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Old 06-28-10, 02:22 AM
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Absolutely no idea what frame pump to get

I need a pump for my bianchi. I'd like something classic looking and not too expensive. I'd really like a zefal HP like I have on my trek, but finding one that has the mount thing is difficult. There are a number of other frame pumps but none of them really stand out as good deals. Ideas?
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Old 06-28-10, 04:27 AM
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My LBS always seem to have the zefal HP in stock, both the older and new style. I have a couple and like them.

I also have a Quickerex Quicker Pro mini pump. In my opinion it works just as well as the zefal and is much smaller. Not classic, not a frame pump but its compact and gets the job done.
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Old 06-28-10, 05:42 AM
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well performing and classic loking are hard to come by. I always like the HPX Zefals but they are even harder to find and usually only in black. I ride tubulars alot so I just use CO2. when I am using clenchers I sometimes just carry a Imperial or Silca to get things started and then use CO2 for getting it up to pressure.

I think alot of 'frame pumps' have gone by the wayside because of carbon bikes can't really use them

Bianchi USA seriously needs to start offering some better quality accesories like pumps.

I have been looking at frame painting options. I noticed Joe Bell offers matching Zefal pumps for only about $60
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You can always strip the black off of the zefal pumps. There is a how to buried somewhere in the forums.
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You can get the Zefal HP pumps at via bicycles/bikeville.com but it's going to take them a while to get to it. I just bought a Zefal HP and a chromed Silca from them a few weeks ago and was thrilled, especially with the Silca.
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Old 06-28-10, 09:13 AM
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I personally like the Silca pumps. I have two. If you find one, be sure it is the right length. They came in differenct lengths to fit frames. I thought I could use the one from my 24" Motobecane on my 58cm Colnago but it was too long. Fortunately I found one at a recycle cycle shop for $15 with the Campy head that fit perfectly. There is a thread somewhere on here, I think, that discusses how to shorten one. The one used on my Moto had a length number on the end of the handle.
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My Planet Bike Roadie works at least as well as any Zefal I've owned, and looks better to boot. They're quite readily available and come in 3 different sizes to fit a range of frame sizes. And it's silver, not black.

That said, my Topeak Road Morph G absolutely blows away (no pun intended) ANY other frame pump I've ever used. No, it doesn't look "classic": it's between a mini and full-size frame pump in size, but it's really a baby floor pump. 120 psi? No prob (and it's the first frame pump I've found that can make that claim). Even has a fairly accurate built-in gauge.

Lezyne makes a similar range of pumps w/all metal, rebuildable construction. Think I'll give them a shot next time around.

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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
You can always strip the black off of the zefal pumps. There is a how to buried somewhere in the forums.
I wish I knew where is was I want to try that
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Old 06-28-10, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I wish I knew where is was I want to try that
Seems to me that on the BOB list (at bikelist.org) a while back there was a thread about "de-anodizing" black alloy parts using oven cleaner. Sounds a bit drastic to me...

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Old 06-28-10, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
That said, my Topeak Road Morph G absolutely blows away (no pun intended) ANY other frame pump I've ever used. No, it doesn't look "classic": it's between a mini and full-size frame pump in size, but it's really a baby floor pump. 120 psi? No prob (and it's the first frame pump I've found that can make that claim). Even has a fairly accurate built-in gauge.
I've got this pump and I love it. The built in gauge is really nice and being able to use it as a mini floor pump makes pumping up tires to 120 PSI no problem. As bobby said though, it doesn't look 'classic' but it sure works well.
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I picked up my latest Zefal HPx for $15 from Nashbar about two weeks ago. they had all 4 sizes in stock then. It is black and grey but then again the bike is black so it doesn't bother me.
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I picked up my latest Zefal HPx for $15 from Nashbar about two weeks ago. they had all 4 sizes in stock then. It is black and grey but then again the bike is black so it doesn't bother me.
Good deal, I will look into that
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Can't go wrong with Zefal HP pumps. Had one for about twenty years (till I misplaced it last year) with no problems and reliable service as they are very durable pumps (mostly aluminum construction) that can get you to high pressures reaaly quick.
Seems like there has been a de-emphasis on full sized frame pumps as the new compact frames with their sloping and curved top tubes do not make it easy to mount.
Everyone seems to be going the "minipump" way, but dang, it sure makes the effort to reach at least 100PSI almost impossible for most of them! I have one nowby BBR to replace the Zefal......but I'm not looking forward to using it, but at least it weighs next to nothing on my weenie bikes or my back jersey pockets.

BTW, I was never sold on the plastic Silca pumps as they seem too fragile with their mostly plastic construction. It's so normal to see barrels of Silca plastic frame pumps in the 80's and even today in bike dealerships with a good number of them already broken up before they are even sold.

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Old 06-28-10, 02:01 PM
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Right now it's between a zefal HPx, road morph G, and finding an old zefal HP somewhere.
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I agree with Chombi. I have a Zefal that I've had since the late seventies.
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The Zefal vs Silca has been waged for decades. I have owned mine since 1973 without a problem except rotting rubber. It even has the original leather in it. It is easy to break if you don't understand how to use it correctly but it is very light. If I happen to need a full frame pump that is more durable (hit cars with) I will consider a Zefal. I am glad there is a choice.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
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Here's the thread.

Here's my version of a retro HPx pump taken from that thread.






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Old 06-28-10, 05:39 PM
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You can still find the old Zefal HP (not HPX) that I bought in the seventies on eBay. They made them for a very long time. I paid $18 each for two of them. They were new in the box. This was a couple of years ago. I don't like them because of the way they look. I like them because they work.

Here's a nice used one:

https://cgi.ebay.com/Zefal-HP-Bicycle...item2c555c222a

If I had an Italian bike I'd be looking for a Silca. My bikes are French, so I use French pumps. A Zefal would be wrong on a Bianchi.

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Any leads on a deal on a silca pump? I'm watching that zefal in my ebay
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I've found one of each, a Silca and a Zefal hpx 2, at my favorite thrift store(not at the same time though). Both work well for me, but the Silca definitely looks cooler.
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