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Old 12-07-04, 01:28 PM   #1
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Bicycle pump suggestions for woman

My girlfriend does not have the strength to pump her tires up to 125 psi using a $30 Specialized floor pump. Are there any pumps out there that give a better mechanical advantage to a small woman without using a compressor?
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Old 12-07-04, 01:38 PM   #2
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My silca pump doesn't seem to take a lot of effort. $50.00 at nashbar.
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Old 12-07-04, 01:50 PM   #3
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I have a Silca as well. I'm about 118 lbs with not much upper body strenth to speak of, and I'm able to get the pressure up to 120+psi easily. With my old pump, I couldn't even get the pressure over 100 psi.
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Old 12-07-04, 01:54 PM   #4
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My silca pump doesn't seem to take a lot of effort. $50.00 at nashbar.
Thanks, I checked it out. I hope to hear from some petite women just to make sure I am not getting advice from the 242 pound class national power lifting champion.
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I have a Silca as well. I'm about 118 lbs with not much upper body strenth to speak of, and I'm able to get the pressure up to 120+psi easily. With my old pump, I couldn't even get the pressure over 100 psi.
Great, thanks for the testimonial. Guess I will have to get her the Silca. Fortunately, Nashbar has a 20% sale right now.
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I've got a Topeak JoeBlow 'Sport' floor pump. I can get my tires up to 110psi, but I have to 'hop' on it towards the end - I weigh about 115-120.
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Tell her to use her mouth. Women are good at that.
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Tell her to use her mouth. Women are good at that.
That's a pleasant response. Helpful too.
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Check the diameter of the barrel of the pump. The smaller it is, the easier it will be to push
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I've got a Topeak JoeBlow 'Sport' floor pump. I can get my tires up to 110psi, but I have to 'hop' on it towards the end - I weigh about 115-120.
Thanks, I'm looking for something a bit easier for her - you outweigh her by 15-20 lbs.
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Thanks, I'm looking for something a bit easier for her - you outweigh her by 15-20 lbs.
That sounds like my mum. 5'0 tall and weighed about 80 lb in her younger days. I remember her getting blown over by a strong gust of wind once
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get 'er into weight lifting. no one should be that weak. it'll be good for 'er bones too.
Actually, I always thought she was a strong gal. I have trained her a bit on the weights, and she is a triathalete. For whatever reason, she can't get that pump past about 100 psi. I have been lifting weights for over thirty years, and I have to bear down a bit to get those last few pounds into my tires.
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She must be strong enough to use a CO2 inflator.
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She must be strong enough to use a CO2 inflator.
That she is, but anyone who would use a CO2 inflator for daily tire inflation would have to have more money than sense!
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I'm 5'3", 128 pounds, and after several weeks of practice, I can only get my tires up to 115 PSI with my Park Tools floor pump, so I wouldn't suggest that.

Several people have suggested getting a compressor like this
http://www.brookstone.com/shop/produ...ct_code=429852
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The Topeak Road Morph is a very good pump with two features I like very much:

1. It attaches to the tire via a flexible hose so you don't break the valve.

2. It "morphes" into a small floor pump, so you push against the floor.
That point alone was the selling point for me (I never was good with hand pumps) and should be great for her.

One word of caution : the endpiece is somewhat fragile and breaks off easily at -20 C. If you plan to use it in the cold, replace the endpiece with another one. I got a "T" adaptor which has Schraeder on one side and Presta on the other; less compact, but I don't have to swap ends in the cold...
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My Silca pump does the job, but after a few years regular use the rubber seal is becoming worn. I strongly recomend buying a replacement seal at the same time as the new pump.
Silca is known for its ease of spares and pretty slow-changing design compared to other pumps but I cant find the correct widget in any LBS.
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I know two guys who use those portable air compressers that plug into a car cigarette lighter outlet. That's an option to replace a floor pump for someone who, despite the weight training your girlfriend has done, has trouble with the last several psi.

If you were also asking about frame pumps, the inflators are obviously the least-demanding physically, but I can second Michel Gagnon's recommendation of the Topeak Road Morph. I was amazed at how easily and rapidly it worked, much easier than either my Silca or Zefal frames pumps. And it comes with a gauge, a useful feature.
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I'm 5'3", 128 pounds, and after several weeks of practice, I can only get my tires up to 115 PSI with my Park Tools floor pump, so I wouldn't suggest that.

Several people have suggested getting a compressor like this
http://www.brookstone.com/shop/produ...ct_code=429852
Thanks Stacy. BTW, that little hand compressor pump looks like a great option. After lots of research, I think the Blackburn TP-5 is the way to go. Very expensive, but it is the strongest pump on the market. It will pump up the tires to 100 psi in just a few strokes, and then one simply pushes the high pressure button and it goes from less flow to a much stronger pressure to finish the tire off for those that need the assistance.

Thanks for everyone's input in this thread. It was very enlightening.
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I'd go with a powered pump also - you can get a 12V DC compressor for about $20, plug it into the car outlet, turn it on, it'll take about 1-2 minutes, and usually they go to about 300psi (take longer than 1-2 minutes of course).

Another option is to get one of the ~10 gallon air tanks with a nozzle and hose; you can fill it up with a big compressor at a gas station or somewhere, then just hook it to the tire, release the valve, and then close it when it's aired up.
I saw one of those for about $30 I think. Probably faster than a 12V compressor, but they're bulky.
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I never even thought of going with a compressor.

At home, the hand pump does a perfect job -- and quite easily at that. And on the road, I don't think I could plug the compressor in a tree...
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Have you all considered CO2? I don't know
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Co2 also weighs more then normal air doesnt it, probly nothing to worry about unless your racing though
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