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Old 08-11-09, 02:17 PM   #1
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Finally got to use my Topeak Mountain Morph

Out on my normal MUP 42 mile turn this morning - got a late start, waiting for my wife to lower my ears....

Yeppers, to pump up a flat tire......... and the darned thing hasn't been used since I installed Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on it last fall. The funny thing is, it wasn't my tire.... LOL

It belongs to one of the mechanics at my LBS, about 5 miles away from work..... I asked if he was OK, and said he was, if he only had some air........

His first shot of CO2 leaked out, and the second one was empty ---- and along comes me with my Topeak Mountain Morph.. Pumped that little 23 up to 100# lickety split, and sent him on his way ------ with instructions to tell the boss that I rescued him.

Then, 2 hours later, a MOM, with a todler in a bike seat, and three little kids on two wheelers....

She had 2 flat tires, and was pushing her bike down the same MUP. I asked if she was OK, and pointed to the two flat tires. Both with small shards of glass in them.

Sooooo, out came the patch kit, with surprisingly still good cement, and a couple of patches.

About 30 minutes later, she was on her way --------- with the kids leading the way.

Why did it take so long? I had lots and lots of "help!"

Over 100# from a frame pump? Any of the Topeak Morph series will easily accomplish this task. The Mechanic was triply impressed that it had a good gauge in the line, that it has both Schrader and Presta capability (his was Presta), and that it reached over 100# quickly.

My Mountain Morph is more difficult to get above 90#, and I don't know if I could get 140, but the bigger barrel pumps more air quicker. The Road Morph pumps higher, easier, but takes longer....

The Mechanics tire actually had 108# in it, and could have gone higher, but it was getting pretty hard to pump.

And, those big fat baloon tires, take a lot of pumps to get to 40, even though it wasn't hard pumping....

And, Yer right - I do feel pretty good about it, and got to show three little kids how to fix a flat, the old fashioned way..... They were really impressed with all my tools and stuffffff..... and then raced me up the path for a ways..... (Once we got out of the view of Mom,) I made them stop and wait until she got to them, and then dropped them like a hammer when Mom showed up.......

All in all, a good day.....
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Old 08-11-09, 02:36 PM   #2
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So far mine has only been needed to help others with flats too. Amazing to me how many bicyclists do not carry a pump or patch kit and the LBS mechanic is an example of why I do not depend on CO2 cartridges.

Lezyne is also doing mini floor pumps too now. They have a longer hose than the Topeaks and are almost 100% polished aluminum construction. Look nice IMO.
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Cool! I've only stopped once to help someone with a flat (the only one I've seen) and it was to help a guy with no tools, pump, spare tube etc... He was pretty impressed when I pulled out my pump, and told him I had a patch kit and spare tube if needed.
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