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Frame Pump or CO2?(9 posts)

Frame Pump or CO2?jagreenwald
Oct 25, 2002 8:52 PM
I'm the proud new owner of an '03 Zurich and now get to buy all the goodies for it. I'm been a MTB rider for some time and have been using a mini pump for that (I have gotten spoiled being able to sutff whatever I need in my Camelback) but I've been told that frame pumps (even those made specifically for road bikes) can't pump up to the requisite 100-120 psi. But I'm not sure that I want to fork out a buck or so per flat for a canister of gas. But..CO2 is so much smaller. Don't know which to choose...Any suggestions or recommendations are appreciated...
Mini pump and CO2Nessism
Oct 25, 2002 9:50 PM
I carry two CO2 cylinders along with a Blackburn mini pump attached to a water bottle boss. If you get a shooter that takes non-threaded cylinders you can buy bulk packed CO2 for about $.50 each. Use the pump to add about 10 psi or so and seat the tire, next use a 12 gram CO2 to bring a 23c tire up to 100 psi. CO2 leaks out easily so you will have to refill the tire with air before the next ride.

Ed
Do a search (nm)Kerry
Oct 26, 2002 10:52 AM
you can also put 10 psi with your mouth. nmBruno S
Oct 26, 2002 3:56 PM
re: Frame Pump or CO2?PaulCL
Oct 26, 2002 4:35 AM
Oh no, not this thread again !!

Just kidding, but it is a common question. Do a search and you will find about a 100 comments.

Personally, I only use CO2 now. I carry about 4 cartridges in a small seat pack (with tire levers,$$,spoke wrench,and multitool). The advantages of the speed of CO2 outweigh the cost of $.50 per cartridge. What prompted me to do it is when my frame pump broke while fixing a flat. I was screwed. Luckily, another cyclist came by.

I use the Innovations Ultra-inflate. Takes threaded or non-threaded cartridges, can regulate co2 flow, and is very compact.
CO2 and a mini for me too...DINOSAUR
Oct 26, 2002 8:17 AM
I pack CO2 loaded with one cartride in my jersey pocket (12g) and 3 spare cartridges in my seat bag. I have a mini Torelli pump mounted to my water bottle cage. I use the mini to get some air in the tube so I can mount the tire and inflat to around 40 pounds then top off with CO2. I've thought about switching over to 16g CO2 but I have a whole box of 12g as I never seem to have flats since I switched over to CO2 (knock on wood). Some guys swear by frame pumps, I found CO2 makes changing a flat a peice of cake.
CO2 (only)for mespc15
Oct 26, 2002 11:07 AM
Levers, cartridge, air chuck, tube in a pocket for me....Frame pumps seem to be too cumbersome to mount on my bike. People in the group usually carry the same so we are often helping each other out if we lack one of those ingredients... Another thought, take alot of work to pump up a tire with a frame pump to 110 ps1, not fun either....

I had an 01 Zurich myself(just sold it) Great bike, enjoy!
CO2 close to home - both for longer rides (nm)steve-z
Oct 26, 2002 11:29 AM
CO2 only. 2 Cartridges on all rides though (nm)rtyszko
Oct 26, 2002 3:28 PM