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    Small bike pump info

    Hi i haven't had a flat in a long time but i think it might be safer to carry a pump. Since there is not much space i am thinking a small one like this on ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/110897539...84.m1423.l2649
    is it too cheap? I can't afford anything too fancy as i don't work and am on a pension so budget is extremely tight. I have a MTB electric foldable bike

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    I like the ToPeak models, but anything is better than nothing! They have a new Hybrid model coming out that works with CO2 and it pumps! http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/hybridrocket_rx
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
    I like the ToPeak models, but anything is better than nothing! They have a new Hybrid model coming out that works with CO2 and it pumps! http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/hybridrocket_rx
    Oh cool yeah i have one of their bike baskets...seems really strong. The local Kmart actually sells a small bike pump too but it doesn't look very strong so i thought i would ask especially if people have been saying that the cheapie ones break more often or not. Will look more at that link now...thanks

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    My Topeak Road Morph works very well, isn't too hard on the budget, and is fairly compact. I mount mine on one of the seat stays.

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    Cool thanks i have to go for an even small one as my bike is a bit small. I saw a topeak mini on ebay that is used but they said in good condition so i bid on it :0)

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    Pumps are like bicycles, cheap is not going to get you very far. I went thru several cheap ones (they work for a while) If you can spend about double many reliable options open up. I never want to be stranded, I want my pump to work when I need it. I have two of the Topeak Road Morphs. They are decent (and pricey) I would not buy again because of maintenance and parts availability issues. My current home pump is a lezyme. That is where I would look if I were in the market for a on the bike pump.

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    I like Lezyne Pressure Drive, but it's pricey. The majority of threads I see about pumps are divided between Road Morph and Lezyne Pressure Drive. I agree that cheap isn't going to cut it when you are on the road. CO2 might be cheaper barrier to entry although you keep paying for CO2 supply. If you don't have more than one or two flats a year, it might take several years before CO2 costs more than a good frame pump. I don't use CO2 so I don't have any recommendations.
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    Yeah no the pension doesn't pay for more. Healthy food and herbal medicine to keep me alive comes number one :0) Anyway i have put a bid on a pump on ebay so hopefully will get that at a good price :0) I have had one flat in 2.5 years as the tyres and tubes are extra thick. The one flat i have had was when the new wheel was put on and i was stuck far away. Being an electric bike and the rear wheel i couldn't change it anyway. We put the old tyre/tube on and been great ever since...the guy admitted the old tyre /tube was thicker :0) Anyway so only need the pump for the front wheel as that is the one i can change :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    Hi i haven't had a flat in a long time but i think it might be safer to carry a pump. Since there is not much space i am thinking a small one like this on ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/110897539...84.m1423.l2649
    is it too cheap? I can't afford anything too fancy as i don't work and am on a pension so budget is extremely tight. I have a MTB electric foldable bike
    I bought a pump almost identical but it's stamped LOUIS GARNEAU on it and I paid 32.99$ plus taxes at my LBS. It works great (if it's the same quality) get a 700x23 up to 120 psi in a minute if you're in a hurry.
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    Thanks but that is wayyyyyyy out of my budget

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    Blackburn makes good stuff, assuming that pump really is a blackburn. I use a full size Zefal HP frame pump on my road bike, but those are in the $30 USD range. Works very well, however. Have a Hurricane Micro Mini on my mountain bike that is a little less and also works well. I got mine on a good sale for $10 USD.
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    Oh cool thanks will see if they are a reasonable price in Australia. I go everywhere with this bike but i must admit i don't go far as i am not very well and the battery doesn't take me very far anymore :0)
    Ah none on the ebay australian site...ah well i will keep learning from you guys :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    I can't afford anything too fancy as i don't work and am on a pension so budget is extremely tight. I have a MTB electric foldable bike
    Any reason you want a small pump over a Co2 unit? I ask because in my case I have a nice floor pump which I top off with before I leave the house and then I stash the Co2 in either my under seat bag or rack bag with some tubes and cartridges. They take up very little space and the unit + cartridges are CHEAP!

    http://www.amazon.com/Innovations-Ai...rds=co2+presta

    http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Ze...aded+cartridge

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    I have no idea as i don't know the thing your talking about. I know of pumps and something that is used once only that is a foam...can't remember what that is called but heard about it several times. As again i stated i am on a strict small budget something that is a once only use is not efficient for me. This bike has thick tubes and tyres so pretty good. I haven't had to pump it up for months and my neighbour gave them the 'man test' yesterday. He said they were fine. Me being very unwell and not able to gauge as i have little strength...just not effective :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    I have no idea as i don't know the thing your talking about. I know of pumps and something that is used once only that is a foam...can't remember what that is called but heard about it several times. As again i stated i am on a strict small budget something that is a once only use is not efficient for me. This bike has thick tubes and tyres so pretty good. I haven't had to pump it up for months and my neighbour gave them the 'man test' yesterday. He said they were fine. Me being very unwell and not able to gauge as i have little strength...just not effective :0)
    Do you have a floor pump? Or large, stay at home pump?

