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Old 12-14-21, 04:49 PM
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Floor Pumps

I have an older Specialized floor pump that requires me to do weight training for my arm muscles to pump to 100 psi , getting older , use to do 120 psi - Topeak has a nice array of pumps , anyone have a preference ?
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Old 12-14-21, 05:05 PM
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I would go to a bicycle shop and ask to try them out. I have an early 90s Silca Floor pump and like it. The air gauge is accurate and It doesn't leak.
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Iíve been using an SKS Rennkompressor for a number of years.

I did have to replace the pump head recently.

Probably not a good choice for higher volume tires, but getting to 100psi is pretty easy.

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Old 12-14-21, 05:28 PM
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I like the lenzyne floot pumps, but really don't think you can go wrong with any good quality pump, as long as it matches the tire of tire you mostly use (road, mountain etc) https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...19837347168342
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If problematic using your arms to pump, just use your body weight.
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Old 12-15-21, 05:57 AM
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Why not get an electric air compressor? Even a el cheapo will do the job quite easily and spare your arms from the strain.
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Old 12-15-21, 07:26 AM
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Get yourself a new Lezyne, like squirtdad recommended.., and do some weight training too. Even 5lb dumbells can make a difference.
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Old 12-15-21, 08:28 AM
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I have a Park PFP-4 upgraded with a Hirame pump head and the combination has been flawless for the 11 years I've used it. The Park is a great pump flawed by a typically mediocre OEM pump head. The Hirame completely fixes that shortcoming. I also have a Bontrager "Charger" that has been used only for travel and seems to work well when needed.
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Old 12-15-21, 10:51 AM
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I have had my Silca Pista since the early nineties and it still works. Parts are still available so it will last a lot longer.
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Old 12-15-21, 11:08 AM
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I like my Lezyne best. Wife hates it, doesn't like the screw-on chuck. She likes the Specialized Air Tool a lot, very easy and well made. The Topeak does fine, better on schrader valves. The Crank Brothers mini pump is good for backup but would require 2,000,000 strokes to fill the tire. The bikes are not allowed near an air compressor, they cannot be trusted - only for the car tires.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have a Park PFP-4 upgraded with a Hirame pump head and the combination has been flawless for the 11 years I've used it. The Park is a great pump flawed by a typically mediocre OEM pump head. The Hirame completely fixes that shortcoming. I also have a Bontrager "Charger" that has been used only for travel and seems to work well when needed.
Thanks and btw I have a '03 Litespeed Tuscany - think it was 100% Chattanooga all Ti with carbon fork - originally 2x10 Chorus and now 2x11 Ultegra - Question , is it fairly straight forward to swap heads ?

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I have had my Silca Pista since the early nineties and it still works. Parts are still available so it will last a lot longer.
+1 Also has cycle racing nostalgia appeal. I like mine well.
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Old 12-15-21, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
I like my Lezyne best. Wife hates it, doesn't like the screw-on chuck.
I bought a Lezyne Classic Floor Drive a few months ago, and I was surprised by how much I like the ABS-1 Pro HP chuck on it. I was originally planning on replacing the chuck with a lever-lock chuck, but changed my mind pretty quickly.
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Old 12-15-21, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
I like my Lezyne best. Wife hates it, doesn't like the screw-on chuck. She likes the Specialized Air Tool a lot, very easy and well made. The Topeak does fine, better on schrader valves. The Crank Brothers mini pump is good for backup but would require 2,000,000 strokes to fill the tire. The bikes are not allowed near an air compressor, they cannot be trusted - only for the car tires.

Good to hear your thoughts on a compressor , thought about going that route , now a question mark !!
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Old 12-15-21, 12:54 PM
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I currently use a Topeak JoeBlow Sport II for HP (they should change the name!)
In saying that, I'm looking to change to the Lezyne Sport Gravel Floor Drive, as I don't like the standard head on the Topeak, and I've been really impressed with the quality of my Lezyne Micro FD HV
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Thanks and btw I have a '03 Litespeed Tuscany - think it was 100% Chattanooga all Ti with carbon fork - originally 2x10 Chorus and now 2x11 Ultegra - Question , is it fairly straight forward to swap heads ?
My '96 Catalyst was certainly 100% Chattanooga built. I'm pretty certain my '05 Firenze and '06 Tuscany were too as they were made right after the ABG purchase and before the Lynskeys left the company. The Easton carbon forks on the newer two are unlikely to be domestic.

