i purchased a long pump that attaches to my top frame bar on my poprad lemond disc... it seems to work okay on my presta valves but the downside i realized that since it was long and solid, it was easy to bend the valves... after pumping up my tires, i removed the pump to find i bent the little piece, i pulled it back a tad to straighten it it back up so i could put the cap on... and it snapped off! it keep the air pressure and i road it a little.. it still worked fine for me... so it looks like i have to buy a new tube for that wheel... i've been planning on buying some spares anyway! I
soo i do have a few questions...
1.) is it safe to ride with that little plug broken off from that presta valve? and will it let me put more air into it? until i buy a replacement tube
2.) road tires apparently are a lot easier to get flats with... i'm reading that most people recommend just a spare tube and a pump.. and some recommend patch kits and spare tires as well..
i do plan on getting a bag to put under my seat, i would like to keep it light and keep it on their at all times... i don't plan to do anything longer than 50 miles round trip, at least for now. what all should i pack? i'm already planning on packing a multi-tool, pump, and spare tube... but a tire to?
3.) can someone point me in the direction of a good pump? i was kinda thinking of getting an electric pump, but might not.. pricey... the LBS had the bontrager power charger for about 70... i'm thinking of finding a good stand up pump, but some of the ones listed on bontrager's website cost more than the electric pump.. not sure what all the benefit of those would be just yet... as long as it does presta valve's, all is good. any advise or recommendations would help :-)