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    Foot pump recommendations

    What brand or type do you recommend? Are the double barrels worth it?

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    I use the Silca Pista. It can inflate easiliy up to 200 psi, it is completely rebuildable and is relative small and compact. The gauge is accurate but small and hard to read.

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    If you mean an actual foot pump, I don't think there is a good one. I have a Serfas FP-200 floor/hand pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrubJ View Post
    If you mean an actual foot pump, I don't think there is a good one...
    Doing a little more research, I found the same, so I decided to get a lower-mid-range floor pump and see how it goes. Using leg power seems like a more efficient use of energy, but I don't want to waste money on another foot pump that falls apart in a week.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    The issue isn't about efficient use of leg-power, but rather of design in the pump. Foot-operated pumps typically are for low-pressure/high-volume applications like inflatable mattresses or rafts. Thus, they have large-diameter chambers & pistons for minimizing the number of pumps needed.

    Bicycle tyres on the other hand, require high-pressure/low-volume. Thus the smaller-diameter pump to require less force to generate high-pressures.

    When I worked with in Mavic neutral-support van, they did have a custom-made pump with larger diameter that pumped on both the push & pull. Took only 5 pumps to go from 0 to 120psi, but it did require A LOT of force on the last two pumps. Anything needing more than that would require the smaller-diameter Silca pump, or the mini electric pump powered by the cigarette lighter (these can go 240psi+, don't walk away after you started the pump!).

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    I bought the JoeBlow Max II, and am happy with it so far...until I hear some of your stories about how you bought the same model and it fell apart or blew up and killed your dog.

    Either way, I think part of it is my age. The old bicycle pump sure has come a long way since the 70s. My memory of the floor pump was those old metal black ones that took 500 pumps to reach 20psi, partly because the hose kept popping off, and you had to start all over again.

    This one has a nice gauge, and is big enough use standing up. I filled up my bike tires in 3 or 4 pumps, and my car tires in 20. My neighbors were a little confused when I started pumping up the tires on their cars, but they just don't understand the excitement a cyclist experiences when getting a new toy.

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    The cheap $15 Nashbar White floor pump works well. Comes with a dual-head attatchment. The gauge is garbage, but you can always check using a digital pressure gauge (+/-1% of reading) to "calibrate" the Nashbar gauge. 80 psi on my Nasbar gauge is equivalent to 88 +/-2 psi.

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