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    Is the BV 11" mini floor pump worthwhile or just a typical mini with a gimmick?

    I hate mini pumps. The one's i've used are alot of work to use and provide a result that is less than optimal results. you pump and pump until your arm hurts and your tires kind of firm at best. maybe i'm doing it wrong or a big wuss. Either way, a string of bad experiences has traumatized me into travelling with a heavy Bell foot pump (i keep it in a tool bag strapped to my back rack). The BV 11" mini floor pump makes me think I can ditch the foot pump. Is it effective? Or is it more like a mini pump with a "floor pump" configuration gimmick?

    Here's the link to the product

    http://bikepakmart.com/bv-gm71.html

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    I used a riding partner's Lezyne mini pump that looked similar to this. I appreciated the fact that it mimicked a floor pump.

    Keep the floor pump at home. You won't want to get rid of it, but carrying it is a little silly.

    I'm thinking of going back to a full length frame pump, since they still seem to work better than the mini pumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by partykingwes View Post
    I hate mini pumps. The one's i've used are alot of work to use and provide a result that is less than optimal results. you pump and pump until your arm hurts and your tires kind of firm at best. maybe i'm doing it wrong or a big wuss. Either way, a string of bad experiences has traumatized me into travelling with a heavy Bell foot pump (i keep it in a tool bag strapped to my back rack). The BV 11" mini floor pump makes me think I can ditch the foot pump. Is it effective? Or is it more like a mini pump with a "floor pump" configuration gimmick?

    Here's the link to the product

    http://bikepakmart.com/bv-gm71.html
    I understand your pain and your worry. I carry a Blackburn mini-pump for MTB rides and have used it much over the years. The problem is exactly as you worded it; you pump and pump till you can't pump no more. Usually I could only get the tire just so hard and had to accept that to get me back to the car.

    I now take a different approach. I still carry the pump but I also carry a couple of the air cartridges for a CO2 inflator. This allows me to top the tire off with ease AFTER I pump it up half way with the mini pump. The two step approach works and when finished you don't feel like you jerked off the world. In a pinch you still have the pump if you flat again and have no more CO2 cartridges

    Thankfully I've never flatted on my road set-up. I used to carry a frame pump but now the bike I ride doesn't have a flat top tube and I really don't like the look of a frame pump on the bike anyway....So....for the time being I'm just carrying the inflator and a couple co2 cartridges. Hopefully I'll never have to change a flat on the road. I suppose it would a good idea to test my theory out before something bad happens. The problem with things like CO2 inflators is sometimes you forget how they work. Real good idea to do a test run just to make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you use your cartridges to inflate the tire....I think I'll do that myself this weekend. Been a good 5-6 years since I last used the inflator. I can't even remember if it works with Presta tubes ( without an adapter ) or not.

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    Topeak turbo morphs also have the footer, and are great pumps. Definitely not a gimmick.

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    Don't know about the BV-11, but I know you wont be disappointed if you spend the extra on a lezyme mini floor pump or the topeak morph.

    I had a bell mini floor pump and ended up chucking it in the trash...the good ones don't cost that much more and you will be happy with your reliable pump for a long time.

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    With a Topeak Road Morph, you will get the tire up over 100 psi, if needed. The Lezyne also will do the same. I would not say it mimics a floor pump. I would say it works like a floor pump.

    But I have seen people use floor pumps and their technique varies. To me, they're not optimizing on it. Floor pumps are ideal in that you don't use arm strength; its all in the legs combined with a snapping action.

    There's no need to carry a CO2 if you already have a Road Morph or Lezyne.

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