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    Question Filling snowflake tires

    Tonite I was again struggling with putting air in my Snowflakes. Because of the holes being so close to the spokes, it is almost impossible to get my air chuck to line up square with the valve stems. Then you hear all the air going out, rather than going in.
    So what have people done about this. Thin air chucks? Tubes with angled valve stems? Drill new valve stem holes not so close to spokes? ?

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    I have a air guage with a fill valve & air release button.
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    What kind of head is on your air chuck? Would one with a 45 degree head help you get in easier? I'd be reluctant to put a 90 degree adapter on permanently, as it might put undo strain on the stem itself. While you might be able to do something for your home-fill situation, you need something for when you're on the road.
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    I have one of those small battery powered (hooks up to battery auxiliary pig tail plug which I also use with battery tender) which naturally has a small chuck that screws onto valve stem. Seems to work for me and you can always have it handy since it fits in a small pouch.
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    Buy the 90 degree adapter and carry it on the bike and use it when needed.

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    90 degree adapter

    What PAS said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DARRYL CAINEY View Post
    I have a air guage with a fill valve & air release button.
    Oh yeah, I have one of those. It has the "locking" chuck that does not lock on and hisses all the air out of your tire if you let it!
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    When I was riding my R65 on a regular basis I had a right angled air chuck with the stem from
    an old innertube projecting from the inlet end - took two hands to fill a tire - one to hold the
    angled chuck against the wheel air stem and the other to hold the service station straight on
    chuck against the angled chuck I had constructed

    Worked well and didn't take much space in tool tray and worked well - can't find it now to take picture and the R65 is in storage waiting for ambition to fix numerous minor problems

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