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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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    I keep mine in my backpack.
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Igo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Closed Office View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    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
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Project88 View Post
    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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