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    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.

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    Topeak morph seems to be one option.

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    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.
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    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.
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    What type of mounting device is used for the Topeak Road Morph to attach it to the frame?

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    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.
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    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-

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    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.

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    Thanks Mentor58-

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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