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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-23-14, 11:59 AM   #1
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Pumps for big fellas?

Small hand pumps have gotten a lot better than they were when I was riding several years ago, but after a couple weeks back on a bike I used a shop's floor pump this morning and discovered that while I thought I was getting enough pressure with my hand pump, it wasn't as full as it could be.
I also know that many years ago the air in the pocket sized compressed air things would deep through the tires rather quickly. Is this still the case?
Would a compressed air thing in my bag and a floor pump at home be a good idea or should I just get tougher with my hand pump?
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Old 04-23-14, 12:03 PM   #2
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You should have a floor pump for pumping up tires before a ride. The little frame pumps are for inflating your tires after a flat.
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You should have a floor pump for pumping up tires before a ride. The little frame pumps are for inflating your tires after a flat.
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I understand that tubes are more permeable to CO2 than other gases, but for an emergency, CO2 does fine, as does a portable pump.

For home use, like before rides, a good floor pump is a great benefit... in fact, I usually throw mine in the car when I am driving to a rail trail.
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I use a floor pump on my tires before every ride. I also carry a small pump mounted on my frame that I can use either with CO2 or to pump by hand. The hand pump option is useful to put a little air in the tire when mounting a new tube after a flat, then you can use the CO2 to top it off. I would be hard pressed to get more than about 60 PSI with my hand pump alone. So I typically hand pump to something close to 20 then use a CO2 and it usually ends up around 115-120. The CO2 will leak out faster, so I will dump the CO2 and refill with a floor pump as soon as I can after repairing a flat on the road.
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Floor pump WITH GAUGE for home

Frame pump (lezyne road drive is dinky, topeak road morph G is much easier to use, both are great for flat repair)

CO2 is nice to have on hand when you don't feel like hand pumping up a tire.
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Frame pump for fixing flats and finding leaks while on the ride if I have time to patch, which is rarely. CO2 inflater with spare cartridges for when I am in a hurry. Floor pump for at home before rides at least once a week. For me daily air checks/ top off is simply not needed. When I do flat, which is not very often I'll patch the flatted tube and re-install it at home putting the new tube back in my seat bag. I do not trust patched tubes as a spare in a seat bag.
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I wear a size 13 EEEE, are those big enough? Plus I'm thinking of going clipless soon... I don't think they make those with mounts for an eggbeater cleat.

I used to be able to get tires up to pressure with a hand pump, but my body is a very different shape than it was then. A frame pump isn't an option for me given where I live and not wanting to carry one whenever I'm off the bike. A floor pump is on my list, but it can't be very high on the list at the moment. I picked up a CO2 thing today and I'll just have to remember to go to the gas station before I go home if I use it.
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as said... a good floor pump with a good gauge... bonus points if the gauge is mounted high on the pump... mine is a fairly inexpensive blackburn with a dual head (so I can inflate both presta and schrader) that I bought about 15 years ago... a new pump would be nice but it does the job.

on the bike a GOOD hand pump... I use the topeak road morph G (gauge at least lets you get to ballpark pressure)... having used cheaper handpumps I wanted one with a tube so I could pump against the ground (floor pump style) instead of pushing against my hand.

co2... I understand the allure... but I'm not in such a rush that the little bit of time saved will make a difference in my ride...
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I typically use a floor pump for inflating tires pre-ride. mini or frame pump for carrying on the bike and also carry a CO2 inflator to top off the tire when using the frame or mint pump. It seems that it is hard to get the pressure from 80-100 psi, so I use the CO2 as an easy way to get the higher pressure.
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