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Old 09-21-08, 01:01 PM   #1
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Should I carry a small pump?

I recently had two slow flats that left me stranded at work. If I had a small pump I would have been able to fill them up to get me home. Do you carry a pump for this purpose? How is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Mini-Ma...2011192&sr=8-2
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Old 09-21-08, 01:20 PM   #2
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Yes!
If you run really high pressure tyres a small pump isn't perfect to get them back to the optimum pressure but it's usually enough to get you home/to your destination.
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Old 09-21-08, 01:27 PM   #3
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depends..

..If you have a modern Dahon it should have a pump inside the seat post which is really effective, so no.

Any other bike, yes.
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Old 09-21-08, 02:20 PM   #4
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I carry one of these with me but have not needed to use it yet-
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Old 09-21-08, 04:04 PM   #5
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If I'm using my Dahon for short journeys then, no

But anything over 3 or 4 miles and I carry a pump & spare tube
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Old 09-21-08, 04:38 PM   #6
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I have the Topeak road morph pump and have been pleased with it's ease of use and performance plus durability(it rides on the outside of my Carradice bag rain or shine)had it two years now.
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Old 09-21-08, 05:08 PM   #7
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I don't

I ride folders in NYC and I don't carry a pump. I figure if I have a flat, I'll just hail a cab or wheel the bike to the subway.

Now any other city - I probably would. When I lived in Houston I sure did. But it's a lot nicer to change flats at home than out on the road.
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Old 09-21-08, 06:51 PM   #8
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Is there any simple pump that can fit inside the Dahon seat post? I am hoping to spend under $20.
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Old 09-21-08, 07:18 PM   #9
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I have the Topeak road morph pump and have been pleased with it's ease of use and performance plus durability(it rides on the outside of my Carradice bag rain or shine)had it two years now.
+1 on the road morph. It will do full pressure on any tire.
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Old 09-21-08, 07:32 PM   #10
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I recently had two slow flats that left me stranded at work. If I had a small pump I would have been able to fill them up to get me home. Do you carry a pump for this purpose? How is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Mini-Ma...2011192&sr=8-2
I have small pumps that are collecting dust. When you're out on the road, these small pumps will not inflate your tire and are HARD to even reach 40 PSI! When it comes to inflating tires on the road, you need to forget about getting the smallest and get one that will actually fill the tire past 80 PSI. Riding with a tire that's underinflated is exhausting and can destroy your tire.

The Topeak road morph pump is the only one I can recommend. It's not much bigger than those micro pumps from Amazon but it will actually inflate your tire.
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Old 09-21-08, 07:56 PM   #11
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I have found a mini pump that actually works - The Topeak Micro pocket rocket. I carry it inside my Swift seatpost. Takes me about easy 250 strokes to reach around 80psi. Sounds like a lot but goes quite quick. Other pumps couldn't reach half that pressure with a lot more effort going into it.
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Old 09-21-08, 08:02 PM   #12
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Thanks for all replies, I have just placed my order for the road morph from amazon!
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Old 09-22-08, 12:32 AM   #13
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I have with me always, a two dollar taiwanese beto pump...
serves me well
at those unfortunate times and places.
change the tube, pump (less air is still better than no air) and go...
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Old 09-22-08, 01:00 AM   #14
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the best pump i've used is this;
www.cyclaire.co.uk

It's a bit pricey but 120psi is no problem, there's a gauge, and fits in a small carry pouch. I've had mine for 3yrs...no problems.
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Old 09-23-08, 03:59 PM   #15
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+1 Topeak Morph (gets my vote for relative easy inflation to full pressure)

Any body try that newer mini-morph?
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Old 07-07-10, 02:58 AM   #16
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(breathing life into the old thread)

I've got one of these:


and those who are following my adventures will realise it is nearly useless. So I'm looking for another pump that can hide in a saddle bag.

Jur, do you still love the pocket rocket? They hate it here http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...ocket-al-10195

Any other (newer?) recommendations?

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Old 07-07-10, 04:19 AM   #17
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By now I have 3 of the micro rockets, I like to put these inside the seatpost. Bikeradar is not wrong though, but 20" wheels take less air so these are slightly more suitable. I have to pump several 100 strokes to get a pressure I'm happy with but with no gauge it's a guessing game. But at least these pumps get there. Due to the small size one mustn't expect floor pump performance; size matters with pumps. I will only use it when there is no alternative.

