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Old 10-21-20, 10:21 PM
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Frame Pump recommendation

Hey guys Iím looking for a frame pump and hoping to get some advice on which pump works best. Hoping not to spend over $50
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Old 10-21-20, 11:21 PM
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I use the Uniche Tech HP Pump with gauge. It looks nice.

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Old 10-22-20, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Amber1988 View Post
I use the Uniche Tech HP Pump with gauge. It looks nice.
sorry to go off-topic, but should you not be pumping from the other side of disc brakes?
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Old 10-22-20, 02:03 AM
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Didn't know you could get pump-up frames now. Do you find it stiff enough?
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The Blackburn Road Morph is my favorite pump. You can set the end of the pump on the ground (there is a fold out tab you can put your foot on to hold it steady. I like this pump because it is nearly as small and light as a micro pump, but easily pumps up tires to over 100 psi. Other small pumps (and vintage frame pumps) have to be held with both hands, which is little clumsy, and makes it hard to inflate tires to high pressures.
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My current favorite is made by Lezyne, maybe called the HP .... it has a detachable flexible hose which makes it easier to operate the pump without stressing the valve. I find I can hit over 100 psi very quickly,, unlike other frame pumps I have used.
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Old 10-22-20, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling View Post
The Blackburn Road Morph is my favorite pump.
Shouldn't that be Topeak Road Morph. Yes, it's a neat piece of design. I think all of my pumps are Topeak except for a couple of Zefal frame fitting pumps which I have on my old steel bikes. Personally I like the Pocket Rocket. It's light enough not to be noticeable but good enough if you do ever need to use out on the road, which I hope never to do. 99% of my pump duties are carried out by the Joe Blow, which is an excellent pump but definitely won't fit on the bike.
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Originally Posted by shrimp123 View Post
sorry to go off-topic, but should you not be pumping from the other side of disc brakes?
I do it all the time. Am I doing something wrong?
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
I do it all the time. Am I doing something wrong?
rotors and rapidly moving fingers/hand nearby don't go well together. irritation (fixing a roadside flat), small pump with aching muscles, unbalanced wheel/bike placement, distraction (traffic whizzing by) and other factors may lead to hand/fingers coming in contact with the rotors. Rotors contamination would be the second thing on my mind :wink:

i would try to pump from the other side of rotors. (and personal choice, tube stem at top, pump from above tire, pumping downwards inward angle, but, thats probably because i prefer standing)

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Old 10-22-20, 03:28 PM
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Seriously do we really need another one of these. TOPEAK ROAD MORPH. It has been said a billion frikkin times here. There are many threads on this and the vote tends to be highest for the Topeak Road Morph because it is a fantastic pump that is easy to use and practical.
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Zefal HPX.

Unless you need a compact pump, then just pick one. Topeak is a good product (I have two of them) but I've used a variety of others and they all are ok.
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Thank you everyone
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I have a Road Morph; gets the job done but bulky and heavy and ugly as sin on my new bike.

It has a hose, so you're less likely to break a valve stem. It has a lever hose end, so you're not going to unscrew your removable core. One end plants on the ground, so you can put your weight into it. It's robust.

On a 1200k brevet, fixing a flat at dusk in the middle of frickin' nowhere eastern Oregon, I was thinking about how much time I had in the bank, how much water was in my bottles and snacks in my pockets, and if my wife was going to freak because my satellite tracker would show me stopped in the middle of frickin' nowhere. One thing I didn't worry about was my pump. Sometimes I think about getting something prettier on the bike, then I think about being on the side of the road where pretty doesn't matter.
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Old 10-23-20, 07:23 AM
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Thank you everyone
Oh, its too late now. You cant just waltz in here and ask a question thatís been beaten to death dozens of times a year, and expect a ďThank you everyoneĒ to end the anarchy! This thread will live on for many many more responses.
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Old 10-23-20, 08:18 AM
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Old 10-23-20, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by shrimp123 View Post
rotors and rapidly moving fingers/hand nearby don't go well together. irritation (fixing a roadside flat), small pump with aching muscles, unbalanced wheel/bike placement, distraction (traffic whizzing by) and other factors may lead to hand/fingers coming in contact with the rotors. Rotors contamination would be the second thing on my mind :wink:

i would try to pump from the other side of rotors. (and personal choice, tube stem at top, pump from above tire, pumping downwards inward angle, but, thats probably because i prefer standing)
I definitely pump from the non-chain side regardless of whether or not there are rotors.

back OT- I like the Topeak Road Morph for the same reasons mentioned earlier for the first three or four times I use it, but the next fifteen to twenty are a pain due to the rubber growing and not wanting to let the tube valve up into it. Due to having experienced it on one of their regular full length frame pumps I think this is just a Topeak problem. Most bike shops are aware of it being a wear item and have them in stock and ready to sell for a couple bucks.

