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    bicycle pump

    I was at my LBS and needed to use their bicycle pump. I found it to be the easiest and most effective way of filling up air in shraeder and presta valves. You simply put it on the valve and start pumping. Their pump was a black burn, but I searched everywhere and couldn't find the same. perhaps they they made it. there is no hassle in getting it in perfect either. it slips in easily and pump air in. any idea?

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    Blackburn, most bike shops carry it, why do you go back to the same bike shop and buy it there?

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    I have a Zefal HP x that I am very happy with, but changing the nib from presta to shrader is a pain.
    I also have a floor pump with a nib that fits both shraeder and presta without being changed. Now that is slick!
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    If you found this at a shop it was likely a floor style pump with the T at the bottom to put your feet onto. And yes, they are very convienient to use.

    There's a wide array of floor pumps from lots of makers. While Blackburn is a good one Zefal, Topeak, Silca and others all make options that are equally as good. Just get one with a pressure guage up near the top where it's easy to see and you'll be happy.
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    yeah i know its a floor pump. I own my myself. Its just that their valve? theres nothing to clamp with or anything. just put it over the valve type and start filling up air.

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    Again, why don't you just go back to the shop and ask them about it? They have the pump, they can tell and show you in person anything you want to know. We on the other hand have to guess at what pump it might be and what you mean, especially with your creative use of words.

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    Have you tried a Lezyne? They're a bit more expensive, but they're fantastic, durable, easy to use and well designed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cab chaser View Post
    Have you tried a Lezyne? They're a bit more expensive, but they're fantastic, durable, easy to use and well designed.
    It sounds like the factor the OP likes about the pump is the fact there's no need to be switching around the pump head for different valves. A shop I worked at had a Blackburn like that, and yes, it was convenient. Beware, however, that such a valve attachment will likely wear out more quickly w/ repeated use.

    I recently bought a Lezyne steel floor pump, and I absolutely love it. The craftsmanship far surpasses the Joe Blow Sport pump I replaced. However, the cost is far greater, and unless you're really a nut for great tools, it's not a must in order to have something that's functional and relatively durable.

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    I just bought one as well and given how long it will last for me it's worth it, especially as I used a $10 off code from Bike Nashbar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarLo View Post
    yeah i know its a floor pump. I own my myself. Its just that their valve? theres nothing to clamp with or anything. just put it over the valve type and start filling up air.
    Ah! Now I see where this is going. It was the style of valve head and not the pump itself. Sorry but your post made it sound like you had just discovered floor pumps....

    You'll want to go back to the shop and ask what valve they are using. A lot of the better ones can be put on any pump. If they are using one on the shop pump there's a good chance you can get the same valve from then to retrofit onto your pump.
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    i bought a blackburn pump at sports authority... i got the fancier one, I think, but the valve end thing has one lever... you put in on the bike valve and flip it 180 degrees for presta, 90 degrees for schraeder... based on the design i dont think it will wear prematurely compared to others... works great.

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    So i find out they use a silca head and went and bought one. I'm gonna buy a lezyne pump and add this silca head on. The floor pump i have now takes 30 pumps to inflate.

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    CarLo, if you thought that silca was a good pump... Try any one of the newer more modern pumps out there that have a pump lock lever on the pump head. More secure, no fussing with perfect placement of the pump head. I used to have a silca back in the old days. Replaced it with a newer, more modern style of pump. Never looked back.
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    I just got one of the new Blackburns, and it has the type of "head" you describe. Presta or Schraeder, just stick it in and flip the lever. Clever....

    I can recommend Blackburn for another reason; their great service policy. I got this one for free after my old one needed new rubber bits for the head and I found they had discontinued it. So...They sent me a new one free.
    Which is the second time I've done this....
    Not bad.

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    lol, you guys are too funny. i already told you there are no levers. You just put it on the valve and start pumping. heres a pick of what i'm talking about. You guys should try it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Silca-24-0-Prest...item5d2af0e3ca

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    Here ya go.... Amazon has 'em. Good reviews too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Silca-Presta-V.../dp/B001AYSFNY

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarLo View Post
    So i find out they use a silca head and went and bought one. I'm gonna buy a lezyne pump and add this silca head on. The floor pump i have now takes 30 pumps to inflate.
    The lezyne uses a threaded head like the silica, but smaller (this is why I bought the Lezyne). You can flip it around to change it from Presta to Schrader if you need to. I honestly wouldn't mess with it - it works perfectly as built. The head it self is used to keep the hoze neat when not in use, it slips into a little notch at the base of the pump. Switching it with the Silica will make it so that the head no longer fits in this notch.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CarLo View Post
    lol, you guys are too funny. i already told you there are no levers. You just put it on the valve and start pumping. heres a pick of what i'm talking about. You guys should try it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Silca-24-0-Prest...item5d2af0e3ca


    I've actually used a Silca for man, many years. I know alot of my old riding compadres did too. It's just my personal preference to use the kind of pumps that have a locking lever on the pump head now. I find that far less finicky and faster than the old Silca style. However, it's totally just a personal preference thing. Once the pump head is on the valve, all pumps work about the same. So, if you like the Silca style, go for it. They are great pumps.
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