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Mini Pumps: which one do you use?(9 posts)

Mini Pumps: which one do you use?booner
Feb 15, 2002 10:00 AM
I'm new to road biking (came from MTB) ... I bought a used Trek 5200 from a friend. Love the bike but have not as yet bought the appropriate repair equipment ... need a pump. Several people suggested a mini pump. Lots of choices out there so I thought I'd collect some opinions. I'd prefer to mount mine on the bike someplace.

Does anyone make a mini-pump that will inflate to the necessary pressure (110 - 120psi)? If so, do you have to be the Hulk to inflate it to that pressure.

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re: Mini Pumps: which one do you use?badabill
Feb 15, 2002 11:10 AM
The topeak morph is said to work well. I use a zefal frame pump that works. If you are a weight weenie you can go with co2 cart.
re: Mini Pumps: which one do you use?booner
Feb 15, 2002 12:46 PM
Its not the weight but rather the Trek 5200 doesn't have a place to put a frame pump.
nonegrandemamou
Feb 15, 2002 11:30 AM
I have tried a zefal,blackburn and torelli. None did the job I always ended up with either a broken vlave stem or half filled tire. I use Co2 now.

IMHO go for a full sized frame pump or co2.
gave up on them tooTig
Feb 15, 2002 1:41 PM
They work fine for lower pressure/higher volume MTB tires. I switched back to a full sized frame pump after fighting to get various mini's to put more than 90 psi in a 23 tire. I'm not heavy, but would rather prevent pinch flats and put my energy into riding, not banging away on a mini. Full size pumps just work, period. The mini's can pump more than 110 psi, but you need to have Popeye fore arms to get the job done!
NadaDINOSAUR
Feb 15, 2002 4:40 PM
I've switched back and forth between a mini and a full length frame pump. I finally got confident enough and pack 3 cannisters of 12g co2 and one very small Torelli mini, which is practically useless, basically I use it to get enough air in my tube to mount my tire. Co2 makes changing a flat a cinch. You can purchase the co2 in bulk for around $.50 a cannister, the 12g is the same size that is used for pellet guns. The 16g is more expensive (around $2.00), but it will get you up to 120psi. The 12g are good for around 90psi, which is more than I could get using a mini or full length pump..I can also pump 40lbs with my Torelli and finish off with co2 which brings me up to 120. I was real leery of the co2 for a long time, but it's the only way to fly. You just gotta practice in your garage using a couple of cannisters so you make sure you get the hang of it...
re: Mini Pumps: which one do you use?rfrancisco
Feb 15, 2002 4:57 PM
I've been using the Crank Bros mini pump for about half a year, works pretty good. It has a adjustment for hi volume or hi pressure. I'm able to get about 90-100 psi, then top it off with co2. Good luck.
Blackburn AirstikLone Gunman
Feb 15, 2002 6:08 PM
Airstik is rebuildable, has a variety of mount positions (water bottle bosses, inside the left rear triangle, top tube) you just have to get the right mount application) and reportedly will pump up to 120psi. I carry both pump and co2 and use both to inflate starting with the pump to seat the tire then finish with the co2. The pump head needs to be positioned for inflation against a stable surface like a curb or board so you don't ruin the valve while pumping up the tire and jerking it around as pumping action has tendancy to do.
I like the mini Silcagtx
Feb 15, 2002 7:48 PM
I think Excel sports sells it for $10. But I'm not sure it will get you up to 110psi. It will get you home. You should only use it when you get flats. You should have a good floor pump with a guage at home (also Silca).