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Old 08-27-13, 04:32 AM
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Best Bike Pump UNDER $30!

With so many bike pumps available on the market today, I figured I would ask some of you more experienced riders, what your favorite bike pump is for under $30! I really want to get a new pump so I am interested in some of your opinions as well.
Please include details such as; Brand & Model, Pump/Pressure Ratio, Quality of Build, If it works on Presta and Schrader valves, and anything else you want to mention. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by TheIVJackal View Post
With so many bike pumps available on the market today, I figured I would ask some of you more experienced riders, what your favorite bike pump is for under $30! I really want to get a new pump so I am interested in some of your opinions as well.
Please include details such as; Brand & Model, Pump/Pressure Ratio, Quality of Build, If it works on Presta and Schrader valves, and anything else you want to mention. Thanks!
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Although they usually go for a little over $30, you can occasionally find Topeak Morphs (mountain or road) for $29.99. Even at the regular price of $35 to $40, they are worth every penny. Best frame pump on the market for the price.
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I have three--- a Topeak Mountain morph, a Biologic seatpost pump, and a cheap (~$15) floor pump that I picked up at Home Depot.

I also have a small--about the size of the emergency ones for a car, Black and Decker air compressor that plugs in to a 110 outlet.

They all do the job. I do use the floor pump and the Topeak most of the time. The seatpost pump is reserved for on the road duty.
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Interesting. So would you say that most floor pumps have about an equal amount of air volume per pump?
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Originally Posted by TheIVJackal View Post
Interesting. So would you say that most floor pumps have about an equal amount of air volume per pump?
Yes, they do. There is some small variation due to different tubing size but it's usually not much. Frame pumps, on the other hand, can vary widely in terms of the volume of air they put out per stroke.
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I like my Bell Air Attack 500! It has a dual head for both Presta and Schrader valves. Two pumps of the handle fully air up an emty bike tire and I do mean that! If I'm not mistaken, I paid 15 bucks for it.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Although they usually go for a little over $30, you can occasionally find Topeak Morphs (mountain or road) for $29.99. Even at the regular price of $35 to $40, they are worth every penny. Best frame pump on the market for the price.
+1

When it comes to pumps, price is not an issue. What good is a cheap pump if you can only inflate the tire up to 30 psi?
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This is the best pump for under $30.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
Would the 90 PSI max pressure be an issue for 120 PSI tires?
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Originally Posted by TheIVJackal View Post
Please include details such as; Brand & Model, Pump/Pressure Ratio, Quality of Build, If it works on Presta and Schrader valves, and anything else you want to mention. Thanks!
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Depends on your intended use. Depends on your physical build. A lady rider who stands 5'-1" and weighs 100 lbs will find it difficult to use a hand pump. She undoubtedly will ride with others who will give her the ride support, or find a nice fellow like you who knows a lot about ratios and quality build.
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Originally Posted by terrya View Post
Would the 90 PSI max pressure be an issue for 120 PSI tires?
I didn't catch that. They were selling the Lezyne Pressure Drive (which I use) for $22.50 a few days ago, and I was looking to link to that, but they were sold out. The hose makes all the difference when using it, and you can easily get 120 PSI from the Pressure Drive. Watch, perhaps they will get it back in stock.
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https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3#ReviewHeader

Nashbar has the Topeak Joe Blow Max pump on sale for $29.95. I have a Joe Blow and it's been a great pump. I acutally like their presta/shrader head design more than some expensive pumps.
If the above hotlink doesn't work search JoeBlow Max and you'll be able to find it.
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While some use the term 'frame pump' to refer to nearly any pump carried on a bike, it traditional meant a fairly long pump that attached under the top tube (and was nearly as long). Most of what is being called 'frame pumps' on this page are really mini-pumps. They can get you out of a spot, but they aren't particularly good (ie easy to use) pumps. A really good frame pump is nearly as easy to use as a floor pump

I would suggest the Lezyne Zefal Classic series Frame pumps (they come in four different sizes to fit your frame and retail for about $30 though there are others and all priced near your price point. And nearly any actual frame pump is far superior to any mini pump

https://www.amazon.com/Zefal-Classic-...rds=lezyne+hpx
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Schwinn Steel Floor Pump With Gauge Review

