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    Good frame pump for touring?

    I generally pump up my tires before every ride as it seems to be a good flat-prevention measure. I use a floor pump w/ a gauge at home. I've got a Zefal frame pump for riding, but it's more of a backup since I usually reinflate with CO2. For extended touring, however, it would seem that a high-quality frame pump with built-in pressure gauge would be desirable. Can anyone recommend some good ones to check out? Bonus points for silver/polished aluminum color.

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    Topeak Road Morph. About the closet you will get to a floor pump that you can mount on your bike.
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    Topeak Roadmorph G. Big rep for reliability and ease of use. The guage is a bit jerky. Make sure the cap on the business end is secure. It has been known to work lose.

    Recent forum:http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ph-maintenance

    Pay particular attention to post #11 for an alternative that looks good.
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    Is it a full-size pump that fits in a frame with pump pegs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    Is it a full-size pump that fits in a frame with pump pegs?
    nope
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    Last edited by kayakdiver; 01-05-10 at 07:35 PM.
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    I recently got a road morph and have been impressed.

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    Topeak Road Morph G for high pressure tires. Topeak Turbo Morph might be slightly faster for large volume tires; it's similar to the Road Morph, but with a slightly wider barrel.

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    Topeak Mountain Morph.

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    there's also the park adjustable frame pump.
    parpfpmp5.jpg
    fits any frame. And if you have a local bike coop, they almost certainly have a drawer full of old zefals that can be brought back to working order in a few minutes.

    and for the record, the road morph is not, i repeat not a frame pump. It may be a great way to inflate your tires, but it isn't a suitable answer to the OPs question. Who knows, he might have some reason for needing a frame mounted pump.

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    I have had a Road Morph for years. It's impressive. It's a small pump, perhaps half the size of a
    frame pump. But it has a little foot pad that swings down, a tube that's a few inches long that lets you
    work the pump like a tiny shop pump, and a pressure gauge.

    The handle is tiny, and it is very easy to let a finger slip and get pinched. Hurts like a bastige.

    But if you want to save a little weight, it's great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
    Who knows, he might have some reason for needing a frame mounted pump.
    I would prefer a frame-mounted pump because my frame has a pump peg and room for a pump. I also like the cleaner look, rather than having a shorter pump clamped to the frame somewhere.

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    You already own the best frame pump ever made .....
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    I like the Topeak MasterBlaster frame pump.

    http://www.topeak.com/products/Mini-...59cm_framesize

    Full sized, frame mounted. I haven't used a zefal, but everything I've heard echos what Booger said, you probably don't need a new pump.

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    "The handle is tiny, and it is very easy to let a finger slip and get pinched. Hurts like a bastige."

    Never happened to me. I grab the handle in my right hand like holding onto a pistol. I place my left hand over my right hand so that the thumb and forefinger of the left hand grasp the wrist at the base of the right thumb, with my fingers of the left hand holding onto the knuckles of the right hand. Very secure two handed grip. The grip is sorta like what one might do at a funeral with both hand crossed in front of oneself, and one hand holding the wrist of the other.

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    The Topeak Roadmorph is not a frame pump, yet it is attached to the frame. Clipless pedals are not clipless. Threadless head tubes are not threadless.

    Cycling terminology makes no sense.
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    Topeak Road Morph. Not only is it really easy to use, you can leave your pressure gauge at home. Just to be sure, I got my accurate shop pressure gauge and compared results with the one on the Road Morph. It was so close that I couldn't tell the difference - plenty close enough for touring. I usually shoot for 105-110 p.s.i., but I'm happy with anything above 90. The Road Morph should get me within 2-3 lbs. of where I want to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
    Threadless head tubes are not threadless.
    That's news to me...

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    The starnut is threaded.

    The foot pad on my road morph disappeared on my second ride with it. Topeak will not mail replacement parts to Canada, refering me instead to their Canadian distributor: Norco. As far as I can tell from Norco's website, it does not have a phone number or email address. I am reduced to pinching my road morph between my feet. Oh well.

    I think I'll try that Lezyne pump when my road morph dies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    I think I'll try that Lezyne pump when my road morph dies.
    Me too. I like the idea of screwing the inflator head onto the valve. Very solid looking, practical pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    The starnut is threaded.
    Sure, most nuts are threaded. I've never seen, or even heard of, a head tube with threads.

    I think I'll try that Lezyne pump when my road morph dies.
    Be there, done that, went back to the Road Morph... I bought a Lezyne Pressure Drive pump, used it for a while, then switched back to the Road Morph G. Here are the problems with the Pressure Drive:

    1) It doesn't have a built-in pressure gauge. You either have to carry a separate gauge, or you have to pay $22+shipping for the inline Pen Gauge.

    2) Screwing the hose to the valve is a bit fiddly. If you like to inflate a tube to a few PSI, install it in the tire, partially inflate, check fit, then inflate to final pressure you'll spend a lot of time fiddling around with the screw-on hose. If you don't spring for the Pen Gauge and want to check pressure with a separate gauge, the same thing applies.

    3) Reaching higher pressures is somewhat difficult, especially since you can't brace the pump against the ground like you can with the Road Morph. This isn't as much of a problem for touring tires, but it is for high-pressure road tires. Reaching 90psi isn't bad, but after that the Pressure Drive starts to become a workout.

    Their Micro Floor Drive pumps would address some of these problems, in a substantially larger more expensive package. While I admire the machining of Lezyne's pumps, the Road Morph G seems to get the job done in a reliable manner for a very reasonable price...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
    You already own the best frame pump ever made .....
    Agreed, and having used a Road Morph pump I still prefer the Zefal HPx despite the lack of a gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Agreed, and having used a Road Morph pump I still prefer the Zefal HPx despite the lack of a gauge.
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    "Their Micro Floor Drive pumps would address some of these problems"

    That's the one I am considering with inline gauge, though the main reason is the shinny piece. I like metal stuff, sometime plastic is actually better though. I hate Zefal. I find it a bit too much of a workout to get up to pressure. I remember one day I had to do about 5 tire changes. I have tested tires some young studs pumped up with them and they were low, so i don't think I am the only person who finds them hard work..

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