Free air

Overpriced Parts /

Having only a few hour window between rainstorms and the temps were nice mid 50sF yesterday basically I took off without checking air pressure correctly (just squeeze the tires method) and without adding air with my home air compressor

So after about after 3-4 miles I realized the tires felt a little low, so I stopped at nearest air pump and I was totally surprised that the air was free while most stations charge a buck.

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After I aired up (the tires were only @ 21-22psi) to around 32 psi rode for about 20 more minutes and saw this coming:

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Just made it home before it poured, Man I used to love that hand crank setting air pumps that would click and stop clicking when the correct pressure was reached,

I haven’t seen those for years,

Does service stations, auto parts stores and the the Like charge for air in your area?

Does anybody ever see those crank setting air pumps anymore?

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Nice. Most chain type gas stations around here seem to charge for air. There is one service/marathon gas station that has free air, but that is a minority. Some tire shops have a air line on the side of the building.

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I usually go in and tell the clerk to turn the air on and get it for free

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It's about 50/50 here for charging, but in the winter most take the hose in as they freeze up get damaged or run over. Not seen one of the ones you set in ever either.

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I remember seeing free air in one place over the past several years. For the life of me I can't remember where it was.

Edit: it was a Belle tire shop.(edited)

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I recently raod tripped to Massachusetts from South Carolina, and I ran into a surprising amount of free air places in the norther states.

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> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

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> Having only a few hour window between rainstorms and the temps were nice

> mid 50sF yesterday basically I took off without checking air pressure

> correctly (just squeeze the tires method) and without adding air with my

> home air compressor

>

> So after about after 3-4 miles I realized the tires felt a little low,

> so I stopped at nearest air pump and I was totally surprised that the

> air was free while most stations charge a buck.

>

> After I aired up (the tires were only @ 21-22psi) to around 32 psi rode

> for about 20 more minutes and saw this coming:

>

> Just made it home before it poured, Man I used to love that hand crank

> setting air pumps that would click and stop clicking when the correct

> pressure was reached,

>

> I haven’t seen those for years,

>

> Does service stations, auto parts stores and the the Like charge for air

> in your area?

>

> Does anybody ever see those crank setting air pumps anymore?

Ken, I noticed the 25mph speed limit sign; with that storm coming, I doubt you obeyed it! am i right??

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Overpriced Parts /

Yeah these are the kind I grew up on, you didn’t need a tire gauge or nothing because most gas stations kept them up working good

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Wow, flashback! Those and the gas pumps at marina's where you could pump pre-mix, there was a dial to set your ratio. :)

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Overpriced Parts /

> Seth B Wrote:

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> > Overpriced Parts Wrote:

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> > -------------------------------------------------------

>

> > Having only a few hour window between rainstorms and the temps were

> nice

>

> > mid 50sF yesterday basically I took off without checking air pressure

>

> > correctly (just squeeze the tires method) and without adding air with

> my

>

> > home air compressor

>

> >

>

> > So after about after 3-4 miles I realized the tires felt a little low,

>

> > so I stopped at nearest air pump and I was totally surprised that the

>

> > air was free while most stations charge a buck.

>

> >

>

> > After I aired up (the tires were only @ 21-22psi) to around 32 psi

> rode

>

> > for about 20 more minutes and saw this coming:

>

> >

>

> > Just made it home before it poured, Man I used to love that hand crank

>

> > setting air pumps that would click and stop clicking when the correct

>

> > pressure was reached,

>

> >

>

> > I haven’t seen those for years,

>

> >

>

> > Does service stations, auto parts stores and the the Like charge for

> air

>

> > in your area?

>

> >

>

> > Does anybody ever see those crank setting air pumps anymore?

>

> Ken, I noticed the 25mph speed limit sign; with that storm coming, I

> doubt you obeyed it! am i right??

That 25mph road is coming down from a summit county park, after the stop sign right turn or left turn on Liberty Road is 35mph

The magnum is my stock modified winter beater that goes 35-40 so I barely was over speed limit if at all

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It's been many years since I needed air from a station . But , I recall the old dial-a-pressure pumps .

