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Old 01-07-18, 08:03 AM
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Do you carry a pump?

Do you carry a pump or co2 cartridges or both? Iím used to being more concerned with weight with my other bikes but my gravel bike is already heavy so considering just carrying a small frame pump. Wondering what others do
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I carry a small pump mounted with my bottle cage always. No reason to get stranded.

It doesn't matter if its a gravel ride or a fast roadie group ride with 12% climbs. Sooner or later you're going to need a pump.

(I take the pump off for cyclocross races...but would likely leave it on for a longer gravel race if I did one.)
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I carry a frame pump. I ride in rural areas, so it would be a long walk to get more air if one or two cartridges were not enough. And, cartridges aren't much use in fending off a mean farm dog, other than using them to power an air horn. I'm not in that big of a hurry that the time saved would make any difference to me.
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I carry Co2 for tires.

Mean farm dogs get pepper spray.
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I carry a minipump that's mounted under the bottle cage on the seat tube. I never take it off, it weighs under a 100 grams and it's never in the way so who cares.
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A Blackburn pump, bracket mounted with the bottle cage has served me well on my Salsa Vaya. It and a spare tube have saved some very long walks over the past few years. My last flat was a pinch flat caused by a walnut on a steep portion of a gravel hill I was powering up.
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Pump, 2 tubes, and a roll of 1" wide gorilla tape.
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A mini pump actually doesn't lose out by much to co2 cartridges when you take into account the weight of the cartridges. co2 cartridges are around 60 grams each, so if you carry two of those plus an inflator head you are pretty close to the weight of a mini pump. I carry co2 on my roadie and lezyne micro floor drive on my gravel bike.
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2 CO2 cartridges on my road bikes
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Originally Posted by cobra_kai View Post
A mini pump actually doesn't lose out by much to co2 cartridges when you take into account the weight of the cartridges. co2 cartridges are around 60 grams each, so if you carry two of those plus an inflator head you are pretty close to the weight of a mini pump. I carry co2 on my roadie and lezyne micro floor drive on my gravel bike.
If you really want to count grams my "Xtreme Midi" minipump that I bought for 15 bucks weighs 86g.
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Yep, I always carry a RaceRocket –MT in my jersey pocket. Its larger MTB capacity works well with my 40c tubeless tires. I’ve heard that the CO2 messes up the sealant when tubeless, so I only use a pump on those.
For backup I also carry a tube, two cartridges & a patch kit. If solo, I often carry a 2nd tube - especially if I’m riding somewhere remote.
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I carry two CO2 carts AND a small Lezyne frame pump. I can fill up quickly (CO2) and also fill an almost unlimited number of flat tires (CO2 + patch kit).
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i have a hybrid pump and I carry co2.

My last flat, my only flat in the last 2 years, and my co2 was dead.. so yeah a pump is nice to have. slow but better than nothing. If weight isn't an issue got for the MTB Morph for volume, or the road morph for pressure. Or a frame pump.

I snagged a wire from a car tire casing. The insult was a home owner telling me I needed new tires, I didn't have the heart to tell him they were new tires (road bike) lol
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Small pump on training rides, CO2 for rallies and sportives. I ride tubeless, so I'm only concerned with being able to get the tire up to 60-80psi with the pump, and if it doesn't seal back up properly, I know I have the pump to be able to air it up every few miles if need be. Most of the rallies and sportivies I do have SAG, so I carry 2 CO2s in my saddle pack, and if I go through that, I'll just catch a ride back to the end.
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Road bike, CO2 cartridge and spare tube.
Mtb, small pump with patch kit and spare tube
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Road bikes get CO2 but gravel bike gets pump.

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I carry both. I prefer to use a pump to fill the installed tube to about 20psi and check the tire fit. Then I'll bring the air pressure up to target with the co2 cartridge.

I also like having a pump in to use if I have more than one flat during a ride.
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Small Lezyne pump and a pair of CO2 cartridges. Because sometimes, I just don't feel like using a pump.
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Originally Posted by 12strings View Post
I carry a small pump mounted with my bottle cage always. No reason to get stranded.

It doesn't matter if its a gravel ride or a fast roadie group ride with 12% climbs. Sooner or later you're going to need a pump.

(I take the pump off for cyclocross races...but would likely leave it on for a longer gravel race if I did one.)
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I carry a frame pump. I ride in rural areas, so it would be a long walk to get more air if one or two cartridges were not enough. And, cartridges aren't much use in fending off a mean farm dog, other than using them to power an air horn. I'm not in that big of a hurry that the time saved would make any difference to me.
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A Blackburn pump, bracket mounted with the bottle cage has served me well on my Salsa Vaya. It and a spare tube have saved some very long walks over the past few years. My last flat was a pinch flat caused by a walnut on a steep portion of a gravel hill I was powering up.
That looks like a good solution. I have a topeak mini pump so I may try to mount it like that
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Topeak road morph g.
Or mountain morph.

I have 2 of the road and 1 mountain.

They arent so small that they are useless.
They arent so big that they are distracting.
They fill quickly and can get to pressure every time.

The visible gauge seems accurate enough to not cause pinchflats which is what i care about


No desire for co2. Just havent found the need or want.
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I take the simple approach - prioities. I consider air in my tires to be one of the most important factors for my bike and riding. The drawbacks of a full frame pump? Not much. (Admittedly I am decades away from owning a plastic bike designed with no thought of a really good pump. Probably more decades than I have life expectancy.)

So all my bikes are fitted with full frame pumps. I don't do CO2 or minipumps.

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I have a combination micropump/CO2 inflator. I prefer the speed of CO2 but have the pump function if something goes wrong.
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https://ride-air.com/store/
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That rideair is friggin GINORMOUS. Also, what am I missing? It’s a refillable air inflator? I don’t understand how this helps anyone on a gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by Danny01 View Post
Weighs 1 pound? Goodness.
Pretty neat idea though.

The obvious question wasnt readily seen on the site- how many tires can it inflate? How many 25mm? How many 40mm?
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