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Dumb question re: floor pumps(10 posts)

Dumb question re: floor pumpswtma
Aug 24, 2002 3:28 PM
Are floor pumps really noticeably easier than frame pumps for that daily topping off on a road bike? Any recommendations on the Silca Track Pump vs. Super Pista? TIA.
Oh yeah! Not even close. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Aug 24, 2002 3:39 PM
super Pista much nicer to use IMHO n/mcurlybike
Aug 24, 2002 3:51 PM
re: a combination of ergonomics and physics...Akirasho
Aug 24, 2002 6:35 PM
... in general, you're more ergonomically efficient while using your average floor pump... and because it can move more air per stroke... you're quicker.

It took me a while to appreciate the virtues of a good floor pump (when I first started riding again... I thought I was slick using a 12 volt compressor plugged into my cigarette lighter)... but now, I own about 5 (keep one in my truck... and have modified a couple with Silca heads (all pumps are Blackburns) for inflating specialty (disc and H3) wheels.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Plus... =o)Leisure
Aug 25, 2002 2:34 AM
Plus there are the aesthetic virtues imbued in the subtle simplicity of the standard floor pump. In it's resting state it is primed for immediate user facilitation, minimizing superfluous motor-coordinated user activity. As the floor pump also incorporates a lightweight, discrete mechanical interface to the tube valve which can be manipulated relatively freely in reference to the pump, the user is granted considerable liberties in regard to strategic pump placement to achieve maximal user biomechanical advantage, as well as being more forgiving of potential fluctuations in user motor consistency.

Sorry I couldn't resist - I've never thought to analyze the practical functional implications involved in pump selection. =oD
Plus... =o)wtma
Aug 25, 2002 3:28 AM
a very impressive display of linguistic acrobatics -- are you an engineer, lawyer or frustrated creative type? ;-) In all seriousness, thanks for the replies.
Get the Nashbar $20 blue floor pumpspookyload
Aug 25, 2002 7:16 AM
I had a Silca track pump, and when it finally went tits up, I bought the Nashbar pump. It is made by Serfas, and is sold by them for $40. I bought it and the handle broke after a couple years. I quick call to Nashbar, and a brand new pump was on my door step that week for free. It will pump up to 160 without any problems. If you need a higher pressure than that, then you do need the silca track pump.
Pssst -- Little Known Secretgrzy
Aug 26, 2002 11:44 AM
Silica pumps are completely rebuildable and you can buy *all* of the parts you need for a few dollars and keep your baby in tip top shape. I secretly wonder if these things aren't built by Fiat. When they working they work great, when they're not you want to curse a blue streak. I did get rid of their silly presta only air chuck and go witha Topeak retrofit kit - there was always someone that would show up for a MTB ride running schraeder valves. My pump is always the sought after one at pre-ride festivities.

BTW - the official military term is "Tango Uniform". ;-)
pay the extra buck for the leather grommet, toolonefrontranger
Aug 26, 2002 12:16 PM
I've got one that's fourteen years old and works like a charm. When it starts getting leaky around the chuck seal, it usually means the leather grommet is a bit too dry. Pulling it out and applying hand lotion works. I've replaced 2 of these leather pieces in ten years and the thing still works like new.
re: Dumb question re: floor pumpsKurtVF
Aug 27, 2002 4:26 PM
Get the Super Pisa Supreme....It is the ultimate floor pump.