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Best Mini Pump(13 posts)

Best Mini PumpWade03
Sep 13, 2003 4:03 PM
I am buying a new mini pump and will attach to frame with velcro. Any suggestions......psi?
Topeak Road MorphGregory Taylor
Sep 13, 2003 4:07 PM
This is the best frickin' minipump that I've ever used. My buddy Jose turned me on to it. It is like a little floor pump, complete with pressure gauge and foot rest. Pumps to 120 lbs. easily and quickly. You can put it on your frame, but it will sorta fit in a jersey pocket. It's a bit bigger than a mini pump, but it works GREAT.
Performance bike has one like it.davidcuttler
Sep 14, 2003 9:23 PM
I purchased a pump that is very much like the Road Morph from Performance Bikes. I had to use it a few weeks ago and it was great. It too has a folding handle, and place to place your foot. Well worth the money.
All mini pumps suck equally...BergMann
Sep 13, 2003 9:53 PM
Search the board for mini pump. This topic was discussed extensively about 6 months ago.

IMHO _all_ mini pumps suck just about equally, and are only worth carrying if you're on a super long, unsupported ride where two C02 carts might not be enough.

Come to think of it, I'd still rather carry 3 or 4 carts than spend 30 min pumping up my tire at the end of the day...

Do yourself a favor and get an innovations superflate.
All mini pumps suck equally...My Dog Wally
Sep 14, 2003 6:51 AM
I disagree that all mini pumps suck equally. The Topeak Road Morph does, in fact, suck less than the others. I've used several mini pumps, but only the Road Morph has a little swing-out foot and a hose that allow it to be used like a floor pump. No, it doesn't move as much air as a floor pump, but that's the trade-off you get for portability. Compared to other mini pumps, the Road Morph is a fabulous pump.
no, they just BLOW poorly :-)wolfereeno
Sep 15, 2003 11:12 AM
I use the Blackburn Airstick. It's one of those double action pumps. It always gets me out of jams. I don't really expect much more from a portable pump. I like my mountain tires around 60 psi and road tires to 135. That's a lot of pumping! I'm not that patient. But I can at least ride a 2/3'rds filled tire to a gas station somewhere.

I ALWAYS keep one of those brass Presta to Shrader adapters in my bike bag or screwed on to one of my valves. Costs 99 cents and weighs less than a moist fart.

(Blackburn's cust service has always been cool. They've sent me replacement parts for the Air Stick and my floor pump for free)
Blackburn air stik works very well (nm)OffTheBack
Sep 14, 2003 3:31 AM
Blackburn air stik works very well (nm)Wade03
Sep 14, 2003 4:08 AM
Will a 12 gm do a 700 x 23 tire. Do they hold pressure for a long time i.e. not used under your seat for a while.
12 grams will only get you to about 85psi.Spoke Wrench
Sep 14, 2003 4:33 AM
You really need 16 grams to pump up your tire hard. It's usually cheaper to use 2 12 gram cartridges and throw away the excess than to use a 16 gram threaded cartridge. Unused sealed cartridges will hold their pressure forever. CO2 will leak out of your tubes faster than air so you will have to pump up your tire with a real floor pump the next day, but I don't see that as much of an objection because I'd probably top off my tires the next day anyway.
Another vote for Topeak Road Morphsuperdog
Sep 14, 2003 7:13 AM
In the past I've used three other pumps: blackburn air stik, Zefal HP-X and some other no-name. While thay all worked to some degree, the Topeak Road Morph was by far the best.

I stopped using the Zefal HP-X because it broke after a few years. The no-name fell apart within weeks. The Blackburn was basically unusable for me because it took 50,000 strokes to pump my 700 x 23 up to 80 psi.

The Topeak Road Morph has been excellent. The gauge is not very accurate and I accidently pumped my tire up to 150 psi once. Try doing that with any other mini pump! This pump is a little bigger and bulkier than the others but it works. The mounting bracket sucks. I ended up using the mounting bracket from my blackbuen pump and it works great and looks better.

One other thing that makes this pump really great. It has an extendable flex hose that goes from the pump to your wheel's valve, just like a floor pump. This takes all the pressure off the valve while you're pumping. I've always hated the rigid connection between most mini pumps and the valve while pumping.

I will not carry CO2 because I've had rides where I've had more than one flat. Although CO2 is the fastest alternative, the Road Morph would have to be 2nd fastest.
Torelli! (all frame-fit pumps suck equally!unchained
Sep 14, 2003 9:35 AM
It easily fits into a jersey pocket and weighs almost nothing. (Some people spend hundreds of dollars just to save the amount of weight this little pump will save you.)

With the Torelli, you need not worry about cluttering or marking up your frame. It packs enough power to get you home should the need occur. Personally, I use great tyres and tubes and flat occasionally in the city close to home, not out in the country where the roads here are almost flawless.

For me, all frame fit pumps suck equally.
i just bought this onemoschika
Sep 14, 2003 4:39 PM
hope i won't have to use it. but it's very compact. it's really a back up of the 2 CO2 carts i always carry in my seat bag. the aria fits in my jersey pocket nicely.
re: Best Mini Pumpal0
Sep 15, 2003 7:07 AM
SKS Teleskop - cost less then 10$,
weight less then 100g, fit in Jersey pocket and it is
able to pump 700x234 tire is a minute or (max) 2.

I use it almost a year and almost completely give up an floor pump.