What do you guys use and what do you think is the best one? Do you actually take a good quality pump on your rides or do you have a strictly "get home" mini pump on shortish rides?
I have heard a lot of people say great things about the Topeak Morph pump. But that is one is not cheap, starts at around $ 26 i think. On the upside it can be your only pump, i love that it has a pressure gauge. Do you guys think these pumps can last long?
I use the Zefal HPX, according to Wallingford this pump is "the best one on the market if you need a reliable, easy to use, high-pressure pump to carry with you on your bike. You can easily get a tire to 120 lb. pressure with one of these. They have a reversable head so you can set it up for your Presta bike or your Schrader bike. Frame pumps, like the HPX, are much more efficient than mini-pumps. Each stroke moves so much more air that many less strokes are required."
Well i def. have to agree with all that i am very impressed with these. Downsides is that they are not really cheap about $ 22. (but for me that is a non issue, i have bought two second hand ones for 2 Euros each), nor super light. Also it doesn't have a pressure gauge. On the upside i think that if you do know by feel what the correct pressure is on your tire these can be your only pump. Also they are slender and the black ones would make Darth Vader proud too. Lastly they are a rather simple/have few components and a very time tested design, they have been around for ages and have proven they can last and last.
This comparison table (and the whole site) is interesting, too bad some data seems missing?
I have also found that most mini pumps are a complete waste of cash for heavy or frequent use and that even reputable brands (SKS, Zefal) make some horrid (mini)pumps.