Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Okay, I am nuts

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Okay, I am nuts

Old 10-20-19, 04:38 PM
  #1  
mpetry912 
aged to perfection
Thread Starter
 
mpetry912's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PacNW
Posts: 583

Bikes: Dinucci Allez 2.0, Richard Sachs, Alex Singer, Serotta, Masi GC, Raleigh Pro Mk.1, Hetchins, etc

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 249 Post(s)
Liked 241 Times in 138 Posts
Okay, I am nuts

I laid out my pile of Silca pumps for a family photo and am somewhat embarrassed at how many I have.

I keep one in the car, 2 out in the shop, and the other 3-4 in my bike room.

I have picked these up over the years, bottom feeding off ebay, got a couple for under 20 bucks.

I fully rebuild them, even replacing the O ring at the bottom of the pump barrel, plus gasket, check valve, guage, hose, and they are all better than new. A couple have the "hirame" lever type chuck which is an awesome part. Maybe the best cycling accessory ever.

One of these pumps I've had since 1976 when they came out ! I think it was $35 then. and of course the one on the left, painted by Dario Pegoretti.

Mark Petry
Bainbridge Island, WA USA


Last edited by mpetry912; 10-20-19 at 04:42 PM.
mpetry912 is offline  
Old 10-20-19, 04:41 PM
  #2  
P!N20
Senior Member
 
P!N20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,065
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 897 Post(s)
Liked 1,372 Times in 699 Posts
Originally Posted by mpetry912 View Post
I laid out my pile of Silca pumps for a family photo and am somewhat embarrassed at how many I have.
You have a beautiful family - mom, dad and five kids.
P!N20 is online now  
Likes For P!N20:
Old 10-20-19, 04:49 PM
  #3  
Rocket-Sauce 
Port
 
Rocket-Sauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,021

Bikes: 2022 Soma Fog Cutter, 2021 Calfee Draqonfly 44, 1984 Peter Mooney, 2017 Soma Stanyan, 1990 Fuji Ace, 1990 Bridgestone RB-1, 1995 Independent Fabrications Track, 2003 Calfee Dragonfly Pro

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 840 Post(s)
Liked 1,132 Times in 707 Posts
I spy a few Hirame pump heads. Nice.
Rocket-Sauce is online now  
Old 10-20-19, 05:11 PM
  #4  
mpetry912 
aged to perfection
Thread Starter
 
mpetry912's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PacNW
Posts: 583

Bikes: Dinucci Allez 2.0, Richard Sachs, Alex Singer, Serotta, Masi GC, Raleigh Pro Mk.1, Hetchins, etc

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 249 Post(s)
Liked 241 Times in 138 Posts
Haha Pin ! that is funny. Maybe I will get a stick figure decal for the back window of the car !

here's a comparison of the Hirame and the Silca lever chucks. Both are great.

Mark Petry
Bainbridge Island, WA USA


Last edited by mpetry912; 10-20-19 at 06:09 PM.
mpetry912 is offline  
Old 11-06-19, 04:57 PM
  #5  
P!N20
Senior Member
 
P!N20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,065
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 897 Post(s)
Liked 1,372 Times in 699 Posts
OK, for some reason I really want a Silca pump. I jumped on Gumtree (like Craigslist, but Australian) and this one is for sale: https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/rock...ps-/1231078699

It looks a bit like the one in the middle of the picture in the first post. It's on the other side of the country, so I'm not even sure if the seller is willing to post yet, or how much that will cost.

Will this pump consolidate my position in the C&V community? Is there anything I need to find out before I hand over my hard earned cash? Is this just the start of a slippery slope which ends with owning several pumps in various states of disrepair which all do the same job anyway?

Cheers.
P!N20 is online now  
Old 11-06-19, 05:23 PM
  #6  
TiHabanero
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,906
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1476 Post(s)
Liked 944 Times in 496 Posts
Not nuts, just obsessive when it comes to good stuff!

Been using the same Silca Pista pump I got new in 1986. My son just picked up a new Silca Pista pump this summer. A simple, good, basic pump that seemingly lasts forever.
TiHabanero is offline  
Old 11-06-19, 06:05 PM
  #7  
dddd
Ride, Wrench, Swap, Race
 
dddd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 8,563

Bikes: Cheltenham-Pedersen racer, Boulder F/S Paris-Roubaix, Varsity racer, '52 Christophe, '62 Continental, '92 Merckx, '75 Limongi, '76 Presto, '72 Gitane SC, '71 Schwinn SS, etc.

Mentioned: 125 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1289 Post(s)
Liked 823 Times in 583 Posts
I ended up with several Medai floor pumps over the years, for the same reason that they last forever.

Mostly I use modern floor pumps though, a very tall one from Nashbar and a pretty tall one from Performance. They move a lot of air in a hurry and the guages are easier to read. Going on seven years with the Performance Hurricane and three years on the Nashbar orange.

