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Old 09-05-08, 05:14 PM   #1
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Question Best bicycle pump for the money

I have a cheap floor pump I use for pumping up basketballs, my old bike when I had it, etc. But it's old and doesn't have a universal head for my bike. I know I can try to find the right adapter. But I figure since I have a new bike (Trek 7.3 FX), I might as well get a new pump.

That said, what floor pump would you recommend? I believe my Trek's tires need to be inflated to 100 or 110 PSI. They have 700x32c tires. I'm browsing through Performance Bike's products, but I'm willing to buy from elsewhere. I'd like to keep the price low, in the $20-$30 range.

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I'm no expert but I would think the cheapest of those pumps from Performance would serve your purposes.
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if you do a search, you'll find that everyone seems to like the Topeak Joe Blow Sport. With the extra 10% off at Performance, it's under $30. I'm probably going to buy one of those or the Pro next weekend.
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Thanks for the replies. So this is what you're recommending. It's currently selling for $35 before the 10% discount and whatever tax and shipping will be. It's got very good reviews on PB , but mediocre reviews on Amazon.

I noticed that some pumps have a barrel made of aluminum whereas some (like the aforementioned JoeBlow Sport) is made of steel. What are the pros and cons to either? Also, what's the difference between a dual head and a universal head?

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Old 09-05-08, 10:23 PM   #5
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That's the one. Although it's more expensive, I just found out that the Joe Blow Sprint is $52 at REI. It has a pressure relief, aluminum barrel and elevated gauge. It's probably worth the extra $$, so I may actually go that way. I still think the Sport is a good pump based on the reviews though.

By the way... what part of TX are you in? There is a few Performance stores in the bigger cities (a few near me in Ft. Worth and Dallas). You can get the same 10% off at lunch on Tuesdays and on Thursday nights if you have a women make the purchase (or at least go with you). My wife hates it, but she's gone with me a few times to get the discount! It would also save the shipping costs. Look on http://www.performancebike.com/infor..._locations.cfm for details about the discounts and locations.
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I'm going through this search as well. I am very confused by all the topeak models. I have my eye on the highest end planet bike pump which has a good amazon discount http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance It's a newly redesigned pump so there are few reviews available.
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Here's the Joe Blow Sport for $38, shipped.

http://www.bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BK...ories:%20Pumps
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I have a Joe Blow Sport and love it. Best pump for the money in my opinion.
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I have the Joe Blow Sport...zero problems with it. I have recommended it to some friends and they bought it, too; no complaints from them.
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TexasBubba, I'm in FW. The closest PB shop from me is by Hulen Mall. But that's still almost a half hour drive.

Great to see so many rave reviews here about the JoeBlow Sport pump. I'll do some price shopping on it. I'm just a little confused why these Amazon reviews say so many poor things about it. :confused: Much of the criticism was on the Presta valve head and durability issues (a few saying the pump died in less than a year). : \
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My experience is that you can't expect more than a year or two out of a sub-$30 pump. The guys on here seem to get a lot more, which would be great.

I think most of those complaints were about the head (as you say). The Sport or Sprint allow you to put the Pro's Smarthead on there, so I'll just do that if I have a problem with the head. It's about $15 or $20 at Performance and that should be a year+ from purchase.
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I see the Joe Blow Sport Pump at JensenUSA.com for about $30 shipped, for what it's worth.

I"m currently using a Schwinn Air Driver 1100 Floor Pump (a 5-in-1 pump) from Target that looks remarkably like the Topeak. It was on sale for about $18. I needed one quickly and bought the best looking one I could readily find (probably would not have been my top choice if I'd had the luxury of being able to do any research).

The Schwinn pump had bad reviews at Amazon.com, but I'm pretty sure that was because half the users weren't adept enough with pumps to figure out how to properly attach the pump head to the tire valve (the locking mechanism works the opposite of most pumps and flips up to lock rather than down to lock). It works for me and has both Presta and Schrader attachments, a flip-up ball inflator and and adapter for other inflatables. I don't particularly like the gauge on it, but everything seems to function just fine for me . . . however, most of the inflation I do with it is not over 50 psi.
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http://www.cyclaire.com/

I got one in the USA off ebay a while back. don't see them anymore
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http://www.cyclaire.com/

I got one in the USA off ebay a while back. don't see them anymore
Ditto - got one off Ebay Australia. Great pump. The Cyclaire site said they were out of stock -- that was a couple of months back.
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Topeak makes high quality stuff. Their customer support matches the quality of their products and is the best I've ever experienced. Years ago I bought a low-end Joe Blow floor pump and although I had no problems with it over the course of more than a year, Topeak surprised me by shipping me a high-end, aluminum model replacement under a product recall that I knew nothing about (send in your product registration!) I've had that pump for over 5 years and the only thing that wore out was the hose that cracked from age. I made a quick e-mail request to Topeak and they sent a free replacement hose in three days, free of any charges.
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Joe. Blow. Sport. Picked one up at Marshalls a couple of years ago for $20.
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blackburn air tower 4

Picked up a Blackburn Airtower 4 at REI on sale for $35 a few months ago. Use it every other day to pump up our tandem to 120lb. Nice pump, effortless, nice large guage on the top easy to see first thing in the morning when my eyes are barley open.
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Thanks for the inputs. It looks pretty unanimous for Joe Blow. The next time PB runs a decent sale, I'll pick one up.

geranimo, why do you have to pump your tires so frequently (every other day)?
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I just got the Pro for $59.99 at Perf. They are showing $69.99 in the store, but will honor the online price.
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I run 120lbs on my burley tandem. After 2 days they are always down to 90-100lbs.
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FWIW, I like floor pumps with the pressure guage at the top of the tube rather than midway down or at the bottom. Easier to read. I have a Nashbar Pump l'Orange that I've had for 3 years and it works great.

Here is the best formula for determing tire pressures that I've found.

I weigh in the low 160's and run 100/110 in the front/rear (700x23) respectively. No pinch flats and a nice ride. I used to air up to 120 on both tires. No more. It does make a difference in the ride.

Hope that helps.

Edit: I always check my pressure before riding. I find I loose 5 to 10 psi per day.
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Picked up a Blackburn Airtower 4 at REI on sale for $35 a few months ago. Use it every other day to pump up our tandem to 120lb. Nice pump, effortless, nice large guage on the top easy to see first thing in the morning when my eyes are barley open.
yep, eveything I own that says Blackburn works very well. I also have a serfas FP 200 here at work which I rarely use but seems to work well too. I jsut have not used it nearly as much as the Blackburn I have at home.
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I'm curious- the higher end pumps tend to be aluminum vs the steel of the lower end. Is there any advantage to aluminum other than a slight weight difference?
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FWIW, I like floor pumps with the pressure guage at the top of the tube rather than midway down or at the bottom. Easier to read. I have a Nashbar Pump l'Orange that I've had for 3 years and it works great.

Here is the best formula for determing tire pressures that I've found.

I weigh in the low 160's and run 100/110 in the front/rear (700x23) respectively. No pinch flats and a nice ride. I used to air up to 120 on both tires. No more. It does make a difference in the ride.

Hope that helps.

Edit: I always check my pressure before riding. I find I loose 5 to 10 psi per day.
Thanks for the formula. That seems handy. But my bike salesman told me my bike should be pumped to ~100-110 PSI. Yet when I plug-in that formula, it comes out to 67 PSI (700x32c, 150 lbs). :confused:
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