Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Road bike or mountain?
In my opinion, a road pump should be long and skinny. Skinny pumps allow you to pump your tire up past 100psi, and a longer pump takes many fewer strokes to get it up to pressure. I've got Zefal HPX's on a couple of my bikes.
Mountain bikes require less pressure but more volume so I prefer to use a fatter pump like a Blackburn mammoth. I don't think that guys my age should use mini's because they take too many strokes and we might not have enough life span left to inflate a tire while using one.
If you're lazy, like me, you might like using co2. It has its limitations, but you can get a road bike tire up to pressure in just a couple of seconds. I like that feature.