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    • CommentAuthorrld
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
     
    I'm having problems using my air compressor to pump up the tires on our bicycles. I normally get the head pressure to 100 lbs when I use my brad nailers or air guns. In order to pump up our bicycle tires to 70-80 lbs, I have to release the pressure to about 25 lbs and then slowly increase the pressure to 80-85 lbs in order to get about 70 lbs in the tires. This is a very slow process and you lose the desire to go for a ride. Can someone explain why I have to do it that way? The only thing I can think of is that there is not enough air pressure in the tires to depress the filler needle when the head pressure is set greater than the pressure in the tires. Or am I doing something wrong?

    rld
    san diego
    • CommentAuthordusty
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009
     
    I have a regulator on mine and the compressor is set to maintain 120 pounds. I don't have bicycles to keep up but the RV tires react the same as you describe. I don't believe you have anything wrong with your compressor. To avoid the frustration you describe, I air up at a service station. Fortunately, I still have one that doesn't charge for air.
    • CommentAuthorJPG40504
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009 edited
     
    Chuck problem? The chuck has to open a pathway for the air by opening the tire valve AND depress the center portion of the chuck to allow air from the hose into the chuck/stem. I have had the same problem and I think the dimensional tolerances are at fault. The stem valve must open and bottom out so as to push the chuck valve in. Short valve stem, short chuck valve actuator and chuck seal too 'big' are probable 'culprits'

    P.S. I just got the 'some problem has occurred' phenomenon also! Click again and it worked as Dusty described. I originally thought Dusty had to re-enter his comment.
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2009 edited
     
    I have to agree with Jim; sounds like the chuck and the valves are in disagreement. If you have this problem with all of the bicycle tires you try to fill, I'd say the chuck is guilty. Also, I don't want to discourage people airing tool problems (pun intended), but let me (gently) remind readers tht the focus of this Forum is woodworking. Another also -- I too am getting the error message that Jim and Dusty have experienced. Until I get this worked out, I would suggest you highlight your copy and save it before adding the comment. That way you don't have to type it over again if the server gets grumpy.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
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