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    Touring Pump Suggestions?

    Do you have a touring pump that you really like? Hopfullying some of you more experienced tourers can offer some advice. Also, do you carry a digial gage for reading your pressure?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I have used the Axiom Enforce Air Pro Gauge on tour with no problems. If I had to get a new pump though, I would go for the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HVG. It is one of the nicest looking and best working pumps I have seen.

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    Frame fit pump, longer stroke. a Blackburn one works for me.
    I have a Zefal Made dial gage, for PV. mostly plastic, so light enough .

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    I like the Topeak Mountain Morph pretty well.

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    I bring 2. Pumps are the #1 thing randomly left places.

    1. Frame mounted topek. (Currently in Alabama somewhere)
    2. A rubbish bin material mini Specialized Airforce 4.

    Gauge on the floor pump for those 100 psi racing tires.

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    If you do a search on the subject, you will find the Topeak Road Morph gets a lot of air play.

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    Husar, At this time the Topeak is likely the most popular pump currently available. Stay away from mini pumps as the small volumn with each stroke can take 100 plus strokes, even with dual action pumps. My old Blackburn FP-1L still gets the job done (with minimal maintenance).

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    I got a Road Morph earlier this season, works well, fits in my pannier easily (shorter than the old Zefal alu one Ive had for years), pumps to 80 quite quickly, to 100-110 with not too much effort nor time. I like this design of being able to pump downwards like a floor pump. Lezyne, Filzer make similiar pumps, dont know which is better build quality, I went with the Topeak from suggestions here and at a store with Lezyne from an employee who thougth the Topeaks might be a bit better made, diff was about 8 bucks I think (27 vs 35).

    I prefer a slightly larger pump than the mini ones where pumping times are a lot longer. Tradeoff I guess.

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    I had a Road Morph...it worked fine for years. I eventually bent the piston rod (is that even the term?) and wasn't ever able to get it back to being straight enough to work perfectly. I just bought a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HVG (high volume with guage) and it's an absolutely amazing pump. I think they really perfected the "handheld" pump...and I believe it's lighter than the Road Morph while being almost exclusively metal. Great little pump.

    The Road Morph is about $20ish less expensive though, if that matters.

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    Run 38m tires and have used a Roadmorph for 6 years, on my second one now. The gauge on this model is hard to read, but accurate enough for me. (New model with bigger gauge.) I don't inflate past about 70 lbs, so not hard to do. Gets tougher above 80, but doable. I drop a little machine oil down the barrel occasionally to keep the piston lubed. The foot plate is pretty useless.

    The cap at the business end unscrewed itself one day while on tour and was lost. Make sure it's on tight. Cover with duct tape when not in use to keep insects from building a nest and stopping everything up.

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    I have a topeak turbo road morph G, it has a built in dial gauge. I also use lezyne mini road with the inline hose gauge and I carry one of these.

    pressure guage

    Yes, I like to know what pressure is in my tires in the morning.
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    Topeak Road Morph G. The built in gauge is good enough for the road. I can leave my other gauge at home.

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    Topeak Road Morph G

    Me too. Really easy to pump 120 psi into 28 Gatorskins.
    Tip from someone else on here was to cover the intake/valve end with a condom if you're carrying the pump under the downtube

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    Thanks everyone. I will follow up with what I decide to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imi View Post
    Topeak Road Morph G

    Tip from someone else on here was to cover the intake/valve end with a condom if you're carrying the pump under the downtube
    Now that oughta get a conversation started. As much as possible, everything on a bike tour should be double duty
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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    If you do a search on the subject, you will find the Topeak Road Morph gets a lot of air play.
    Good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Good one.
    Thank you but I'm tellin' ya, my wit gets no respect around here (as he pulls at his tie)

    BTW, don't practice unsafe pump as I did below, that pump ended up trashed and I should have used a condom or carried it in a pannier but what can I say, some of us just like to live dangerously (or have no common sense).

    Oh and this pic could easily have ended up in the "Love the C & O on a muddy day" thread.

    Last edited by robow; 06-02-11 at 04:54 PM.

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    There are these things called "mudguards". They guard your bike and stuff from mud.

    Add my vote for the Topeak Road Morph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    If you do a search on the subject, you will find the Topeak Road Morph gets a lot of air play.
    +1 on this. Gets my Gatorskins and my Airzoundz up to 120 no problem (rated to 160).

    Downsides: the print on the tiny gauge is hard to read when standing and pumping away and although it comes with a frame mount I can't figure it out.

    It's light though and the little flip-out footpeg works* and since it's not terribly long it fits well in either panniers or messenger bag.

    * Some say the footpeg doesn't work for them, maybe it's the shoes I'm using, I can see how it wouldn't work with many cycling shoes. I was skeptical about it before I tried it, but with flat soled shoes it works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    since it's not terribly long it fits well in either panniers or messenger bag.

    * Some say the footpeg doesn't work for them, maybe it's the shoes I'm using, I can see how it wouldn't work with many cycling shoes. I was skeptical about it before I tried it, but with flat soled shoes it works for me.
    I agree, the foot thingee works for me too, not perfect but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
    Now that oughta get a conversation started. As much as possible, everything on a bike tour should be double duty
    They supposedly did double duty for the Brits during the War:

    British soldiers in the Second World War discovered that putting condoms over the nozzles of their guns protected them during the winter. It was suggested that 18in "condoms" be produced to protect larger guns. Sir Winston Churchill agreed, as long as they were marked "medium" - in case they fell into the hands of the enemy ...

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    I've been satisfied with the Topeak Mountain Morph Turbo. It has a gauge built in and a flexible hose and foot/floor platform that makes pumping less of a hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    They supposedly did double duty for the Brits during the War:

    British soldiers in the Second World War discovered that putting condoms over the nozzles of their guns protected them during the winter. It was suggested that 18in "condoms" be produced to protect larger guns. Sir Winston Churchill agreed, as long as they were marked "medium" - in case they fell into the hands of the enemy ...
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    Gotta love Sir Winston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    BTW, don't practice unsafe pump as I did below...
    Wah!!! No, you're wit is most appreciated, Sir!

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