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What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nm(16 posts)

What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nmGiro Newbie
Mar 3, 2002 10:00 AM
re: arguably...Akirasho
Mar 3, 2002 11:29 AM

This pump originally retailed for $120 USD and is a solid performer (caveate... I've heard rumors that Blackburn is going out of business... but Bell Sports (the parent corporation) should honor their lifetime warranty)

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Honor their warranty how?Spoke Wrench
Mar 3, 2002 1:54 PM
A lifetime warranty means the lifetime of the company that offers it. Once the company stops manufacturing the little bits and pieces, their stock is going to run out and they have nothing left to offer for warranty even if they want to.

Actually, the slickest home pump I've seen was one of those little air compressors that operate off of a car cigarette lighter. What made this one special was it can be set for a desired air pressure and automatically shuts itself off.
don't shoot the messenger...Akirasho
Mar 3, 2002 2:26 PM
Lifetime warranties are terms parlayed around by most everyone these days... with the idea that you'll get tired of the product and buy something new long before they actually need to replace it... and even then, most lifetime warranties give the company the option of repairing or replacing the item with something of like value... not the exact same thing (I work in the auto industry, and you should see the stuff we set back in case you want a replacement part on your '02 in '20... you're better of buying new)... And no warranty I know of covers you in the event of the company's failure (Enron)... I suspect that Bell would honor the lifetime aspect of the warranty under these circumstances for a "lifetime" (whatever the hell that means) if the rumors are true.

To their credit, however, they've (Blackburn) been cool on replacing those bits and pieces gratis per warranty up to now (in my experience... one barrel failure on a TP-4 which was replaced).

I used to use a 12V compressor (doubled as a way to keep my ratty tires aired up before I replaced 'em) till I saw the light... in the time it took me to hook it up and store it away, everyone else was ready to ride... I used to keep a TP-4 in the truck... now I keep a TP-5 there...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
recent TP-5 experience.merlxl
Mar 7, 2002 12:02 AM
I recently bought two TP-5s from Colorado Cyclist and both had faulty air guages, off 20+psi at zero pressure. (this might have been caused by rough UPS) I called Blackburn and the gal said that this model is being discountinued. I said that the owners manual states "lifetime" warranty. She said that the warranty only applies to products still in production or if it shares common part with say the TP-4 (it does not on the guages) So either I perform surgery on the the guages or return them. Although I was impressed with overall design of the pump, I decided to rebuild my Silica. (nice to know parts are available)
re: What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nmCAAD5 Kid
Mar 3, 2002 2:36 PM
Gotta got with anything made by Silca whether it's the track pump or another model. Guys come into our store all the time with a pump from like 10 years ago and need a piece for it..and you can still get it...super reliable, super easy to get parts....and no major problems....i've ever encountered with mine.
silca super pista...merckx56
Mar 3, 2002 3:53 PM
every part is replaceable and if it breaks or fails, they'll give you a new one. i've had mine for four years, and the only thing i've had to replace is the washer in the head.
Super PistaGeex
Mar 3, 2002 6:24 PM
I bought it in '91 because the new Merlin deserved a decent pump. I pump up the tires before every ride and deflate afterwards, so the pump has seen considerable duty and hasn't flinched once....
Question: why do you deflate tires after every ride?woodes
Mar 4, 2002 6:35 AM
Mar 4, 2002 12:58 PM
If the casing has 110-120 psi on it all the time, the strength of the casing eventually begins to deteriorate before the tread wears thin. I first noticed this on Continental clinchers where the side wall casings are visible through the gumwall. The casings' threads would begin to break near the beads...

I deflate to about 30 psi or so (thumb test) to take the tension off the tire casing, leaving enough pressure in the tire such that the rim isn't sitting on the sidewall and the tire holds some shape....
Any Blackburn...Samu Ilonen
Mar 4, 2002 4:16 AM
I have TP-4,mid price version of them.Also have their's minipump for years.Good quality/material,spare parts.

Good stuff!!
re: What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nmKen
Mar 4, 2002 6:46 AM
I bought a floor pump made completely of plastic. Giant Bicycles makes it and it cost me $8.50. It can do presta or schrader. No pressure gauge and I don't really need one as I like my tires rock hard to the touch. Don't knock it unless you've tried it. Works great. Can't imagine paying looney prices for a bike pump.

re: What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nmhayden
Mar 4, 2002 10:32 AM
I have to agree that I don't see spending 120 for a pump unless you own a shop or are pumping tires 10 times a day. I just got one from nashbar that does presta or schrader, pumps to 150 psi and has a guage. Total was 10 bucks. True it may break in 2 years, but sheesh, I can buy a new one if it does and still be 100 bucks ahead of some of these outrageous pumps. To each his own I guess.
Mar 4, 2002 8:52 AM
Cheap, works great, user can replace anything that wears out.
re: What's the best home bicycle pump for the money? nmSteven
Mar 4, 2002 12:04 PM
Any comments about the Torelli floor pump? Seems to have gotten good ratings.
Silca - only pumps left working @ the end of an AIDS ride! nmdzrider
Mar 5, 2002 9:51 AM