I just retired a nearly ten-year-old SKS Sub40 (as in grams) pocket pump that finally succumbed to a failed plastic ring at the head. Replaced by a Shimano Pro pump of near-identical specification, both required about 250 strokes to pressurize a road tire.
dddd is offline  
Likes For dddd:
Old 11-06-19, 07:54 PM
  #8  
Chombi1 
Senior Member
 
Chombi1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 4,052
Mentioned: 100 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1451 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 579 Times in 383 Posts
Normal!.....
Silca pumps tend to multiply like rabbits if you leave them together for too long....
Take their plastic frame pumps.....
Always the biggest pile dealers can't seem to ever get rid of when they clear things out for sale. Been like that back in the eighties at the LBS's I frequented in the Milwaukee area and till just this last week when I encountered the typical giant pile of plastic Silca frame pumps at American Cyclery's San Francisco store pre-seismic renovation container storage sale!
Chombi1 is offline  
Old 11-06-19, 08:16 PM
  #9  
Cyclist753
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 297
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)
Liked 106 Times in 66 Posts
I've had mine since ~1978. It works great! The inner rubber donut wore out and I think I substituted a bit of rubber auto fuel hose which works a treat! The leather gasket just needs a bit of grease once every few years.
Cyclist753 is offline  
Old 11-06-19, 08:18 PM
  #10  
SamSpade1941 
Senior Member
 
SamSpade1941's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 849
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 487 Post(s)
Liked 59 Times in 51 Posts
Very nifty, I just use my park tool and air compressor at home though , very fast and I don't have to pump... I do have a specialized branded floor pump I toss in the car though .
SamSpade1941 is offline  
Old 11-06-19, 08:46 PM
  #11  
francophile 
PM me your cotters
 
francophile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: ATL
Posts: 3,853
Mentioned: 78 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1105 Post(s)
Liked 510 Times in 386 Posts
Pumps you say? Seem to multiply like Tribbles for me. Guess I should sell these. But wait .... there's more!


francophile is offline  
Likes For francophile:
Old 06-19-22, 07:34 PM
  #12  
keith_h
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Brisbane AU
Posts: 5

Bikes: Rossin Record, Giant Defy, Orbea Opal. Grace, space and pace.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
This is normal behaviour for folks who are in the know. Sadly I have only one, but I have had it since new in the 80's.
keith_h is offline  
Likes For keith_h:
Old 06-20-22, 05:22 AM
  #13  
gugie 
Bike Butcher of Portland
 
gugie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,811

Bikes: It's complicated.

Mentioned: 1199 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4193 Post(s)
Liked 3,931 Times in 1,711 Posts
How many pumps do you need?

One more.
__________________
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
gugie is online now  
Likes For gugie:
Old 06-20-22, 06:32 AM
  #14  
smd4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1244 Post(s)
Liked 919 Times in 600 Posts
A pump that can be rebuilt over and over again, making it basically the last pump you ever need to buy? I love my Pista Plus with Hiro chuck. With its stained ash handle, it doesn't look too bad in my living room!
smd4 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 06:49 AM
  #15  
repechage
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 18,016
Mentioned: 121 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2624 Post(s)
Liked 1,632 Times in 1,206 Posts
Note the blue translucent hot rod hose upgrades to a few.
repechage is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 06:53 AM
  #16  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 12,306
Mentioned: 350 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3024 Post(s)
Liked 1,734 Times in 1,249 Posts
-----

Silca floor pumps go back much further than 1976

found one at a flea market with a brass barrel

---

speaking of Italian pumps...

...how many members own a Delta?

they go back a good ways as well

the Delta emblem is a dromedary standing before a pyramid


-----
juvela is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 09:55 AM
  #17  
icemilkcoffee 
Senior Member
 
icemilkcoffee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,546
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 895 Post(s)
Liked 798 Times in 481 Posts
Love the Columbus SL sticker on one of them!
icemilkcoffee is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 10:05 AM
  #18  
delbiker1 
Mother Nature's Son
 
delbiker1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Sussex County, Delaware
Posts: 2,613

Bikes: Early 90's Ochsner road, 2006 Schwinn SS DBX, 2014 Orbea Avant MD30, 2004 Airborne Zeppelin TI, 2003 Lemond Poprad, 1989? Fuji Ace, 2001 Lemond Tourmalet, 2014? Soma Smoothie

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 696 Post(s)
Liked 1,012 Times in 594 Posts
We've all got some nuts rattling around in our heads. Mine is a large bag of mixed nuts.
delbiker1 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 10:28 AM
  #19  
smd4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1244 Post(s)
Liked 919 Times in 600 Posts
I've got say, I'm very happy with Silca products. I know they aren't for everyone--the Hiro chuck alone costs more than many a complete pump. But like with most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is a piece of industrial art that functions amazingly well. Their customer service is top-notch. I didn't like the gauge that came with my Pista Plus (sort of hard to read, with a red and black face), so I emailed a question about whether the white-faced replacement gauge they make would fit, and Martha, the Customer Service Manager, responded immediately (Yes, it fits). The pump is truly heirloom quality.

