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Old 06-25-18, 08:24 PM
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Floor pump recommendations

Anybody have recommendations for a nice floor pump? I'm tired of fighting my Birzman Apogee. It's sleek and sexy looking and all but the head is frustrating to use and the base is not all that stable. I don't need the sexy. Just want an easy, dependable pump that can fill a tire quickly. I don't use tubeless so that's not a concern. Replaceable parts would be nice.

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Old 06-25-18, 08:43 PM
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My new favorite:

https://www.amazon.com/Velowurks-Pri...ustomerReviews

Old favorite:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ai...=219776-130157
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Old 06-25-18, 10:38 PM
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30 years ago I got a Medai for Schrader and a Silca for presta.. they both still work

By just keeping the leather pump cup supple with boot grease..

Silca Italy was bought out but the reorganized company still makes the pumps
but they are higher cost now, more prestige ..







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Old 06-26-18, 01:29 AM
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FWIW I have the old model of this one:

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/e...?colorCode=red

"Bontrager turbo charger". I's durable, has lasted for over 10 years of shop use, without replacing any parts. Only annual clean and re-grease of seals with some silicone grease. Not sure if the "upgraded" model is as good and as durable.
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No complaints with my...

...Topeak Joe Blow.
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Old 06-26-18, 06:37 AM
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Woody, how is the head on that Velowurks? I find that most pumps are more similar than different; it's the pump head that sets a pump apart.

I have an old Rampar-branded Medai with a Planet Bike hose & head that I use for Schrader valves and a Silca with the brass head for Presta. Both more than 35 years old, both working well.
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I have an SKS Rennkompressor. It's bombproof, been in production with few changes for decades and easy to get spares. It's been working fine for me for about 10yrs now with zero problems. Also easy to dismantle, clean and lube the seal. Silca used to be very good too until the company was bought up and turned into an overpriced, shop jewelry pump brand.
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Woody, how is the head on that Velowurks? I find that most pumps are more similar than different; it's the pump head that sets a pump apart.

I have an old Rampar-branded Medai with a Planet Bike hose & head that I use for Schrader valves and a Silca with the brass head for Presta. Both more than 35 years old, both working well.


The pump head is heavy metal, & has pressure bleed button on it.
I wrapped a rubber band around the presta end to easily tell the difference.

A bit sensitive to being pushed on too far, seals well when you get that dialed. Easy to get 165 psi w/out leaking (not that that's ridden).

The pump is tall, with long stroke, long hose, sturdy shaft, bearing at top of the cylinder, & cup washer-style seal- much better than simple O ring.

I've used a bunch of floor pumps, own four & this is the one that gets used.




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Old 06-26-18, 02:40 PM
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I have a slightly different version of this pump. It is 24 years old and still works. I have replaced the pressure gauge, the leather, hose and head seals. You can still getr parts for it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sil...wAAOSwkIBbBiY~
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Fully agree, it wasn't till I used one, you can really take note of a few psi difference, very good to find out what pressure range is best for you & your bikes, this few psi difference was something I never could do with standard Bourdon tube gauge.
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...this is the one that gets used...
You wrapped the bars on your pump? That's awesome!
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I have a zefal husky floor pump. Purchased in 1986, and rebuilt once. Solid as a rock and most importantly can reach higher psi's. The body is metal while the handle is wooden. As far as I know they still sell them although slightly different.

A couple years ago I borrowed someone's bike store brand floor pump, it was made of plastic but it worked great. It didn't have a high psi gauge but it reached training tire pressure swiftly and easily. So my conclusion is newer may be easier/faster but not as durable.
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I'm a fan of my Specialized Air Tool. It fills pretty quick and the head works well on both Schrader and Presta. Of course, my opinion may be a bit skewed since I got mine for $7 at a thrift store
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My Serfas FP200 came with a "lifetime guarantee"... but it excluded "normal wear and tear" I thought that was kind of bogus. The pump and head all work beautifully though - everyone I let use it comments on how nice it is.

But last weekend the gauge broke - the pump still pressurizes but the gauge won't indicate above 20psig.
So I took it back to the LBS where I bought it and he gave me a loaner pump, and said he'd call the warranty department on Monday, and he thought they might give me a whole new pump.


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I also have a Zefal Husky from the ‘80s (which I always assumed is the SKS Rennkompressor rebranded). Built like a tank, as noted. Every few years I lube up the leather cup and still going strong. Only negative for me is that I have a habit of breaking presta stems (the insert portion) with the heavy, lever type head. I think that is more due to my clumsy technique than the head. It has a chain attached adaptor for switching between presta and shrader.

Due to my frustration with destroying too many presta valves, I gave a Lezyne model a try and it is now my favorite. It comes with a reversible, threaded head for presta and shrader. It threads down on both valve types, eliminating broken stems. Nice litttle bleeder valve in the head, too. I think it is the Steel Floor model. Not cheap, but nice and sturdy in feel and use.
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I carry a little mini pump in my bag when cycling, I can't link it, but if you search in amazon: mini floor pump you'll get what I mean
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I carry a little mini pump in my bag when cycling, I can't link it, but if you search in amazon: mini floor pump you'll get what I mean
Probably a Topeak "Road Morph". It's a rather large, heavy "mini-pump" but has some features of a floor pump such as a folding T-handle, short hose, a foot rest and a crude pressure gauge. It's a decent take along pump but not really a substitute for a true floor pump.
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My Serfas FP200 came with a "lifetime guarantee"... but it excluded "normal wear and tear" I thought that was kind of bogus. The pump and head all work beautifully though - everyone I let use it comments on how nice it is.

But last weekend the gauge broke - the pump still pressurizes but the gauge won't indicate above 20psig.
So I took it back to the LBS where I bought it and he gave me a loaner pump, and said he'd call the warranty department on Monday, and he thought they might give me a whole new pump.
Update - Serfas is sending the LBS a replacement gauge to install on my pump. Customer Satisfied!

Also, the smart head on this pump is the best I've ever used - zero futzing between presta and Shrader valves.
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Nashbar Orange is the best pump I've used.
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Bontrager Super Charger
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Nashbar Orange is the best pump I've used.
Yep, I like mine too. Great performance for the price.
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So basically, the answer is that there are many, many good floor pumps. I've had expensive name brand pumps and I've had $15 box-store pumps. They all worked great at pumping air but didn't do much else.

I will pass on the excellent advice people on these forums always give me: "Just buy a damned pump and go ride!"
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I will pass on the excellent advice
The proverb I heard is: "All goats jump onto a leaning tree."
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I like my Bell with dual valve head and gauge. Last pump I had lasted 40yrs but no gauge on it. I'm an old goat so I jumped on this tree...
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