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Old 05-20-09, 07:05 PM   #1
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What do you use to inflate tires on a ride?

What do you use to inflate tires on a ride if necessary? I'd like to have something in my rack trunk for emergencies and want to know what the experts here on the forum suggest. Which mini-pump do you use?

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Topeak Road Morph

And don't leave it in the trunk ... attach it to the bicycle and bring it with you.


BTW - there should be heaps of threads on pumps.
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What do you use to inflate tires on a ride if necessary? I have unsuccessfully been trying to find a thread on this topic.
Couldn't find a thread on the topic! You're kidding - right?

In my case it depends on the bike. I carry a Zefal HPX frame pump on my retro bike and CO2 on my go-fast bike. The pump is cheaper to use and you never run out of air. CO2 is much faster and easier to use.
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Just bought a Blackburn Airstik SL. Length is about 6", weight is 58 grams, pumps up to 160 psi, and fits in my seat bag. Works great.
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What do you use to inflate tires on a ride if necessary? I'd like to have something in my rack trunk for emergencies and want to know what the experts here on the forum suggest. Which mini-pump do you use?
I have at least 15 or 20 flats a summer here in the land of big thorns. One year, when I was compulsive about recording every facet of my training, I averaged a flat every 35 miles, 62 between April and November. Velo Dog's Guide to Coping says the following:
--I don't use ANY mini-pump. I carry a full-size frame-fit pump, either a Zefal hPx or a Topeak, can't remember the model. The Zefal is 20 years old and still works like new. Either will inflate my 35mm tires to 90psi in fewer than 100 strokes. The last mini I tried took more than 450.
The key word there is "carry." A pump in the car when you're 15 miles away is no use at all.
--I've tried CO2 but abandoned it as a bad idea. Eventually it will break your heart with the pffft of defeat, and it's always possible to have one more flat than you have cartridges. Plus who wants more junk to throw away.
--Ditto "glueless" patches. On road tires, my failure rate with those is 50 percent, while in almost 40 years of riding, I've had only two conventional patches fail. They only save, what, 30 seconds while the cement dries, and then you have to replace them when you get home? No advantage there.
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Road Morph.

I've been using the Park glueless patches exclusively for the past couple of years. I've only had one fail on me, and it did so during storage. Then again, I've only had three flats in this time, and none of them while riding.
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Now that I use Specialized Armadillo tires I don’t have many flats. But if I did I would fill then with my Specialized Combo 2 Pump. It works like a traditional pump or with a CO-2 for quick fills. However my Masi only has a Co-2 pump and I keep 3 extra CO-2 cartridges in the seat pack. A road morph G with gauge or even a mountain Morph would be a good choice if you don’t care for CO-2.
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Road Morph, Topeak mini for lower to moderate psi tyres, and several antique Raleigh pumps that still work well for lower psi tyres.
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If you have a road bike- there are very few pumps to get to the high pressures necessary . MTB's and I use a Blackburn Mammouth and that will get the pressure up to about 80psi and fairly quickly. But on the road you do have to have a pump that will get to the high pressures.

Have to vote for the Topeak Morph series. I have the mini Morph on one bike and the road morph on another.
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Road morph - I can get to 100psi fairly easily, and I like that it has a hose on it so I don't break the presta valve.

I have used CO2 cartridges in the past, but then one day I blew two of them without any getting into the tire and had to walk my bike home. I went and bought the road morph that afternoon. Funny enough, I had a chance to use it the very next day
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Zephal frame pump - achieves 100psi faster than any mini-pump I've tried. CO2 cartridges? What would Al Gore say?
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Mine looks something like this:
Planet Bike MicroPro Ultra Light Pocket Size Mini Bike Pump


http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Mi...923029&sr=8-12
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Road Morph. "Trunk" was "bike trunk", not "car trunk" in the original post.

I tried a little $12 Scwhinn mini pump that I bought at Target or somewhere, and it was worthless, couldn't get above 20 psi or so. The Road Morph isn't perfect, but works.
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What do you use to inflate tires on a ride if necessary? I'd like to have something in my rack trunk for emergencies and want to know what the experts here on the forum suggest. Which mini-pump do you use?
The Topeak Morph line should be list in the FAQs as the answer to all pump questions

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As others have said, Topeak Road Morph mounted on my road and mountain bikes. I carry CO2 on my tri bike, but only use the CO2 during races. During training rides, I carry a topeak road morh in my camelbak.

Topeak RM is great because it has a hose, it has a relatively accurate (within 10 psi) gauge, and can get up to 120-130 psi.
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I've been riding on paved and unpaved rail trails, as well as metro park and state park roads and trails. My goal is to ride 20 miles a day. I am currently building up to that and rode 18 1/2 miles the other day.

That said, here is what I bought to accommodate my riding style:
Topeak Mini-Morph (which fits in my rear rack trunk)
Spare tube
Tire levers

I can repair the flat, and since my tires have a 25 lbs. of air range (40 to 65), should be able to judge filling it with air to get home. Once home, I can check my air with a tire pressure gauge and repair or replace the faulty tube. I went with the Topeak Morph series based on your replies. Thanks for your help.
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I've been riding on paved and unpaved rail trails, as well as metro park and state park roads and trails. My goal is to ride 20 miles a day. I am currently building up to that and rode 18 1/2 miles the other day.

That said, here is what I bought to accommodate my riding style:
Topeak Mini-Morph (which fits in my rear rack trunk)
Spare tube
Tire levers

I can repair the flat, and since my tires have a 25 lbs. of air range (40 to 65), should be able to judge filling it with air to get home. Once home, I can check my air with a tire pressure gauge and repair or replace the faulty tube. I went with the Topeak Morph series based on your replies. Thanks for your help.
This one?

My mistake. I guess you're talking about this pump.

TIA

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I carry a Topeak micro rocket in my jersey pocket and CO2 in my bag. The mini pump checks for the cause of the flat and CO2 inflates the flat quickly.
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Is it possible (sizewise) to mount the Topeak Mini-Morph pump on the seat tube?

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Another vote for the Topeak Road morph. I carry it on the frame of my Cross Check or in my camelback when on the mountain bike or motorcycle.
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Another vote for the Topeak Road morph. I carry it on the frame of my Cross Check or in my camelback when on the mountain bike or motorcycle.
I understant that the Topeak Road Morph doesn't have the In-line Gauge (like the Road Morph G pump).
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I had both of my road morphs fall apart again in the space of one week. Completely and utterly sick of asking for parts twice a year. This about the 6th time in the last few years. If they could make the pump more durable I would switch back to it in a heart beat.
Now I use a blackburn air stick as backup and co2 as my main source of inflation.
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I use a Zefal frame pump. I do however stop 15-20 times a year to help those with co2, and have on occasion had to show some how to use a pump and patches. I try not to laugh , and try to be kind.
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I had both of my road morphs fall apart again in the space of one week. Completely and utterly sick of asking for parts twice a year. This about the 6th time in the last few years. If they could make the pump more durable I would switch back to it in a heart beat.
Now I use a blackburn air stick as backup and co2 as my main source of inflation.
The reason I got the Pump I use was because I only had a CO-2 pump for the longest time and once had two flats and a slow leak on the same ride. I still had a cartridge left when I got home but realized if I had another flat I would be out of luck. I use the standard feature of the Specialized pump to get the tube started and then shoot 120 PSI of CO-2 in.
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I'm carrying a cheapo schwinn mini-pump on my mountain bike. Gets the tires up the 40psi max in not much time.

Have my eyes on the road morph for the road bike though. Keep hearing nothing but stellar reviews on it.
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