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for those of you who have had trouble with mini pumps...(4 posts)

for those of you who have had trouble with mini pumps...gtx
Jan 28, 2002 1:11 PM
I started using mini pumps a while ago cause I was sick of rattling Silca frame pumps, and, well, CO2 devices just don't appeal to me. I know mini pumps aren't the greatest, but they are getting better. I just got one of the Silca mini pumps that Excel sells for $10. I have a few previous versions of this Silca that are okay, but I noticed that they made it a bit longer, and well, I put it to the test a few days ago when I got a flat and the thing worked like a champ. No, it's not for everyday use, but it's small, light and will get you home (I admit that I don't get flats very often). I've found the best way to use these things is to lie the wheel down against a rock or curb or something so that the pump head is against a solid surface. Then you can usually get quite a bit of air into the tire and not worry about damaging the valve. Anyway, I know I probably sound like Bicycling magazine here, but just thought I'd point out what I think is a half decent (and cheap) product.
Max PSI on this thing? thanks. (nm)Allen az
Jan 28, 2002 1:36 PM
Max PSI on this thing? thanks. (nm)gtx
Jan 28, 2002 1:44 PM
I'm not sure. I think I brought it up to about 70 or so before heading home, but I imagine that you could get to 100 if you wanted--it does take a little while. If you're from AZ and flat a lot (I've heard about the thorns you have down there) you still might find it annoying.
Best of both worldsvitusdude
Jan 29, 2002 10:19 AM
I carry the Performance Hurricane Mini Max pump. It is larger than most mini pumps but easily fits in backpack for commuting or even jersey pocket on weekend rides. Pump converts to a scaled-down floor pump for use. I have pumped road tires well over 100 psi in about two minutes with little arm fatigue since I am pushing down to the ground like a floor pump.