How to use a Park Tool Floor Pump


Today we’re going to show you the correct
use for the two different style heads that we’ve offered on our Park Tool floor pumps. We have the consumer head with a short lever
that stands up at 90 degrees to lock into position and our pro head with the long lever that you squeeze
down towards the handle to lock into position. On the pro head –
I’m going to use it on the Schraeder here – I line it up with the valve stem pointed away from me, squeeze the trigger pump the tire to the desired air pressure,
open the valve, and take it straight off. When I’m using our consumer head both Presta and Schrader openings – on the Schrader side I install that on to the head stand the lever up at 90 degrees,
pump the tire to the desired pressure, release the lever and take it off. The air that you hear escaping is coming from the hose, and not from the valve stem. We’re going to show you how to use
either one of our heads on a Presta stem. I have the valve stem at the top of the wheel pointed
away from me, I unscrew it, make sure it’s open. Take it, put it on the Presta side, squeeze it into position – it only covers the dust cap threads squeeze the trigger pump the tire to the desired pressure, release the lever
and then I push straight down and away off the valve. For our consumer head – again, same – Presta and Schrader fittings on the Presta side, I simply put it on,
I cover the dust cap threads, lock it into position, pump the tire to the desired pressure,
release valve stem, take it off. The air that you hear escaping is not from the
tire, it’s from the tube as the Presta valve closes as soon as we stop pumping automatically
from the air pressure within the tire.


22 Responses

  1. Quinton Baker

    December 18, 2015 12:47 am

    At 1:46 he must mean hose, or tube of the pump, not the tube in the tire bicycle. Or maybe it is tubeless tire, but he should have said hose of the pump to be clear.

  2. BlackDiamond

    March 4, 2017 10:01 am

    Thankyou for clarifying what that air release is when you take it ft the valve. Really good video thanks.

  3. socalkev

    May 7, 2017 4:32 am

    Question my LBS said to air the tires to the max pressure since your a heavy set but I have this to ask on the presta valve do I have to deflate it first? Or can I pump it like that? I'm asking cause my lbs said to pump it before every ride

  4. rickyraton12

    June 5, 2017 5:58 am

    I saw more than 20 reviews about floor pump and none of them talk about the gauge, always the head pump always…

  5. M. Traore

    June 27, 2017 1:13 am

    Thanks for making this video for others. My lifeline floor pump is now pushing air out as soon as I reach 50 psi, it use to go up to 120 psi. Its 4 years old. Does that mean I need a new pump?

  6. Ace timer

    January 14, 2018 6:18 pm

    My whole life I thought you push down to unlock, no wonder I would always be difficult to put on and take off, hope I didn’t damage the part that goes on to valve and still works like intended.

  7. Motskie

    September 23, 2018 8:37 am

    been watching all pump vids, no one talks about the gauge? does this pump even read the tire air pressure or no?

  8. Baby Gerald

    February 2, 2019 3:13 am

    I just replaced my ratty old Schwinn pump with the PFP-8 and it's a major upgrade. Up to full pressure in less than ten strokes, a confident locking head and a giant gauge that's easy to read. Thanks, Park Tools!

  9. Suhyuk Jung

    April 13, 2019 8:06 am


    what do I do if air only comes out of the Presta valve??? I cant pump my bike because it only comes out the other valve

  10. avin ks

    October 11, 2019 12:14 am

    My new floor pump schrader valve, the head lock is coming out after it reaches particular pressure.
    What could be the reason?


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