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Frame pumps??(8 posts)

Frame pumps??MJCBH
Dec 28, 2002 8:26 AM
Have any of you had good experiences with frame pumps? and if so.... which ones? Do the one's with the retractable hose (that are supposed to turn into a 'mini-floor pump') really work? Thanks for the suggestions in advance.
Frame pumps??...I use a Zefal HPXgogene
Dec 28, 2002 9:33 AM
They have been around forever, work very well, pump up to a high pressure quickly and are easy to use.

If you are riding a road bike, it is very difficult to get up to 100~130 psi with any kind of pump other than a full length frame-type pump.

Keep a floor pump at home, check tire pressure before every ride, carry a good frame pump with you and have spare tube and/or a glue type patch kit. Flats will still be a royal PITA, but at least you'll be prepared for them.
Second the Zefal HPX..GeekRoadie
Dec 28, 2002 1:54 PM
I use it almost exclusively. If you are not riding a compact frame the Zefal is the way to go.

I reluctantly use CO2 since I've not been able to find an elegant way of mounting a frame pump on a CG frame.

hth
Mike
Blackburn!Alexx
Dec 28, 2002 10:00 AM
They make the best pumps. Zefals crap out after only a couple of years, and they don't hold on to larger frames very well, either.
Blackburn on new bike, Silca on old frame fixed gearTig
Dec 28, 2002 6:23 PM
Both work great. I am impressed with the Blackburn FP-1m. I never ride (except race, of course) without one. I'll never waste time with mini pumps for road again. A good frame pump is only slightly slower than a CO2 filler when you actually time the whole process, start to finish.

Here's the Silca frame pump painted to match the frame by the builder. That was one of those nice little touches they used to do when you ordered a custom frame. I'm sure those of you who love a nice lugged steel frame remember.
re: Frame pumps??swvegg
Dec 29, 2002 4:19 AM
I'd recommend a Blackburn over a Zefal, I have both and the Zefal rattles like hell even with velcro straps and a old bar tape around the point where it rattles against the frame.
Zefal HPX (heavier than most, better than all the rest) nmroadcyclist
Dec 29, 2002 4:41 AM
SilcaKerry Irons
Dec 29, 2002 6:36 AM
Light (150-170 gm, depending on length), not expensive, reasonably durable, long barrel (especially if you have a long top tube), and pretty much free of the annoying rattles with the Zefal. IME works better than the Zefal.