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Old 09-25-09, 08:37 AM   #1
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Another Equipment Problem

This one has to be the wierdest one. When it happened (you'll see in the picture that the foot pump lever is bent to the left at a 45 degree angle), it ended up pulling the whole bike over that it was attached to (the pump is a schrader lock-down type). Now it wants to fall down to the lowest gear in shifting all the time. I haven't gotten the chance to look at the bike (and I'll probably figure that out soon enough, worst case is a bent derailleur), but what about the pump? Is that common enough if you push it the wrong way, or do I need to be seeking out the manufacturer to solve this grievance? Any chance to bend the pump arm back or should I just trash it?
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That is very common for those pumps. look into a good floor pump like the topeak joe blow series.
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Every foot-pump that I've ever used seems prone to this sort of problem. All the ones that I've worked with were cheaply-made, though. I'm sure that there are decent ones out there. Foot pumps are good for when you need to push large volumes of air, but at lower pressure than most bike tires use (think white-water rafts).

You could take it back to the manufacturer. I would definitely consider a regular floor-pump for the future. They are usually much more stable for inflating bike tires.

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I have only used that style of pump for rafts and tubes for water. Otherwise I use a compressor for Shrader valve tires or I use one of two floor pumps for Presta valve tires. I also have a pump that I take with me on my bikes.
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