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Old 05-29-14, 05:44 PM   #26
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I have a Nashbar L'Orange. I like it. Works well on presta and schraeder but you have to reverse the fitting in the head. Not really a big deal, though.
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I have a Nashbar L'Orange. I like it. Works well on presta and schraeder but you have to reverse the fitting in the head. Not really a big deal, though.
???

I have a Nashbar L'Orange and it works with either without me doing a thing. My only complaint is that it squeaks.

The Lezyne pumps feature a chuck that threads on. That's usually nice, but I've accidentally removed the core of a presta valve while unscrewing it after inflation, which isn't so nice. I think they offer a slip-on chuck, but then it's just like any other pump.
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Old 05-29-14, 07:27 PM   #29
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I have a Topeak silver pump, and the lever snaps open like a mouse trap. Wouldn't recommend for that reason. Couple pinched fingers and I've learned to be very careful. Otherwise, it works great. Really like the pressure release valve. Also have a Specialized floor pump that is great, but has mostly been relegated to ball duty.

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I have a Joe Blow floor pump with a dual head that is about two years old and it seals okay on shrader valves, but seals poorly on presta. I have thought about getting a new one, but it seems wasteful to buy a new floor pump when it is just a problem sealing on presta valves. I wonder if anyone has tried to replace or repair floor pumps with this issue?
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Old 05-30-14, 09:48 AM   #31
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I just noticed that Topeak sells a twinhead replacement - you can get one for about $26 on Amazon. I just ordered one, hopefully that will help. It seems kind of pricy - the replacement valve is only about $10 less than a new pump..., but at least I'm not sending a repairable pump to landfill.
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Old 05-30-14, 10:36 AM   #32
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I have a $15 (I think) one from Target. It's for Schrader, but works well enough to pump up the tire to 80 psi or so. There may be a Presta adapter, I don't remember. I haven't suffered any equipment malfunctions yet, and the head attaches much better than my Topeak mini pump. Why not get a couple of cheap ones, one for each type of valve? Usually things built for one purpose work better than multifunction products You may be better off with two single-purpose products that can be bought at half the price of a good dual-purpose one.
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Old 05-30-14, 10:44 AM   #33
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Here's the one I bought off Amazon a couple of years ago. It's a Lezyne Alloy Floor Pump currently $56.67. There are other colors but this one was the least $$$. I don't know what happened to the poster's pump above who stated it leaked. Maybe he was using the adapter. But the standard one is a screw-on for both valve types. It takes an extra minute or so to screw the head on the tube but you will not be wasting any energy with leaking air.


I'm using this same model after tossing my Joe Blow Pro. I rebuild the chuck on the JB four times in a year and it continued to fly off the valve when approaching the level I needed. The Lezyne has bee very good since purchased eight months ago.
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Old 05-30-14, 11:24 AM   #34
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I use a cheap Zefal Air pump ($20) at home. Here: Zefal Air Max Floor Pump, White: Kids' Bikes & Riding Toys : Walmart.com

Pumps up my road bike tires quickly with no issues, and it is a piece of cake to switch between Schrader and Presta by a little slider on the side of the head. I have a Schwinn pump that sits in the corner of my garage because I hated how it switched between valves using a little attachment that didn't work well. I've owned the Zefal pump for several years now and it's still working great for just $20. I have kids with bikes that use Schrader valves and it takes me only a minute or two to pump up everyones' tires (a mix of both schrader and presta valves) when we go on family rides.
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I got a Park PFP-8 some years back that's been solid. Big pipe so it's quick, and the chuck has openings for presta and schrader, no fiddling.

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Old 05-30-14, 03:44 PM   #36
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I've read (I think it was a Bicycling Magazine review) that the Nashbar L'Orange is a surprisingly good pump.

Edit: the review is quoted in Nashbar's product page...

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Old 05-30-14, 03:59 PM   #37
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^^this - and it's far from the most expensive. $50-60.

That or a Silca Super Pista if you can find one.

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Old 05-30-14, 05:26 PM   #38
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I have a performance brand "Spin Doctor" pump. It was $20 bucks and works good.
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Another vote for either a RENNKOMPRESSOR or a Silca Pista.
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Old 06-01-14, 02:02 PM   #40
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This is kind of my pet peeve also. I think when most people ask for a recommendation of the best, they really mean "best value".

