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Should I carry a small pump?

Old 07-08-10, 12:39 AM
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^^^^^

No, I use cheap-jack bulk-pack carts from Ebay, made in some Chinese gulag by children. They work out about the price of a can of Diet Coke per tyre, in international funds. Too expensive for all but emergency use, though they get you going in seconds.

Can also be used to extinguish the small electrical fires which are a daily occurance on many folding bicycles. I learned last weekend, that when you're out of CO2, you're also out of bicycling. So I now carry a 'proper' pump too.

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Old 07-08-10, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by LittlePixel View Post
Yes!
If you run really high pressure tyres a small pump isn't perfect to get them back to the optimum pressure but it's usually enough to get you home/to your destination.
yes necessory. The foldable hand pumps is really handy
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Old 07-08-10, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
Can also be used to extinguish the small electrical fires which are a daily occurance on many folding bicycles. I learned last weekend, that when you're out of CO2, you're also out of bicycling. So I now carry a 'proper' pump too.
They prevent flats. When I started to carry them I was eager to get my first flat but it took me more than 4 weeks to get the first one (compared to the regular 2 week schedule).

BTW, I also carry a pump. First I pump 80-100 or so strokes (the first ones are easy) and then discharge a 16g. This gets me roughly to full pressure.

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Old 07-08-10, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by garth_s View Post
I have the Topeak road morph pump and have been pleased with it's ease of use and performance plus durability(it rides on the outside of my Carradice bag rain or shine)had it two years now.
Another +1 on the Topeak Road Morph - best portable pump I've ever used. It's really impressive - I have the 'G' (with gauge) and I find it reasonably accurate and useful.
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Old 07-09-10, 04:56 AM
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Thanks again.

I'm looking the road morph as a sort of portable floor pump. This will work for me when I'm commuting with a pannier. Later on I'll look at something smaller to go in my saddle bag, so I have enough to limp home even when travelling light. I don't want to get stuck with a spare tube, all my tools but find the pump is in my other handbag.

... I may instead choose shiny as my portable floor pump :-) https://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...drive-hpg.html
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Old 07-09-10, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by joose View Post
depends..

..If you have a modern Dahon it should have a pump inside the seat post which is really effective, so no.

Any other bike, yes.
For any other bike you can buy a Dahon Seat post pump. BTW, I used to use the Topeak Morph but this is a better pump - pumps the tire faster and is easier to use because the seat is the pump handle allowing you to use both hands to pump with. It is also easier to stow since it IS the seat post.
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Old 07-10-10, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
... I may instead choose shiny as my portable floor pump :-) https://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...drive-hpg.html
I got this similar Lezyne pump (no gauge) from REI:

https://www.rei.com/product/786534

after returning one of the Crank Brothers mini pumps I continually struggled with. I love love love the shiny pump though I didn't much like getting a flat a day on the last week of my tour. Should have gotten the Lezyne a long time ago.

The CB pump was a surprise because the other CB gear I've seen has been pretty good (multi-tool 17 is genius and much smaller/lighter than the Topeak Alien). Anyway, if you have one of the CB pumps make sure the plastic innards are screwed tight (miserable silent failure otherwise) and that you fit the pump to the valve before turning the high/low pressure selector. Then, when satisfied that it works as intended and it still sucks, return/ebay/trash it and buy the Lezyne.
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Old 07-27-10, 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post

... I may instead choose shiny as my portable floor pump :-) https://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...drive-hpg.html
Thanks again.


Got the Lezyne - it's now my main pump. It took my Kojak from 5 to 8 bar, and it's noticeably increased my speed, by about 10% I think. I'm seeing if there is a way to secure it to my frame: no bottle cage.

But I am cursed: when I unscrewed the cap from the presta valve, the valve unscrewed along with it and all the air rushed out of the tyre. I really need to stay away from mechanical things.

Oh, and it does remind me of something in the latter scenes of Dead Ringers
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