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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 12:36 PM
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Hi all, I’m 500 miles into my first riding season. I thought I’d check the tire pressure and add air as needed. I have a flexible tire gauge so that wasn’t a big struggle. But using the air pump at the gas station was impossible. Any tips for a new rider wanting to stay on top of tire pressure? Should I pick up one of these adapters to bring with me when I plan to pump up?
The adapter might work for the rear, I doubt the front as it will be behind the rotors.Look above at my 90' valves, love them. Extremely well made.
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Hi all, I’m 500 miles into my first riding season. I thought I’d check the tire pressure and add air as needed. I have a flexible tire gauge so that wasn’t a big struggle. But using the air pump at the gas station was impossible. Any tips for a new rider wanting to stay on top of tire pressure? Should I pick up one of these adapters to bring with me when I plan to pump up?
Got those adapters on today . They screw right on to the existing valve and just leave them on. You can aim them in any direction. I mount mine to the side but a little to the rear. When my others show up that replace the existing valve I would have them installed then but I don`t really see any need now.

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Got those adapters on today . They screw right on to the existing valve and just leave them on. You can aim them in any direction. I mount mine to the side but a little to the rear. When my others show up that replace the existing valve I would have them installed then but I don`t really see any need now.
I would only use the adapters when checking or airing up the tires. The stock stems are rubber so you might damage them by leaving the adapters on...

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I would only use the adapters when checking or airing up the tires. The stock stems are rubber so you might damage them by leaving the adapters on...
My tendency (bearing in mind my rear FLAT way-back-when, caused by a 90 degree rubber-stemmed valve that moved enough to deflate the rear) is to agree w/ Joe.

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So, if you remove one of the 90 degree stem ad ons you will lose tire pressure taking them off so how do you check the pressure again ?

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Over inflate by a pound or two then take the extension off. The problem with the extensions is that they will flex the rubber valve stem and may cause it to leak. The rotational load is off center. If you replace the rubber valve stem with a 90 deg. solid metal stem you will have the best of both worlds. Solid mount and access to the stem.
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I still cannot visualize how you cannot use a standard 45-60 degree air chuck from a gas station.
Same for pen air gauges.
Even a 135 degrees trucker's air gauge works on the front, and also on the rear is you bend the stem away a bit.

There is not plenty of space, but enough space.
You just bring the chuck/gauge along the wheel and disk, NOT perpendicular.

The only chucks that don't work are those bulky ones with a flipping head to squeeze the stem. Some are small enough but most are just a bit too long.
Which is why I suggested a pump with a tube that screws on (post #5)

Honestly, you will be more comfortable manual pump. it's a lot safer to have the pump with you and not depend on gas stations.

At home, you can get an instant compressor (no tank to filling). Get a 120v digital one with a simple pressure to set and it stops when it reaches it. Simplest gadget. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-12...2120/302752823
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