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Old 05-26-16, 07:23 PM
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Pump recommendations?

I have a MTB (40-65 psi) and I'm considering replacing my foot pump with a hand pump. Would a Wal-Mart pump serve me fine? What pump do you like?
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This is the only thing I use.



Several companies make them (including Craftsman,) so if you have existing batteries for other tools, you can have the best pump there is for about $25. I haven't touched my Park Tool floor pump once since I bought the Ryobi inflator.
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Originally Posted by morgothaod
I have a MTB (40-65 psi) and I'm considering replacing my foot pump with a hand pump. Would a Wal-Mart pump serve me fine? What pump do you like?
I use a Serfas TCPG. It has worked well for several years, and I have no complaints. I just purchased what was on clearance (and had decent reviews) at an online bike parts retailer with whom I was already making an order (so shipping was effectively free or only slightly increased). I think I paid about $12.

I'd recommend buying something of reasonable quality so it will last. That doesn't mean you have to pay a lot.
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Wal-Mart sells shwinn pumps, I've had one for a couple of years it works just find,I pump my road bike to 120 no problem getting there,
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Lezyne or Joe Blow.

https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespee...loor-pump.html
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I have a 35 year-old Silca Pista that works great. Over that time, I'm on my 3rd gasket - 2nd replacement (but I went ~25 years without riding from 1990 to 2015).
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Nashbar Earl Grey floor pump for $30 is a great value. Very solid. Been using one for several months. The gauge is accurate enough for my purposes, and within a couple of psi of my other pressure gauge. The lever lock head isn't as easy to use as a threaded or quick attach/detach head, but it doesn't bother me enough to replace the original head.

The Lezyne Steel Drive floor pump includes a threaded head, gauge and bleed valve, and reviewers rate it highly. Looks good for $50-$60, and might be worthwhile for a shop or folks who own several bikes.
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Originally Posted by D1andonlyDman
I have a 35 year-old Silca Pista that works great. Over that time, I'm on my 3rd gasket - 2nd replacement (but I went ~25 years without riding from 1990 to 2015).
Is yours made with Columbus tubing?
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Originally Posted by 16 Tons
Is yours made with Columbus tubing?
Yes it is.
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I have a Walmart pump, I think it's a Genesis. It was $20, has a gauge and a slider selector for both kinds of valves. It works OK. My complaints are; 1) it's hard to lock it on to the valve because you have to push it down on the stem while pulling up the lock lever. 2) Over 100 PSI it's leaks and wants to blow off the stem, you have to sort of try to hold the chuck onto the valve stem with one hand. 3) Trying to hold the chuck on with 1 hand while pumping with the other cause me to bend the pump rod (was able to straighten it and I'm still using it).

I'm sure there are better pumps for the same money and much much better pumps for a little bit more. Unless you need it right then and can't wait for an online order I would recommend you buy a better pump.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope
This is the only thing I use.



Several companies make them (including Craftsman,) so if you have existing batteries for other tools, you can have the best pump there is for about $25. I haven't touched my Park Tool floor pump once since I bought the Ryobi inflator.
Dr. Isotope, how much noise does this produce? Is it that high pitch sound?
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I measured the inflator as 82dB, and both of my cordless drills come in at 80dB. So it's just a bit louder than a cordless drill. The sound of the pump isn't high pitched at all, it's a lower tone than a typical drill.

But the best part is that it will take a 700x25 from flat to 90psi in 20-25 seconds, while you just stand there holding the trigger. Topping off the tires from overnight pressure loss takes a few seconds. I get 2+ weeks of use per charge-- riding every day, and airing my tires before every ride.
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volume .. big diameter tube, longer .. stroke .. = less time pumping up the tire.

But mini pumps are big sellers to carry on the bike to fix a flat in the bush.

TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - Mountain Morph? is a good compromise.
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Craftsman inflator with longer hose and pump head. Best pump upgrade that I splurged for. I like the ryobi option. Day glow color makes it easy to find in the trunk
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I don't recommend an electric pump for a bicycle.
Some floor pump for about $30 will do.
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Based on numerous recommendations from the touring forum, I purchased the Topeak Road Morph G. It has a gauge built into the hose. Does a really good job and quickly of inflating my 35mm tires to 85 pounds.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope
I measured the inflator as 82dB, and both of my cordless drills come in at 80dB. So it's just a bit louder than a cordless drill. The sound of the pump isn't high pitched at all, it's a lower tone than a typical drill.

But the best part is that it will take a 700x25 from flat to 90psi in 20-25 seconds, while you just stand there holding the trigger. Topping off the tires from overnight pressure loss takes a few seconds. I get 2+ weeks of use per charge-- riding every day, and airing my tires before every ride.
I'll do a little more research, but pretty much sold on it. Ill look into craftsman as that's what my drill is and maybe share batteries. However gonna check over my floor pump and get it back working correctly.
I was at a triathlon last weekend started to air up my racing wheels with my 30 year old pump and it just stopped at a 100 psi. I needed 180 and the pump tops out at 225 psi or so. I was in a hurry and decide to just use my training wheels and it wouldn't pump them up either. I asked a fellow competitor who was running late if I could borrow his, he said no problem. It took like 4 strokes I was at 100 psi. I was like I guess I need to upgrade. He had a summit floor pump. I was impressed.
Back in 89 or so when Greg Lemond was making his comeback, ABC did a story on him and it showed him in his garage airing up his bike using a compressor.
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I have a twin-tank Porter Cable air compressor that takes any tire from 0 to 200 PSI in about 3 seconds or less. I don't use it. I would rather take the contemplative time to pump by hand and get the satisfaction that my 20 year old Silca (also on its 2nd or 3rd leather seal) will probably outlive me.

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Originally Posted by jimmyj726
Based on numerous recommendations from the touring forum, I purchased the Topeak Road Morph G. It has a gauge built into the hose. Does a really good job and quickly of inflating my 35mm tires to 85 pounds.
If I was in the market for a pump today, I'd likely go with this.

That said, I have a Planet Bike floor pump w/gauge and dual head for Schrader & Presta valves. Works great, zero complaints.
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I have a Bontrager floor pump. Paid about $30 5 or 6 years ago. Works pretty well, and we have 6 bikes and 3 riders in the house, so it gets used a lot during the riding season. It did develop a problem after a couple of years, a little plastic washer inside the head went bad but I got a replacement from a Trek dealer and it has been perfect ever since.
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I use a hand pump I got at the dollar store. Probably $2. Used it for the last 12 years or so. Good as when I bought it.

Naive question...how often does anyone use a bicycle pump? Speed? Unless racing, No issue spending a couple minutes pumping up a tire.
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Originally Posted by Geocyc
I use a hand pump I got at the dollar store. Probably $2. Used it for the last 12 years or so. Good as when I bought it.

Naive question...how often does anyone use a bicycle pump? Speed? Unless racing, No issue spending a couple minutes pumping up a tire.
I use my floor pump before every ride, unless I ride on consecutive days. A couple of minutes is an exaggeration. It's much less than a minute to top off two tires. To fill a flat road tire is still well under a minute.
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I have a Nashbar L'Orange and like it very much.
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recently i bought cheap chinese pump and it was the least reliable thing i have ever had! It fell apart at the first attempt to pump the wheel. So I do not recoment to go for a cheapest one. Now i have BTWIN flp7000. Fully satisfied with it: easy to pump and feels robust so far.
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