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    Durable Floor Pump Suggestion

    Who better to ask than the mechanics? Can you recommend a durable floor pump? I am particularly considering Lezyne and Silca because they appear to be well built (lots of metal), designed well, and rebuildable. I like blackburns lifetime warranty too but I know I will probably have to deal with issues with this cheaper made pump which may be a hassle.

    If you are not familiar with the lezynes check them out:
    http://www.lezyne.com/index.php/prod...oor-pumps.html

    I am thinking that the classic or alloy model may be good. Seems to be built like a Silca but at a lower price and with the easier to use flip-thread chuck. But I don't know if every part (i.e gauge) is replaceable in the long run.
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    My two Silca Super Pista pumps have been with me for many (10+) years and only required periodic maintenance for the most part. I've had to replace the hose and Presta head gasket on one but those are cheap and easily available. Essentially, except for the barrel, piston plunger (?) and base, all replacement parts are cheap and easily available.

    My experience with Blackburn pumps had not been as trouble-free. The one I got had an aluminum barrel that was threaded onto an aluminum base. You'll think this would be sturdy, but unfortunately, the barrel cracked at the threaded portion. I heard Blackburn has an excellent warranty program but I got a deal for the Silca and did not pursue that avenue of resolution.

    The Lezyne floor pumps look very nice (saw some closeup at REI) and if they're anything like their hand pumps (I have three), they should be quite good. Nevertheless, I'm a bit uncertain about having to thread the pump head on since the Silca Presta-only head had spoiled me with their quick, easy and effective attachment. Also, long-term durability and availability of small maintenance/replacement parts are both unknowns.

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    presta or schrader? If you have schrader a simple beto pump for $20 will last quite a long time (I have one at the shop that's been going for over a year- which would likely work out to several lifetimes of a home user)

    I've had good luck with the joe-blow series from topeak for presta but they aren't as long lasting (I got 10 months at the shop before I had to replace the head but now it's good as new)

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    I have tried many a pumps. I absolutely love my Bontrager Charger pump. Metal guts so you dont have to worry about the pin pusher breaking. Excellent pump though it was in the 50-60 dollar range then?
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    I don't know about any others because my rebuildable Silca was bought in 1963 or 64. It is still going strong.

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    For durability the Silca is hard to beat. I've had one for 15 years and the only part I've had to replace is the gasket in the Presta-only head. However, while the Presta-only head is super strong it's a PITA to use on many valve stems as you have to aligned it "just so" to seal properly. I have no experience with their newer head designs.

    I just purchased a Park PFP-4 "Professional Floor Pump" and it seem super rugged too but a real assessment of it's durability is at least 10 year in the future.

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    silca is the way to go

    Looks like Silca is my best bet. Now just need to find a shop that carries them or maybe a used one on ebay if I cant find a shop that carries them?

    You mentioned you had 3 lezyne hand pumps. Would you happen to have the road drive and/or micro floor drive models? I am going to purchase one of these two for commuting so size is not an issue. If the hand pump is easy to get up to 120psi I think I prefer its more streamlined design. If the micro floor drive is easier to use I might take function over form. Which of your three do you prefer?

    thanks to everyone for their 2 cents.

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    Whatever I can find in the parts bin.
    I find quality pumps on a semi-regular basis at the local thrift stores. Usually need only minor repairs and/or maintenance. Found a Meidai pump for $4 that I fixed up and added a gauge to for a total of $35. Two weeks ago I picked up and older Silca pump for $2 that was missing the valve head. Slapped a quick release head on it from the local hardware and sold it to a friend who needed a pump for $10. You never know what you're going to come across.

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    Silca nothing better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemeister View Post
    Found a Meidai pump for $4 that I fixed up and added a gauge to for a total of $35.
    If anything was equal to the Silca for durability, this was it. I still have one I bought in '85 and have replaced the gasket once. The only weak spots were the hose and the rubber gasket in the Shrader head. I replaced the hose with a length if 1/4" air compressor hose but the pump head parts aren't available any more. It's a shame they are out of production.

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    Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive. Classic looks and superior performance to the current offerings from Silca.

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    I have a Silca and a Lezyne Alloy... Both very good quality. The chuck on the Lezyne is vastly better than the press-fit engaged one on the Silca.

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    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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    SKS Rennkompressor 75Th Anniversary Edition - love mine, a friend of mine has a Lezyne too, very sturdy and great quality.

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    I have Blackburn's bottom of the line pump from many years back. I convinced a lot of people to buy it. One ended up marrying me. Another is a friend I met at a race 20 years ago. Etc etc. The rubber hose breaks (they all do eventually) but that's it. 2 minute repair and you're back in business, and all you need is something to trim the hose (scissors or knife). I rebuilt my pump twice like that, once just before a race. I think I've owned the pump 10 years, but I don't know. I bought one as soon as it came out as an experiment.

    $20 back in the day. I think it's $30 now. Shop item, you can support an LBS if you like.

    Their higher end pumps are fine too, smooth action, etc, but I don't need a hose that starts from the top or a gauge at the top or all those fancy things. I just want air in my tire and I want it to work each time I rely on it.

    I have a silca too, but it needs constant rebuilding. I used it to break ice at a race I promote and broke the base. That and the ever-leaking leather gasket thing and a broken gauge (before the ice incident) put it in my reserve-reserve bin (after the two Blackburns fail, which they never have, not decisively).

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    I have a SKS Rennkompressor that has lasted for nearly two years!
    (and it feels like it will last a lot longer too...)

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    I've pumped thousands of tires with my 15 year old Silca Super Pista and it's still going strong

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    I have silica pista and park tools pump. silica is 25 years old and works great, park is a couple of years old and works great.

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    SKS Renkompressor outfitted with a Hirame chuck (presta). These pumps move a large volume of air and inflate tires very fast. They are pretty much standard equipment on European racing-circuits.

    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemeister View Post
    Whatever I can find in the parts bin.
    Found a Meidai pump for $4 that I fixed up and added a gauge to for a total of $35.
    It's Medai and it's a fine pump. My Top Super has been going strong since the seventies.

    http://www.bikepro.com/products/pumps/medai.html

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    silca. The only thing is, if your presta valves are threaded, they tend to wear out the gasket. With that said, after i wear this out, i'm buying the silca head that has a lever and is at a 90 degree angle.

    I think when the tube is completely flat and you have the standard head, you need to push it in tightly to get it secure...where-as the lever release head is as simple as wrap it around and flix the lever to apply the seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    It's Medai and it's a fine pump. My Top Super has been going strong since the seventies.

    http://www.bikepro.com/products/pumps/medai.html
    Is that Bikepro listing current? I thought the Medai pump went out of production years ago. Mine is still working well but I can't find repair parts anywhere.

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    +1 on the Silca
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Is that Bikepro listing current? I thought the Medai pump went out of production years ago. Mine is still working well but I can't find repair parts anywhere.
    Are you serious? Nothing on that site is current.

    Try Yellow Jersey for parts, but don't expect them to be cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    SKS Renkompressor outfitted with a Hirame chuck (presta). These pumps move a large volume of air and inflate tires very fast. They are pretty much standard equipment on European racing-circuits.

    That rear QR is closed at the wrong position.
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