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Old 05-13-11, 07:55 AM   #1
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2 CO2 cartidges+ 2 fLats + 0 pumps = taking the bus

So I have 2 flats and killed both CO2 cartridges I had with me on the first.

I already have a Zefal double shot pump (which I didn't have with me), but it's close to 20 years old and and a PITA to pump. I'm looking at getting floor pump with a hose to carry in my pannier. I was looking at the Topeak Mountain Morph or the Lenyze Micro Floor Drive HV.

So what pumps do people carry on their commutes?

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Old 05-13-11, 07:59 AM   #2
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I bought this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Pocket-...5295092&sr=8-1

Based on the reviews it seemed like a safe bet. Works great, weighs almost nothing, and has a mount that goes under the water bottle cage.
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Old 05-13-11, 08:06 AM   #3
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I don't carry one as I usually just get le wife to pick me up if I have a puncture too far from home. I guess I'm asking for it.
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You may want to look at the RavX Master X mini. It's a mini pump and 2 cartridges combined. I use the pump to seat the bead and test the tire, the cartridges to top off. The idea is terrific, execution is simply OK. Its worked for me.

http://www.ravx.com/archive_sites/ra...er_x_mini.html
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So what pumps do people carry on their commutes?
What size tires will you be pumping? That will make a big difference on how large of a pump you will want.
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So I have 2 flats and killed both CO2 cartridges I had with me on the first.

I already have a Zefal double shot pump, but it's close to 20 years old and and a PITA to pump. I'm looking at getting fllor pump with a hose to carry in my pannier. I was looking at the Topeak Mountain Morph or the Lenyze Micro Floor Drive HV.

So what pumps do people carry on their commutes?
Topeak Morph. Mountain or road, depending on the flavor of bike I'm riding. All of mine mount under the water bottle cage

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i ride with a CO2 pump and 2 cartridges. if i have more than two flats in a given leg of my commute, i'll simply hop on the el or hail a cab. i ain't fixing 3 flats just to get to work in the morning.

to date, in 4 years of commuting, i've never had more than 2 flats in one leg of commuting (knock on wood), and even that has only occurred twice in over a thousand rides.

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Get yourself some good flat-proof tires - Schwalbe Marathons, etc.

I was getting a flat a week the first few weeks I bike commuted. Rode home one day on a flat tire. It was really ruining any enjoyment I was getting from riding.
I bought new tires and a CO2 inflator the next weekend, and I haven't had a flat or touched the inflator going on over a year now.

Seriously. Best thing you can do for your commute.
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I have a Topeak Road Morph G (the G is for gauge) based on the recommendations of a number of people in this forum. I've been happy with it and it's fine for inflating high pressure road tires.
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I have an Avenir Combi Pump. Works great, converts to presta/schraeder, can be used as a short floor pump, has a gauge, goes over 100PSI. It's an older version of this:

http://www.avenirusa.com/parts-and-a...i-w-gauge.html
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I have a pump for each bike. The 'bent, single-speed, and LHT all get used for commuting, so each has a Topeak Road Morph G.

I want to build a fast and light bike later. It won't be used for commuting, so I'll use CO2.
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Can you guys provide a little primer on CO2?
I've been carrying 2 cartridges on my roadie. Been lucky. Never had to use them. I think they're about 2 years old.
Don't they become useless when they get too old?
(Topeak Road Morph G on the tourer and commuter.)
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I have a Topeak Road Morph G (the G is for gauge) based on the recommendations of a number of people in this forum. I've been happy with it and it's fine for inflating high pressure road tires.
+1 (actually, plus 2, but my first one is in never-never land with my former steed)
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Old 05-13-11, 09:43 AM   #14
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I'm currently riding big fat tires, Michelin City 26x1.85. Though I'm thinking about getting something a little narrower. These are just a little too big and I'm always having clearance issues with my fenders.
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Another vote for the road morph g. Funny thing is, in two years of commuting, I have only used it in an "emergency" once - to help a stranded road cyclist.

I carry co2 with my road bike along with a much smaller pump. The co2 I have used twice - once with a situation similar to the op. I had a puncture but unknowingly produced a pinch flat when reinstalling the tube and blew through two cartridges before I figured out what I did.

Here's mine:

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You should be happy with the Road Morph G. If you want a little bigger (for a few less pumps per fill) get the Turbo Morph G. Different gauge setup as well (flip-down rather than inline).
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I carry a Zefal HPX frame pump; it works great. I also carry an inflator and two CO2 cartridges so I can fix flats fast. The pump is used to get the tube started before inflating and as a backup. Like you, I used to just carry CO2 until I had two flats during one commute and had to walk home 3.5 miles in my cycling shoes.
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Can you guys provide a little primer on CO2?
I've been carrying 2 cartridges on my roadie. Been lucky. Never had to use them. I think they're about 2 years old.
Don't they become useless when they get too old?
(Topeak Road Morph G on the tourer and commuter.)
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As long as the CO2 cartridge is still sealed, it should be fine. If you inserted it into the inflator (puncturing the seal), it's probably leaked out after a while.
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I'm a belt and suspenders kind of guy, so I carry both a CO2 cartridge and a pump (Park Tool), a spare tube and a patch kit. First flat gets a new tube and CO2; second flat means I'm already late so it gets a patch and pump.
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I carry a Park Tool PMP-5 Frame Pump, I used to have a Zefal HP frame pump, but it died of old age. Having said that, I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, and don't get flats - I have over 12,000 flat free miles on SMPs.
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I already have a Zefal double shot pump,
Worst. Pump. Ever. I know exactly where mine is...about 40 feet off the Colorado Trail between the top of Kenosha Pass and Jefferson Lake road. That's where I threw it about 15 years ago when it failed to pump up a flat. I then walked the 5 miles back to my car
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Worst. Pump. Ever. I know exactly where mine is...about 40 feet off the Colorado Trail between the top of Kenosha Pass and Jefferson Lake road. That's where I threw it about 15 years ago when it failed to pump up a flat. I then walked the 5 miles back to my car
I didn't even have mine with me. I know dumb. But I do know it's alot of work to fill pump up a tire with it.
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So I have 2 flats and killed both CO2 cartridges I had with me on the first.

I already have a Zefal double shot pump (which I didn't have with me), but it's close to 20 years old and and a PITA to pump. I'm looking at getting flor pump with a hose to carry in my pannier. I was looking at the Topeak Mountain Morph or the Lenyze Micro Floor Drive HV.

So what pumps do people carry on their commutes?
I highly recommend the Lenyze Micro Floor Drive. There's a High Pressure or a High Volume. The HP is for road bike and the HV is for mountain bike. Make sure to get the right one. When I ordered mine, the vendor goofed(they say Lenyze goofed) and sent me the wrong one. I got to use it about a month ago when I got a flat on the road and it worked like a charm.

If you get it, you may need to tighten all the clamps as one was loose when it shipped on mine.

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Topeak Morph. Mountain or road, depending on the flavor of bike I'm riding. All of mine mount under the water bottle cage
I'd like to mount a Morph like that. How did you mount the pump there? Did you buy the mounting kit from Todson that uses the braze-ons for the water bottle cage?

http://store.todson.com/store/wb-bra...ex-tpd-2c.html
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I use a crappy bell pump mounted under the water bottle cage. It doesn't work great but it will get me around 60 psi fairly easily. My max is 100psi so I'm not sure if that is enough. Luckly, I haven't had to use it yet. My specialized tri-sport tires are actually doing pretty good.
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