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Old 05-17-10, 09:55 PM
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Looking for an electric pump....

Hi, I'm looking for an inexpensive (less than $50) electric pump for my bike.

I am looking at this one, but a couple of the reviews are iffy.

Does anyone have a good pump they can suggest?

Thanks.
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Old 05-17-10, 10:24 PM
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I wouldn't trust the gauge on an inexpensive electric pump to air up my bicycle tires, but Home Depot, for example, sells a relatively inexpensive 115volt compressor that is much more practical. Still, you'll need the right type of air chuck and will want to be very careful inflating your tires.
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Old 05-18-10, 12:42 AM
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50 dollars will buy a nice hand pump.

A compressor for nail guns will run you $200+, and you'll need a decent regulator (more $) to set the tires at proper pressure.

Electric tabletop pumps like the one you listed are a complete waste of money.
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Old 05-18-10, 06:39 AM
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Can you suggest a good hand pump?
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I used to use an electric compressor to fill pump my tires. When the thing started smoking one day I bought a Bontrager Floor pump from the LBS. Honestly it takes less time to pump up my tires with the floor pump then air compressor ever did. As for a specific brand of pump I would just recommend going to a LBS and buy whichever brand they carry. A pump is a pump.
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Old 05-18-10, 07:26 AM
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Old 05-18-10, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Mycah View Post
Can you suggest a good hand pump?
If you mean floor pump..there are a lot of decent ones out there. I use an old Park Tools one, I also have a Serfas Bones and an Cannondale. You can get a decent one from an LBS (Local Bike Shop) expect to spend about $30 for one.

It is a lot harder to over inflate a tire with a manual pump versus and electric one or an air compressor.

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Old 05-18-10, 01:38 PM
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I've been using small compressors that run off of auto cigar lighter sockets for 5 years with no problem. I have 2: one I bought in Taiwan and the other here at Wal-Mart (C&H is the brand, xx & Hausler?). The Wal-Mart one is a bit better in that it has an On-Off switch. For both, filling a bicycle tire from flat takes maybe the better part of a minute. In any case, the pressure rise is slow enough to stop where you want it. In that time I have used Continental tires exclusively (GP-3000 and 4000) and Continental or Bontrager tubes. I typically run the tires at 110 to 120 psi.

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Old 05-18-10, 01:56 PM
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^ same here. Been using an electric air compressor for car tire and bike tire inflation. Never had a problem.
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Floor pumps are faster, and better for the environment (ha!) They are also safer, especially for road tires. Those of you that haven't blown up a road tube using an air compressor, switch to a floor pump before you do. Its a rather deafening sound (about the same level as a 12ga shotgun...)

My bike shop sells a nice bontrager pump for $30. I got one for my girlfriend as a replacement for a Wrenchforce pump that broke...and the bontrager is a much nicer pump. I personally have a Cannondale floor pump that was $40 and it works great.
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Any floor pump with a built-in gauge and a head that works with both Schraeder and Presta valves will make you a lot happier in the long run than the electric. Quieter, faster, quicker to set up and use, and finer control over the pressure - AND you can use it on a bike with Presta valves, which is a nice option.
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
Floor pumps are faster, and better for the environment (ha!) They are also safer, especially for road tires. Those of you that haven't blown up a road tube using an air compressor, switch to a floor pump before you do. Its a rather deafening sound (about the same level as a 12ga shotgun...)

My bike shop sells a nice bontrager pump for $30. I got one for my girlfriend as a replacement for a Wrenchforce pump that broke...and the bontrager is a much nicer pump. I personally have a Cannondale floor pump that was $40 and it works great.
I have blown a tube with a hand pump, but never in 5 years with the compressor...
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Old 05-19-10, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Syscrush View Post
Any floor pump with a built-in gauge and a head that works with both Schraeder and Presta valves will make you a lot happier in the long run than the electric. Quieter, faster, quicker to set up and use, and finer control over the pressure - AND you can use it on a bike with Presta valves, which is a nice option.
All my bikes have had Schrader/Presta adapters on the stems, all the time...
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The quality of the pressure gauge is directly related to the price of the floor pump. If you are not mechanical, get an expensive one. If you can "fix" stuff, the gauge on a cheap floor pump can be calibrated to read correctly by using a shock pump gauge as a reference.

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Old 05-20-10, 09:21 PM
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I purchased this one at my LBS (not from Dicks) for $40. Used it and you're all right, it works like a charm and is much easier than my old electric.
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Originally Posted by Mycah View Post
I purchased this one at my LBS (not from Dicks) for $40. Used it and you're all right, it works like a charm and is much easier than my old electric.
What was the problem?
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Old 05-21-10, 04:10 PM
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I ride my bike for exercise, if it's too much trouble to pump my tire..............

I ride my bike once every other day, give or take couple. Floor pump rarely takes over 3 strokes on a bad day, why bother with an eletric pump?
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I spent 4 years in Taiwan. Typically the garage for a condominium goes at least 3, and sometimes 5, levels under the building. As you can imagine, the air doesn't move much down there. It's just not a place where you want to do any deep breathing. That was what led me to buy an small compressor. Anyway, I've never missed whatever set point I chose. Plus, since I would leave it in the car, it could be used to inflate an auto tire. It would take forever, but it would eventually inflate the tire.

And you know, riding a bike is for exercise. Inflating tire is not...
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Originally Posted by flatlander_48 View Post
And you know, riding a bike is for exercise. Inflating tire is not...
Yeah, 1-3 strokes of the floor pump can really ruin a day of riding.
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I have a BonAire that I got for about $45 at an auto parts store. Works fine, and fast. 110 volts. Gauge is accurate, but I also use a separate gauge to double check and fine tune.
I'm looking for a small 12 v for my motorcycle but the only good one is $100. Not worth it.
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Campbell Hausfeld from WalMart, the 12V one, will be fine. Has no problems hitting 100#, quick and easy.Should be able to get one for less than $35, maybe even $30.

It's handy to have in the car, tooooooo.
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Originally Posted by Mycah View Post
I purchased this one at my LBS (not from Dicks) for $40. Used it and you're all right, it works like a charm and is much easier than my old electric.
GREAT!

And yet this thread is still filling up with people repeating the same damn advice.
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that's the one I have and I love it. the hose and wire can be longer but it's fine. I love the autoshutoff and pressure gauge.
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