pump head on the valve of the tire, then pull up on the thumb tightening lever. This should squeeze toghether the internal rubber gasket of the pump, and lock on to your valve. 4. Begin pumping. 5. when desired pressure has been reached, push down on the thumb lever to unlock the pump. Remove it. Good Luck Fellow bicyclist!

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