We sell our pogo sticks all over the world, so we realize that some of you can’t purchase one of the above pumps from Amazon.
If you’re in that situation, you’ll probably need to purchase one at a local bike shop, sporting goods store, or some other website. Keep reading and we’ll clarify things a little more to make sure you understand what you need and why.
NOT ALL PUMPS WORK WITH OUR POGO STICKS
There are tons and tons of pumps out there. Some are good, some of them are cheap, and some of them can just go to hell because the air fill valve nozzle is the size of an elephant. Because of that, not all pumps work with our pogo sticks…a lot of times they don’t even work with smaller bikes because the nozzle won’t fit in between the spokes. It’s like some people don’t even test out the design of their products before they manufacture them. It sucks. We wish they did. It would make our lives a little easier.
There are two issues that come up when trying to find a pump that works with our pogo sticks:
- Making sure the pump uses a Schrader Valve – the standard for car and bike tires in the US – as opposed to the stupid French Presta Valve
- Many of the new pumps out there have a gigantic nozzle that’s just too big for our pogo sticks
Those are the only two things you need to watch out for.
The first one is simple. Get a pump with a Schrader valve.
The second one is a little more complicated. There’s a limited amount of space to put all of the components needed in our top cap (handlebar cutout, four handlebar bolts, and the air fill valve), and the amount of space left over determines the size of the hole that we can create for the fill valve.
As of right now, the size of the hole in our top cap is 0.93″ (2.36cm) wide. The nozzles on pumps seem to range in size from 0.75″ all the way up to 1.1″ (1.91-2.8cm). Most of the pumps with nozzles larger than our 0.93″ hole are Schrader/Presta combo valves…that is, they have both valves on the same nozzle, which results in them being pretty freakin’ big.
You’re probably a bit confused because we just threw out a bunch of number garbage, so make sure to take a look at the image to get a good idea of why certain pumps won’t work.