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Poll: Do you use pump (and what kind) or CO2? (nm)(28 posts)

Poll: Do you use pump (and what kind) or CO2? (nm)newridr
Sep 3, 2003 11:46 AM
Blackburn Airstik mini pump (nm)OffTheBack
Sep 3, 2003 11:50 AM
re: Poll: Do you use pump (and what kind) or CO2? (nm)ride_hard
Sep 3, 2003 11:54 AM
Blaocburn at home or bring in truck if riding from specific location. Use CO2 while on road.
re: Poll: Do you use pump (and what kind) or CO2? (nm)ride_hard
Sep 3, 2003 11:55 AM
Blackburn at home or bring in truck if riding from specific location. Use CO2 while on road.
Silca frame pump with 25 year-old Campy head (nm)PT
Sep 3, 2003 11:59 AM
Silca frame pump with 25 year-old Campy head (nm)mapei boy
Sep 3, 2003 12:50 PM
I agree. It's still the best frame pump combo. But I've broken more than a few over the years. And if you use anything other than a genuine steel Campy head, the device sucks rocks.
CO2-Innovations co2 gun. nmKG 361
Sep 3, 2003 12:05 PM
Sea Oh two ............. nmafrican
Sep 3, 2003 12:10 PM
zefal HPX pumptarwheel
Sep 3, 2003 12:11 PM
I had been using a CO2 inflator for a while but recently went back to using a Zefal frame pump. The Zefal is as light as an inflator and 3 cartridges, which is about what it would take to fix two flats. I figured it made more sense to carry a pump since it was just as light and could fix any number of flats. It wouldn't be unheard of to have more than two flats on a long ride, although it's never happened to me. I sometimes still use the CO2 on short rides.
I use 'em allMel Erickson
Sep 3, 2003 12:25 PM
I've got several Zefal frame pumps, an Einstein mini-pump and Innovations CO2, along with a Joe Blow floor pump. What I take with me just depends on if I'm feeling lucky. Can't put a frame pump on my Softride so I usually take the CO2 and the Einstein as backup on longer rides. One of the Zefals goes on the tandem for all rides, along with the CO2 (large carts). Einstein and CO2 (large carts) for MTB rides. Floor pump stays at home or in the car, a little bulky to carry with me.
re:hopefully neither!dzrider
Sep 3, 2003 12:26 PM
I carry an SKS plastic, full size frame pump on my fixie and CO2 on my long distance bike. I have proven many times over that I cannot be trusted to move the stuff from bike to bike before rides.
CO2 only for me when out on the road...No_sprint
Sep 3, 2003 12:32 PM
Used to have a Silca pump for home until I found the pleasure of a Topeak Joe Blow Pro.
CO2 babyKristin
Sep 3, 2003 1:00 PM
If you're gonna use a mini air-pump, you may need to visit the gym too. I just don't have enough up top to fill a tube up. My first CO2 inflator was called an AirWolfe. It was a peice of sh#t. My next pump is an Innovation, which lots of people here use. I have been fortunate and have not tried it yet.

One tip. If you buy a CO2 inflator, make sure it takes 12gram cartridges. The 16 ounce carts are pricey and can't be bough in bulk.
CO2 inflatorIronbutt
Sep 3, 2003 2:38 PM
I have a little thing made by Zefal, called the #401 Air Control. It's a tiny thing, made of machined aluminum. It is made with a valve so that you can control the rate of inflation, and keep liquid carbon dioxide from fouling the passages in the Presta valve. It has good O-rings for sealing, and has lasted me for years. And just a week ago, I acutually used it to repair my own flat. Other than then, I use cartridges to fix other riders flats. Not cheap, but better somebody else's flat than mine!
I always carry two CO2 carts and two tubes.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 3, 2003 1:09 PM
But I tend to be a little cheap. If I have a flat when I'm riding with a friend with a full size frame pump, I'll borrow the frame pump to save .75 cents on a cart.
CO2 - 4 carts, 2 tubes. 5 second fillups, nirvana (nm)terry b
Sep 3, 2003 1:53 PM
CO2 Innovations Threaded 16gr. (nm)Chen2
Sep 3, 2003 2:31 PM
Zefal HPX pump (nm)MikeBiker
Sep 3, 2003 2:48 PM
Definitely Blackburnseamus
Sep 3, 2003 2:57 PM
I've had too many dud CO2's leave me calling the wife for a ride back. They're okay for races without neutral support, and make sense for mountain bike races where fast flat repairs really matter, but I'd rather trust my Blackburn pump. I've had it for years and years and dozens of flats. It's also outlived the other gadgety pumps I've tried over the years.
Topeak Morph, weighs less than CO2 packageMGS
Sep 3, 2003 4:22 PM
I used to use CO2 with 4 cartridges and a mini pump.

One day I weighed the Topeak Morph, and found that it weighed less than the CO2 and adapter and mini.

The morph goes easily to 120lbs, has a gauge, a foot pedal, and a 6 inch rubber hose from the pump to allow easy inflation.

Took it on a long 4 day ride with four other riders. Everyone used it each morning to top off their tires.
Where do you carry it?fracisco
Sep 3, 2003 4:27 PM
In your jersey? Frame mount bracket?
The Road Morph Rocks...Gregory Taylor
Sep 4, 2003 10:06 AM
I've decided not to replace my busted CO2 inflator after using this for a while. Yes, it's a bit big for a minipump, but I stick it in a jersey pocket (the center one works best) along with tube and tools.
You're gonna laugh...asphalt assault
Sep 3, 2003 4:25 PM
I carry a pump that I picked up from a Meijer superstore for 7 bucks, I can easily get 100lbs in my tires with it.

I 'spose CO2 would be a little quicker though.
Topeak mini pump and CO2, but...fracisco
Sep 3, 2003 4:26 PM
I have been carrying around a Topeak mini pump, and some CO2, but I will go back to carrying a full-sized Blackburn frame pump for the winter. I will probably also put the Tuff-liners back in the tires for winter to guard against the splinters of mussel shells that result from when the seagulls drop mussels and crabs on the bike path when their source of garbage goes away.
Zefal hpX4. Black. nmSpunout
Sep 3, 2003 4:37 PM
Silca Impero large frame pump = 175 gmKerry Irons
Sep 3, 2003 4:50 PM
And I never have to worry about running out of cartridges. The pumps easily last a decade with proper care. No downside (we can all use a little upper body work).
2 tubes and 4 CO2, but...Mr Nick
Sep 3, 2003 6:24 PM
I think I want to get a frame pump because I have bad luck with flats and I am always worried I will run out of CO2. Plus my seat bag with all that stuff is really heavy. I am pretty sure that a frame pump would be lighter.
Wrench Bros Mini Pump nmnoveread
Sep 4, 2003 6:23 AM