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Old 05-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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D2D Gear question?

What does everyone carry for a tire inflator/ air pump? I am somewhat limited on space, and my ride is a kick start ONLY so NO battery to hook up to for a powered one. Are the little bicycle types up to the task? I'll need it for bringing my tires up to pavement pressure after the poker run and other dirt adventures.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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well if you don't have electric power, you can get the little co2 infaltors and then just bleed off what you don't need. I have a mini compressor and going to look into the co2 inflators as the compressor takes about twenty minutes to get a tubed tire to min operating psi.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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^ what he said
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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Do some reading before buying Co2...I read of some guy taking 7-8 cartridges to air up a 17" rear. Expensive and takes up space.

Alaska Leather has some pretty neat little foot pumps for $20-30. THIS one.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:09 AM   #6
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compact bicycle tire pumps are available, and inexpensive.
I keep one rubber banded inside left fender of KLR.
been there for a couple years, hasnt fallen off yet.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:21 AM   #7
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What does everyone carry for a tire inflator/ air pump? I am somewhat limited on space, and my ride is a kick start ONLY so NO battery to hook up to for a powered one. Are the little bicycle types up to the task? I'll need it for bringing my tires up to pavement pressure after the poker run and other dirt adventures.
Just stand on the roadside for ten minutes. Help is always available on this stretch. If you want, I can loan you one for the day, someone will loan you some battery time.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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Just stand on the roadside for ten minutes. Help is always available on this stretch. If you want, I can loan you one for the day, someone will loan you some battery time.
I appreciate the offer Yeah, I'm sure there will be plenty of help on the roads too, just wanting to be prepared for whatever may come up.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #9
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Jeff, if you are going to run with us, I have a 12v pump I carry.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #10
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Jeff, if you are going to run with us, I have a 12v pump I carry.
Sounds like a plan, thanks Mud. But I'd still like to pick up something I could use IF I'm not with the group at some time. I'll TRY to stay close by being a D2D rookie and all
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #11
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Are you riding out Tuesday or Wednesday? I am rolling out Tuesday and getting into Dawson wednesday afternoon. Looks like nothing really is going on Thursday so will probably do some riding around the area. I should my GPS somewhat figured out in the next two weeks to make some tracks for the area to follow.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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Are you riding out Tuesday or Wednesday? I am rolling out Tuesday and getting into Dawson wednesday afternoon. Looks like nothing really is going on Thursday so will probably do some riding around the area. I should my GPS somewhat figured out in the next two weeks to make some tracks for the area to follow.
Our group is riding out Wednesday as far as I know.
If you are looking for a side trip in Dawson you might want to check out the Hoffman mining operation at quartz creek. I 've heard it's around 40 miles south of Dawson on some pretty choice roads
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:19 PM   #13
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to air or not to air

I love this question. I have fumbled with it myself. I have come to two conclusions.
1) I don't know how much to lower the pressure.
2) I can't tell the difference when I do.

So it comes down to this for me......I'm too lazy to mess with it.

I would like to here some sound facts on the matter. I'll do whatever Jack says to do.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:23 PM   #14
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Kinda depends on which bike... for the KLR I carry an electric pump because it has tubes. On the dirt I drop to 18psi if it's a long run or it's sloppy. On the pave I run 30ish.

On my GS, I just leave the pressure alone. For repairs I carry a tubeless plug kit and CO2 carts around town & close in rides with friends, etc. If I go on the road for longer trips I take the pump and CO2, and a piece of rope or strap to make a Spanish windlass. It can be tough to seat a tubeless tire if it's off the rim. The pump doesn't make enough volume to do the job unless you are pretty good at forcing a seal to the wheel. The CO2 might be better, but you still need a pretty good initial seal. To get a seal, I put a loop of rope around the tread (running surface) of the tire, insert a stick and twist it tight until the beads touch the rim evenly, then air it up. Been meaning to try the ether/WD40 trick.... for those that don't know.... shoot ether into the tire & light it, it explodes & jumps right up on the rim. seen it on a video & seemed to work good.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:04 PM   #15
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Based on this I think I may just follow you!
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