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Old 12-15-02, 08:43 PM
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Wow I have that grizzled look too, especially my beard! I just got the frame pump. Don't tell anyone I have just started this road bike scene last summer.
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Old 12-15-02, 08:52 PM
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I am my town's bike guro and I like my pump very well.
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Lose the local bike guru and keep the pump.
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KY Jelly works about as good in a pinch.
Just FYI, KY Jelly is NOT Kentucky Jelly and Does NOT taste good on Toast. Also, it is water based and will break down if rinsed off.

When I occasionally rebuild my pump, I squirt some PB blaster on the O-Rings to soften them up. I clean off, and use some light grease to rebuild them. Regular Petroleum (Vasoline) can work in a pinch, but you'll get strange looks from your friends if they see your can of Vasoline in your toolbox.

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You can help out another cyclist when they run out of co2 cartridges.
My second time ever riding a trail (with my not-so-tough candy blue Expedition), these three guys come towards me (from the wrong direction, I believe) and my friend. They were all dressed up in the color coordinated gear with logos, etc. Super nice bikes. The friend I was with got kinda bug eyed because apparently one of the guys was a (locally?) famous cyclist. I don't know anything about kind of thing and don't care. Well they need to use my pump!! After they're gone, my friend keeps telling me about the guy who's 'really really fast' and all I can think is "And none of them had a pump???" So, yup, keep the pump
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Keep the pump.

I have helped a lot of cyclist "pump" up their tires because they used up or made a mistake with their CO2.

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if you are going to toss the pump you might as well give it to me
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keep the pump, simply because the guru told you you're a 'newbie'

(next thing you know you'll pass him while he's walking his bike home with a flat )
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Keep the pump!!!
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Originally posted by trmcgeehan
I carry a little portable pump on my bike, but our town's local bike guru says this marks me as a "newby." He says all I really need is one of those little CO-2 bottles you can buy from the bike catalogs for a few bucks each. This saves weight and space, he says, and gets the repaired tire up to 90 psi in an instant. Alot better than pumping your heart out for 5-10 minutes. Any thoughts on this? Should I do this? Or, should I be ultra-conservative and carry a pump and a CO-2?
I like my CO2 pump. But I never buy CO2 from the LBS. I can get 4 for the price of 1 wherever BB-guns are sold. Of course, I use 12 gram unthreaded type CO2. In my book, a "newbie" is one who pays $2.00 apiece for these.

I dislike my frame pump, but I can use it for starting a tube; if necessary, I can pump it all the way, but I'm such a klutz I risk
weakening the seal around my valve stem and getting a slow leak.
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Pump and CO2 and 4 or 5 cartridges
if keeping a frame pump people will call you a newbie, I am a newbie with 40 years of biking behind me, but then I have to have my CO 2 and about 4 cartridges with me coz, I don't want to waste my time pumping air into my tire tube, I also carry a Pump on my frame and my Co 2 and 4 cartridges , just in case I encounter multiple flats in one ride
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It all depends on the type of riding I'm doing. If I expect to be far away from civilisation or possible assistance such as when I'm out on the trails mountain biking or attempting an unsupported century far from towns then I'll usually carry a pump. I always use a pump in lieu of CO2 catridges when MTBing... I learned a long time ago not to rely on CO2 cartridges for MTB tyres. If I'm going to be seeing lots of gas stations and shops along my route or on a fully supported ride then I'll leave the pump at home (or in a gear bag in the SAG wagon/truck - actually I will throw the full size floor pump in the gear bag instead of the minipump) and go for the minimalist approach. My road bike has an SKS Airgun CO2 with an extra cartridge and if it's a supported long-distance ride I'll also carry another spare cartridge in my little saddlepack. Either way, I keep one of those presta-schraeder valve converters with me just in case I run out of cartridges and need to use a gas station pump (yes you have to be careful with gas station air pumps).

I generally keep my minipump in my Camelbak so my rule of thumb seems to be if I feel I need the extra water carrying capacity (implies wandering away from convenient help) aside from my two water bottles then I'll be prepared with a pump too.
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