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Old 11-03-13, 07:42 AM   #1
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bike pump for traveling

Just got a Bike Friday pocket rocket–it's as great as I hoped–and am anticipating traveling with it. At home I pump up my tires before every ride. I think that will be a pain with a hand pump, but my floor pump is too large to plausibly be traveled with. Anyone have a solution to this issue?
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Old 11-03-13, 07:55 AM   #3
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I've got a Lezyne Alloy Drive that's pretty awesome. Very small and top quality schraeder and presta heads.
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I have had both, Topeak and Lezyne, and Lezyne Micro Drive HP w/Gauge would be my first choice. Topeak is OK but not of the same quality and durability.
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I recommend phaart pumps. I have a phaart rumbler micro floor pump, which is small, but a bit better than an ordinary hand pump.

The rumbler is a good price, and they ship US and UK.

(also: phaart: fnar fnar).
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I toss a minipump in my front pannier , on my BF Pocket Llama .

My Brompton has one as standard equipment.

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When you stop for food or whatever, top off the tires at the gas station.
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When you stop for food or whatever, top off the tires at the gas station.
Some riders carry some sort of inflation device(pump or air cartridges) to be able to fix a flat.
To the OP, try out some portable pumps in the store; if they'll allow it. The Topeak Morph and Planetbike Versair
with their flip out foot thingie will be the easiest ones to use. The smaller ones will be very hard to get to your
tire's max PSI.
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When you stop for food or whatever, top off the tires at the gas station.
Cars drive at pressures that are low compared to bicycles.
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Cars drive at pressures that are low compared to bicycles.
Yep. Some garages will limit their compressors so people don't blow their tires. 45psi is high for a car or motorcycle,but pretty low for a bike.
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Cars drive at pressures that are low compared to bicycles.
I wasn't suggesting he take it from the cars. The station pumps go to 80.
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I wasn't suggesting he take it from the cars. The station pumps go to 80.
What if he gets a flat when he's nowhere near a station? I'd recommend carrying a small pump.
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I wasn't suggesting he take it from the cars. The station pumps go to 80.
I've seen them tapering off at 40psi, not to say about them being intended for Schrader valves and some requiring a fee. Personally, I try to ride over areas away from gas stations but I can imagine that some may have no choice.

Now in China some bike parkings can have roofs and compressors for pumping up tires and even some basic tools chained around the compressor. Certainly a guard at an entrance to the company grounds in China (Japan too) would have a basic floor pump. On our US school campus they apparently plan to install compressors for pumping up bike tires, as well.
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I can also recommend the Lezyne Road Drive in the Med or Lg size. Either does the job on 1.35 406s acceptably easy and quick. The optional Pen Guage pressure guage hose makes the job accurate, too, and includes a reversible presta/schraeder chuck. Smart design, clean mounting, and quality feel.
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I use a Zefal HPx with my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket. It fits nicely in front of my seat tube with the top end resting on the front of the saddle rails and the bottom end on the junction between the down tube and the seat tube. Mine is a size '4' but that would depend on how tall your saddle is set. On mine the bottom of the folding seat mast is sealed off, but apparently on some Bike Fridays the seat mast is open at the bottom and some decent hand pumps can be carried inside it (just fold the mast down to extract the pump). If yours is like that I'd recommend looking for such pumps (the Performance 'Hurricane' pump was one but I haven't seen it sold anymore) since it would keep the pump very secure and out of the sight of potential thieves. I think some of the skinnier Lezyne pumps might fit.

The HPx pump I use easily gets the tires over 100 psi and if I have to walk across the garage to get my floor pump I often just grab the HPx hand pump instead since it works almost as quickly and easily.
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Topeak Race Rocket HP is tiny. Works quite well. Presta and Schrader. Not for every day but switches between bikes with tools in small bag for every ride.

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I carry two CO2 cartridges and a micro pump as fallback http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/MicroRocketcb (only 6.3” long) . It gives me the best of both worlds. First two flats are easy, I still can fix more flats and the overall size is minimal.
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