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Old 06-03-14, 07:20 AM   #41
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This is a very nice pump. There's also a very similar WFP-200, which is a bit shorter (and pink, the W is for woman, which means it has to be pink, I guess.). I mention that, because the OP said he's buying it for his office, where it will be used by others. If any of them are short, you might consider this. (I'm 6', and can use it just fine.)
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I would not recommend Joe Blow pumps. In short, they blow. I had one for a number of years and had to replace parts on it a number of times before it totally bit the dust. For some stupid reason, I bought another JB, probably because that is the only brand carried by the Performance Bike shop near me. I had to return it because it would not seal properly on Presta valves. I bought another floor pump from the local Trek store, probably Bontrager brand, and it works fine on both Presta/Shrader valves and was reasonably priced. If buying a new pump now, I would probably buy a Lezyne because they seem to get the best reviews and generally make high quality products. Silca used to be the standard for pumps but I'm not sure if that's the case anymore.
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I just bought an inexpensive Bell floor pump with guage for both presta and schraders at Wally World. Works well. I checked the pressures of different tires using a digital guage against the pump's integrated guage and they were in alignment. Good enough for me.
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Joe Blow for me. It's a great pump. The dual head works well as long as you seat it properly.
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+1 for the Lezyne floor pump. Easy to switch back and forth between presta and schrader. My only minor complaint is that you have to be mindful that the valve core of the tube is tight, otherwise you risk unscrewing the whole core when you're removing the pump.
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I like my Park floor pump. The head seals well for me. I have an older SKS Airbase which is beautifully built but the head eats washers.
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Silca used to be the standard for pumps but I'm not sure if that's the case anymore.
I looked at Silca pumps on Amazon, and the reviews are awful. There aren't that many reviews, so is this an anomaly, or have they really gone that far down hill?

Amazon.com : Silca Pista Floor Pump (Black) : Floor Bike Pumps : Sports & Outdoors
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+1 for the Lezyne floor pump. Easy to switch back and forth between presta and schrader. My only minor complaint is that you have to be mindful that the valve core of the tube is tight, otherwise you risk unscrewing the whole core when you're removing the pump.
This, any of the floor drive pumps from Lezyne are amazing! +10000000
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I looked at Silca pumps on Amazon, and the reviews are awful. There aren't that many reviews, so is this an anomaly, or have they really gone that far down hill?
I suspect that at some point in time, rather remote, they stood above whatever else was available. I further speculate that people got attached to them and have not checked the market in the meantime. Things have moved, though, well past those pumps. Based on recommendations like here, I bought in the less remote past some touted Silca heads and could not believe how mediocre they were. A head in a random cheap contemporary pump would work better.
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I looked at Silca pumps on Amazon, and the reviews are awful. There aren't that many reviews, so is this an anomaly, or have they really gone that far down hill?

Amazon.com : Silca Pista Floor Pump (Black) : Floor Bike Pumps : Sports & Outdoors

No, they're pretty much the same as they always were. I bought one recently to replace the one that I lost a few years ago. There is no difference, it's the same parts etc... Identical. They work great.

Silca (company) was sold last year to a guy in Indianapolis. He's apparently designing a new pump that meets the brick s**thouse standard. He's redesigned the chuck and the washer to be pretty incredible and really lifetime sort of stuff so it will be interesting to see what the new pump looks like.

That said, my new favorite is the SKS Rennkompressor. The thing meets the brick s***house standard by far. All parts are replaceable and have been for 40 years by SKS. The chuck works great and it's just a solid deal - great for traveling. I'd been looking at these for years (lots of race mechanics use them) and never got around to buying them.

Truthfully - these two pumps are head and shoulders above the rest. I've had Lezyne pumps which are pretty good, but they are not in the same class with these two pumps. They just aren't. On top of that, the top of the line Lezyne is something like $100 and the SKS Rennkompressor is $53. Why bother looking at anything else? It's better, it's got parts forever and *everything* can be repaired and it's half the price.

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