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Pump Survey(8 posts)

Pump SurveyDark Sonix
May 1, 2002 6:59 AM
I am shopping around for a compact pump, preferably fits in a jersey but could be clipped onto the bike. CO2 by itself is undesirable.

I am interesting in what pumps people use, how efficent they are, and where they mount/stash them. Smaller the better, but any info is helpful.

re: Pump SurveyNo_sprint
May 1, 2002 7:33 AM
CO2 undesireable? That's all I've carried for over 7 years now. It is most desireable.

Most undesireable = pumping up tires to 120 with a mini pump.
desireability is subjective.SteveO
May 1, 2002 9:09 AM
most desireable = buying a pump once, spending 5 minutes pumping when you flat.

most undesireable = 'throwaway' pumps, and spending 15 minutes buying a replacement when you flat.
re: Pump Surveyrockit
May 1, 2002 8:41 AM
I use the Topeak Road Morph. I carry it on the supplied mounting bracket next to the water bottle on my seat tube. It is much easier to use than a mini pump. You attach it to the valve stem with a flexable hose and pump it vertical to the ground like a floor pump. No danger of breaking valve stems as with a mini pump. It pumps faster and with less effort than a mini pump. And it has a guage. It is a little bit larger than a mini pump but a friend of mine carries his on his camelback.
Topeak Road MorphMiklos
May 1, 2002 8:50 AM
Topeak Road Morph gets my vote. This pump has a short hose about 9" long and a fold out foot bracket. It works just like a 1/2 scale floor pump. Since the pumping force is staight down, it is very easy to get higher pressures. With just the hose attached to stem, it virtually eliminates the problem of creating leaks where the stem joins the tube, that other mini pumps are so great at creating. They are available with built in prssure gage. I carry mine on my seat tube.

re: Pump SurveySteveO
May 1, 2002 9:06 AM
I carry a small trek pump; fits fine in the jersey pocket. since most riding isnt in bike duds, i usually simply carry it in my back pocket (no need to worry about theft when youre off the bike).
Road Morph's good, but for sheer brute reliability...retro
May 1, 2002 9:27 AM
...I'd stick with a Zefal hpX. I have one that's about 20 years old and one that's at least 10, and recently I scored a backup for 5 bucks still in the box at a garage sale. The oldest one has surely pumped hundreds of tires, but except for the chipped paint, I can't tell it from the brand new one.
For a guy who has a lot of flats (I average better than one a week here in Thorn Country), a mini-pump just doesn't make any sense.
Appearance, economy, performanceSpoke Wrench
May 1, 2002 9:50 AM
I think that the Road Morph is great for economy and performance and I like the flexable hose, but its way too clunky looking for a cool guy like me to use. They're ugly.

I've got a couple of HPX's and have long felt they had the best balance of appearance, economy and performance, but one won't fit easily on my Klein.

Since we don't have goat heads where I live, CO2 meets my needs very nicely. Easily the performance and appearance champ, but loses economy points.

I don't like mini pumps because a guy my age might not have enough time left to fully inflate a tire with one.