All air generally gets checked while we're on site , so I don't have to worry about it while on the road . I keep this on board :

I do recall years back that one of the bikes had a slow leak and I believe it was a Valero station that had free air , but , don't hold me to it .(edited)

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> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Having only a few hour window between rainstorms and the temps were nice

> mid 50sF yesterday basically I took off without checking air pressure

> correctly (just squeeze the tires method) and without adding air with my

> home air compressor

>

> So after about after 3-4 miles I realized the tires felt a little low,

> so I stopped at nearest air pump and I was totally surprised that the

> air was free while most stations charge a buck.

>

> After I aired up (the tires were only @ 21-22psi) to around 32 psi rode

> for about 20 more minutes and saw this coming:

>

> Just made it home before it poured, Man I used to love that hand crank

> setting air pumps that would click and stop clicking when the correct

> pressure was reached,

>

> I haven’t seen those for years,

>

> Does service stations, auto parts stores and the the Like charge for air

> in your area?

>

> Does anybody ever see those crank setting air pumps anymore?

Those would be collector's items now Ken. When I hauled fuel for small gas stations, I hadda work on them,adjusting and oiling them occasionally.

But when they quit totally, it was beyond me to fix them.

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Overpriced Parts /

> P D Wrote:

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> It's been many years since I needed air from a station . But , I recall

> the old dial-a-pressure pumps .

>

> All air generally gets checked while we're on site , so I don't have to

> worry about it while on the road . I keep this on board :

>

>

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>

> I do recall years back that one of the bikes had a slow leak and I

> believe it was a Valero station that had free air , but , don't hold me

You keep that air compressor on your moped?

I got a twin tank oil type emglow compressor that’s like 30 years old and still works great in my garage I use for my car, Bike tires and die grinder but I don’t carry it on my mopeds,

Some of my bikes have the bicycle type pump that comes stock but by the time you connect the hose and disconnect the hose half the air leaks out!

>

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> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

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> You keep that air compressor on your moped?

Ha . I guess I should have been more clear .

I keep that Porter Cable on board our Monaco . We are full time RVers .

I don't have a garage or shop . Just the great outdoors . :)

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Josiah Radebaugh /

Most all gas stations around have an air pump, and almost all charge anything from $0.50 to $1.50.

There is one station that has an air compressor inside with the hose run outside which is free. We also have a pretty nice bike path setup and on certain points along the route you'll find some "service stations" which have tethered tools of sorts and an air pump. Some of which are accessible from the road.

I'd like to try one of those little CO2 canister pumps.

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Overpriced Parts /

> P D Wrote:

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> > Overpriced Parts Wrote:

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> > -------------------------------------------------------

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> > You keep that air compressor on your moped?

>

> Ha . I guess I should have been more clear .

>

> I keep that Porter Cable on board our Monaco . We are full time RVers .

>

>

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> I don't have a garage or shop . Just the great outdoors . :)

I’m jealous ! well I’m not so much now but up to a few years ago that’s how my wife and I wanted to retire because one of my best friends parents growing up had a 440 dodge powered Winnebago they used seven months out of the year and went to different campgrounds and such with him as well as with me then me and my future wife,

We thought it was so cool having cookouts, all night acoustic jam singing sessions fishing, campground motorbikes but now you have to watch where you’re going there’s a lot a not so nice people around!

I owned a boat for 14 years and I was thinking on living in a cabin cruiser also but I live in semi resort community past few decades which was great until a few years ago when all the farms sold out and now everything’s over built beyond belief except for where I live they can’t build do to the parks, woods and Lake,

The only thing is that I wish January and February and early March were a bit warmer and they would keep the lake at full height instead of 3 foot lower from November to end of March which I have no idea why they lower it there’s never a problem for some years it doesn’t even freeze over, you’re allowed to fish on it year-round so why make it lower so you hit ground in some spots for basically no reason,

I guess for my final retirement now I would like to have a 50-60 acre plot of land near where I live now with my own lake, my own little dirt/four wheel trail and keep a few hey burner/barnyard animals around,

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We've been full time for going on 10 years . My wife and I are thinking maybe we'd like to slow down a bit . Maybe buy some land for 6ish months up North ( late Spring to mid Fall ) and travel the Southern USA in the Winter .

