D2D Gear question?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alaskajeff, May 4, 2012.

  1. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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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:eek1 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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  2. Drunk_Uncle

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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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  3. ThatGuy

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    ^ what he said
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  4. subybaja

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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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  5. Tom S

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    Suby, check yer PMs
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  6. Full Power

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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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  7. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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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.
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  8. Alaskajeff

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    I appreciate the offer:clap Yeah, I'm sure there will be plenty of help on the roads too, just wanting to be prepared for whatever may come up. :eek1
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  9. AKmud

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    Jeff, if you are going to run with us, I have a 12v pump I carry.
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  10. Alaskajeff

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    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:D
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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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  12. Alaskajeff

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    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:clap
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  13. akrider

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    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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  14. Beezer

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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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  15. ThatGuy

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    ^
    Based on this I think I may just follow you! :deal
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  16. USBYGS

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    Easier said than done...
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  17. ThatGuy

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    No kidding!
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  18. Beezer

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    mark444.... ya heard of that trick. it might work but I doubt it is any better than CO2, if at all. you would still have to have a pretty snug fit to begin with because the front valve has to have the core in it, and thats a pretty small hole to push air through.
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  19. KHuddy

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    Sounds like an excellent way to achieve tire equilibrium... meaning two flat tires.
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  20. Wheeldog

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    I have done the ether (starting fluid) deal on my dump truck several times when I have had flats. Just give it a shot inside the tire and leave a trail coming out. Light the trail and it seats the bead.

    It ain't the safest thing to do, but it does work. Always wondered what my insurance would do/say if I burned my truck up doing it??? :rofl
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