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pumps??(9 posts)

May 3, 2001 6:44 AM
Sorry to beat a dead horse but what kind of pump do you use, I usually ride 20-30 mile rides. I can't decide what to carry to not look like a poser or a fred. (Oh wait, it doesn't matter because I am probably considered both already!)
You'll look more like a fredAndy M-S
May 3, 2001 7:50 AM
..if you're sitting by the side of the road with a flat tire.

I was in citizens race last summer, somewhere off the back of the laughing group with 10 miles to go, when I came across a guy with a gorgeous Ti Serotta sitting by the side of the road. He'd been in the lead group, flatted, used up his CO2 and caught up with them. Then he flatted again.

So there he sat by the side of the road.

I lent him my Zefal and he told me to grab his wheel and we passed a lot of people on the way in.

For my money, there is nothing better than, and few things as good as, a Zefal frame pump.
Zefal Hpx works for me; ALSO, question about CO2Cory
May 3, 2001 8:59 AM
I agree w/Andy--I carry CO2 sometimes if I happen to see the inflator when I'm walking out the door, but I never go without my Zefal Hpx pump. It's probably 15 years old, paint all scuffed off, still works like new.
About C02--I'm a Clydesdale, and I usually run 32mm tires, never smaller than 28. Haven't found a cartridge that will inflate those harder than 85 psi or so. Anybody have an idea, or am I stuck putting in the last 20 psi with a pump?
Zefal HPxMeDotOrg
May 3, 2001 10:51 AM
It may not be as fast as CO2, but you never run out of air. Unless you have an injury that prevents you from pumping, this is the way to go.
Blackburn (anyone use a Crank Bros?)Dinosaur
May 3, 2001 9:02 AM
I use a full frame Blackburn. It's always there, never lets me down, and pumps up my tire so I can continue on my ride.

On the subject of pumps anyone have any experience with a Crank Bros?
I like the idea of stuffing a pump into my jersey pocket. My Blackburn is ciniched onto my Klein my two velco straps, otherwise it rattles like crazy...
Topeak Road MorphMiklos
May 3, 2001 9:57 AM
I have been using a Topeak Road Morph ever since they 1st came out. They kinda fold out to be like a mini floor pump. With the short hose they come with, they are muck easier to use than the standard frame pump and you have a MUCH reduced chance of valve stem leaks caused from trying to support your frame pump while inflating. Their mount isn't the nicest in the world but it holds without rattling.

It works for me.
Forget the Fashion Statement.....gimmeaminute
May 3, 2001 11:01 AM
and use what will get you back on the road. My personal fav is a zefal whateverthemodelis, it is metal, heavy, fullframe, but pumps to 145lbs. I put 135lbs in my wheels every ride and hate the feel of less pressure. Also, I have this fear of wrecking with objects in my jersey, so for me, anything I don't care to fall on doesn't go on the body....Full frame pumps have the additional application of fending off dogs, beggars and get the attention of less than friendly drivers--cars and busses.:) Bottom line--the only way to be a poser/geek/fred/lamobiker is to NOT have the basic ability to help yourself or others. Be prepared in your own way and offer help to those that cannot help themselves.

Remember: Karma is a bit*h.
Forget the Fashion Statement.....Ken56
May 3, 2001 12:01 PM
I like the Blackburn mini pump. It works great and doesn't take up the room of a full frame pump. I just keep it velcroed against my bottle cage. I gave up on the Co2 cartridges after a couple of failures several years ago. The pump is always reliable and gets me back on the road in a hurry.
re: pumps??MrCelloBoy
May 3, 2001 1:28 PM
I use an HPX on my road bikes and a blackburn Mtn. on the MTB.