Can you fill up a bike tire at a gas station?
So, we’ve seen that, yes, it’s possible to pump up bike tires using a gas station air pump. … If you’ve got Schrader valves, then you’re good to go as these are the same valves as car tires have. If you’ve got Presta valves then you will need to buy an adapter beforehand.
What can I use instead of a bike pump?
For emergency situations on the road or at home, when no pump or air compressor is available, you can inflate bike tires quickly using a compact compressed air or C02 inflator designed for bicycles.
What PSI should a bike tire be?
Tire inflation basics
The tires don’t sag down and create a large surface area, because it’s simply not needed. A typical road tire should be inflated to something between 90 and 120 PSI. Mountain bike tires, on the other hand, tend to run at much lower PSI.
Do car tire pumps work for bikes?
In most cases, no. The long answer: The reason you can sometimes use an automotive air-pump on a bicycle tire/tube is because they share an identical valve. (See: Schrader valve/Schrader tube in the Terminology Index). If you have this type, you will definitely be able to get air into your tubes in a pinch.