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What Frame Pump for Balloon Tires?

Old 07-20-16, 06:43 AM
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What Frame Pump for Balloon Tires?

I've just built up a bike on an old frameset for commuting, and am using Schwalbe Big Apple balloon tires. All my other bikes have skinny, high pressure tires, and I carry high-pressure low-volume road style pumps for those. But I don't have a high-volume low-pressure pump for balloon tires so I'm starting here with a clean slate.
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Old 07-20-16, 07:51 AM
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The Topeak Master Blaster and Road Morph are both pretty good at pumping larger volumes of air. I've got 32-35 mm tires on my touring and cross bikes, and these are the pumps that I carry.
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If you prefer to take all your accessories with you when parking the bike -- lights, pump, etc. -- check out the Topeak Race Rocket MT, the higher volume, lower pressure version. I've had the HP version for months. Small, lightweight, easy to take with me when I park. And it works fine with my 700x40 tires. I can easily pump up to 40 psi, enough to get me home -- although it's never been necessary with my puncture resistant tires. I just use the little Topeak for initial inflation and bead setting, then switch to the floor pump after 40 psi. If I ever add a lighter road bike, I'll switch the Race Rocket HP to that bike and get the MT for the hybrid.
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Old 07-20-16, 09:36 AM
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I use a road morph w/ my big apples. I don't see why an actual frame pump, top-tube length, wouldn't work great as well though.
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Try one of your roadie pumps and see how it goes. I use a mini-morph on 28x2" tires. I usually pump 'til about 30psi, then top up the tire with a floor pump when convenient. I'd be happy riding for days at 30 psi tho... no hurry.
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Old 07-20-16, 10:44 AM
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I use the same Topeak mini-pump for 28mm Schwalbe Marathon's and 2.0" Schwalbe Big Apples. Obviously it takes way more strokes to fill the Apples. That's a given considering the volume difference. No frame pump made is going to make it quick work to fill a 2.0" tube and no frame pump made is going to make it easy to pressurize a 28mm tire to 120lbs.. A frame pump is IMO an emergency equipment item. Especially now that 2' long frame pumps are no longer popular. The Joe Blow at home is the preferred pump to use to fill either kind of tire actually.
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Old 07-20-16, 02:20 PM
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Not to diss any of the previous suggestions, but I just had first-hand experience with a Big Apple flat this past weekend.

In the back of my mind, I was a bit concerned that my $10 Schwinn frame pump could not possibly fill that big, fat tire. So on Sunday, as I was soaring down a huge hill and I blew through my Big Apple sidewall, I thought I was done for the day. But to my total astonishment, I pumped that 26" X 2.35" blimp up to 35psi (the pressure I usually ride on) with about 20 strokes. It didn't overheat and neither did I.

I remember having a rough time pumping one of my Specialized Nimbus 26" X 1.5" tires up to the 60psi mark with this pump a few years back, so I can tell you it's not for everything. But for the low pressure that works great with Schwalbe Big Apples, you should know that you don't need a fancy, expensive pump.
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I use Zefal HPX. I like it.
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I use small pump and more time when I get a puncture on the road. Doesn't happen often enough to be a problem. While carrying a bigger pump happens every day, so I avoid it.

Can't leave it on the (locked) bike, so it has to go with me in a small bag with other tools every day.
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
I use small pump and more time when I get a puncture on the road. Doesn't happen often enough to be a problem. While carrying a bigger pump happens every day, so I avoid it.
Best response ever.

Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
Can't leave it on the (locked) bike, so it has to go with me in a small bag with other tools every day.
Well, there's my solution: I have a small canvas Banjo Bros toolbag strapped to the bike's saddle. I'll get a mini-pump and put it in with the tools, where it will be out of sight and not be adding additional clutter to the frame. Duh.

Thanks, all -- throw enough great ideas at a fellow and he's likely to find something that works for his setup.
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Old 07-22-16, 06:58 AM
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The Topeak Road Morph would work with minimal effort.
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Long, Frame fit, for the Volume per stroke .

Rubber Boat inflating foot pump?
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