I also think the small Crank Brothers pumps are rubbish. OK for mildly inflating, but no good for getting up to pressure. I use to think much of them but since moving to higher pressure tyres I have realised they are useless. Perhaps the slightly larger ones are better, but I have fallen out of love with CBs after putting up with their crap pedals for years and not realising how much better SPDs are.
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Old 07-07-10, 07:34 AM   #18
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This is double-acting and pumps on 'pull' as well as 'push'. Mine's about 4 years old. I have a CO2 pump, great for top-ups to 70 psi, at one CO2 bulb per tube.

Good for fast top-ups, but eats money. It's cute though.
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Old 07-07-10, 08:18 AM   #19
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First pump I got was a Pocket Rocket. Getting higher-pressure tires up to where I needed them was a chore. For a lower pressure, smaller tire, it might not be so bad. I still throw it in my bag if I'm taking a short trip and might want to get the tire filled enough to limp home, but if I actually want to change my tire on the road and carry on as normal, I take something else.

I switched to the Crank Brothers pump. It had a pressure gauge built in that led me to believe it would get me to my desired 80-90 psi, but it was only a little better than the Pocket Rocket, although I did enjoy the adjustment that allowed me to pump greater volumes of air to start with and then switch to lower volumes per pump stroke when the tire gets more full. It currently lives on my Tote/Cycle because those tires are lower pressure.

Both pumps had the disadvantage of attaching right at the stem and have resulted in my pushing the stem into the rim and destroying it over the course of pumping up the tire. Not what you want to happen when you've just replaced your flat tire with your spare. I've learned to be more careful with those pumps, but what I really appreciate is the hose attachment on the Road Morph, which is what I now have on my daily commuting bike. It's the only pump I've had that can easily get any tire up to full pressure without my feeling that I have to "top off" the tire at the next available opportunity.
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Old 07-07-10, 02:54 PM   #20
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depends..

..If you have a modern Dahon it should have a pump inside the seat post which is really effective, so no.

Any other bike, yes.
Not to hijack the thread, but I'm curious how the Dahon pump compares to other good pumps (i.e., road morph). I'm usually pretty excited by Dahon's products conceptually, only to be let down by the manufacturing and function of the product itself.
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Old 07-07-10, 03:05 PM   #21
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I generally carry a pump and tube and tools on most of my bikes...due to the size I have a CO2 inflator in my Tikit's seatbag as well as tools and a spare tube. I'm not a fan of CO2 inflators, but in this case the small size is ideal. I haven't had a flat with my Tikit on the road so I've still got the original CO2 cartridges. If I was going on tour I take along a Road Morph instead.
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Old 07-07-10, 05:00 PM   #22
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Please, be my guest and hijack the thread. I did!

Looks like the pocket rocket is the go. I want have something in the seat bag, so 16cm is about maximum length. The only alternative would be CO2, but with the amount of flats I'm getting, the discarded cartridges would pile hard on my carbon/landfill debit side.

Looks like I'll need a floor pump too as the old Blackburn mtn frame pump can't get the Kojaks up to full pressure.

Thanks for the help
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Old 07-07-10, 05:50 PM   #23
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http://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...ure-drive.html
I heard these are really good, but I've never used them. I always eye at them in the stores. But since i have the the turbo morph, i held back on buying another pump just cause they look cool.
http://www.topeak.com/products/Mini-Pumps/TurboMorphG
I carry it in my backpack.. I know i should mount it on my bike instead... I think its a good pump though. i get up to 120 with some effort on my road bike. When i was pumping up a dahon mu p8, it was really easy and quick. The gauge helps but compared to the road morph, the gauge adds that 80g.

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Old 07-07-10, 11:42 PM   #24
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[..CO2 pump great for top-ups to 70 psi, at one CO2 bulb per tube.
Good for fast top-ups, but eats money. It's cute though.
Are you using Genuine Innovations over priced cartridges?

Check this for example, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015V45F4 30 16g threaded cartridges for $40 shipped. The ones I got have 'made in Japan printed on them. I am using them with Innovations Air Chuck.

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Road morph ... It's a floor pump you can carry on your bike... have one in my Brompton's Touring Bag.
better than pump they supply.
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