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source for silca impero frame pumps ???(6 posts)

source for silca impero frame pumps ???Spirito
Jun 12, 2002 6:57 PM
hi all,

anyone know where to get New silca impero's in usable sizes. i have one but its slightly too big for fitting under the top tube. looking for all chrome or red and chrome (yes i know they are plastic but you know what i mean).

the one i have now fits under a 56cm top tube with a brazed-on peg perfectly but i need something slightly shorter if anyone is keen to swap (mine's mostly red with a chrome handle).

the ones ive seen on ebay are all too short or in crap condition. somewhere must still have them ......

re: source for silca impero frame pumps ???boneman
Jun 12, 2002 11:52 PM
Colorado Cyclist used to carry them but I haven't looked there is a bit. I've also seen them in Geoffrey Butler Cycles in Croydon (London). As far as I know, Silca is still making them.

Surprised about the lack of results on EBay although I haven't seen as many in the last couple of years. I bought one two years ago with a Campy metal (not plastic) head for $12.39. Chrome model which as those who've used them know that the finish flecks off to show the black plastic but it's new and works.
thanks boneman....Spirito
Jun 13, 2002 10:33 AM
i would never have thought to check ill see what they have in their catalogue to make the shipping worthwhile....

i hear ya about the campy metal pump end but im just looking to use it for aesthetics and and as a back up for the occasional flat whilst riding on longer runs. for most rides i carry CO2's and use my floor pump at home.

just a question on the campy pump heads - would it make the pump a little shorter or longer if i fitted one? i ask as the one i have and like is about 1cm too long for the frame ill be using and if it would make it slightly shorter then problem solved and i could keep the one i have.


thanks boneman....boneman
Jun 13, 2002 1:38 PM
Unfortunately I don't have a Campy plastic head in the UK. I just compared the Campy metal to the Silca plastic head and they're both about the same at 35mm from the bottom of the metal pump end to the function end of the pump head. One thought given that you're issue is about 1-2mm, and this has to be done carefully, is to cut down the barrel of the pump body. Check to see if there's thread inside the pump barrel in excess of the threaded cap. If there is, it's worth a thought. In order to not crack the plastic barrel as you're cutting, trying finding a softwood dowel with the same I.D., wrap the area with plastic electrical tape and then make the cut with fine tooth saw. This could all go wrong so give it a think before moving forward.
Jun 13, 2002 1:49 PM
as you mentioned

""This could all go wrong so give it a think before moving forward.""

in my case it usually does so ill propbably look to swap it or sell it and pick one up from either CC or locally. i doubt that due to its shape shipping your one to me in would be feasable cost wise - perhaps im not meant to have a red pump :-)

thanks again

re: source for silca impero frame pumps ???wooglin
Jun 13, 2002 11:58 AM
I've got an old one sitting around my house somewhere that I don't use anymore, but I'm heading out on vacation tomorrow and won't have time to look for it tonite. If you don't have any luck finding what you need, drop me a note in a couple of weeks and I'll check on it. I do know its red.