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Blackburn HP pump with non-Schrader valves?

Old 02-06-11, 09:27 AM
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Blackburn HP pump with non-Schrader valves?

Has anyone here experience with the Blackburn HP pump and different kinds of valves?

Im considering buying this pump for my home workshop, but it seems that the pump head is very Schrader-valve specific. Will it work well (with adapters or such) with other kinds of valves?
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I just looked at the Blackburn web site and they show the HP floor pump as having a Presta-specific head, not Schrader at all. There are adapters to allow a Presta pump head to work on Schrader valves but they aren't nearly as common as the other way around.

Many other brands of floor pumps come with a dual-head that works on either Presta or Schrader valves with no adapters needed.
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Of course, I mixed up the names. Im pretty sure I can find the adapter.

Any idea how well it will work - will I be able to use the full range of pressure, the pump can deliver?
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The adapters do work and will allow the full range of pump pressure although I don't know why you want to be able to fill a Schrader valve tube to 200 psi.

Be sure to get the correct adapter. Schrader pump to presta valve adapters are everywhere, usually for $1.50 or less, since they allow presta tubes to be inflated with car or gas station pumps in an emergency. The adapter you want is a lot more unusual and more expensive. Here is one source I was able to find:
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...0+Adapter.aspx
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Thank you for your answer, again. Last time I picked up a Schrader-to-auto valve adapter at my local bike shop, I noticed that he had at least three other kinds of adapters in the drawer, so I expect that he has this one as well.
I just noticed, though, when checking out the Blackburn pumps at another dealer than the one I had visited first, that the Air Tower 4 model apparently comes with a Schrader+Presta head (two holes), and the same pressurizing capability.

Yes, I know that I would probably not be needing 11 bar pressurizing capability every day, but I believe that this parameter tells a lot about the expected gasket life-time and construction sturdiness of the pump.
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