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Old 10-11-18, 08:01 AM
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So what's the best bang-for-the-buck in floor pumps these days?

I've been running on an old Blackburn for years, and I love that thing, it's been a great unit, but I've been thinking I'd like to have a back-up on hand.
While looking around on-line, the things have gotten crazy expensive, and most of those still have fairly crappy reviews.
Are there any floor pumps out there that are reasonably priced, and that aren't complete junk?
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I got a green Bell pump at Walmart for $17. Seems to work just fine, and it has both Schrader and Presta holes so it'll work with either, which is handy for keeping my car tires properly inflated. The gauge isn't super accurate though.

If it fails in 2 years and I have to get another one, I'm still coming out ahead versus buying some > $50 high-end pump.
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
Are there any floor pumps out there that are reasonably priced
Come on! This is Bikeforums. Home to a countless number of skinflints who will spend hour on line to save $0.25 on an inner tube. You are going to have to define what you consider reasonable.
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Originally Posted by dwolsten View Post
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If it fails in 2 years and I have to get another one, I'm still coming out ahead versus buying some > $50 high-end pump.
Unless the second one fails after 2 years and you need to buy a third.
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I have one of these:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ai...yABEgJlpPD_BwE

Have had it for a long time. No problems whatsoever. Won't have to run back to Walmart every two years for a replacement. Ergo, I consider the cost reasonable.

The Comp and Sport models are less money.
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
Are there any floor pumps out there that are reasonably priced, and that aren't complete junk?
Pretty much nope. Almost every pump I've used has failed. Park, Lezyne Floor Drive and Topeak Joe Blow Pro with the "smart" head have all been utter failures. The Park's chuck fails with regularity, the base is weak and the gauge provides a wild ass guess for pressure at best. The Lezyne Floor Drive was a pretty good pump until the check valve melted. And the Topeka Joe Blow Pro's "smart head" is about the dumbest item to come along. The Topeka also had a tendency to unscrew the top of the pump simply through temperature changes in the garage. I tighten the top, use it, put it away and the top would be unscrewed the next time I used it. And, eventually, the gauge went on it.

I do have a Pedro's Prestige at work that has stood the test of time but it doesn't get used all that much. My daughter has a JoeBlow Sport that has worked well for her for a long time. I now have a Lezyne CNC Floor Drive which is okay so far. It supposedly can be rebuilt so if the check valve melts again, I can replace it. Time will tell.

I hate to be such a gloomy Gus about pumps but I haven't found anything that I would whole heartedly endorse. The Pedro's is okay and it is cheap but, honestly, I don't use it enough to say that it's a great pump. It's way better than the Park and the JoeBlow Pro. The Lezyne CNC is solid but about twice as much as the Pedro's.
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I bought a Nashbar Orange pump about a year ago that seems pretty well made, was inexpensive, and seemed to have good reviews. I like it pretty well but there is one annoying trait. It takes a lot of force to push the head onto the stem. I mean a lot. Took me a while to get use to that.

Interesting to hear that people have so many failures of pumps. What goes wrong with them?
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
Are there any floor pumps out there that are reasonably priced, and that aren't complete junk?
I've got a Silca floor pump that's probably older than I am. I thought I had packed it in a box but haven't been able to find it yet :/

The new ones are pretty nice too.

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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The Park's chuck fails with regularity, the base is weak and the gauge provides a wild ass guess for pressure at best.
So it wasn't just me. My Park was probably the worst one I ever owned. The chuck was terrible, and had problems with the connection between the cylinder and the base.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
I bought a Nashbar Orange pump about a year ago that seems pretty well made, was inexpensive, and seemed to have good reviews. I like it pretty well but there is one annoying trait. It takes a lot of force to push the head onto the stem. I mean a lot. Took me a while to get use to that.

Interesting to hear that people have so many failures of pumps. What goes wrong with them?
I love that pump. I agree it is a tight fit but it's a really nice pump.
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This has been my new favorite, in use for 6 months. It's tall w/ long stroke, so good if you're tall, maybe not as good if short.

https://www.amazon.com/Velowurks-Pri...velowurks+pump

Taken over the top spot from the Specialized one linked by indyfabz, which is very good.
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Many thanks to all for the solid replies. To answer the question about what I consider "reasonable", I was thinking around $40 bucks or so. (It sure as hell ain't $120+ !! )
I took a look at the Pedros recommended above, but they seemed to have a high number of bad reviews on Amazon.
The Nashbar Orange looks like a solid candidate, but they have another one that's even cheaper, that has even better reviews.....
https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...p-bn-egfp-base
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JoeBlow Sport. $30.
https://www.performancebike.com/shop...lusive-40-5465
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I bought this one which was rather expensive, but very nice.

Lezyne CNC Digital Floor Drive Bicycle Pump




One thing I did discover was that you need to have your valve stems screwed in really tightly, or it will extract them.
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I got this one as a gift a couple of years ago. Lots of good reviews. Supposedly has a lifetime warranty, whatever that means. Anyway, it works great , the gauge can be off by as much as 7 psi though.https://www.amazon.com/Performance-F...elli+bike+pump
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Interestingly enough, I've never had a floor pump fail. Right now I'm using a Nashbar pump, a blue one, that I must have bought at least fifteen years ago. It still works fine. I bought it so long ago that I don't remember how much I paid, but believe it was the cheapest one in the line of pumps labeled by a color. If I were to buy a new one, I'd buy a Nashbar one.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The Lezyne Floor Drive was a pretty good pump until the check valve melted.
Just how fast do you pump? Wow!

As an addition to your list, my Park PFP-7 "Professional Mechanic's Floor" pump blew up the (rubber, NOT fabric reinforced) hose at that base of the frame and it was hard to get it hooked back up. Not designed intelligently for use. Guess that's why its discontinued.
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I bought a Schwinn pump in '73. Still works fine. Gotta keep the leathers oiled.
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A used Italian Silca Track floor pump
For P/V,


I have had 30 + years out of mine, and it still works fine..





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Joe Blow has been working great for me for 4+ years. I use it to top up my cars wheels as well when temps drop. The base has picked up some rust from being outside in the wet but otherwise it works just fine. The gauge isn't super accurate but I don't care much about that. I'd buy it again, looks like there's an updated version available: https://www.sierratradingpost.com/jo...-pump~p~482tg/
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Originally Posted by WizardOfBoz View Post
Just how fast do you pump? Wow!
This is what Lezyne told me

Unfortunately [the check valve] not replaceable with the plastic base, due to them melting after excessive use.
We try and let shops know that customers that will use pumps regularly and often should really get a pump with a metal base.
I didn't think that I was using the pump "excessively". I have 7 bikes but I don't pump up the tires every day on all of them.
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
To answer the question about what I consider "reasonable", I was thinking around $40 bucks or so. (It sure as hell ain't $120+ !! )
So it's safe to assume that $800 is outside your range.

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I've had no problems with the Bontrager floor pump I picked up (as an emergency purchase) at the LBS. It was ~$35, though it looks like the newer model is $40.

I've had it for about three years, and it's still going strong - and I use it almost daily for about 8 months out of the year. There are also replacement parts available.
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I still don't understand why manual floor pumps are still a thing.

My "floor pump" that I bought many years ago: https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-.../dp/B000IE0YIQ
1. Set dial to desired pressure.
2. Connect pump.
3. Flip switch.
4. Tire inflates to set pressure and shuts off automatically.

And since this unit has no tank, there is no waiting around for it to uselessly pressurize a tank.
It is what I also use on my car and motorcycle.
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