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Old 08-08-17, 09:17 AM   #1
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Air pump

what is the best air pump for FB, for like long distance rides?

something that can be mounted on the frame or something convenient.
I don't use saddle bags or anything like that.
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Old 08-08-17, 09:34 AM   #2
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I use a Zefal HPX-4 which happens to fit snugly between the rails of my saddle and the junction between the down tube and seat tube of my Bike Friday PR. But it really depends on the style of your bike frame.
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Brompton's rear triangle mounted pump is a nice usable one that I often forget is there. Other than that I've been carrying around the same Blackburn Mountain Air pump for the last 10 or so years. It converts easily between schrader and presta, is small enough to fit at the bottom of a backpack or similar sized bag and can be mounted on the frame as well.
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Leyzne has some really nice compact pumps - I keep one in a small toolkit seatbag on my Dahon. I use the Brompton frame mount pump, but have the frame and seat tubes are stuffed with tools, inner tube and emergency gear. You might be able to make/buy a seat tube rubber bung (like on the Bromptons) to store your pump in the seat tube, since most folders have wider seat tubing good for storage.
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I have a Lezyne Road Drive inside my Brompton's seatpost. I put velcro tape inside with a velcro plug to keep it from falling out.
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I just realize all these years...I have never had to use an air pump on the road.

I might just get something very very small...easy to attach to frame or something.
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On my white folder I carry a pump with a holder much like this one, mounted the same way using the same holes as the bottlecage on the top tube.

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/pumps/to...-ii-mini-pump/

Make sure you test the pump. Especially if you have many spokes fitting the pump head between the spokes can be a challenge. A pump with a small hose- like the older Brompton pump may help.

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