I also have a Zefal regular full lengther which I havenít used enough to judge its durability. It works fine and looks nice in black on a black hardware bike.
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Old 10-23-20, 10:31 AM
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Zephal HPX fan here. I've been using HPXs (and the previous HPs) sine 1973 because they work, reach any pressure I will ever need and are easy to use. (They do take a touch of skill to hold them so you do not damage the valve stem. I find wrapping my fingers around the spokes does the job just fine.)

Yes, hoses are kinder to valve stems. But screwing them on and off gets old. And on some pumps. you have to unscrew the hose as well and stash it. The HPXx are so simple. Press on the head, flip the lever, pump. Flip lever off and remove. Done. The lever means that the chuck is relaxed when engaging and removing and sees far less wear from the valve stem threads. The gasket and pump last years with every day use. (For 10 years I did not own a floor pump; just the HPs on my bikes. Rode sew-ups, raced latex tubes. Those pumps were completely up to the job. The current HPXs are just a little easier to pump.)

On group rides, those Zephals are the pumps that get used when other means fail.

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Originally Posted by jgwilliams View Post
Didn't know you could get pump-up frames now. Do you find it stiff enough?

hahahaha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took me a while to get it, I guess I am slow
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Zephal HPX fan here. I've been using HPXs (and the previous HPs) sine 1973 because they work, reach any pressure I will ever need and are easy to use. (They do take a touch of skill to hold them so you do not damage the valve stem. .........

Yes, hoses are kinder to valve stems. But screwing them on and off gets old. ......
Breaking off the valve stem core doesn't get old?

I have a variety of pumps. With lock-on pumps I do what you do---either hold some neighboring spokes, or I lean the wheel on my leg and push the pump-head into my knee. I have bent a couple stem-cores and had a couple break, and that sucks because the tube itself might be fine but without a valve ......

But whatever. Three or four bent or broken cores in five decades of riding .... not a thing.

And how often do you get flats, that you get tired of screwing on a valve? Seven or eight flats per ride? You claim that you have so many flats that threading the pump on wears out your valves? Really?

I really don't care what pump anyone else uses ... but some of the reasons why are fairly amusing.

What I care about is how many strikes it takes to get to 100-120 psi. That is pretty much the issue. Beyond that i can adapt.
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Notorious RMG. Use it for touring and commuting, but I donít mount it to the frame for the reasons mentioned above. Also, the gauge is hard to read unless you have a hawkís vision.
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Where is the psycho thread where the OP insisted the Road Morph was/was not a "frame" pump? That was a classic.
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I have Blackburn (or old Nashbar knockoff) pumps on my bikes. They have the lever heads, and handles that open up into a T. I lock the head on the valve, lean the wheel over almost horizontal on the ground with the pump head on a rock, curb, root or whatever, and I can lean into it with no risk of breaking the valve. It is almost like a floor pump; much faster than a mini pump, and I get more than 2 tries like with CO2. I get back up to 110-120 PSI in short order. My bikes all have straight tubes; might be a problem where to mount it on a swoopier ride.

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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Breaking off the valve stem core doesn't get old?

I have a variety of pumps. With lock-on pumps I do what you do---either hold some neighboring spokes, or I lean the wheel on my leg and push the pump-head into my knee. I have bent a couple stem-cores and had a couple break, and that sucks because the tube itself might be fine but without a valve ......

But whatever. Three or four bent or broken cores in five decades of riding .... not a thing.

And how often do you get flats, that you get tired of screwing on a valve? Seven or eight flats per ride? You claim that you have so many flats that threading the pump on wears out your valves? Really?

I really don't care what pump anyone else uses ... but some of the reasons why are fairly amusing.

What I care about is how many strikes it takes to get to 100-120 psi. That is pretty much the issue. Beyond that i can adapt.
I have around 20 wheels and 5 bikes. I often choose to ride bikes with wheel that haven't been ridden in a while. They need to be topped off. Every time is another wearing of the gasket on a no-levered chuck or a slow screw on and off. On pumps I use for 20 years that adds up. And yes, I've killed a couple of sewups and a few more clincher tubes using those Zephals. Would I switch were I to do those years again: Heck no.

HPX - around 100 strokes to get to well over 100 psi in say 25c tires.
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I still have a couple of old Zefal HPXs from 25-30 years ago, but these days I only carry Road Morphs.
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My daughter has a Crank Bros. Gem pump. Kinda interesting design that can change from high volume or high pressure with a turn of the base of the pump. I have never used it but I find it intriguing.

I have a Topeak Road Morph that has saved me from the phone call of shame a few times. Being able to put the base on the ground makes all the different in getting up to full pressure.
Here's a link to the Gem:
https://www.crankbrothers.com/produc...nt=53958772039
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