Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-04-05, 12:43 AM   #1
NoReg
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stirrup pump for touring

I was looking at my zefal aluminum frame pump the othe day, and contemplating the fact that for the addition of a tube, a tiny crosspiece, and a different orientation of the handle, it could be used as a stirrup pump. It is so easy to pump up a tire with both hands, and all your body weight, bearing against the stationary pump, I was wondering if anyone made such a device? I think I read about some guy who had one, so I guess they are out there.
NoReg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 12:58 AM   #2
NoReg
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Topeak morph seems to be one option.
NoReg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 04:34 AM   #3
michaelnel
Macaws Rock!
 
michaelnel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2005 Soma Doublecross
Posts: 1,513
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peterpan1
Topeak morph seems to be one option.
I have the Topeak Road Morph, and I was surprised at how easy it is to pump my 700x28s to 105lbs with it. The one I have has the built in guage too. I'm quite pleased with it.
__________________
---

San Francisco, California
michaelnel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 08:12 AM   #4
Mentor58
'Mizer Cats are INSANE
 
Mentor58's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clarksville, TN
Bikes: C-dale T800
Posts: 808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Topeak Road Morph is the pump that I swear by, not at. 110 on my 700X23's is no sweat at all, hose means that you don't run the risk of ripping stems, and gauge is nice too.
Mentor58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 08:22 AM   #5
well biked 
biked well
 
well biked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 7,123
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
What type of mounting device is used for the Topeak Road Morph to attach it to the frame?
well biked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 11:04 AM   #6
michaelnel
Macaws Rock!
 
michaelnel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2005 Soma Doublecross
Posts: 1,513
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It comes with a screw type clamp (like a hose clamp but made of black plastic) that has a bracket on it that the corresponding tab on the pump fits into.

I have mine attached to my rack with velcro straps though.
__________________
---

San Francisco, California
michaelnel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 11:39 AM   #7
well biked 
biked well
 
well biked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 7,123
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Thanks michaelnel, for the info. The Road Morph sounds good. With road tires, I've been frustrated with the typical "mini-pump" in trying to achieve the necessary tire pressure. Do you feel like the Road Morph would pump up to, say, 120psi? And another couple of questions about the mounting hardware: does it have one clamp or two? Does the mount seem sturdy? I'm curious, because I'd like to attach it to the bottom of my top tube. Thanks again-
well biked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 04:09 PM   #8
Mentor58
'Mizer Cats are INSANE
 
Mentor58's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clarksville, TN
Bikes: C-dale T800
Posts: 808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by well biked
Thanks michaelnel, for the info. The Road Morph sounds good. With road tires, I've been frustrated with the typical "mini-pump" in trying to achieve the necessary tire pressure. Do you feel like the Road Morph would pump up to, say, 120psi? And another couple of questions about the mounting hardware: does it have one clamp or two? Does the mount seem sturdy? I'm curious, because I'd like to attach it to the bottom of my top tube. Thanks again-
It works like a mini floor pump, has a little foot that folds out to hold it down, the top handle pivots out to make a "T". You can easily put your weight into it to help pump. I'd think that 120 would be very achieveable, the gauge goes to 120, and like I said, 110 isn't any work at all.

The mounting systme has one clamp, and the pump slips in and out of the clamp with a little backet and tab lock. I have an extra velcro strap on mine, in part to keep it from rattling, and part for just piece of mind. I don't doubt the stock mount is secure, but on the other hand, the only thing worse than having a flat and NO pump would be having a flat and finding you've DROPPED your pump somewhere down the road. From what I've heard, Topeak is very good about sending a replacement bracket if requested.

Steve W.
Mentor58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 04:36 PM   #9
well biked 
biked well
 
well biked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 7,123
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Thanks Mentor58-
well biked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 06:02 PM   #10
cyccommute 
Mad bike riding scientist
 
cyccommute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Denver, CO
Bikes: Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
Posts: 18,303
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 416 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by michaelnel
It comes with a screw type clamp (like a hose clamp but made of black plastic) that has a bracket on it that the corresponding tab on the pump fits into.

I have mine attached to my rack with velcro straps though.
You can also use a water bottle clip or clips for hanging it below the top tube. You need a velcro strap to keep it from falling out.
__________________
Stuart Black
New! Pokin' around the Poconos A cold ride around Lake Erie
New! Dinosaurs in Colorado A mountain bike guide to the Purgatory Canyon dinosaur trackway
Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

Last edited by cyccommute; 09-04-05 at 10:09 PM.
cyccommute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 08:38 PM   #11
NoReg
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great reviews!

I can't imagine anything much better. In the old days, all frame pumps came with a hose. It was cinelli, or someone, who came out with the first press on pump (maybe this was just ca local thing), and we all had to have one, but really it isn't much fun to use, and I imagine full pressure is impossible for many people.

Just have to find one localy, since I'm off on a trip in the next few days. I have a bunch of projects to finish, like a front rack, and fenders, but I don't have time for mail order.
NoReg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 09:14 PM   #12
Mentor58
'Mizer Cats are INSANE
 
Mentor58's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clarksville, TN
Bikes: C-dale T800
Posts: 808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peterpan1
Great reviews!

I can't imagine anything much better. In the old days, all frame pumps came with a hose. It was cinelli, or someone, who came out with the first press on pump (maybe this was just ca local thing), and we all had to have one, but really it isn't much fun to use, and I imagine full pressure is impossible for many people.

Just have to find one localy, since I'm off on a trip in the next few days. I have a bunch of projects to finish, like a front rack, and fenders, but I don't have time for mail order.
I seem to remember those pumps. If memory serves me, I seem to recall that they had a problem with blowing the fitting off the tube. My Topeak has been solid as a rock. You're right on with the comment that for a lot of folks getting up to full pressure with the typical frame pump isn't easy, you are really forcing toward the end. Having ripped at least 2 valve stems off over the years doing that, always on a very hot day, when I'm tired and frazzled to start with, I love my Topeak. Can't be beat with a stick.

Steve W.
Who wonders why his cats have just gone schizo
Mentor58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 09:35 PM   #13
Erick L
Lentement mais sûrement
 
Erick L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Montréal
Bikes:
Posts: 2,159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
The mount is pretty flimsy. I broke mine in a crash, but I never liked it before. My shorts got caught in it from time to time when sitting on the tube at a stop. "Fortunatly", I had another mount from a Topeak mini-pump I had forgotten about. It's similar to the one in cycommute attachment. That one screws between the tube and bottle cage and has a integrated velcro strap (that won't fall when unstraped) to keep the pump in place. Can't be more solid, and now there's nothing on the top tube so I don't have to take the pump off to lift my bike over the shoulder.

The pump is great for two reasons. The hose and the fact that you're pumping downward, using the planet instead of your other arm to conteract the pumping motion. The little flip-out foot thingy is nice but unnecessary.
Erick L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-05, 11:22 PM   #14
NoReg
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was just looking at this really dated Touring video, but I did pick up some pointers on mechanics, and I've been doing mechanics for 35 years. The guy braced his old style Zefal pump, nine was to sunday (so far so good), and also leaned the bike against a 4x4 sign post, and had his hand in there so the post was taking the thrust. D'oh. Doesn't get your weight and two arms into it, but at least it isn't like one of those bust exercisers (sorry, chest expanders). My zefal came with a plastic grip that road ten inches up the pump wall, so they obviously didn't think that through.
NoReg is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:30 PM.