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Old 06-10-12, 06:06 PM   #1
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what good is a stolen pump

Hey there
I need to buy a pump before the road teaches me a lesson and I'm stranded unable to change my tube. Funny thing is I have patch kit , levers, tubes, and necessary tools but no pump on my bike .

But ! I was thinking I already know I want the road morph g from topeak after the countlesss review leading me to belive it rains supream but if i leave it having on the bike and it gets stolen whats the use ?

Here is the question how can I not get it stolen are there things that lock it to the frame any learned tricks you guys have ? Or should I get a CO2 to stash in the saddle bag . FYI it will be safe because I do one of two things a) take it with me b) lock it to the frame with my cable lock and I have a tiny lock which locks the zippers.
also i need solutions for days i dont have a bag to toss the pump in.

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Old 06-10-12, 06:08 PM   #2
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I keep mine in my backpack.
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Old 06-10-12, 06:12 PM   #3
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I carry a cheap schwinn foot pump in my trunk bag. The bag comes off and goes with me whenever I lock the bike up and go inside a building.

I know CO2 works well, is more compact and is lighter, but I only paid $10 or so for the pump and I use it regularly.
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Old 06-10-12, 07:30 PM   #4
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I have the road morph g and I really like it
but I dont know and cant see anyway to lock it to a bike
It is held on with velcro to the mount
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I'm a fan of co2 cartridges. Especially if you are worried about someone stealing a pump, then a pair of co2 cartridges stored with your patch kit will be less likely to be stolen.
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I see no reason to carry pumps when co2 does such a great job.
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I keep mine in my backpack.
Same here, and I always have my backpack on my commutes.
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I leave my frame pump on my bike and have never had one stolen. Generally thieves are after things with a substantial resale value and I doubt that old frames pumps have much - but obviously there are no guarantees; I did have a bottle generator stolen once.

If I had been using CO2 all these years I would have spent many times the cost of the frame pump on cartridges.
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I see no reason to carry pumps when co2 does such a great job.
I carry a pump so I can help people with co2 carts they screw up.

Plus, I am concerned about the ecological issues. Aren't they use once and toss, usually by the road side?
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no never lost a pump om my bikes. I just leave them in the mount.
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those are my thought exactly. Id prefer a pump so i can have air all the time and air to give withought being worried if i have air for myself. Plus i have read that the CO2 sometimes miss fires and waistes air or blows out tubes and you have to figure out how many cartrages it takes to fill a tire. plus the cartrage waist. i just dont want the pump to get stolen and have to buy another.
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Old 06-11-12, 04:18 AM   #12
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Same here, and I always have my backpack on my commutes.
Me three.

I prefer a pump, they rarely fail without some notice, are light, reusable, and good for as many punctures as you are likely to get

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I carry my Morph in my pannier or my backpack.
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Plus, I am concerned about the ecological issues. Aren't they use once and toss, usually by the road side?
Nope, take the empty and recycle it
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I carry a pump so I can help people with co2 carts they screw up.

Plus, I am concerned about the ecological issues. Aren't they use once and toss, usually by the road side?
I carry two. I can give one to somebody if they need it.
I've never seen one on the roadside.
My empties go in the metal recycling at my place of business.
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I leave my pump on my bike and have never lost one. Many people don't even know what they are. They think it's just part of the bike.
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i've never even though twice about it. although i store my bike indoors both at my house and at work (so low risk of theft) i do lock up when riding out to dinner or running errands and have never had a problem.

i guess though i should check to make sure the pump is still there.
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Nope, take the empty and recycle it
It still takes a lot more energy and material to recycle the cartridge than to just use a pump in the first place.
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I keep mine in my backpack.
+1 Was getting ready to post the same thing..

Or, they can take the pump off when they locked up their bike.

I don't like up my bike unless I am looking at it.
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I see no reason to carry pumps when co2 does such a great job.
On short rides, I agree. For anything 100k and under I won't usually bother with a pump, especially if it's a road ride where I know I'm less likely to get multiple flats. Even on a ride like I did yesterday on my CX bike, rolling low pressure and hammering some rocky, rutted terrain for 35 miles, I only brought a couple tubes and CO2s.
For longer road rides, I like the security of having a pump. I've done a 200k brevet where I had 3 flats, and I would have been s.o.l. if I only carried my usual 2x-CO2 shots. On long rides through the middle of nowhere, like the 3 Volcanoes 300k which is about 100k between populated food restock points and there's no chance of buying tubes or CO2 at the checkpoints, a pump was a necessity: Gravel roads for many miles of the course. Potholed forest service roads. No phone coverage. Riding well into the dark of night, and there's no S.A.G. on a brevet.
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Plus i have read that the CO2 sometimes miss fires and waistes air or blows out tubes and you have to figure out how many cartrages it takes to fill a tire.

While there may be some legitimate reasons not to use CO2, those are not amongst them. None of those would be issues for someone familiar with how to use a CO2 cartridge.
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One spare tube, a patch kit, and a road morph mini. The pump clips under the bottle cage and is barely visible.
I see some here insist that co2 is not a problem, and perhaps for them it isn't. But many is the time I've stopped to help people who blew their co2 into the air and is now stranded.

I figure I'm good for 5 or 6 flats with my system. Not that that's happened more than once.
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I made a strap on rig to tie it across the dowel inside my Carradice big saddle bag.

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I've had a bike stolen, but I've never had a pump stolen. Could happen, though. I'd agree that putting it in or on a rack trunk would be most convenient.
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I have mine hidden in the seat post. If I wasn't so tired I would find a link to the one I have. I have used it a couple of times. The down side (not a issue for me) is that there is no pressure gauge on mine.
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