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Old 05-30-14, 02:59 PM   #1
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Foot pump?

Anyone have any ideas or recommendations for a foot pump? I used to have one, and it worked really great, but it was also from the 1960's so it started coming apart due to age.

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Do you mean a foot operated pump, or a hand pump that stands on the floor?

If you mean a hand/floor pump there's a current thread with 34 responses here.
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Old 05-30-14, 03:39 PM   #3
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Is it too far gone to find some spare parts and rebuild it?
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Is it too far gone to find some spare parts and rebuild it?
Oh its been gone for years, i have a floor pump now. It's kinda wonky because a jar of corn oil i had in the garage spilled onto it and got all into the gauge mechanism and such. PSI reading is never accurate. Gonna get a digital air pressure gauge, but i sure do miss the ease of use having a foot pump, plus it was really easy to store.

Was thinking a double barrel might be good....?



The big benefit of having the kind i had before was you could do anything from inflatable pools & air mattresses to bike and automobile tires.

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Oh its been gone for years, i have a floor pump now. It's kinda wonky because a jar of corn oil i had in the garage spilled onto it and got all into the gauge mechanism and such. PSI reading is never accurate. Gonna get a digital air pressure gauge, but i sure do miss the ease of use having a foot pump, plus it was really easy to store.

Was thinking a double barrel might be good....?



The big benefit of having the kind i had before was you could do anything from inflatable pools & air mattresses to bike and automobile tires.

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That is a great idea. I have had to do golf cart tires with a floor pump and it is great if you have the evening and a few beer. But a car tire would be torture with a floor pump.
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I suspect its about volume not high pressure ... Fat bike and ATV tire
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I had one of those double barrel foot pumps just like in the picture above, mainly because I wanted to be able to top up a car tire if needed. But I found it to be so poorly made as to be unusable at pressures above air mattress range. I had to throw it in the trash after a couple tries, and I'm still looking for a well made foot pump.
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I used to have a single-barrel version of that one above (actually it's probably still in my garage somewhere), and it sucked because it kept scooting around on the floor when used, and the small volume meant lots of strokes to get anything done. Nowadays I use my $30 Planet Bike floor pump on my bike tires... and for topping off car tires.
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Yea, i'm thinking the foot rest would eventually wobble too much due to how its so unsupported.

Perhaps a single would do it. I mean i don't care about how long it takes to top off a tire but i do care about what using a floor pump does to my back right before a ride. I'm super tall, so i gotta lean down all day, if i can take one thing and make it so i dont have to lean down, its worth all the tea in china (and i love tea).

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All I can say about this topic is the Bell foot pump at Walmart is a complete piece of junk. But, it's all I have at the moment, so it's what I use. I have to be real careful or I will bend the foot lever over to a 90° angle from the base. Also, the pressure gauge jumps in 10-15 psi increments. I'll be pumping away (slowly to allow the air to push through) and suddenly it jumps from 40 psi to 50. Then it jumps again to 65. Finally I'll see it jump to around the 80 that is my target and I'll stop.
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You can get real special and spend quite a bit over a hundred bucks on a pump. I didn't see any reason for that, couldn't make up my mind out of all the choices and needed SOMETHING. I got one of those $20 specials from Nashbar while I figured out what would be a decent mix of price and quality.

I still have the $20 pump and still can't decide what to replace it with. Maybe another one of the same if it starts messing up.

Were I super tall, I think I'd take a regular floor pump and using something like lag bolts and large washers screw the feet to a home grown wooden step. Cheryl's short, opposite problem, but I make all sorts of things to help her gain access to things.
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