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Old 10-20-19, 04:38 PM
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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.

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Old 10-20-19, 04:41 PM
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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.
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Old 10-20-19, 04:49 PM
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I spy a few Hirame pump heads. Nice.
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Old 10-20-19, 05:11 PM
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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.

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Old 11-06-19, 04:57 PM
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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.
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Old 11-06-19, 05:23 PM
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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.
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Old 11-06-19, 06:05 PM
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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.
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Old 11-06-19, 07:54 PM
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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!
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Old 11-06-19, 08:16 PM
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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.
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Old 11-06-19, 08:18 PM
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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 .
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Old 11-06-19, 08:46 PM
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Pumps you say? Seem to multiply like Tribbles for me. Guess I should sell these. But wait .... there's more!


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