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CaptCarrot 01-06-12 06:09 PM

Emergency Bike Pump.
 
I have a full size track pump in my garage and my old mini pump has finally died. Whilst I was thinking of just getting another cheapy, I started looking around at small pumps with a flexible hose to save wear on the valve.

I was just wondering if anyone has used either of the 2 pumps I am about to list, or have any other suggestions of a bicycle pump that fits the following criteria
  • small
  • flexible hose
  • presta/schrader compatible
  • foot pad (optional but desirable)

The following 2 items match all 4 criteria

BikeHut Travelling Track Bike Pump (Any idea who makes this for Halfords/Bike Hut?)
21.99 at Halfords
  • Lightweight aluminium Pump with runner grip handle
  • Folding foot support to enable the use of the Travelling Track Pump and add stability
  • Long reach arm and hose with universal joint for use with most bikes
  • Ideal for high pressure inflation up to 120psi
  • Single action
  • Presta / Schrader Valves
  • Up to 120 PSi
Unfortunately not dimensions are given for this one.

Topeak Mini Morph
24.99 from Halfords
  • Fold-out Foot Pad
  • Flexible Hose
  • Mounting Bracket
  • Presta/ Schrader/ Dunlop Valves
  • 160 psi/ 11 bar
  • 170 g / 5.98 oz
  • 26 x 5 x 2.8 cm (10.2 x 2.0 x 1.1)

Of the 2 I'm leaning towards the Topeak - for me it is more of a trusted brand. Just a pity the Bike Hut one doesn't give any dimensions to measure it up against. Unfortunately neither have a built in pressure guage.

10 Wheels 01-06-12 06:15 PM

Go with the larger one, this one. The mini is too small.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165661

johnny99 01-06-12 06:44 PM

I've been using the Topeak Mini Morph for years. It's about half the size and weight of the full-sized Topeak Road Morph and needs twice as many strokes to pump up your tires. I rarely get flats, so that tradeoff is fine with me.

CaptCarrot 01-06-12 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels (Post 13686405)
Go with the larger one, this one. The mini is too small.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165661

How small is too small???

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnny99 (Post 13686502)
I've been using the Topeak Mini Morph for years. It's about half the size and weight of the full-sized Topeak Road Morph and needs twice as many strokes to pump up your tires. I rarely get flats, so that tradeoff is fine with me.

Thanks - that is my thinking too as this is for emergency use as opposed to regular use (which is what my full size track pump is for).

Spld cyclist 01-06-12 07:58 PM

I've been using the Topeak Road Morph for a while and it's been excellent. It's a little bigger than some of the other mini pumps, but it really works. Mine came with a built-in pressure gauge. It does take some effort to get up to skinny tire pressure (e.g. 90 psi), but that is probably true of all small pumps.

Jim

znomit 01-06-12 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptCarrot (Post 13686388)

I was just wondering if anyone has used either of the 2 pumps I am about to list, or have any other suggestions of a bicycle pump that fits the following criteria
  • small
  • flexible hose
  • presta/schrader compatible
  • foot pad (optional but desirable)

I use a Lezyne pump for emergencies. Flex hose, smallish, goes both ways, pumps really well. No gauge but you can estimate pressure by squeezing your other tyre.
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/lezyne-...-med.jpg?w=350

If I'm touring for several days and expect to be changing tyre pressure (damn gravel roads) I use a road morph.

Garfield Cat 01-06-12 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spld cyclist (Post 13686770)
I've been using the Topeak Road Morph for a while and it's been excellent. It's a little bigger than some of the other mini pumps, but it really works. Mine came with a built-in pressure gauge. It does take some effort to get up to skinny tire pressure (e.g. 90 psi), but that is probably true of all small pumps.

Jim

It should not take extra effort. The Topeak Road Morph is designed to be used like a floor pump. Its not arm strength, its leg strength and body weight applied properly. Think floor pump and you'll be fine.

CaptCarrot 01-07-12 05:37 AM

Which is why I am looking at the mini morph &c. instead of things like the lezyne posted - but that also looks good, being dual action which the mm is not.

