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Old 07-24-06, 12:58 PM   #1
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tire pressure on trips

I was wondering how you folks get around tire pressure on trips.

I wanted to take a three-day trip. The way it works now, I have a compressor at home. I always check and fill my tires before I go. For flats I have a CO2 cartridge that works great. But what do I take on the trips.

1. CO2 will not work
2. I canít bring my compressor with me.
3. My buddy has a hand pump with a gauge, but again, it's too big to transport.
4. I assume my frame pump and tire gauge may be the only way to go

BTW: I had a rash of flats. So I purchased a light weight tube because the dealer was out of regular tubes. They are very porous and loose air overnight.
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Old 07-24-06, 01:25 PM   #2
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A frame pump and pressure gauge would be all you need.

If you really want to avoid pumping by hand you could use the air pumps at gas stations (with an adapter if you run presta valves) and if you have a CO2 inflator that uses unthreaded CO2 cartridges you can get them at a huge number of stores including walmart.
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Old 07-24-06, 06:44 PM   #3
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Ditch the tubes. They are no good for touring. In 3 days you shouldn't need to pump up good tubes and tyres. I also ditched my Conti's because I was forever changing the tubes.

I'm not a big fan of Green Goo, but Schwalbe have puncture resistant tyres that really work. I have a set on my beater bike at the subway. They take 90 lbs+ and I haven't had to pump them for months.
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Take a pump. Try a road-morph, they work great. Hit high pressures real easy.
And bring some tubes, I've gone through 5 in 2000miles. Broken stems, puctures near the stem, and multiple punctures make patches pretty useless.
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Take a pump. Try a road-morph, they work great. Hit high pressures real easy.
And bring some tubes, I've gone through 5 in 2000miles. Broken stems, puctures near the stem, and multiple punctures make patches pretty useless.
+1

I haven't tried this but it looks interesting:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=A8105
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Topeak Road Morph
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Nothing worse than tubes with loose air.
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+1

I haven't tried this but it looks interesting:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=A8105
Like the stuff they have made for car tires (tyres) for a long time, just one note, if your travelling during cold weather, don't let them freeze, the car ones tend to go flat ( ) if they freeze and thaw.
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Road morph is the way to go. I keep mine in a bag with the other tire repair stuff. I rarely carry that stuff around town, though I did have a long walk recently because of a puncture. so maybe I will change that habit. On a trip you need to have stuff for repairs, I carry some patches, quick stick, and road morph.

http://www.biketoolsetc.com/Products/AC-QS.html
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Depends a bit on tire volume. I have a midget pump I got for free. It take 200 strokes to fill my 700x38 tires. my old Zefal-4 frame pump took 70 stokes to reach the same pressure.
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Nothing better than the Topeak Road Morph, easily inflate to 100psi
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I'll add my voice to the Road Morph choir.
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