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co2 system or pump?(17 posts)

co2 system or pump?unai
Oct 10, 2003 9:19 AM
which to buy?
A co2 innovation system or a hpx zefal pump or mini pump? Please advice.
pump, definatelySteve_0
Oct 10, 2003 9:22 AM
1. more ecologically friendly.
2. Unlimited air supply (not the band)
3. cheaper
4. A little exercise is GOOD for you.
Pump! If not, imagine how skinny roadie's arms would be. nmMKD
Oct 10, 2003 9:24 AM
Oct 10, 2003 9:40 AM
i carry CO2 and a mini pump.

the C02 for quick changes if i'm in a group or tired. and the mini pump for when i have time or the co2 fails.

they are both small and lightweight.
pump for home, CO2 for the road. nmNo_sprint
Oct 10, 2003 9:44 AM
pump for home, CO2 for the road. nmunai
Oct 10, 2003 9:52 AM
I do have a topeak floor pump at home, but I was wondering about a frame pump or mini pump or co2?. At the present a am carrying a minipump but i don't like the looks and besides i can hardly go over 80 psi. On the other hand, I don't know how safe are co2 if one suffers a crash. Could it blow out?
Very solid, no worries...No_sprint
Oct 10, 2003 10:30 AM
I've never carried a pump in all my roadie years. CO2 is awesome.
So, who uses C02 at home? ;-P nmSpunout
Oct 10, 2003 9:58 AM
Go Co2rdbike
Oct 10, 2003 9:44 AM
Go CO2, I could pump my mini a zillion times to get any semblance of pressure. One 16 gram CO2 will get you well over a hundred plus psi and quickly. I carry two 16's under my seat with no pump on the frame.
Oct 10, 2003 9:51 AM
CO2 is a quicker, but expensive. Also if you have more flats that you have CO2 canisters on a particular ride, you'll be out of luck. If you don't mind depending on your buddies for backup CO2 is fine. If you want to be self-supported take a pump.
re: co2 system or pump?utxjohne
Oct 10, 2003 10:19 AM
Pump at home, co2 on the road. I seldom flat. I ride with two other pump carriers so betwen the 3-4 of us we have 4 tubes, 2 co2s and two pumps.
CO2, threaded 16gr, Innovation Micoflate (nm)Al1943
Oct 10, 2003 6:54 PM
Oct 10, 2003 7:19 PM
I don't have to buy new cartridges for my pump after every use.

For the Mountainbike, I use a minipump. For the road bike, I suggest a frame pump as you can achieve higher psi.

I'm also the type of weirdo that will patch a tube (I carry patches) rather than just throw in a new one and 'dispose' of the old tube wherever. Guess that makes me some type of environmental wacko. Sorry Rush:(*
co2 - its cheaper and easier - ill explaingk02
Oct 10, 2003 7:27 PM
co2 is no doubt an easier and a faster way to change a flat. Pumping a road tire with one of those little mini pumps is a pain. The reason I say its cheaper for me atleast is those mini pumps have never lasted me more than 1 year. Either they break or get lost atleast for me. I know some guys are going to say that they have used the same one for 10 years or whatever, but more than not they crap out after not to long. So with the cost of a box of 30 co2 cartridges being about $10 dollars or so at walmart or a sporting goods store I can fix 90 flats a year for the price of buying one mini pump a year. So for me I will never buy another mini pump again and I don't ride with one person who would bother with one.
Depending on the rideMel Erickson
Oct 10, 2003 8:46 PM
I might take just CO2 or CO2 and a minipump. I never take just a minipump. If I had a choice I would take a Zefal HPX but I can't fit it on my Softride! CO2 is nice, though, quick, easy but more wasteful. It's a small waste, though, considering I haven't had a flat this year! I sneer at the flat gods.
Me too.Spoke Wrench
Oct 11, 2003 4:09 AM
I use various combinations of CO2 and/or pumps depending on the bike that I'm riding.

I don't have very many flats. The last one I had I used a 16 gram CO2 to reinflate my tandem tire even though I had plenty of time and a HPX on the bike. Actually, I used the HPX to find the hole in the old inner tube and to pre-inflate the new one. Using the CO2 was pure indulgent lazyness.

My plan for today's ride is to use my retro grouch bike with just an HPX. Monday night I'll take the go-fast bike with just CO2.
does anyone use topeak road morph?weatherx
Oct 12, 2003 12:23 PM
how do they work out?

I pack a CO2 in my seat pack with one extra cratridge, but would prefer pump because i've had centuries with more than 4 flats.