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Pumps and Moms....(12 posts)

Pumps and Moms....JBurton
Jul 5, 2002 9:54 AM
My mother, who has been riding a road bike for longer than I...about seven years...has, in all this time, been unable to learn to pump up her own tires past about 60 psi. I don't know if it's lack tecnique or lack pure strength that is her problem. My stepfather has been keeping her tires pumped up when they go on rides. Now, however, his schedule has changed and he can no longer air up her tires before her rides. Plus, she would like the independence to ride without his help. Long story short...is there a pump out there with an easier pumping motion? Maybe a high volume pump that is easier to use? She is using a Performance bargain brand one at the moment and I would like to get her a really great pump for her birthday. Any suggestions?
Joe Blow ProDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 10:01 AM
I use a Topeak Joe Blow Pro; it works fantastic; easy to pump, still pumps high, and the chuck/clamp never lets me down, automatically senses presta or schrader.

http://www.topeak.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/Store/joeblopro.html?L+scstore+sglt0771fff118f1+1025894337

Doug
I second thatET
Jul 5, 2002 11:34 AM
It is just so easy, requiring minimum effort. By comparison, I could just cry thinking of the old days with my Zefal pump, when the real workout wasn't the ride, but pumping up my tires beforehand.
Just saw a Joe Blow for $15PaulCL
Jul 5, 2002 12:07 PM
I often take a shortcut through TJ Maxx to get to my parking garage. I ran through today and saw that they had three Topeak Joe Blow pumps - same as the one I own - for $15 each. I almost bought another one for a spare. Paul
it's gotta be the ProET
Jul 5, 2002 1:34 PM
The cheaper models in the line are not in the same league.
I have a Joe Blow deluxe and really like it butColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 12:24 PM
it doesn't really do the job for some of my kid's schrader wheels. Works great for presta though.
"Deluxe" is inferior to "Pro" (nm)ET
Jul 5, 2002 1:32 PM
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Are you looking for a floor, frame or mini-pump? (nm)NJRoad
Jul 5, 2002 10:01 AM
Are you looking for a floor, frame or mini-pump?
re: Pumps and Moms....newhouse
Jul 5, 2002 10:26 AM
if you are looking for a floor pump i would get the silca pista pump. it's an awesome pump and it's very very easy to get my road tires up to 115psi.
I 'second' the Silcacoonass
Jul 5, 2002 2:49 PM
I've been using my Silca since 1980; had to replace the leather diaphram ($1) once (they are servicable by owner) and I did replace the hose & head with the Topeak Smarthead setup (~$19??)from Performance...this resulted in a longer hose and easier hookups...and the Silca will pump to 260psi. I guess I'll never be justified in changing out to the 'new & improved;.
Pump before every ride?Kerry
Jul 5, 2002 3:53 PM
I'm using Michelin ultralights in 23mm tires and only have to pump 2X per week at most. They only lose 1 bar in a week, which is not enough to make a huge difference. Is your mom such a performance rider that 0.2 bar makes a difference (even though the gauges aren't likely that accurate). Why can't your mom get her tires pumped a couple times per week by your step dad and call it good? IME my mother was never able to pump her tires up. She put her bike in the car and drove to the bike shop, or called me on the phone and had me come over.
Expensive option.paulw
Jul 5, 2002 6:13 PM
If you've got space in your garage and a spare $150 or so, consider buying a small air compressor (with a tank, not the things that plug into a car lighter). They usually have regulators on them to regulate the pressure and you can get presta adaptors. Just open the valve, place the chuck on the valve and hit the button. If it's an issue of upper body strength for your mother, she might like this.

I have a compressor in my basement plumbed up to my garage and I have a Silca floor pump. I never use the Silca.