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Old 02-11-06, 06:59 PM
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What floor pump would you recommend?

I had my Zefal double barrel pump for about 25 years and used it countless thousands of times. I would have kept it longer except I couldn't get replacement parts for it.

I then got a Nashbar 'Blue' that lasted about 2 years. Real piece of crappola!

I'd like to get a well-designed and durable pump that would give me the same sort of durable service the Zefal classic did. I'm not afraid to spend good money for a quality item.

Anybody have any recommendations for or against any floor pumps out there?

Thanks!

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Old 02-11-06, 07:09 PM
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Without a doubt -- Silca. The Best.

http://www.bikepro.com/products/pumps/silcfloor.html
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Old 02-11-06, 07:28 PM
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I recenty picked up a Performance "Hurricane" floor pump for $20 on sale. So far it does the job I need. Here is a link:
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true
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Blackburn TPS-2... lifetime warranty, does its job well.
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Another vote for Silca. You'll always be able to get rebuild parts for it. I've had mine for 10 years, still going strong, and I've not even replaced anything yet.
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Old 02-11-06, 09:02 PM
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I've been quite happy with the Park Tool PFP-2.

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Old 02-11-06, 09:04 PM
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i purchased a joe blow floor pump from performance. not sure of the materials but you could run a tank over it and not put a scratch on it. it works great
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I've read several reviews on floor pumps. It seems like the most highly thought of pump is the
Silca *Super Pista*. I searched around for a good price on them and couldn't find any deals.
Not one of the LBS in my area had one in stock and they wanted way more $$ than an online price with shipping anyway. I looked online and ran into lickbike.com. I called them and talked to see if they had any in stock. The person told me they had them and would be happy to sell me one. He said that he had used one for quite a while but he wondered if I had ever herd of the Topeak *Joe Blow Pro*?

He told me that he started to use the Joe Blow Pro when his Super Pista broke down and he couldn't get the replacement part right away. He said he was surprised when the Joe Blow Pro actually gave more air per pump than a new Super Pista. The gauge was placed higher so it is easier to read and the hose end accepts both Presta and Schrader valves without an adapter. He said that all the parts are replaceable too, just like the Super Pista....He then added that the Silca Super Pista cost 59.95. He said that the Topeak Joe Blow Pro cost 44.88, shipping adds another 5.00..

He then said he would still be happy to sell me the Silca Super Pista if that's what I wanted.
I was confused at that point so I said I would call back.
After I checked some reviews on a couple different sites it seems that the Topeak Joe Blow Pro is getting a good rep also. While I was looking around I was checking prices.It seems that lickbike.com is selling the Joe Blow *Pro* for the same price as the LBS and online places are selling the normal Joe Blow pumps for.
I ended up getting the Joe Blow Pro form them. It's not here yet, hope I didn't make a mistake

Just be aware that there are a couple of models for each. Silca makes the regular Pista, and they make the *Super Pista*...Topeak makes the Joe Blow, and they make the *Joe Blow Pro*.
Both higher end pumps for more money but supposedly better.

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Thanks everybopdy for the great advice!
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Wow 39.99 + 5.50 for shipping for a Super Pista at bikepro.com. That's a great price!

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topeak joe blow. hands down
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Another Silca fan. It will NEVER be obsolete and they last forever with almost no maintenance. Not the fanciest or most efficient or most anything else except the most durable.
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Joe Blow Pro, FTW. The SmartHead on mine started leaking and they sent me a new one free of charge. Modulo the original head leaking, it's the best pump I've ever come across (though I've never used a Silca floor pump).
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
Joe Blow Pro, FTW. The SmartHead on mine started leaking and they sent me a new one free of charge.
I should have mentioned that point. If you search around you'll also find when things go wrong with the Topeak Joe Blow pumps they are quick to respond with free parts. Gott'a like that.
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Old 02-12-06, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by PhilThee
I should have mentioned that point. If you search around you'll also find when things go wrong with the Topeak Joe Blow pumps they are quick to respond with free parts. Gott'a like that.
True, Topeak has a good reputation for customer service but I've always thought the best customer service is the one you never need.
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Old 02-12-06, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by PhilThee
I've read several reviews on floor pumps. It seems like the most highly thought of pump is the
Silca *Super Pista*. I searched around for a good price on them and couldn't find any deals.
Not one of the LBS in my area had one in stock and they wanted way more $$ than an online price with shipping anyway. I looked online and ran into lickbike.com. I called them and talked to see if they had any in stock. The person told me they had them and would be happy to sell me one. He said that he had used one for quite a while but he wondered if I had ever herd of the Topeak *Joe Blow Pro*?

