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Old 02-07-07, 10:07 AM   #1
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Need Advice on Pump for Tour

Hey all! I was wondering if someone could help me out in trying to find a good mini pump for a tour I want to take this june. I've tried a few that friends have, some better than others, but haven't heard especially great things about any make or model. I want something that is durable and reliable and am prepared to spend a bit of money, I might be out on the road over a month so I would rather spend money now and save money when my pump doesn't break. I would say a gauge isn't important to me, but then again that's why I'm asking advice, is a gauge that important? Thanks!
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I use a Road Morph with a gauge. The gauge is handy and the pump will fill high pressure tires. It has a flexible hose so you can fill your tires without having to baby the valve stem. It is my second Topeak pump and the first one is still going strong. Well made and easy to use.
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A tire pressure gauge built into the pump isn't important as long as you have a separate gauge with you. But you or your traveling mate should have one. Do a search on frame pumps and you'll find tons of info. I personally like the Topeak Morph pumps, mountain or road.
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I hear only great things about the Road Morph but my question is, if you have the space on your frame, why not carry the largest pump you can? You don't have to dig it out and it will inflate more quickly. I can see the advantage of a mini especially for mountain biking but for touring, why not bigger. I have several Topeak Masterblasters and they are great. Used to be loyal to the Zefal HPx but not after trying Topeak. Does the morph telescope? Thanks.
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Thanks! This has made my life a lot easier. Just bought one on ebay.
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I hear only great things about the Road Morph but my question is, if you have the space on your frame, why not carry the largest pump you can? You don't have to dig it out and it will inflate more quickly. I can see the advantage of a mini especially for mountain biking but for touring, why not bigger. I have several Topeak Masterblasters and they are great. Used to be loyal to the Zefal HPx but not after trying Topeak. Does the morph telescope? Thanks.
I lift my bike a lot on tour so a frame pump under the top tube would not be convienient. I also use tires that get very few flats so I don't need the pump to be readily at hand and I find the Road Morph fills a tube up fairly fast. The final thing is I can grab the Road Morph and take it from bike to bike really easily.

I have a large frame pump on my road bike and it isn't as easy to use as the Road Morph, but I own it so I just leave it on.

My first line of defense on all my bikes is to use tires that get few flats.
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I hear only great things about the Road Morph but my question is, if you have the space on your frame, why not carry the largest pump you can? You don't have to dig it out and it will inflate more quickly. I can see the advantage of a mini especially for mountain biking but for touring, why not bigger. I have several Topeak Masterblasters and they are great. Used to be loyal to the Zefal HPx but not after trying Topeak. Does the morph telescope? Thanks.
Mostly because the Morphs allow you to put all your energy into pumping the tire instead of holding the pump steady and pumping. I've use a Zefal since before there was an HP...never mind the x...so I know how to use one but since the Morph came out and are essentially a mini-floor pump, I wouldn't go back fer love ner money. They are just plain easier to use.

And, no, they don't telescope...they don't need to.
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Thanks for the info. I checked the Topeak site after submitting the above and it does make sense in that it works like a floor pump. If I didn't have so many pumps now I would pick one up.

Fortunately, the pump mounts next to the seat tube on my Nomad so lifting it is not an issue. If this was not the case, I would get one.
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there's one of these on tallahassee craigslist that i'm going to buy today. how does it convert to presta? does it require a screw on converter?
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One of the best pumps I have used I bought via ebay.. It is a combo co2 + standard pump.. I bought one to make sure they work and once I got one, bought another for my other bikes.. It is called Dolce Vita, made in Italy and you use it like a regular pump and once you get a little air in the tire and make it is seated properly, you screw in your co2 cartridge and then back off 1/4 turn and you are done.. It only works with threaded co2's. For me having something that works as a pump even I run out of co2 cartridges is great. The only thing I would add is a pump strap to keep it in place.

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I lift my bike a lot on tour so a frame pump under the top tube would not be convienient. I also use tires that get very few flats so I don't need the pump to be readily at hand and I find the Road Morph fills a tube up fairly fast. The final thing is I can grab the Road Morph and take it from bike to bike really easily.

I have a large frame pump on my road bike and it isn't as easy to use as the Road Morph, but I own it so I just leave it on.

My first line of defense on all my bikes is to use tires that get few flats.
+1 for the first line
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there's one of these on tallahassee craigslist that i'm going to buy today. how does it convert to presta? does it require a screw on converter?
The head is reversible. You unscrew the knurled nut take out the guts and turn them around as appropriate. For Presta you don't what the little nub pointing down and you want the smaller diameter part of the rubber gromet to be on the facing out under the knurled nut.
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Nashbar has the mountain morph (without gauge) for under $17: click here

I love the semi-floor pump design on this pump.
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I generally store my Road Morph in a pannier. Fits perfectly fine in an Arkel T-42 pannier, so it's out of sight yet always with me when I commute. On tours, it has been both on the frame or in a pannier, depending on available storage space.
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The head is reversible. You unscrew the knurled nut take out the guts and turn them around as appropriate. For Presta you don't what the little nub pointing down and you want the smaller diameter part of the rubber gromet to be on the facing out under the knurled nut.

thanks! i bought it, and i see exactly what you mean! thanks alot!

pretty cool pump.

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Road Morph. If it doesn't fit on the frame, for whatever reason, just put in a pannier. It's worth it. I have the weakest arm muscles of anyone I know, and, even I can pump up a tire to 100psi with the Road Morph.
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thanks! i bought it, and i see exactly what you mean! thanks alot!

pretty cool pump.

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