Question about Cycling
The switchbladenozzles web site is down, but here is the content from the trouble shooting page circa 2008 from archive.org:
(SCHWINN BIKE) PUMP
• Using the SWITHCBLADE pump nozzle (both 5-in-1 and 4-in-1):
EXPLAINING THE INTERNAL SWITCHING MECHANISM
To get best results from your SWITCHBLADE equipped pump, it is helpful to understand how the automatic switching
mechanism works. The internal switch (changing the air from flowing to the hole for bike tires to the needle for
sport balls) senses back pressure from the object you are trying to inflate. When you insert the needle into the
ball, (or put the nozzle on a bike tire valve) the back pressure inside the ball (or tire) flows into the nozzle
and pushes the switching mechanism to shut off the outlet you are not using.
PROBLEM: Air is escaping through the wrong outlet
NOTE: In the case of a new pump/nozzle OR a pump/nozzle that has not been used for a long time, it is possible
excess lubricant used in the manufacturing process and/or dirt have caused the switch to stick in place.
Don NOT attempt to block the outlet you are not using. Common sense tells you to do this, but in fact it will
only create back pressure in the channel you do not want to use and actually further block air from being
directed to the correct outlet.
After making sure your nozzle is firmly attached to the tire valve (or in the case of a sport ball, the needle
is firmly and completely inserted into the ball) give three to five quick firm strokes of the pump. Doing this
should create enough back pressure in the nozzle to free up the mechanism and activate the switch.
In certain circumstances, the two most common of which are a brand new bicycle inner tube (note: many new inner
tubes actually have NEGATIVE pressure inside, as they have had the air sucked out of them at the factory to make
it easier to put the tube inside the packaging) or a totally flat sport ball, rapid firm pumping may not be
enough to activate the switch. In these cases do the following:
Insert needle is firmly and completely into the ball.
Give the ball a hard squeeze (this will force air up the needle and trigger the internal switch).
Posted on Jul 23, 2010
I had the same problem until I found this website. It still doesn't give complete instructions, but it explains how to get air to pump through the nozzle. The metal lever should be in the "up" position when you are pumping. It's the opposite of most other bike pumps.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
I HAD THIS PROBLEM AS WELL, BUT FIXED MY 1100. SOMEONE RECOMMENDED BLOWING INTO THE END TO DEPRESS THE INTERNAL BALL DEVICE OR TAPP IT LIKE CRAZY. THIS PROMPTED ME TO DEPRESS MINE WITH A SCREWDRIVER, PUSHING UTIL IT CLICKED AND CAUSING IT TO RECESS ABOUT 1/4 OF AN INCH. THIS FIXED THE THING AND LEAD ME TO THINK IT WAS NOT ASSEMBLED COMPLETELY OR THE TOLERANCES OF THE PLASTIC PARTS ARE VERY CLOSE. IT NOW WORKS FINE, SO OF COURSE YOU NEED TO TAKE THE RUBBER BOOT AND PLASTIC BUTTON OUT BEFORE YOU DEPRESS THE FLAT INTERNAL SURFACE, THE ONE WITH THE TINY HOLE ON THE EDGE. GOOD LUCK.
Posted on May 16, 2010
Thank you so much! I'd bought this pump used (for $10) off Craigslist only to find that it was jammed to come out only the ball pump. Using the instructions at http://www.switchbladenozzles.com/trouble_shooting.htm
I was able to get it working to pump up the bicycle tires.
Now I'm very happy with this pump!
Posted on Dec 18, 2009
Thanks for the suggestions. had pumped up my medicine ball and then couldn't get it to work properly for my bike tires. a few good, swift pumps - got it switched over. now how to keep the valve from popping off the rubber gasket so it doesn't require 3 hands to pump up my bike tires.....
Posted on Aug 11, 2010
Here's the easy, less detailed description to solve the problem.
1.The valve in this thing sucks.
2. Blow HARD through the side you wish to function correctly to move the crappy valve to the right position. IE bike side to pump a bike, Ball side to pump a ball.
3. It may switch back, rinse and repeat.
If asked to recommend this product to someone else...I would decline. I give a thumbs up to txgardener for the correct answer with technical details. I just distilled it down a bit.
I give BRIANLHACKBA a thumbs up for the jerryrigged answer.
Plus me if this helps.
Posted on Jul 19, 2011
I just put in a new tube , the best way to fill it ? put your thumb on the inside of the tire, at the end of the valve .pump it a couple of times to cause back pressure. then it's a piece of cake.
Posted on Aug 06, 2010
Easy solution. Order a "Park PFP-3 Pump Hose and Head." Cost is about $7. Disconnect the hose on the Schwinn pump. Connect the new hose - it's a perfect fit and works simply and beautifully. I did exactly this and the worthless pump that had been sitting in my garage now works perfectly.
Posted on Sep 12, 2016
My solution is to take it back to the store you got it from and leave it there -- even if they don't give you your money back!!
Posted on Jul 02, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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