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Road Bike Pumpdirthersh
Jun 22, 2001 10:37 AM
I just purchased a new Airborne Zeppelin and would like to get away from the larger frame pumps available-and don't know if one would work on the geometry of the tubes anyway-to something more compact. Perhaps a mini-pump or CO2. Let me know what works.
CO2 is greatCima Coppi
Jun 22, 2001 10:51 AM
I just got a CO2 pump after a 3 flat ride last weekend. One of the gals on the ride uses CO2, and we had me back up and running very quickly. The first thing I did after returning home was go buy one. They weigh very little (for 12 gram cartridges), and I found I can buy the refills to fit the dispenser at K-Mart for $3.00/5 pack. Also, the 12g cartridge inflates my 700x20C tires to 120 psi in 5 seconds. I can't beat that, except with my air compressor.

Its well worth the $$ to not be pumping for 10 minutes.

By the way, does anyone know if the empty CO2 cartridges are recyclable?
I'm probably the only one, but...Hank
Jun 22, 2001 11:31 AM
I like those cheezy little mini pumps. I especially like the $10 Silca that Excel Sports sells. Yes, these are for emergency use only and you won't really get your tire inflated all the way, but it will get you home, no matter how many flats you get (unlike CO2), and well, I don't get flats very often, either (plus I don't weigh that much so it's no problem to ride home on 60psi)... For people who flat a lot, I'd say the standard Silca frame pump with a Campy head is still the way to go.
I'm probably the only one, but...jagiger
Jun 24, 2001 6:55 PM
One caution with your suggestion is that you run the risk of damaging your rims and/or wheels by running with your tires under inflated. This would be specially true if they were severely under inflated where you need 100+ psi & you've filled to 60 psi. Ultimately, is the gamble worth the risk of ruining your $100+ rims/wheels?
Jun 22, 2001 11:42 AM
They are crap. Failed me twice, at maybe the most impartant times of the season. DONT GET A JOE BLOW "WARNING..WARNING..WARNING" Co2 is great, but cost way too much for airing up your tires at the house, I only use them for the road when I get flats. Im using a BlackBurn right now, so far so good. Don't get the cheapO at Walmart, go to your LBS and get an up grade pump. Maybe the second most important tool other than the bike its self.

Did I say don't get a JOE BLOW? Yeah I did.

Peace out,
Go with CO2PaulCL
Jun 22, 2001 11:59 AM
I had to replace my seven year old frame pump. I finally got a CO2 inflator and won't ever go back to the frame pump. The other poster wasn't kidding about changing a tire in a matter of a couple of minutes. I carry the inflator, with a cartidge inside of it, plus two additional cartridges. That's enough for three flats. As an added precaution, I usually carry one of those presta/shraeder converters with me too.
Try CO2 and a mini-pumpPoulidor
Jun 22, 2001 1:32 PM
I use a CO2 inflator and also carry a Silca mini-pump. I can fit the inflator (with a cartridge in it), three extra cartridges, the mini-pump, two tubes, tire levers, a patch kit and a multi-tool in a 75-80 cubic inch seat bag. I have never been caught without the necessary tools for a flat or emergency repair. As the other poster said, the mini-pump will not get you up to 120 psi but it will allow you to put just enough air into the tube in order to seat the tire well befor using the CO2 and it will get your tire up to 70-90 psi in case you run out of CO2 cartridges. Another thing, once you inflate with CO2, you will need to let out the CO2 once you get home an inflate the tire with a floor pump. For some reason, the CO2 leaks out of the tubes pretty quickly (in a day or two) and you might mistakenly think that you have a slow leak. I read that recently and did not know whether to believe it or not until I repaired a flat on my wife's bike. We rode home and I forgot about it for a day or two. When I checked the tire after 2 days, it was flat. I let out all the remaining CO2 and filled it with a floor pump. The tire holds air fine now. Go figure... Cheers!
Topeak Road Morph wg - best made! (nm)Leroy L
Jun 22, 2001 2:51 PM
re: Road Bike PumpFloyd
Jul 10, 2001 4:43 PM
As someone else suggested, get a Topeak Road Morph. It comes with a guage and a fold out foot stand and T lever folding handle. I have the older model Master Blaster and it gets to 100# with ease.
If mine didn't work so well I'd buy one.