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Old 03-13-06, 07:52 PM
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Bike Pump - Help

Need to buy a bike pump that will not break or break my tire stem. I have a small pump to ride with but I need a good pump for home use. Any recommendations - Thank You.
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Old 03-13-06, 08:39 PM
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Pumps don't break valve stems. People break valve stems.

About any decent floor pump will work fine at home. Don't be a gorilla with the pump head and everything will be fine.
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Try a forum search on this topic. Floor pumps have been discussed at length recently.
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Floor/track pumps have a flexable hose so you dont apply force to the valve.

When using a mini pump, you have to support the pump with against the rim with your thumb. Dont twist in any direction. Remove with a firm slap towards the hub.
Make sure your valves are the correct length. V-shaped rims need longer valve stems but if you put a long stem into a box-section rim it is easier to bend it.
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Park makes a good floor pump.
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Besides the above wisdom about floor pumps, consider replacing your present frame pump with the Topeak Road Morph (from your other posts, you are talking about a road bike, right?), which comes with a hose, just like floor pumps, that lessens the likelihood of causing damage to the stem while changing flats out on the road. It also happens to be very efficient, too.
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Blackburn Trackpump TP-4
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My favorite pump is my air compressor. Something to keep in mind if you keep snapping valve stems is that you can ream your rims and use schraders.
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Just one note about floor pumps: avoid the ones sold at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us, and any other "big box." store. In my experence, those will rip out valve stems, even Scharder valves. Any of the recommended brands in this thread will do.
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+1 Inexpensive and an easy to read guage.
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