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Old 12-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So a family member bought me a Black Friday special because she heard me complaining about having to drive to a gas station to add a couple lbs of air to my bike. It's a cheapo but all I want to do is keep my tires at the correct inflation.

Will a .3 HP, 2 gallon, electric compressor work for this? I can trade up as it came from Lowe's - any recommendations?

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For what you just described, yes that unit will do the job just fine....However, If you want a unit that is less noise then oil lubed are better. Oil-less air compressors are very noisy.
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What about leaks from the oil-lubed compressors?
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I've never had a problem with that. Always make sure the vent is in good working order and properly seated and it will serve you well.
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The general rule for air compressors is buy the biggest one you can afford because once you get into using them they are never big enough.

Sure, the one you got now will inflate tires, but if you think you'll ever be tempted to buy air tools, you'll need much bigger.

I always buy oil lubed compressors, I think they last longer.
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My cheapo works great for that, and my nail gun (light use one). BUT check a few different tire pressure gauge readings against each other and you might be surprised how different they are.
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I'm not running any air tools so I guess I will give it a go. And my garage space is limited so no room for a heavy duty model.

I'm still using a $1.99 gauge that fits in my shirt or back pocket.
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Same topic came up on the Valkyrie site the other day.

http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/ind...c,50403.0.html
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Because it was a present your pump will tend to bring you a bit of extra joy.
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@ my age, any pump brings me a lot of joy!
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