How To Inflate A Tire

Not all Presta valves have threaded shafts as shown; some are mostly rubber.
  • Presta valves come in different lengths. Match the length of the valves that came on your wheels. The deeper your rims are, the longer the valves need to be.
  • Schrader valves are the same as automobile valves.
  • Valves usually come with plastic caps. These provide a little protection and a "finished" look. But, many cyclists choose not to ride with them because it's easier to inflate tires when the caps are already removed.">
    Not all Presta valves have threaded shafts as shown; some are mostly rubber.
  • Presta valves come in different lengths. Match the length of the valves that came on your wheels. The deeper your rims are, the longer the valves need to be.
  • Schrader valves are the same as automobile valves.
  • Valves usually come with plastic caps. These provide a little protection and a "finished" look. But, many cyclists choose not to ride with them because it's easier to inflate tires when the caps are already removed." data-width="352px" data-height="218px" data-thumbnail="/images/library/site/maintenance_howtoinflateatire_valves_lg.jpg">
  • Step 1: Know your valve type
    (photo). Tip
  • Don't pump too vigorously. Slow and steady gets the job done quickly and prevents pump damage (it's possible to harm the gauge by pumping too quickly).">
    (photo). Tip
  • Don't pump too vigorously. Slow and steady gets the job done quickly and prevents pump damage (it's possible to harm the gauge by pumping too quickly)." data-width="280px" data-height="319px" data-thumbnail="/images/library/site/maintenance_howtoinflateatire_attachpump_lg.jpg">
  • Step 2: Attach the pump
    Step 3: Inflate the tire