Chris516 01-07-12 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptCarrot (Post 13686388)
I have a full size track pump in my garage and my old mini pump has finally died. Whilst I was thinking of just getting another cheapy, I started looking around at small pumps with a flexible hose to save wear on the valve.

I was just wondering if anyone has used either of the 2 pumps I am about to list, or have any other suggestions of a bicycle pump that fits the following criteria
  • small
  • flexible hose
  • presta/schrader compatible
  • foot pad (optional but desirable)

The following 2 items match all 4 criteria

BikeHut Travelling Track Bike Pump (Any idea who makes this for Halfords/Bike Hut?)
21.99 at Halfords
  • Lightweight aluminium Pump with runner grip handle
  • Folding foot support to enable the use of the Travelling Track Pump and add stability
  • Long reach arm and hose with universal joint for use with most bikes
  • Ideal for high pressure inflation up to 120psi
  • Single action
  • Presta / Schrader Valves
  • Up to 120 PSi
Unfortunately not dimensions are given for this one.

Topeak Mini Morph
24.99 from Halfords
  • Fold-out Foot Pad
  • Flexible Hose
  • Mounting Bracket
  • Presta/ Schrader/ Dunlop Valves
  • 160 psi/ 11 bar
  • 170 g / 5.98 oz
  • 26 x 5 x 2.8 cm (10.2” x 2.0” x 1.1”)

Of the 2 I'm leaning towards the Topeak - for me it is more of a trusted brand. Just a pity the Bike Hut one doesn't give any dimensions to measure it up against. Unfortunately neither have a built in pressure guage.

Regardless of the two recommended ones' above, I need to get one, outright. But first I need to figure out how I would carry it. Because the back end of the top tube, and the top of the rear down tube, have a bag attached to them, for carrying my locks.

The other problem I have is a prior experience with this kind of bike pump. I was on a 60-mile ride in 2004 when my tire blew late at night. It just got more embarrassing after that(I won't go into detail). It partially culminated in my mobile bike pump being disemboweled. Since then, I have stuck with my Serfas FPS100 floor pump.

My situation looks similar to this bike bag: http://www.hzproduct.com/pro/684/707...ag-156008.html; in the it is connected to both the top tube and rear down tube. Except that my bike bag is a little bigger than the one in the picture. I keep my locks in the bag. But the bags' position presents the problem of being able to have an emergency bike pump, on the bike.

ka0use 01-07-12 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by znomit (Post 13687008)
I use a Lezyne pump for emergencies. Flex hose, smallish, goes both ways, pumps really well. No gauge but you can estimate pressure by squeezing your other tyre.
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/lezyne-...-med.jpg?w=350

If I'm touring for several days and expect to be changing tyre pressure (damn gravel roads) I use a road morph.



this color thing is totally out of hand. 'in four outstanding colors! collect 'em all!' only in america....
(i do admit to liking the gold one. would accent my red bike nicely)

Looigi 01-07-12 01:26 PM

I use a Lezyne Road Drive and Topeak Race Rocket pumps. Both are very small, lightweight and have hoses. The Topeak has a much better hose and chuck setup and I recommend it over the Lezyne.

pityr 01-07-12 01:55 PM

I love the Mini-Morph. I've been using it for several years as well. I can get the tire up to 80-90 PSI on the road side with it.

CaptCarrot 01-07-12 06:44 PM

Another vote for the mm eh? ;) looks like that is the way I'll be heading.

While it is an emergency/backup tool - I think it should also be a capable one. Sounds like the mm is fitting the bill nicely.

Give it double action and a gage and it would defo be my choice, but we can't have everything.

Cheers.

zebede 01-08-12 07:12 PM

Topeak SUCKS....try to get spares from them...I have two...I regret both now that they are older and in need of parts, it's been a ROYAL pain.
I bought a new Lezyne track pump...great quality no plastics. personally I would lean towards Lezyne.

rfomenko 01-08-12 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zebede (Post 13693445)
Topeak SUCKS....try to get spares from them...I have two...I regret both now that they are older and in need of parts, it's been a ROYAL pain.
I bought a new Lezyne track pump...great quality no plastics. personally I would lean towards Lezyne.

+1

bktourer1 01-12-12 06:42 PM

I have never had a problem getting replacement parts for any of my Topeak products


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