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Which pump? (new guy on the road)(7 posts)

Which pump? (new guy on the road)El Caballito
Aug 17, 2002 2:47 PM
I've been riding around with my minipump in my back pocket and finally it happened. Flat tire!

My minipump which never let me down on the dirt trails left me stranded, until some old fellow stopped to rescue me. "So much for traveling light."

Im looking for a pump that will crank out 120 in a jiff. I'm eye-balling a blackburn f-1 frame pump. My question is, "Has anyone used it and if so hows it holding up? Is there something else i should look at?"

I going to ride with some guys from work next weekend and the last thing i want to happen is to flatten and hold up the group. Thanks in advance.
Silca ImperoKerry
Aug 17, 2002 3:07 PM
Light weight, durable (assuming you have a floor pump at home) and highly effective. Especially if you have a large frame and can get a large (frame fit) pump. Tried and true over several decades.
I would say the same about the Zefal HPX.gogene
Aug 17, 2002 3:16 PM
It will inflate 700 tires to a high pressure and fits on the frame rather nicely. I even mounted one on my Calfee.
Are you saying a mini pump won't inflate a road tire?KurtVF
Aug 17, 2002 3:49 PM
I've never tried it. What happens?
You can't get enough pressure from a mini-pump...gogene
Aug 17, 2002 3:57 PM
to inflate a 700 tire fully. Because of the low volume output of a mini-pump, it takes a zillion strokes to get even close to 'get-home' pressure. Even a long-stroke pump like a Zefal or Silca takes more than a few strokes to get up over 100psi.
I got 110 from 425 strokescory
Aug 17, 2002 9:16 PM
I've thrown away a couple of mini pumps and given away my CO2 stuff. Went back to the Zefal hpX I've used for 15 years.
Zefal hpX and Blackburn FP-1swvegg
Aug 17, 2002 7:33 PM
I recommend both, but check them out to see which fits your bike better, the Blackburn won't stay on my C'dale as well as the Zefal because the welds on the bike are so big. But the Blackburn fits on my Marin better because there is less space between the downtube and the top tube since the down tube is tear-drop shaped. They're both great and similarly prices so I would just go with the one that stays on better.