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Old 10-24-12, 09:44 AM
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What Pump do you carry?

Well it finally happened to me - after 16,000 flat free miles commuting on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, I got a flat. THere was a nail stuck in my rear tire. I removed the wheel, replaced the tube, got the tire back on the rim and then went to inflate it with my pump. I have a Park Tool PMP-5 Frame Pump:

when when I went to inflate the tire, didn't work. Closer inspection revealed a mass of corrosion inside the head, and parts that were clearly not doing what they were supposed to. I put the pump in a trash can by the side of the road and called my wife to get a ride home.

This particular pump was purchased ~3 years ago, and has been on the bike for those three years, and had not been used. I probably should have tested it from time to time, but I assumed that it would be there for me when it was needed. In any event, I need to get a new pump, something that I can put on the bike and forget about for years until I finally need it - what do you use, and why do you like (hate) it?
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Old 10-24-12, 10:03 AM
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I have a Topeak PEAK DX Master Blaster. Small, light, very effective mini-pump. Clips onto bracket that attaches under my water bottle cage. It has a flip-lever to seal it onto the valve (I use Presta valves) and works well every time.

I think I'm at 15 flat tires from a variety of causes since I started regular bicycle commuting in Aug. of 2011. I use Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires on my DaHon folder.

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Old 10-24-12, 10:32 AM
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I forget what brand pump I have (and I'm too lazy to go look. ), but I keep mine in a water resistant frame bag. I do get it out and check that it works every 6 months or so, but that's about it.
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http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

Awesome. Love it. I can pump to what I need at 120 very easily and fast. 99% of the time I do not use my co2. I just use this.
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None. Co2 nozzle and 2 cartridges from the LBS accompany spare tubes in my saddlebag.
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Originally Posted by E.S. View Post
None. Co2 nozzle and 2 cartridges from the LBS accompany spare tubes in my saddlebag.
Hope they work when you need them. I read something from Bicycle Magazine that 20% of the co2 cartridges are defective.
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Zefal HP-X on my main road bike, and Hurricane mini pumps on the commuter and spare road bike.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

Awesome. Love it. I can pump to what I need at 120 very easily and fast. 99% of the time I do not use my co2. I just use this.
Been eyeing this for quite awhile!
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Old 10-24-12, 10:59 AM
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I use a Zefal frame-fit pump that's nearly as old as the '89 Schwinn LeTour it's mounted on. I've considered upgrading to a mini but am too practical (cheap) to do so. Haven't had to use it much anyway, so I was a little concerned when I flatted while riding w/ my wife in another town. Changed the tire and the old thing worked like a champ.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

Awesome. Love it. I can pump to what I need at 120 very easily and fast. 99% of the time I do not use my co2. I just use this.
I carried a Zefal frame pump for twenty-five years. I replaced it last year with this one and there's no looking back.
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Old 10-24-12, 11:15 AM
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I have a Topeak Road Master Blaster, which is a full-sized frame-fit pump, which replaced my old Zefal frame pump that used gasket of old design, so I couldn't get a replacement gasket for it when it was too chewed up to make a proper seal anymore.

If I had to do it all again, I probably would have went with a Morph pump too, just for the integrated air-gauge, but the Master Blaster works just fine for me. And having learned from the old pump, which didn't work when I needed it, I check my pumps out on a regular basis now, to make sure they work before I leave the house.

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Old 10-24-12, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
I read something from Bicycle Magazine that 20% of the co2 cartridges are defective.
FWIW, i have yet to encounter a defective CO2 cartridge. but i always carry at least 2 just in case.

i love my CO2 pump because it can inflate a tire to 100+ psi in seconds. so fast. so easy.
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Old 10-24-12, 11:36 AM
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I carry the Lezyne HPG micro floor drive on my road bike and the HVG microfloor drive on my utility/mountain bikes. In my opinion it is the only portable pump able to come to a high pressure on road tires with nearly the same easy effort as a full size pump. And it is small enough to attach next to one of my bottle cages.
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I carry a Lezyne mini hand pump buried in the trunk bag as well as 2 CO2 cartridges and one extra tube, I like the speed of the CO2's, but "They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time." And my hand pump has never failed me....
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

Awesome. Love it. I can pump to what I need at 120 very easily and fast. 99% of the time I do not use my co2. I just use this.
seconded (or thirded, or fourthed).

I've had my Road Morph on my commuter for over 2 years, and use it regularly. I won't lie and say it is as fast as a floor pump, but it is plenty of pump for most situations.

I suspect that any pump that is not used for 3-4 years, though, will have a pretty substantial risk of failure. Seals and moving parts like to be lubricated, which is most often accomplished by movement through use. I also own a Lezyne mini pump (can't remember the specific model) for my road bike. It's a very nice piece of hardware, but I'd be hard pressed to get past 60-70 PSI, I think. Not so the Road morph.
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This :http://www.louisgarneau.com/ca-fr/pr...PE_TWO_STEPS-G
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I am a belt and suspenders kind of guy: CO2 and a new tube for the first flat; frame pump and patch for any subsequent flats. And my frame pump is the Park one the OP binned. I haven't had any issues with mine, though.
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Originally Posted by CptjohnC View Post
I also own a Lezyne mini pump (can't remember the specific model) for my road bike. It's a very nice piece of hardware, but I'd be hard pressed to get past 60-70 PSI, I think. Not so the Road morph.
I had the exact opposite situation with the Road morph that I used to own. I had trouble getting a tire much past 80 psi, and that took a fair bit of effort. The Lezyne I mentioned does so easily, but I suspect that is more a result of the design then the brand. It really is designed like a miniature full sized pump, and the air hose lets me place the pump in a convenient location for pumping, rather than convenient to the valve...
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thats a shame the park tool failed you in the moment of need. they have such a good reputation. i used to use CO2 cartridges and the Innovations Ulratflate pump, which accepts threaded and nonthreaded CO2 cartridges (nonthreaded = cheap on ebay), and which worked great if I was only dumb enough for 1 flat per ride. on those 2 flat rides, I was S.O.L. and I also didn't like having to carry about extra CO2 cartridges or worry about not having any at home when I needed them, so I switched to the Topeak RaceRocket Master Blaster. I got the smaller one because I use 28C tires so the pressure of the tire (90-100 psi) is close to the pumps max of 80-90 psi, and it fits in my compact ortlieb handlebar bag (the HPX for road bikes -psi 120- is a few inches longer, but backpackable, definitely). IMO, it is ideal because it goes to presta and schrader and has a extension tube which places less stress on the tire valve as you're cranking away with a mini-pump. used it the other week as my Conti GP 4 season got a flat after ~1500miles and it worked great.
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Old 10-24-12, 03:49 PM
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It's in my Pannier , so not exposed to road salt and such
[though 1/4-minus gravel is laid down instead of salt on Icy roads, here].

I have various pumps on the several bikes
Silca Impero on my Road bike
and the Zefal - Brompton one on that bike, are out on the frame..

A blackburn frame fit on the touring bike.. up along the Top Tube..

all the others are out of the weather..

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I have a Zefal HPX Classic on my Trek 1200 and some random bargain bin pump in the pannier on my Motobecane. I haven't had any flats yet where I haven't been near a floor pump (rim tape flats X3), but the pump on the Moto has been used several times by other people.
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
Road Morph G
Same here.
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I just have like random pump nothing fancy just in case, but I really would like to get a better one though.
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