He told me that he started to use the Joe Blow Pro when his Super Pista broke down and he couldn't get the replacement part right away. He said he was surprised when the Joe Blow Pro actually gave more air per pump than a new Super Pista. The gauge was placed higher so it is easier to read and the hose end accepts both Presta and Schrader valves without an adapter. He said that all the parts are replaceable too, just like the Super Pista....He then added that the Silca Super Pista cost 59.95. He said that the Topeak Joe Blow Pro cost 44.88, shipping adds another 5.00..

He then said he would still be happy to sell me the Silca Super Pista if that's what I wanted.
I was confused at that point so I said I would call back.
After I checked some reviews on a couple different sites it seems that the Topeak Joe Blow Pro is getting a good rep also. While I was looking around I was checking prices.It seems that lickbike.com is selling the Joe Blow *Pro* for the same price as the LBS and online places are selling the normal Joe Blow pumps for.
I ended up getting the Joe Blow Pro form them. It's not here yet, hope I didn't make a mistake

Just be aware that there are a couple of models for each. Silca makes the regular Pista, and they make the *Siper Pista*...Topeak makes the Joe Blow, and they make the *Joe Blow Pro*.
Both higher end pumps for more money but supposedly better.
Topeak products ROCK. I own several of their products and have never been disappointed. Their service is excellent, too. About two weeks ago I called after hours and left a message, requesting an extra frame mount for my road morph pump. Three days later a mount appeared in my mail box, no charge! We also have 6 or 8 of their bags, a trunk QR rack and some of their tools. All excellent stuff...
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Topeak. Good pumps. Save some $ and get one of the TwinHead models. They work just as well without the added complexity of the SmartHead pumps.
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I have not been satisfied with their service. I bought the Topeak Smarthead pump replacement hose. According to the package, one of the coupler threads should have fitted my Zefal Husky pump. However, there was no coupler with the declared thread inside and, in place, one of the coupler threads was doubled.

My emails to Topeak service were never answered, nor were messages left on their answering machine. Eventually, after many attempts, a representative picked up the phone. Unfortunately, he seemed to have hard time understanding the concept of a different thread pitch. While he claimed to be sending me the right thread, what came was just one more of the same.

I eventually bought the right die and have rethreaded one of the couplers. The die was unusual and cost me dearly. Note, that I did not want to cut the hose, nor rethread the pump base, because I wanted my actions to be reversible.

While the Smarthead works very well, I am inclined to spit on the Topeak service.
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
Joe Blow Pro, FTW. The SmartHead on mine started leaking and they sent me a new one free of charge. Modulo the original head leaking, it's the best pump I've ever come across (though I've never used a Silca floor pump).
Great. But as HillRider noted, it's even nicer to have a pump that doesn't break on you, and if anything wears out ou can replace it instead of replacing the whole new pump. I'm not a big Silca afficianado, but they do seem to make a lot of sense.
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Having the parts available if something breaks or stops working is a big bonus.
I was told that both Silca and Topeak have a lot of replaceable parts and that's why I chose between the two.
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The Joe Blow works well. So does Park Tools.
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I have had my Silca Pista for 25 years now. I have replaced the head rubber twice and the hose once, and the leather interior plunger twice. The cost for one of these replacements has gone from a high of $4 to a low of $2. Almost all bike shops stock the leather and rubber or will order it for you. One word of advise.. vaseline your leather once a year and get the Presta-only head for your road bike (you can chuck the Shraeder-Presta one). The Silca is not the best functioning pump out there, but it is pretty damn good, and you can keep it working like the first day as long as replacement parts are cheap and easy to get.
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like you i have had great luck and durability out of zefal pumps. i still havew and use a zefal hpr frame pump that is now 25 years old and still works like the day i got it. was recently in the market for a new floor pump (thought i wanted a park until i read the review on roadbike). nashbar had a sale on the zefal d'elegance. $29.95 regualrly $59.95. i bought one and couldn't be more pleased. talk about quality construction. man this thing is great. even has an oil hole so you don't have to take pump apart to oil. don't know if nashbar still has any. may have been a one time item.
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Thanks everybody for all the great info!

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Originally Posted by Svr
Without a doubt -- Silca. The Best.
People either love or hate Silca pumps. Place me in the latter category. With my tongue placed not so firmly in my cheek I offer the following advice born of over thirty years experience:

There are some things that you will need if you do choose to buy a Silca pump:

1. Spare parts. Buy extra washers and gaskets when you buy your pump. They are easy to replace but they WILL need replacing much more often than a modern pump like a Joe Blow and most LBS don't carry them.

2. A strap to hold the head on the stem while you are inflating the tire. You won't need this at first but it won't be long before that head won't stay on the stem. If you don't have #1 or #2 make sure you have #3.

3. A friend to help you catch up to the group who got tired of waiting while you fussed around with "the best pump" and left you.

In all seriousness, the body of a Silca pump is bombproof and will be around long after you are dead, but a thumb-lock head will be a lot less frustrating and makes a lot more sense than Silca's chuck.
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