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    Frame pump recommendations

    A friend of mine is considering carrying a pump on his road bike. He asked me to ask the forum if there were any recommendations as to the best choice. While weight is not a critical factor, ease of use probably is, as is dependability, and portability. If possible, the pump should be white, as well.

    What should he look for, and what should he avoid? I'll pass along any tips to my friend. Thanks!
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    The Topeak Road Morph is pretty good. Has a short hose like a miniature floor pump. If it's too big, the Mini Morph is okay, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAsFat View Post
    The Topeak Road Morph is pretty good. Has a short hose like a miniature floor pump. If it's too big, the Mini Morph is okay, too.
    +1

    The road morph is great because it has a pressure gauge and can "stand" on the ground while pumping.

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    For a road bike, as far as functionality goes, I think that the Road Morph is hard to beat. It works like a mini floor pump so you can get a lot of air pressure with reasonable effort. It also has a hose so you're less apt to tear the valve stem off of your new inner tube in the process.

    Mountain bikes require less air pressure but more volume. Consequently I prefer a pump with a fatter barrel.

    The only drawbacks that I can see with the Road Morph is color selection (no white) and the fact that they are way too clunky looking for us cool guys.

    Somebody's bound to bring this up so it might as well be the resident retro grouch. CO2 rocks! If you have a lot of flats you might find it relatively expensive to use. If you only have 1 or 2 flats per year like me, it's speed and convenience easily trumps the cost. It also hides away in a jersey pocket or bike wedge so 1 color fits all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    What should he look for, and what should he avoid? I'll pass along any tips to my friend. Thanks!
    I haven't used the Morph pumps yet, but they look like a good solution. I use a full frame pump, Zefal hpX.
    What to avoid is any of the mini pumps. They take so many strokes to fill a tire that you may as well walk home. It would be faster and require less energy.
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    Love the Road Morph. We have 3 of them and they're great. Also, Topeak is an excellet company with outstanding support.

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    Another vote for Road Morph.

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    Another Road Morph user here.

    Next time you have a flat, you can call your friend for help.
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    Is there anyone here that doesn't use the Topeak morph?????

    Unfortunately DG you will not be allowed to tell your friend to buy one as white is absolutely not the color they come in.

    However, black accents look good on a white bike and I wouldn't want your friend to have to make any more 2 mile rides on a flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Is there anyone here that doesn't use the Topeak morph?????
    Yup.

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    I wimped out on this and got a nice little Planet Bike Airship CO2 "pump." I have it and two cartridges in my wedge bag. Haven't had to use it yet.

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    Blackburn Mountain man Pump. Gets to 80PSI with ease and then its time to start sweating. Now if you go back a few years- Then a Frame pump used to be the one to use- Probably the only ones you could get but A Long cylinder pump and quite a narrow bore so Easy to pump up to full Pressure- and I was wondering why they are no longer used. The way they fix on is to jam themselves up against the frame angles- but relied on frame anglesat both ends of less than 90 degrees. As I found out- they do not fit on most modern bikes and definitely not on a compact.

    Best thing to tell your friend though is to buy a pair of SPD cycling shoes. As he never seems to ride more than 10 miles from home and it is easy to push a bike home with SPD's
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    DG provides me with the opportunity to once again promote the Pumpless Pump!


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    The Road Morph is a good pump, IF YOU'RE A FRIGGIN FRED !.

    I mean, don't you folks have any sense of style ? The Morph has a damned HOSE attached to it !.

    In this order of descending style:

    5 Style Points - Silca Impero, painted to match the frame color http://www.yellowjersey.org/silca.html

    4 Style Points - Silca Impero, not painted

    3 Style Points - Zefel HPX

    1 Style Point, mostly as there's no "tradition" to this pump - Blackburn FP-1

    Any and all mini's on a road bike makes you a Fred. "Ya only get points if it's on a mountain bike, or carried (2 style points) in your Camelbak. If it's carried in some other brand of hydration pack then minus 1 style point. If the Hydro pack is worn while riding a road bike, TOTAL FRED !.

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    Topeak Mountain Morph. It's actually a mite shorter than the Road Morph, and like the Road Morph has a hose and foot peg. I can use the Mountain Morph effectively for tire pressures up to 120 psi with no problem.

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    Tell your "friend" that CO2 is the way to go. you can buy the cartridges at Wal-mart in a 5 pack that are much cheaper than the bike shop. When you get home, by the next day it will leak out and you can refill it with a nice floor pump, like the joe blow.

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    I hate to just add another vote to the landslide, but Road Morph here...

    Great little pump! However, I do need to get a new bracket or some velcro, as I just broke mine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    However, I do need to get a new bracket or some velcro, as I just broke mine...
    Contact Topeak. I broke the bracket for my Mountain Morph due to some ham-handed moves on my part. I contacted Topeak, and they sent repair parts, gratis.

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    I really like the Road Morph G. I've never used the fold out foot flapper. Don't know why it's there. All the pressure is generated on the push stroke; none on the pull.

    I also have a Wrench Force mini pump on my mtb. It works but it wears me out to use it. I hope I lose it so I can buy a Road Morph to keep on that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    The Road Morph is a good pump, IF YOU'RE A FRIGGIN FRED !.

    I mean, don't you folks have any sense of style ? The Morph has a damned HOSE attached to it !.
    Now that you mention it, no and the hose is one of its great features.

    If you want maximum style points, go CO2.
    If you want the pump most likely to get you home, go Road Morph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Now if you go back a few years- Then a Frame pump used to be the one to use- Probably the only ones you could get but A Long cylinder pump and quite a narrow bore so Easy to pump up to full Pressure- and I was wondering why they are no longer used. The way they fix on is to jam themselves up against the frame angles- but relied on frame angles at both ends of less than 90 degrees. As I found out- they do not fit on most modern bikes and definitely not on a compact.
    Yeah, NOBODY uses those anymore

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    Zefal HPX simply because it's never let me down, looks classically kool hanging under my top tube and, no matter its functionality, a little mini floor pump has no snob appeal but does have all the verve of a pocket protector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbait View Post
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