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    Floor pump purchase

    Hi there,
    I'm looking around for a new floor pump and would be greatful if anyone could give me a few ideas.

    Only to be used on MTB but would like to keep my options open for road bike in the future so would take presta and shraeder values and go to a decent psi.

    And a decent price and quality.

    At the moment I am leaning towards the Topeak Jow Bloe Max II seen here

    Would there be any other suggestions in about that range, although I don't mind paying a bit more if it's going to last. I notice the Topeak I listed only goes up to 120psi, is this enough for road tyres?

    Anyhoo, thanks for any advice and ideas, cheers.

    PS - I did a quick search and it didn't seem to have been discussed lately. But if you know of a good thread, please feel free to post a link.
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    The Joe Blow is a fine pump that will last for years.

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    I prefer the Joe Blow Pro - like the pump head better. Although the price listed on the site you supplied is ridiculously high. Be forewarned about Topeak floor pumps. The place that fails is the little rubber gromit seal that fits over the valve stem. It's a 5 cent piece that they don't sell separately. Topeak offers a smart head replacement kit for $20 which is a complete rip off. You are better off buying the pump from Performance and then turning it back in for a warranty claim when the smart head quits working. I've had my Pro for 6 years, and usually have to replace the pump head every 2 years or so. A cycling buddy of mine has used his for years without issue, but he rides less than half my miles so his doesn't get as much use.

    I'll probably invest in a Silca pump the next time my smarthead fails.

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    I have a really cheap and cheesy Nashbar one... It does presta / shraeder and comes with a gauge. Ironically it works great!
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    Silca is good choice. Park Tools.

    Editors' Choice 2007: Best Floor Pump
    Topeak's Joe Blow Pro blew away the competition in the 2007 Editors' Choice competition with its ease of use, a bleed-down button, and an ergo design
    By BICYCLING editors

    Topeak's Joe Blow PRO was the 2007 Editors' Choice winner in the Best Floor Pump category.
    Mitch Mandel

    THE WINNER: Topeak Joe Blow PRO - $80

    We searched high and low for the top three floor pumps. After months of inflating tires, and many sore arms, the Joe Blow earned the top podium spot. "The ergo design is perfect--nice and tall with a long hose," and the top-mounted gauge is "easy to read, with an indexed pointer arrow."

    While pumping up some high-pressure tubulars, one tester noted, "I'm amazed how few strokes it took to get to max pressure." No chance of the head biting off presta valves, either: It goes "on and off very easily, no need to work the chuck."

    The stellar feature is the bleed-down button: "Every floor pump should have this control." Simply push the button if you go a few pounds over appropriate pressure.

    INFO: Topeak.com

    RUNNERS-UP:

    Blackburn Airtower 4 - $60

    The Airtower feels "high-class and high-quality," mainly because of its "solid, smooth stroke," and the gauge is easy to read.

    INFO: Blackburndesign.com

    Wrench Force Air Daddy - $60

    Simply put, the Air Daddy is a "good pump" and it "works well," and "once you find the sweet spot on the grips, it feels great."
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    I've used quite a few diff pumps including all of the topeaks and I like specialized's pumps the most. sport and pro models

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    I have the specialized sport, or maybe its the pro, but its silver and cost somewhere around $41 at a bike store. Excellent pump, I like it the most compared to others I've used.
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    I've been using a Park Tool PFP-2 for a few years that I really like.

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    I have the Joe Blow Turbo. I use it for 700 x 25-32 road bike tires, 85 - 120 psi., and 559 x 1.95 tires on my MTB and recumbent, 45-65 psi. The SmartHead works well with both schraeder and presta valves.

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    I have a Blackburn TPS 2 I use for road and MTB. The guage is accurate and can handle high pressure and move plenty of air with each stroke (though I'm sure most decent ones do).

    What's nice is that the Blackburn has a lifetime warranty on pumps. The chuck started leaking on the presta hole, called Blackburn and they sent a new chuck right away--no charge. I think I might have caused the problem anyway--just before it happened, I used the chuck several times without locking the lever.

    Anyway, have had it for over a year with regular use (several times a week) and it's been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
    I have a Blackburn TPS 2 I use for road and MTB. The guage is accurate and can handle high pressure and move plenty of air with each stroke (though I'm sure most decent ones do).

    What's nice is that the Blackburn has a lifetime warranty on pumps. The chuck started leaking on the presta hole, called Blackburn and they sent a new chuck right away--no charge. I think I might have caused the problem anyway--just before it happened, I used the chuck several times without locking the lever.

    Anyway, have had it for over a year with regular use (several times a week) and it's been great.
    +1 for a year also using 3x per week. I substituted this for a Wrench Force that did not last more than a few months. If I were doing it over I probably would buy a more expensive pump, but it is doing the job for now.
    What is better than getting your heart rate up and saddle time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetweenRides View Post
    Be forewarned about Topeak floor pumps. The place that fails is the little rubber gromit seal that fits over the valve stem. It's a 5 cent piece that they don't sell separately. Topeak offers a smart head replacement kit for $20 which is a complete rip off.
    Absolutely correct. I just had this happen with my Joe Blow. Went to top up my tires for a ride and the pump failed without warning. Took 2 weeks to get the replacement part. Other than that, it has been very reliable and easy to use. I like having the pressure dial at the top of the pump rather than on the floor.

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    Joe Blow Pro.....I can't believe how well it works and can't believe how long I used the previous crappy pump before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    The Joe Blow is a fine pump that will last for years.
    Yep...I've got a Joe Blow and have had it about 3 years so far and it still works like a champ and looks brand new.
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    Blackburn Air Tower 5

    I recently purchased the Blackburn Air Tower 5. Using the pump is a dream. Pumping to 65 psi is extremely easy on my hybrid. Pumping to 120 psi on my road bike requires some effort but not to the point that you can barely get the last stroke in, easier than I expected. This is an excellent, high quality pump, you won't be disappointed. I almost bought the Topeake Jow Blow II but went with the Air Tower because of the lifetime warranty.

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    specialized air tool. it was n sale, yeah it's plastic but it does the job just fine.

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    I ordered the road morph, hopefully it will be here next week. Had a Blakburn frame pump but it was a PITA to use and won't pump to 90 PSI.

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    I have this one from Nashbar, and it works really well. It is on sale now for a steal.

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...0Floor%20Pumps

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    I'm gonna have to jump on the Joe Blow Pro bandwagon here. I've had mine for 2 years, have used it multiple times per week on 3 bikes, and never had a single complaint or problem.

    I even had a brief lapse of sanity and quite biking for 6 months and left the pump in my garage to gather dust and cobwebs. It worked just like new when I came to my senses & re-aired my tires for my first ride.

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    I've got a Joe Blow. Works great, and has been for about 2 years. It's almost into it's 3rd year.

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    I use a Specialized Air-Tool Comp. It features an aluminum barrel, steel base, a nice gauge, and a head that adapts to schrader or presta automatically. $43 from Specialized.com or your LBS. The sport is a little cheaper at the expense of a plastic barrel..

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...jsp?spid=25945

    Mine serves me well. An added bonus is that the barrel unscrews easily. Makes greasing the O-ring periodically a cinch.

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