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floor pumps(7 posts)

floor pumpsbayman
Mar 25, 2001 6:30 PM
What floor pump should I get? Must handle 120psi. Who has the best deal on a pump? I have checked out some of the reviews on this site, looks like their's good and bad with most all the pumps. Like to hear what some of you out there think.
re: floor pumpsAkirasho
Mar 25, 2001 6:46 PM
I like the Blackburn TP4... comes with an accurate dial on the top of the pump barrel (good for us oldies with failing eyesight) a stable base, comfortable handle, a reliable two sided chuck (presta of schraeder) and the ability to reach designated pressures (both high and low volume) fairly easily. Durable enough, but comes with a lifetime warranty (I used it and got a replacement for my original TP4 gratis except for shipping...).

I bought their new TP5 and it's a nice pump, though at $120 retail might be considered overkill. I've also heard that it's not rebuildable like earlier Blackburn floorpumps though I'm not sure of that.

The TP5 is quite solid, and while it does reach high pressure (170psi+) in short order, not without a bit of sweat. On a road tire, the TP5 can get you to about 80 psi in four to five strokes before it becomes difficult. Then, you'll have to switch over to it's high pressure mode (simple push of a button) to finish inflation. The TP5 IS overkill for low volume MTB tires.

Be the bike.
re: floor pumpsC Duffy
Mar 25, 2001 6:58 PM
I've been very happy with my Topeak Joe Blow. The gauge still works after several years,and the pump head works well for Presta or Schraeder (So you can pump up your Mom's bike tires also without having to change the head!!!) It works well for what it is.
Joe Blow tooLazy
Mar 27, 2001 7:48 AM
I also have a JoeBlow and have had no problems at all with it. Good guage, good grips, tripod stand (without it it is a little wobbly), and a great head. I think I got mine on sale for like &30 US.
Get a Silcapmf
Mar 26, 2001 5:01 AM
The Super Pista ($40) or Track ($30).

No, I don't have one, but when my present pump wears out, I'm getting one. The great thing about these are that you can replace the parts easily and cheaply. My pump was wearing out and I spliced a Silce chuck onto the hose and it works great. Every so often, I change the rubber washer (they cost $2) and it works like new. They work well, they're affordable, parts are easy to come by and they're easy to repair. What more could you ask for?
Get a SilcaI second the Silca!
Mar 26, 2001 9:14 AM
I have been using the same Silca Track pump since 1992 and have been very happy with it. Its affordable (I paid about $30 back then and I think they are still about the same) and typically inflate my road tires to 110 - 120psi without any problems. They are totally rebuildable. In all that time I have only had to take out the leather washer on the inside and grease it a couple of times as well as replacing the rubber grommet in the head about every other year (a buck or two). The guage is easy to read and seems pretty acurate. I typically inflate my tires before every ride too.

I know that every year there is always a bunch of bigger, better, faster pumps coming out but this thing has held up great and they still sell a hell of a lot of them. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Good luck
re: floor pumpsIan
Mar 26, 2001 9:34 AM
I have had a Blackburn for 5 years. It was their high end pump ($60) at the time and has served me well. Go to your LBS and try a few on display bikes. You may like one more than another. But, if you are getting a brand name and spending above $30-$40, you should be fine with whatever you pick.