Changing pump heads is pretty straight forward. I just cut the hose close to the old head, inserted the hose barb built into the Hirame head and added a small radiator clamp. The thing has been perfect for 11 years.

The Lezyne pumps with the screw-on head are fine unless your tubes have removable valve cores. Removing the pump head tends to take the core with it.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
...really don't think you can go wrong with any good quality pump...
The trick is defining "quality". I have had pumps from various major brands blow seals in short order. Blackburn and Silca, however, have both lasted many years for me.
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Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
I like my Lezyne best. Wife hates it, doesn't like the screw-on chuck. She likes the Specialized Air Tool a lot, very easy and well made. The Topeak does fine, better on schrader valves. The Crank Brothers mini pump is good for backup but would require 2,000,000 strokes to fill the tire. The bikes are not allowed near an air compressor, they cannot be trusted - only for the car tires.
I use an air compressor to mount tubeless tires. What's the problem?
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I have been using an air compressor on bicycle tires of all pressure ranges, diameter and width since 1981 when I landed my first job in a bike shop. Never have had any issues with it as the regulator is set to 100psi, and a hand held gauge is used to ensure proper inflation. Anything requiring over 100psi gets inflated to the max on the compressor and then a hand pump does the rest as it is easier than digging out the compressor and resetting the regulator. This past fall was my last days in the bike biz and I was still using an air compressor and hand held gauge.
The trick is to not be careless when inflating a tire with a compressor. Nothing more to it than that. If a floor pump is your choice Giant makes a cheap one that works quite well for home use. Specialized Air Tool pumps are what the other guys use in the shop. They usually go about 5 seasons before replacement. Considering one pump inflates hundreds of tires (if not 1000) a season, the things are very durable for a Specialized product.
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JoeBlow Sport does the trick, unless you need something fancy for tubeless (although I've mounted tubeless with it too, with some vigorous pumping). Works fine, price is good, replacement parts (seal ring) easily available if you need them.
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Slip on slip off with no leaks. Couldn't be easier.
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I've got a collection in my garage.

The most used is a Silca with a Hiro pump head. Just make sure you've got the compression set with the screw-on face or you'll rip some valves out of their tubes. Thing is about 20 years old, replaced the leather washer once, wood handle is solid, the pump still works fine. If I can't get it to work one morning, the SKS Renkompressor next to it will usually do the trick. I'm looking for suckers -- I mean, people in need -- to take the rest off my hands.

My Lezyne pump's gauge quit working, the new gauge cost nearly as much as a new pump. Various other pumps' heads quit sealing after a couple years, or the check valve crapped out, etc.

So the Silca is my first choice. Second choice, if you have an LBS you trust, buy what they recommend and keep the receipt for a year or two in case you need to warranty the pump.
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This has become my go-to, upstaging the Specialized air tool.

https://velowurks.com/prime-floor-pump/

Good for taller folks as it has a long barrel & stoke. Also a long hose which is good for when the bike is on the stand.

I got it on Amazon for pretty cheap, but I don't think it's available there now.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have a Park PFP-4 upgraded with a Hirame pump head and the combination has been flawless for the 11 years I've used it.
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Slip on slip off with no leaks. Couldn't be easier.

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I used the Silca brass bell chuck on a Silca Pista pump (I think it's bigger than the chuck in this photo) for years. I disliked it; on threaded valve stems, it was tough to put on and get off. The threads chewed up the rubber grommet too. It worked better when I started using Michelin Airstop tubes with smooth, unthreaded valve stems.

But then I replaced the Silca chuck with the Hirame chuck, and I replaced the Silca gauge with a 0-60lb. gauge, added a longer hose, and now it's the Lexus of Pumps.

I lusted after the Hirame chuck for years but was never willing to part with the cash. Wish I had bought one twenty years ago.
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.... and I replaced the Silca gauge with a 0-60lb. gauge...
I agree with the threaded stems. But with the new washer it isn't so bad.
0-60 psi gauge would only get me half way there. I use my compressor to get to 100~ PSI then use the Silca floor pump to get to my target.
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