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    Oh yes i have one foot pump and one of those stand types...i find it even hard to attach the pump to the valve so i always get someone else to do it. I always miss the timing and let air out before i can stop this happening

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoshnasi View Post
    Any reason you want a small pump over a Co2 unit? I ask because in my case I have a nice floor pump which I top off with before I leave the house and then I stash the Co2 in either my under seat bag or rack bag with some tubes and cartridges. They take up very little space and the unit + cartridges are CHEAP!
    I'm not a fan of CO2 cartridges myself. I've run into a number of folks who expended all their cartridges with multiple flats or pinching the tube while putting the tire back on. My Zefal HPx always has more air and I'm not concerned with saving a few ounces. It always inflates a tire quickly and easily. If I offer it to someone else to use, I've never had them refuse it. Most of the time we part company with them saying they need to get one for themselves.

    That's all a matter of personal preference, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    Thanks but that is wayyyyyyy out of my budget
    Sorry, my comment was misleading. What I wanted to say is that my 32.99$ pump look exactly the same as your 8.99$ pump. So if it's the same thing without the big company logo stamped on it you have a good deal because I can tell you it works very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    I'm not a fan of CO2 cartridges myself. I've run into a number of folks who expended all their cartridges with multiple flats or pinching the tube while putting the tire back on. My Zefal HPx always has more air and I'm not concerned with saving a few ounces. It always inflates a tire quickly and easily. If I offer it to someone else to use, I've never had them refuse it. Most of the time we part company with them saying they need to get one for themselves.

    That's all a matter of personal preference, of course.
    No argument there. In many cases when I commute the hand pump is the way to go for the reasons you noted above. If I'm trying to travel with minimal weight or bulk... Co2 does the job.

    I'm just trying to give OP all the information so he can decide. I'm not assuming one thing or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    I'm not a fan of CO2 cartridges myself. I've run into a number of folks who expended all their cartridges with multiple flats or pinching the tube while putting the tire back on. My Zefal HPx always has more air and I'm not concerned with saving a few ounces. It always inflates a tire quickly and easily. If I offer it to someone else to use, I've never had them refuse it. Most of the time we part company with them saying they need to get one for themselves.

    That's all a matter of personal preference, of course.
    Thanks fortunately had only one flat in 2.5 years so lucky so far...good to know though

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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    Sorry, my comment was misleading. What I wanted to say is that my 32.99$ pump look exactly the same as your 8.99$ pump. So if it's the same thing without the big company logo stamped on it you have a good deal because I can tell you it works very well.
    Yeah sometimes branded things can be the same as non-branded. Often heard that some things are made by the same factory in china

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    Oh so the co2 thing is lighter than a small or mini pump?

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    I roll with a Topeak Micro Rocket CB pump ("mascara brush") along with CO2. I use the micro pump to reinflate the dead tube to confirm the location of the leak, then use it to preinflate the new tube for easier insertion. I fill the tire with CO2, but always have the option to (slowly) inflate a tube with air if I have to. That said, I carry 2 tubes/3CO2 on my road bike, and 3 tubes/4CO2/1tire on our tandem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p2templin View Post
    I roll with a Topeak Micro Rocket CB pump ("mascara brush") along with CO2. I use the micro pump to reinflate the dead tube to confirm the location of the leak, then use it to preinflate the new tube for easier insertion. I fill the tire with CO2, but always have the option to (slowly) inflate a tube with air if I have to. That said, I carry 2 tubes/3CO2 on my road bike, and 3 tubes/4CO2/1tire on our tandem.
    So is the CO2 just a fast way to inflate? Gee your well equipped. I only have one spare tube but will probably have to get one that is the same type as what i have instead of the cheapie Kmart one i bought. Apparently i have extra tough/thick tyres and tubes.

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    I know a lot of you hate the C02. I use both. Carry a couple of C02's, and a mini pump. I hear so many riders complaining that they wasted a C02 because it didn't seal, or something to the like.

    I have "The Shiny Object" inflator. VERY small, and as many times as I have used it (so far on other people's bikes), I have never wasted a cartridge.

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