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post #1 of 21 Old 07-06-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Tire inflating in the field

I haven't gotten a flat yet (knock on wood) but I want to be prepared. I have noticed that some people carry small electric inflator pumps. That seems a bit bulky to me. Can a small manual bicycle pump be used? One that will fit in a tool tube? Or, do the KLR tires require too much air volume to do it by hand?
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Try seating a bead with a hand pump. When you get done pumping up the rear tire with a hand pump you're next stop will be the local Walmart to buy an electric pump. The Slime pumps seem to be the most compact. I can't tell you how many times I have used my pump to air back up my tires and several others.
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Even airing up a mountain bike tire with a manual hand pump is a PITA. Find a way to carry an electric compressor pump. They're not that big or heavy.



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I just use a hand pump. Been doing it that way for over 30years. It's not the smart way to pump a tyre up, but it works.Peter
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i picked up a CO2 cartridge pump, works pretty good. Just be very deliberate when pressing the pump onto the stem of the tube cause that CO2 shoots out fast and gets spent quickly.
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I've used this with good success out in the woods.



you need 3 C02 cart. for the front and 4 in the rear to make it down the highway to a gas station. You can keep pumping by hand with it to top off off if you wanted.
I never worried about seating the bead. and it usually popped on by time I was out of the woods.

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-07-2011, 10:48 AM
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I'm a Slime pump user.. $10 well spent..
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I've used this with good success out in the woods.



you need 3 C02 cart. for the front and 4 in the rear to make it down the highway to a gas station. You can keep pumping by hand with it to top off off if you wanted.
I never worried about seating the bead. and it usually popped on by time I was out of the woods.
Thats the same one i have, works well enough. Whats nice is it has the Handpump option as well, haven't tried that part though.
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I just use a hand pump. Been doing it that way for over 30years. It's not the smart way to pump a tyre up, but it works.Peter
I'm surprised you haven't already devised some way to temporarily cut off the fuel and just use compressed air bled directly from the engine cylinder to inflate your tires.



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I'm surprised you haven't already devised some way to temporarily cut off the fuel and just use compressed air bled directly from the engine cylinder to inflate your tires.
Those have been available from JCWhitney for years, maybe decades..

I see Aerostich has em' too..

http://www.aerostich.com/engineair-power-pump.html
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