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Old 10-28-10, 12:43 AM
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Floor pumps ? ?

Floor pumps are simple, but there are so many negative reviews about them. I wonder if the customers are not too picky? I'm looking for a floor pump, which should be easier than buying a frame pump, but with all those reviews, I have no clue which one to choose. I don't think a working floor pump should cost more than $20. Any recommendations? Any counter-reviews?
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Old 10-28-10, 01:48 AM
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Well I went and bought a new floor pump and there is a $20 dollar line and a $60 dollar line. When I talked to my LBS about it they said the the problem with cheaper pumps is that tires that run a higher pressure reach a point that they eventually can no longer push 120 lbs of air into a tire. If you only need to maintain 60 to 80 lbs of pressure you might be ok with a cheaper pump, but if you need to maintain 120 lbs you might want to consider a better built pump.
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Old 10-28-10, 07:18 AM
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It would be about the quality which translates to long lasting. Lezyne name is supposed to be top quality. Its a small company out of San Luis Obisbo, CA, started by the Kozuschek family.

Here's their story: http://bikemag.com/news/freshproduce...ezyne-release/
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Old 10-28-10, 10:22 AM
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Thanks. My tires' max pressure is only 85 psi. I have tried the Lezyne frame pump (recommended by many). It is indeed very nice, light and doesn't require too many pumps as other frame pumps, but I find the handle is too uncomfortable when the pressure gets higher. I'll see if they have good floor pumps.
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Old 10-28-10, 10:46 AM
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I have 2 old ones , a Silca , for the Presta, and a Medai, for Schrader valves ,
with it's Thumb-lock Head.
Both bought new 20+ years ago. still work well ,
though I tell Myself I should get a new leather pump cup, I put
a bit of leather boot grease occasionally, on the cup.
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Old 10-28-10, 11:25 AM
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I have generally purchased inexpensive and simple floor pumps. Mine have usually lasted 10+ years of being able to deliver 120 lbs of pressure.
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Old 10-28-10, 11:36 AM
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I have a 28 year old Silica and it is still working
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I have a Blackburn Air Tower 1, cost about $25, has a pressure gauge and has worked well to pump up 120psi road tires for the past year.
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Old 10-28-10, 12:03 PM
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I've had a Topeak Joe Blow Sport for almost 5 years.
The bike shop I worked at used the same model pump on repair bikes.
$27.95 here--> http://www.ebikestop.com/topeak_joe_...?PARTNER=qbike
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Old 10-28-10, 12:16 PM
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I use the Specialized Airtoool Comp. I'm very satisfied with its performance so far. However it was $50 at the LBS. but it is rebuild-able. My old pump was a $20 one that the valve went bad on. The new one is much better.
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Old 10-28-10, 09:39 PM
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I have not read a lot of bad reviews of floor pumps. Which ones are rated so poorly, besides the low grade mart junk.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
I have not read a lot of bad reviews of floor pumps. Which ones are rated so poorly, besides the low grade mart junk.
If you look at Amazon.com, even some well-rated floor pumps (such as Topeak Joe Blow...) have some 6 or 7 one-star reviews. Even if it's 7 out of 70, 7 one-star reviews are enough to cause my concern.
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Old 10-30-10, 01:11 AM
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I think that your observation of that particular pump is not an example of all the pumps that are listed and also pumps like silica are not represented on amazon. On that one particular pump most of the 1 star rating are due to mis-labeled information on pump. I would give it a 1 star rating also since it appears that it is a 90 psi pump that is labeled as 120 psi.

There are pumps on there that have only 7 reviews and all are 5 stars.
I think don't think that there are problems with every floor pump. I think that it is an over generalization.

If you look at the previous threads (this is a very common thread about favorite floor pumps) on floor pumps you will see that many people have a good experience with many floor pumps. Many forum members have had good experience with various pumps. In the previous threads I have noticed that many people have many years of good experience with silica pumps.

I have had very good experience with my silica pista floor pump, I got it 27 years ago and only the chuck had to be replaced and maybe the hose in the future. I got this one because it is what we used in the shop that i worked at and I can get replacement parts for it.

I am looking at one of the Lezyne floor pumps for an extra pump, after examining it at the store it appears well made and well engineered. Probably a waste of $70 since my silica is still working.

I think that the best thing to do is examine as many floor pumps as you can and see which one you think is well made. I like the steel ones. Also see if rebuild parts are available.

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I have had several cheap floor pumps over the years and did not notice the failings till I got a road bike. The cheap pumps cannot put 120 psi into a tyre. Went to the LBS and they recommended one. It is the one they use in the workshop and they said we have a few tyres to pump up so try it. I did and 120 was easy to reach. Then they said---"This one needs 200psi" I got there and only struggled at the end.

I bought that pump. So if you have the chance- Try before you buy.
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Old 10-30-10, 02:11 AM
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I have two Blackburns: a Blackburn Air Tower 2, which is a warranty replacement for a discontinued Track Pump Sport 2 (TPS2). Gotta love Blackburn for the lifetime warranty (the TPS2 still works but the gauge won't return to zero). Both are nice inexpensive ($28-35) pumps. I have only used them with presta valves and they have no problems reaching 120psi. I have no issues with the pump head designs on either pumps. I also have a SKS Airworx but I'm not crazy about the pump head nor the higher effort required. Lastly I have an old-school Vetta from the 80's that's still working but now relegated to communal bike room duty with a (Silca?) schrader head.
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Old 10-30-10, 05:26 AM
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I have a nice shop on my farm, (not a bicycle shop) but work shop to take care of tractors and build and maintain stuff. My air compressor will do anything I ask but when I got my road bike with presta valves I decided to pick up a floor pump. I am sure I will also get a presta chuck at some point. I bought a Joe Blow that my LBS uses in their shop, I tend to drive part way to work to reduce my commute to 17 miles each way and wanted a pump to keep in my truck. My riding partner & I also will organize small groups to ride and it is nice to have a good pump at the start of ride
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Old 10-30-10, 06:49 AM
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I orginally bought a 20.00 floor pump at the evil empire [walmart]. It couldnt handle the 80 pounds that my hybird requires. Then I bought a Bontrager on fleabay for less then that, guess no one was looking. The bontrager can give me 80 psi in a heart beat and never flexs or cries. Took the evil empire one back. It was junk.
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Old 10-30-10, 12:26 PM
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I recently bought a Cannondale Airport Maximum from my LBS. I chose it because it has a huge, easy to read gauge at the top of the pump, and a lifetime warranty. It's very nice for my 65 psi tires.
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i like my serfas floor pump. i would recommend it.
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My first floor pump was something I got at Performance because it had a dial I could read and it was in my price range. It lasted 7 years and I replaced it with a Topeak Joe Blow because it was in my price range and it got good reviews. It latches on to the valve stem a little better than my old pump but the pressure dial is at the bottom of the pump so it's harder to read.

Set a price range and check out reviews on those pumps. You could also ask you LBS if they have any recommendations.
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