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Old 04-15-22, 09:55 AM
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I need a small pump

So last Sunday I flatted and swapped out the tube and valve extension popped apart and my C02 was gone. Had to call home for a ride back. So starting this week I now carry 2 cartridges and my stems are long enough to do away with the extensions.

Yesterday I hit a large piece of gravel and 2 pinch flats. I swapped out 1 tube and patched the 2nd unsuccessfully. Mainly because I wasnít able to put air in to find the leaks. Had to call home again for a ride. 3 times Iíve had to have my wife bail me out this year.

BTW I have new GP5000 tires coming today. The current tires are continental attack and force with 2000 miles.

This has made me want to get away from the C02 and go back to a mini pump. Iím looking for one to fit into my saddle bag. So 6Ē long.

Any suggestions?
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Or, Road Morph. Here is a link to their Mini. https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Mini-M...187ZSA5G&psc=1
Down the page it lists their other pumps
in a chart, with descriptions of each.
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Old 04-15-22, 10:24 AM
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Agree with FBOATSB and phughes .

I've had great success with both of those.
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Old 04-15-22, 10:46 AM
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I have the Road Drive model. Might be longer than six inches though. It's great. Haven't even used my air compressor or floor pump since I got it.
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Old 04-15-22, 10:51 AM
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Since Iíve committed to carrying 2 cartridges maybe replacing 1 with this:

Products | Birzman

then Iíd have the quickness and ease of the C02 and then the reassurance of a pump if I ever get in a bind again.

also any opinions on self stick patches? I was going to buy some Park tool ones. The ones I do carry came in a cheapo patch kit.
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that one looks good. I have a few different option in my Amazon cart waiting my decision.
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Old 04-15-22, 11:00 AM
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If you want quick, carry one or two spare tubes. Do your patching at home.
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What kind of pressure do you want to get up to? If you're running lower pressure (relative to traditional road cycling norms), Lezyne's High Volume pumps work pretty nicely and don't require as many strokes. If I need to use a minipump in the field, I'm fine with ~50psi, so this is the route that I've taken. Otherwise, you're looking at their Road Drive/HP pumps.

Topeak also have a good reputation, but I've never used them, myself.

Oh, and another general piece of advice: I like minipumps with hoses, rather than directly attached heads. Compact pumps can require a *lot* of pumping and often a lot of force - a hose just gives you a little more leeway so that you're less likely to accidentally rip off a valve stem or something stupid.
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Oh, and the other thing - depending upon the nature and frequency of your flats, you may want to consider tubeless. Punctures from small debris are usually not a problem with a good sealant and you really have to try hard to pinch flat a tubeless tire. It's no free lunch, though - there will be a little more shop time with set-up and maintenance, so it just depends on where one's tipping point might be. I probably averaged more than one flat per month when I moved to tubeless and I consider it a really good trade-off for me.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post

Oh, and another general piece of advice: I like minipumps with hoses, rather than directly attached heads. Compact pumps can require a *lot* of pumping and often a lot of force - a hose just gives you a little more leeway so that you're less likely to accidentally rip off a valve stem or something stupid.
This is good advice no matter what brand you decide on. Mount the hose to the valve stem, then screw the pump onto the hose.
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Old 04-15-22, 11:19 AM
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I have both Lezyne and Topeak....I prefer Lezyne mainly because it's smaller and it has an air hose which I can screw onto a valve stem..
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These are the ones I have used and seen used effectively. My Lezyne Mini is truly proven and it is the one I would recommend. There are some other knockoffs also. Anything smaller and they just don't work. They do have some small pumps that have a pressure gauge on them. It's nice but they don't seem to last long. Sometimes its a long haul to get your tires up to pressure, but my biggest tires are 1-3/8ths/35mm and I have not had a hard time getting them there. If I was using larger, wider, tires I certainly would consider a higher volume pump...






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Old 04-15-22, 11:38 AM
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I have an older Topeak Harpoon that's worked great for me. Not sure how long it is, but the handle conveniently unscrews, which makes it short enough to fit in my handlebar bag (although does leave a slightly pointy threaded rod sticking out). Something to consider if you find a pump that you like but is just a little bit too long.
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Old 04-15-22, 11:52 AM
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Lezyne is good. Silca Tattico is better -- makes the Lezyne pumps feel like toys.

Either way, use the bracket to attach it to your frame.
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https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...mp-mfdr-v204hv
This and have it attached with the bottle cage
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Old 04-15-22, 12:06 PM
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I run 23 mm at about 100-110 to stay closer to the 105% rule as my rims are narrow. Iím aware of the rolling resistance issues so I pump them up over the ďrecommendedĒ and this allows me a few weeks till they need pumped up again. I guess my 1st rides and last rides arenít optimal but my middle ones are.

I just bought an inflator for my compressor so maybe Iíll be more inclined to verify my pressure more often.
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105 psi? > Bring more co2 canisters and two tubes or give up on the 6" requirement and get a Topeak HPX.
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It's a compromise IMO. While I run my 23s at 90/100, I've found that as low as 60/70 can take me home OK if riding carefully.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Lezyne is good. Silca Tattico is better -- makes the Lezyne pumps feel like toys.

Either way, use the bracket to attach it to your frame.
+1 for the Silca Tattico. Definitely the Gold standard in mini-pumps. I use the bottle cage mounting bracket too.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
+1 for the Silca Tattico. Definitely the Gold standard in mini-pumps. I use the bottle cage mounting bracket too.
Yep. And I will add that extra mounting brackets can be purchased from Silca -- so, one pump can be moved from bike to bike. Though I like the Tattico so much that I bought a second, just so that I can have one mounted to each of my two most-ridden bikes.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Yep. And I will add that extra mounting brackets can be purchased from Silca -- so, one pump can be moved from bike to bike. Though I like the Tattico so much that I bought a second, just so that I can have one mounted to each of my two most-ridden bikes.
I accidentally ended up with 2 of those mounting brackets as my cheapo Wiggle Lifeline mini-pump (which is actually not bad for the price) came with the exact same mounting bracket as the Tattico. So they must have sourced them from the same supplier.

I'm impressed with your extravagant purchase of a second Tattico pump! They are very nice though. I originally bought the over-priced Bluetooth version, but returned it because the head loses a lot of air on valve release, while the standard version releases with no problem (apparently something to do with the spring they use in the head for the pressure measurement to work).
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the smallest I could find that I found to be best for my traveling needs is the Mini Morph Pump as it comes with a gauge. Will your dominate arm become popeye like if you're flat prone? Likely so. Will you be able to lock the head on to the valve, use the "T" handle to pump it up to the riding PSI to finish your journey as you recklessly were prior to the flat? Can't see why not, just sack that can of spinach in the seat bag. The most I'd improve with it, is how it secures itself in the mount. I added a strip of hook & loop to reassure it doesn't blow off the mount at any random pothole encounter.
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I have a small pump from Park Tools.
https://www.parktool.com/product/mic...category=Pumps
I haven't had to use it on the road but I have lent to others a couple of times.
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