So I went ahead and bought a Schwinn Bike Pump from Kmart as the price was excellent, only about $14, had good reviews too. I must say, I am impressed how fast this thing fills up a bike tire. Pumped my presta valve tube up to 120psi in about 25 pumps, or 5lbs/pump. Seems to take a bit longer on a Mountain bike tire 26"x2", my guess is that the tube and tire expand quite a bit more than the small 700x23 tube on the road bike, thus why it takes longer.
Comes with a plastic presta valve adapter that snaps into the rubber tube valve head, could be better quality but seems to work perfect. The rubber tube seems a bit delicate so as with other cheap items, treat with some extra care. I really like that when I go to take the valve off, it blows off of the tube. Other pumps I have used get stuck on the bike tube and have actually caused damage. I would definitely recommend this pump to a friend.
Check it out! Schwinn Steel Floor Pump With Gauge.
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Originally Posted by TheIVJackal View Post
So I went ahead and bought a Schwinn Bike Pump from Kmart as the price was excellent, only about $14, had good reviews too. I must say, I am impressed how fast this thing fills up a bike tire. Pumped my presta valve tube up to 120psi in about 25 pumps, or 5lbs/pump. Seems to take a bit longer on a Mountain bike tire 26"x2", my guess is that the tube and tire expand quite a bit more than the small 700x23 tube on the road bike, thus why it takes longer.
Comes with a plastic presta valve adapter that snaps into the rubber tube valve head, could be better quality but seems to work perfect. The rubber tube seems a bit delicate so as with other cheap items, treat with some extra care. I really like that when I go to take the valve off, it blows off of the tube. Other pumps I have used get stuck on the bike tube and have actually caused damage. I would definitely recommend this pump to a friend.
Check it out! Schwinn Steel Floor Pump With Gauge.


A floor pump and it took 25 pumps? Am I reading this wrong or does it actually takes about 25 strokes of the handle?
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25 strokes with a floor pump seems reasonable.
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First, that item is listed as "no longer available"

(Well, I suppose that the real "first" is to point out that I don't have a dog in this race, I am just reading it out of idle curiosity)

Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
Second I noticed this post, and . . .

Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
Depends on your intended use. Depends on your physical build. A lady rider who stands 5'-1" and weighs 100 lbs will find it difficult to use a hand pump. She undoubtedly will ride with others who will give her the ride support, or find a nice fellow like you who knows a lot about ratios and quality build.
that is a very strange assumption. This hypothetical woman might be riding with others; on the other hand, she might be going to the store, or to work, or any of the myriad of other places people ride. It is hard to assume, based solely on gender and height, that she will ride in a supporting group (at the same time, if our hypothetical lady were to ask me for help as I rode by, I expect that I would stop; but, it would be a great help if she had her own pump for me to use on her bike).
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that is a very strange assumption. This hypothetical woman might be riding with others; on the other hand, she might be going to the store, or to work, or any of the myriad of other places people ride. It is hard to assume, based solely on gender and height, that she will ride in a supporting group (at the same time, if our hypothetical lady were to ask me for help as I rode by, I expect that I would stop; but, it would be a great help if she had her own pump for me to use on her bike).
Sorry to have misled you. It was my attempt to use an extreme case to point out just one possible situation. A hand pump for a small person doesn't work well.
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Originally Posted by chisle View Post
25 strokes with a floor pump seems reasonable.

I couldn't go over 8 strokes on either of my tires, but I guess 700x22/23 makes the difference. I'm already looking into a few suggestions posted here about pumps I can actually mount on the bike; it would be nice to get away with 75 strokes instead of 150!
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Originally Posted by chisle View Post
25 strokes with a floor pump seems reasonable.
Does it get much harder to pump when the pressure nears 100 or so psi? I have an old Blackburn tyre pump and I have to try real hard to pump my 700c x 28 tyres up to 100 psi. It's fairly easy up to around 80, but after that, it requires a lot of power. Is it normal?
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I have a Performance Bike Spin Doctor. They're labeled at $35, but always on sale for $25. First decent air pump I bought and I'm happy that I did.
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Does it get much harder to pump when the pressure nears 100 or so psi? I have an old Blackburn tyre pump and I have to try real hard to pump my 700c x 28 tyres up to 100 psi. It's fairly easy up to around 80, but after that, it requires a lot of power. Is it normal?
It does get harder around 100psi, haven't really found a pump that doesn't get harder to push around that pressure. At this point, its more about technique. I make my arms pretty straight and use my body weight to get the last bit in. "Work smarter not harder"
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Does it get much harder to pump when the pressure nears 100 or so psi? I have an old Blackburn tyre pump and I have to try real hard to pump my 700c x 28 tyres up to 100 psi. It's fairly easy up to around 80, but after that, it requires a lot of power. Is it normal?
You are trying to get 100 psi of air into your tire. The units psi stand for "pounds per square inch". Every square inch inside the cylinder of the pump is experiencing a force on it of 100 lbs. The plunger of the pump is about 1 square inch so it is pushing back at you with 100 pounds of force.
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You are trying to get 100 psi of air into your tire. The units psi stand for "pounds per square inch". Every square inch inside the cylinder of the pump is experiencing a force on it of 100 lbs. The plunger of the pump is about 1 square inch so it is pushing back at you with 100 pounds of force.
Thanks! That explains it. Come to think of it, I should have known. 100 psi is nearly 3 times as much as the air pressure recommended for my car tyres!
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It does get harder around 100psi, haven't really found a pump that doesn't get harder to push around that pressure. At this point, its more about technique. I make my arms pretty straight and use my body weight to get the last bit in. "Work smarter not harder"
Thanks for the advice. I will work smarter.
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