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Old 09-13-05, 07:13 AM   #1
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Frame pumps

I have a Cannondale 1000 and was looking to get a frame pump. I guess the one I see most out there is the Blackburn framepump. How do these mount? Does this just wedge itself between the horizontal frame tubes or do you need a mount? I see some bikes have a nipple on the forward upper tube where one end of the pump sits in but I don't. Thanks
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Search Bike Forums for Topeak Road Morph. Quick disconnect mounting bracket goes on top or down tube.
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I have one of the longer blackburn frame pumps (not the short 6-8" ones). They sell them in different sizes, and then you buy the one to fit your top tube. They have a spring in one end, so the tension of the spring holds the pump to the top tube (with the help of one velcro strap). I like mine a lot, I've been able to pump up to 100+psi with it.
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zefal hpx - by far the best frame fit pump out there



with zefal doodads to make it doubly secure

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Second on the Zefal HPX as the best framefit pump you can buy.
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Old 09-13-05, 11:32 AM   #6
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Topeak Road Morph. Has a fold-out foot rest so it can be used like a floor pump. Best pump I've ever used...

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4361
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But a Blackburn CF framepump sure looks better

I have it mounted on my roadbike.
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The thing that I find interesting is nobody has recommended any of the minis, and nobody has mentioned CO2.
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Because a real man, or woman, uses a pump.
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Because a real man, or woman, uses a pump.
And a real retro grouch uses a Silca Impero with a Campagnolo head.

Painted to match the frame, of course.
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I carry a Zefal hpx and like it, but every time I see Topeak Road Morph in use, I am amazed at how efficient it is. And its hose, like a floor pump's, helps prevent damage to the tube from inadvertently putting stress at the valve while you're pumping.
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I also recommend the Zefal frame pump. I've had mine for years and it's all scratched up but it works perfectly.

I've also had an old version of the Topeak Road Morph. It works really well and the rubber tube and gauge are terrific, but it looks a little odd when you put it under your top tube. You can put it next to your seat tube but you might bump into it when you pedal. One time I accidentally stepped on the little head part that connects to your tire valve (I don't know what that's called) and cracked the plastic casing and the pump was basically useless after that -- the air just leaked out as soon as I tried to pump anything.

I have the Blackburn frame pump also but it doesn't work as well as the Zefal. Using it, I would tear the value off my tubes every time I pumped up a tire. With the Zefal that never happened. (It's probably just be my technique, though.)

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And a real retro grouch uses a Silca Impero with a Campagnolo head.
Painted to match the frame, of course.
Actually mine's full chrome. It's still functional, but alas it's been replaced with a Blackburn. In any case all the pumps mentioned are fine products. If they don't wedge in by friction alone you can strap it or use a little clear packing tape to hold in place. Whatever happened to pump pegs I wonder?
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And a real retro grouch uses a Silca Impero with a Campagnolo head.

Painted to match the frame, of course.
Actually, on my road bike I carry CO2 with no back up pump. I carry pumps on the rest of my bikes (HPX for skinny tires, Blackburn Mammoth for fat tires) but I can't remember the last time that I had to use one to fix a flat. I've been seduced by the speed, ease and convenience of using CO2.
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There are a lot of good pumps out there by name brand makers. I'm in the Road Morph camp myself, but won't discount any of the others. On the other hand, the cheap no-name pumps are just a disaster waiting to happen, usually when you're far from home, late in the day, when your fun meter is already sitting at 2, rather than the usual 10.

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Whatever happened to pump pegs I wonder?
Weight-concerned riders wanted to drop the excess ¼ gram?
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OK, you got me pulled in. I have a mini Schwinn, the one that mounts behind the water bottle rack. I have not needed it, but I have saved the day twice with it, and I was able to pump one guys tire to 100 lbs. No problem with pressure, and the size is just right. It has an adapter for the different tire threads, and one cool thing that I have used a thousand times is the needle for pumping up the football. It is built in, and hassle free.

I know it does not have a floor stand, or rubber hose, or a gauge, but it is an emergency pump, and my other pump has all that. Also the price was only $5.00 on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
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[QUOTE=nick burns]And a real retro grouch uses a Silca Impero with a Campagnolo head.

Yes!!!! I love my campy head! I've put it on every frame pump I owned since 1976! Beware you damn dogs, I'm armed with a campy head!
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