Is your bike tire need air and for this, you are unable to go to the gas station and get the air filled in your bike tire? Well, there is no need to go anywhere to fill up a bike tire.
You can do this at your homeFilling up the air in your bike tire is not so difficult.
Let’s have a glance at the process and learn how we can perform this by ourselves.
How to Inflate a Bike Tire?
Putting air in your bike tire is a simple task. But before indulging in this, we need to find out which type of valve the tire consists of. Different types of valves such as the Schrader valve, Presta valve, or woods valve follow different methods for the inflating process. Let’s begin with the Schrader valve.
1. Schrader Valve
Also Known as a Car Valve or an American Valve
In this type of valve, the threaded valve core surrounds the valve stem. Use a sleek tool such as a pen or anything similar to press the stem. These valves are wider in diameter as compared to the other two types of valves. They are usually found in mountain bikes, less expensive bikes, or cars. We can easily open the Schrader valve; we just have to unscrew the rubber cap on the top.
Figure Out the PSI
PSI is essential and you need to find out the recommended PSI for your bike tire. This will consist of a range and don’t go below the lowest number; the highest number seems to be the maximum recommended PSI.
Look for a Pump
If you don’t have a pump then it’s ok. Usually, most people don’t own it but you can borrow it from someone, click here for video.
For this type of valve, we don’t require any adapter, if you are using a gas station pump. You need to be careful when using a gas station pump. Ask the attendant to go for small pressures otherwise not paying attention might burst out your bike tire. This is due to the reason that the gas station pumps consist of extremely high pressure.
Air up the Tire
Now, it’s time to fill up the air in the tire. For this, we need to take out the rubber cap from the valve and place it somewhere safe like in your pocket.
Place the pump on the valve. If the valve consists of any nozzle then you need to ensure that it is open. Now, pay attention to the PSI. And after this, quickly put the rubber cap back.
And we are up with putting air to the bike tire.
2. Presta Valve
This is another type of valve. Let’s have a glance at the process of inflating in the Presta valve.
Also Known as French Valve or Sclaverand Valve
These valves are narrower in diameter and longer as compared to Schrader valves. These consist of an external valve stem protected by a valve cap. These are usually found with high-end road bikes.
Open the Valve
This is the initial step and as we have mentioned earlier that valve cap protects the Presta valve; we don’t need to unscrew it while we need to open the cap. For this, we need to loosen the brass cap. You can check this by pressing the stem a bit and hearing an air leak sound.
Find Out the PSI
This step is similar to the step we discussed in the Schrader valve. We need to figure out the PSI range for this particular valve. Consider the high number for the PSI; don’t consider any number below the lowest mark.
Locate the Pump
Again, here we have to find a pump or locate a gas station; you can use the gas station pump. You can purchase the pump from the local cycle store or you can borrow from your friend.
- But don’t just go to the gas station and ask to fill the air, you will require a Presta adapter if you are using a gas station pump. Presta adapter is a small cup and you need to insert it at the top of your valve. This will turn the Presta valve into the Schrader valve.
- And the gas station pump serves it well. You can buy this Presta adapter from the local cycle shops. And make sure when you visit the gas station, ask them to go for small bursts as the gas station pump consists of extreme pressures and this can burst your valve.
- If you have a bike pump then you will observe that there are two openings and the smaller one is for this purpose, i.e. for Presta valves.
It’s Time to Fill up the Air
Well, the bike tire has waited so long and it’s finally the time to fill it up. For this step, you need to unscrew the dust cap & lose the brass cap. Place the pump on the valve. If the lever is present near the nozzle, open it up when you are going to put it on the valve. Snap-down the lever and observe the PSI.
Now, flip up the lever and screw up the brass cap. Now, replace the dust cap and your tire is full of air.
3. Woods Valve
This is also known as the English valve or Dunlop. It is most probably used in Europe and Asia. It is similar to the Schrader valve but the process of filling up the air in this way is similar to the Presta valve. You can refer to the Presta valve method for inflating the woods valve.
And with this, we are all clear about the types of valves.
How to Put Air in a Bike Tire without Using a Pump?
Almost all the cyclists and stunt guys have their portable pumps and carry with them when they go out. But if you don’t have any type of pump then you can go for a CO2 cartridge.
- These are small cylinders and have enough air to fill both the tires. This will take a few minutes and will efficiently finish its task.
- And if you are unable to find these then you can go for manual blowing using your mouth.
- For manual blowing, you first need to clean up the valve with a clean cloth such that no dirt is left. This is for safety reasons as you have to blow, you don’t want any of the dust particles to enter your mouth.
- This blowing method is not very common, only a few people go for it as it consumes a lot of time. But for people with no option left, this is the life savior. So, if you are in a tight situation then go for it.
How to Put Air in a Tubeless Bike Tire?
Here, special gas is used to fill the tubeless tires. This is usually a highly compressed air and it is used to expand the inner edge of the tire. After settling tightly on the rim edge, fill it with the recommended PSI.
- Nitrogen gas is recommended for the tubeless tires. This helps to maintain the pressure inside the tire that is suitable for all the climates.
- But it is difficult to find nitrogen, which is why normal air is considered by most people. You can fill the normal air using a compressed cylinder. But if you can locate any gas station with nitrogen then go for it.
- Always be very careful with the valve caps. If you are loosening them then make sure to tighten it up when you are done.
- Check out the valve type and then follow the procedure. If you are not able to find the valve type, you can also take the help of someone from the local cycle store.
- Don’t use your bike with no air otherwise, you might get a puncture.