Using the airlines at work for puncture repairs?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Andrew_Culture, 16 Aug 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I've now been commuting for long enough that I have a little repair kit in my desk at work, but the one thing I don't have is a pump. One of the engineers here (they're a hardy lot) suggested I use any one of the many airlines that are dotted around the factory (all fed by a big compressor). At first I thought it sounded like a very silly idea, but now I'm wondering if there's a fitting that would go from the 10mm hoses we have poking out of walls here to a presta valve fitting, preferably with a pressure gauge?

    It would save me the need to have a track pump sat under my desk!
     
  2. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I've just found this http://www.prestaflator.com/ and answered my own question!

    At that price I might as well get a track pump!
     
  3. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bearsden, Glasgow
    If space is an issue, you could use a car tire pump with an presta-schrader adapter. Make sure your adapter has a rubber o-ring or it will leak. Such footpumps take up less space and I take one with me when I need the capability of a track pump but need to save on size
     
  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    keep a track pump if you have room
     
  5. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    You need to be a bit careful. The volume of air in a bike tyre is pretty small. Factory airlines usually have very high flow rates so you run the risk of blowing the tube to pieces almost instantly unless you can severely restrict the flow.
    I think...
     
  6. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    air lines, airlines:surrender:

    :biggrin:
     
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  7. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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  8. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Any chance you could post a video when you do use there pump. Think it will be a great watch if it does blow:becool:
     
  9. HovR

    HovR Über Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Get a car (schrader) specific attachment for the air line, and then use a schrader-presta adaptor available off eBay/Amazon for a couple of pounds?

    I use an air line for my tires, although on a smaller scale, and it works fine.
     
  10. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    If any of the airlines have a nozzle type blowgun on them with a 6 mm diameter nozzle about 100 mm long, get a few inches of 6 or 8 mm nylon tubing ( the engineerswill have some)and slide it onto the blower nozzle, it then slides straight over the valve on the bike., been doing it for years, no problems. Inflates a tyre in seconds. No chance of over inflating because the nylon tubes is tight, but not too tight on the valve. As the pressure. Increases, the tube needs to be gripped on with you hand. Sounds a handful, but it's easy, works in seconds.
     
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  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Just to expand a bit...
    This is typical of what we use...
    http://cl.rsdelivers.com/product/le...la-sopladora-de-boca-larga-10bar/1981146.aspx
    The flexible nylon tube slides over the metal nozzle. Slide the other end over the presta valve and press the trigger. It may be beccessary to use your hand to hold the pipe on the valve, but it works excellently.
    Co-incidentally, you can use that blowgun to inflate schraeder valves as well. Use the nozzle at an angle to press the valve needle and press to inflate. Takes a bit more practice, but a good get out of jail option.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Thank you very much indeed you guys. Space isn't an issue so I might grab one of those £10 track pumps from Argos.

    I think they'd be wary of letting me use the compressor really, I took my Jo Blow track pump into work and made the rear tyre explode so loud the MD ran down from his office thinking there had been an industrial accident!
     
  13. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Not as loud as the bang you get from an oxy acetelene bomb :hyper:
    Who'd believe a cup sized pocket of gas could make such a noise :laugh:
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    ...we don't have welding gear.... Yet...
     
  15. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    carry a topeak road morph , job done ^_^
     
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