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the lightest and best mini-pump(6 posts)

the lightest and best mini-pumpesbike
Jul 11, 2001 11:53 PM
The pump bracket for my gary fisher mini-pump broke and nobody sells a replacement....so I guess I just have to get a whole new pump. I'm trying to put together a really high-end light road bike. Does anyone have a pump recommendation? Should I just go with CO2 cartriges? What do you do if you have more than one flat on a ride?
CO2rtolle
Jul 12, 2001 8:10 AM
Go CO2. Most hand pumps don't allow you to put much more than 70lbs. in your tires, which can be an extreme pain in the butt if you like to ride at a minimum of 100lbs. The 16gram CO2 cartridges will give 100lbs. CO2 is a bit more expensive, just invest in some good tires that don't give you a lot of flats and you won't have to buy to many cartridges.
I second the CO2 suggestionBQ
Jul 12, 2001 12:15 PM
Just got an Innovations Ultraflate from Performance for $17.99. It comes with 7 12g cartridges. Here in central Ohio, Wal-Mart sells 12g replacement cartridges for $12 for a box of 25. It looks like they should be compatible, though I haven't personally tried them.

Being the curious sort, I decided to try this device under friendly conditions so that I'd have a clue about how to use it when a tire goes flat during a ride. I deflated a tire, hooked up the ultraflate and pulled the trigger... WHOOOSH. The tire was inflated to 90 lbs in under a second.

As for your concern about more than one flat, that's why I carry two cartridges. Some folks on this board carry 3.
mini pumps are all evil and good for nothing! no textGrinder
Jul 12, 2001 2:47 PM
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blackburn air stickJohnrg
Jul 12, 2001 7:40 PM
This pump easily fills to over 100 lbs without extra effort at that pressure. Co2 is nice except if you screw up anything such as a patch, repuncture a tube etc... Nice to have co2 but I don't depend on it, I sometimes pack both for convenience and the emergency. IMHO
Second the Blackburn AirstickStewK
Jul 13, 2001 11:21 AM
On the road I can easily get up to proper pressure (116 p.s.i.) with the Airstick. It takes some pumping, but is much quicker and easier than the Specialized I used to have. Never used CO2, but I don't feel a need to with the Blackburn.