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> P D Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> > Overpriced Parts Wrote:

>

> > -------------------------------------------------------

>

> > You keep that air compressor on your moped?

>

> Ha . I guess I should have been more clear .

>

> I keep that Porter Cable on board our Monaco . We are full time RVers .

>

> https://i.postimg.cc/B6VvPzg9/screenshot-61.png

>

> I don't have a garage or shop . Just the great outdoors . :)

Nice rig!

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> Stephen Keller Wrote:

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> Nice rig!

Thanks , Stephen . :)

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Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

Giant Eagle is the only place around here (Central Ohio) that offers free air that I’m aware of (and automotive tire stores).

The craziest thing... some of the air machines now accept credit cards for payment. Nutz!

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But Ken is right. Those `crank to set pressure' were the `cat's meow' for simplicity and accuracy. I should find one and mount it in the garage off my large compressor.

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> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Having only a few hour window between rainstorms and the temps were nice

> mid 50sF yesterday basically I took off without checking air pressure

> correctly (just squeeze the tires method) and without adding air with my

> home air compressor

>

> So after about after 3-4 miles I realized the tires felt a little low,

> so I stopped at nearest air pump and I was totally surprised that the

> air was free while most stations charge a buck.

>

> After I aired up (the tires were only @ 21-22psi) to around 32 psi rode

> for about 20 more minutes and saw this coming:

>

> Just made it home before it poured, Man I used to love that hand crank

> setting air pumps that would click and stop clicking when the correct

> pressure was reached,

>

> I haven’t seen those for years,

>

> Does service stations, auto parts stores and the the Like charge for air

> in your area?

>

> Does anybody ever see those crank setting air pumps anymore?

I believe this is what you mean,Ken?

These were common in the ol days,yunguns. LOL!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GILBARCO-TIREFLATOR-NOT-ECO-AIR-METER-Mod-AM11-Restored/323962091440?hash=item4b6da537b0:g:9cgAAOSw4TVdt0hD(edited)

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

It's always free if you have a syringe Vail of saline water...

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Jeremy Davenport /

> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

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> Yeah these are the kind I grew up on, you didn’t need a tire gauge or

> nothing because most gas stations kept them up working good

> >

I have an Eco air pump. I now have it hooked up to my compressor and mounted to the wall in my garage...you set the pressure you want and it dings as the air goes in the tire...the dinging slows down as the tire reaches the set pressure...pretty cool!

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that is very cool

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AND worth some serious dough,too! Congrats!

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everywhere in Austin charges for air. I've yet to see a free pump, but I have seen in some of the newer pumps that accept cards, there is a digital display you can set the max tire pressure on and not go past that psi. pretty cool imo

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Overpriced Parts /

Yeah picked this up on the side road today in the brush, it came with free air inside, very good quality made in USA it’s like new ! Works great!

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Found not too far from this road damage so somebody probably damaged their tire Beyond what a air tank would do and got pissed and threw it in the bush,

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Probably was there all week or longer, I went past it a few days ago, I saw something red in the brush I thought it was just like a junk piece of plastic but today I stopped to investigate closer, put it on my bike book rack and brought it home,

It’s going to be way easier to add air to the car tires instead of stretching 70 ft foot of hose all the way out in the driveway to my air compressor plus filling up the Moped tires would be easier to don’t have to fire up the air compressor and uncoil hose

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> Overpriced Parts Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Yeah picked this up on the side road today in the brush, it came with

> free air inside, very good quality made in USA it’s like new ! Works

> great!

>

> Found not too far from this road damage so somebody probably damaged

> their tire Beyond what a air tank would do and got pissed and threw it

> in the bush,

>

> Probably was there all week or longer, I went past it a few days ago, I

> saw something red in the brush I thought it was just like a junk piece

> of plastic but today I stopped to investigate closer, put it on my bike

> book rack and brought it home,

>

> It’s going to be way easier to add air to the car tires instead of

> stretching 70 ft foot of hose all the way out in the driveway to my air

> compressor plus filling up the Moped tires would be easier to don’t have

> to fire up the air compressor and uncoil hose

Awesome score!

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