My last favorite pump was an old Schwinn pump from the 1980s that had an equalizing tank on the gauge. But the pump falls short because of a too-short hose and the difficulty installing a Hiro chuck.

The Pista Plus is completely rebuildable and will last long into my kids' lifetimes. The pump decals are even clear-coated--like you would find on a high-quality steel bike frame. It is a beautiful piece of cycling history and a pleasure to use.
smd4 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 10:37 AM
  #20  
tendency
Full Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 403
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 199 Post(s)
Liked 126 Times in 78 Posts
Originally Posted by mpetry912 View Post
I laid out my pile of Silca pumps for a family photo and am somewhat embarrassed at how many I have.

I keep one in the car, 2 out in the shop, and the other 3-4 in my bike room.

I have picked these up over the years, bottom feeding off ebay, got a couple for under 20 bucks.

I fully rebuild them, even replacing the O ring at the bottom of the pump barrel, plus gasket, check valve, guage, hose, and they are all better than new. A couple have the "hirame" lever type chuck which is an awesome part. Maybe the best cycling accessory ever.

One of these pumps I've had since 1976 when they came out ! I think it was $35 then. and of course the one on the left, painted by Dario Pegoretti.

Mark Petry
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
Yes, you are nuts.
tendency is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 12:20 PM
  #21  
SoCaled 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,054

Bikes: 1988 "Pinalized Rockma", 1983 Trek 720, 1984 Trek 510, Moulton custom touring, Schwinn Circuit, 1960's Paragon, 1980's Peugeot - City, US & Canyon Express & (6), 87 Sirrus

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 284 Post(s)
Liked 810 Times in 484 Posts
Was just coveting one of these

https://offerup.com/item/detail/1421...q=pump&cid=7.4 - $100 in Los Angeles


SoCaled is offline  
Likes For SoCaled:
Old 06-20-22, 12:31 PM
  #22  
smd4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1244 Post(s)
Liked 919 Times in 600 Posts
I wonder how much of the new Silca stuff is made in America?
smd4 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 12:35 PM
  #23  
poprad
Senior Member
 
poprad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: In transit
Posts: 1,895

Bikes: 07 Vanilla, 98 IRD road frame built up with 25th Ann DA, Surly cross check with 105 comp, 78 Raleigh Comp GS, 85 Centurionelli

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Liked 911 Times in 187 Posts
Originally Posted by mpetry912 View Post
I laid out my pile of Silca pumps for a family photo and am somewhat embarrassed at how many I have.

I keep one in the car, 2 out in the shop, and the other 3-4 in my bike room.

I have picked these up over the years, bottom feeding off ebay, got a couple for under 20 bucks.

I fully rebuild them, even replacing the O ring at the bottom of the pump barrel, plus gasket, check valve, guage, hose, and they are all better than new. A couple have the "hirame" lever type chuck which is an awesome part. Maybe the best cycling accessory ever.

One of these pumps I've had since 1976 when they came out ! I think it was $35 then. and of course the one on the left, painted by Dario Pegoretti.

Mark Petry
Bainbridge Island, WA USA
I'm happy this got bumped, I missed it the first time around. A Pegoretti painted Silca? How did that happen?

I put one of the new Silca Imperio pumps on my new Singer. It works as good as it looks and feels, and yes, I know Silca isn't in Italy anymore.
poprad is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 12:48 PM
  #24  
poprad
Senior Member
 
poprad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: In transit
Posts: 1,895

Bikes: 07 Vanilla, 98 IRD road frame built up with 25th Ann DA, Surly cross check with 105 comp, 78 Raleigh Comp GS, 85 Centurionelli

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Liked 911 Times in 187 Posts
Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
I wonder how much of the new Silca stuff is made in America?
Good question. Their site implies a "Made in USA" ethos but falls short of declaring it is:

Silca story
poprad is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 12:56 PM
  #25  
smd4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: 1989 Cinelli Supercorsa

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1244 Post(s)
Liked 919 Times in 600 Posts
Yeah, I get that some parts are made elsewhere--the leather gaskets, for instance, are said to be made in Milan from scrap leather used for Italian car interiors and fashion. I can live with that.

I would hope the larger assemblies of the pumps themselves were made in America. I read that the Hiro chucks were initially made in America out of stainless steel. I have a stainless version, but the box says it's made somewhere else (Taiwan, I believe--the box isn't in front of me).
smd4 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.