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pump help(11 posts)

pump helpraboboy
Jun 5, 2002 7:57 AM
Ok, I need to get a pump for my bike. I've searched around and found a couple I like: Blackburn FP1 & Zefal hPX (it will probably come down to where I can find one the cheapest).

I've also searched around previous posts and saw that some frames make it difficult (or impossible) to put on a frame pump. I have a caad4, so are the oversized tubes going to be a problem for me? What are all you c'dale riders using for pumps out on the road? I'd like to stay away from mini, but if I must go CO2 because of my frame, then I'd probably also get a mini to get the tire started.

re: pump helpMe Dot Org
Jun 5, 2002 8:16 AM
I've had Zefals for nearly 20 years and they've never let me down. I'm not sure how their curves fit on oversized tubes - I would think your LBS would let you see how one fits.

Jandd makes a strap that holds pump to a frame. I have that works fine, but looks kinda dorky.
Second the hpXcory
Jun 5, 2002 8:30 AM
I just bought my second one to put on the bike I keep at work, and I happened to remember I bought the first the summer after I moved to Reno. That would have been 1980. The paint's chipped off and it looks like crap; it's been dropped a thousand times and whacked dogs, but it still works like new. The longest one is about a quarter-inch short for my 64cm Atlantis, so I have to hold it on with a Velcro strap, but those suckers work.
re: pump helpSpoke Wrench
Jun 5, 2002 8:26 AM
I much prefer a long, skinny pump for inflating road tires. Either of the pumps you mentioned pretty much require a pump peg on your frame for secure mounting. I've tried using a velcro strap, but wasn't very satisfied with the degree of security it provided.

Whenever I ride my Klein, I just carry co2 with no back up pump. I generally just inflate the inner tube with my mouth to give it enough shape to mount the tire. The better co2 inflators have some kind of valve to allow you to control the rate of inflation. A 16 gram cartridge is perfect for fully inflating a road tire. They're kind of expensive to use, but then I don't have very many flats with that bike.
re: pump helpMikeBu
Jun 5, 2002 8:30 AM
I am using a Blackburn on my caad5 and it fits fine without using a velcro strap...
Topeak optionDark Sonix
Jun 5, 2002 8:41 AM
I really like my Topeak road series frame pump (about $25). Good pumping action and solid aluminum design. The fit is very secure, with or without the included velcro strap. They also use soft rubber on the pump head to protect the frame finish. I have a Klein, so fitting this pump to oversize tubing will not be a problem.

I have also had good experiences with their service. I snapped the mounting bracket for my MTB pump and they sent me a new one free (free shipping too).
I've switched over to co2, 3 sec. 100 lbs, no sweat (nm)Paul
Jun 5, 2002 9:01 AM
topeak road morph. End of discussion!cyclinseth
Jun 5, 2002 9:10 AM
i would agree.Sintesi
Jun 5, 2002 11:52 AM
It works really well but did not mount very well on my road frame with smaller diameter tubing. It rattles a lot. I had to wrap it in velcro and cut-up innertubes to protect my frame. Other than that, it is a really good performer. Has a gauge too!
re: pump helpJS Haiku Shop
Jun 5, 2002 9:25 AM
have used zefal hpx, and will probably buy one sooner or later, for the beater/rain bike. otherwise, i use the innovations second wind: mini-pump capable of pre-seating a tube, and variable co2 inflator accepting threaded or unthreaded carts.
re: pump helpSkip
Jun 5, 2002 3:44 PM
Crank Brothers Power Pump Alloy.