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Old 03-21-21, 12:54 PM
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Roadie pump

What pump do you take on your road rides? I'm in the market for a new one so looking for options. For traditional pumps, I'm open to frame mounting, but don't want a full-size one, preferring a "mini" pump (yes, I know they don't work as well at higher pressures).

I run 25/26mm tires at around 90psi, but anything over 70psi would be fine to get me home, I'd guess.

I like the simplicity of traditional pumps but they can be hard work at higher pressures. Obviously there's CO2 pumps as well, but it would have to be controllable.

I dont tend to get many flats (I actually can't remember the last flat I got on the road) but I always like to take a pump, just in case.


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Originally Posted by Doomrider74 View Post
What pump do you take on your road rides? I'm in the market for a new one so looking for options. For traditional pumps, I'm open to frame mounting, but don't want a full-size one, preferring a "mini" pump (yes, I know they don't work as well at higher pressures).

I run 25/26mm tires at around 90psi, but anything over 70psi would be fine to get me home, I'd guess.

I like the simplicity of traditional pumps but they can be hard work at higher pressures. Obviously there's CO2 pumps as well, but it would have to be controllable.

I dont tend to get many flats (I actually can't remember the last flat I got on the road) but I always like to take a pump, just in case.

I use 12g threaded CO2 cartridges (brewing cartridges - v. cheap from Amazon) and a Lezyne head with a valve. Very controllable, but a single cartridge will pretty much fill up one 25mm tube, so the valve just controls the rate. I carry two cartridges in case I mess up one fill. I also carry a very small (~6”) mini pump in my jersey to inflate the tube enough to not get kinks in it when I’m installing. The mini pump would probably get enough air into a tire to ride on, but inflating a tire from scratch would be purgatorial - definitely a last resort. I get maybe one flat/year, so this minimal setup is adequate for my needs
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I don't flat often either. I just carry a cheapo CO2 inflator and a couple cartridges. Out of the three or four cheapo inflators I've got laying around they all are controllable. I don't remember that they said anything about that on the packaging

The inflator I keep in my bag now, you have to screw it all the way in to pop the bottle, then unscrew it a little to let the CO2 flow. When the tire is filled enough, you can screw the cartridge all the way in and have extra to use for any leaks you might have on the way home. Seems to take a while for the punctured cartridge to leak down fully. Two maybe three weeks.
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
I use 12g threaded CO2 cartridges (brewing cartridges - v. cheap from Amazon) and a Lezyne head with a valve. Very controllable, but a single cartridge will pretty much fill up one 25mm tube, so the valve just controls the rate. I carry two cartridges in case I mess up one fill. I also carry a very small (~6”) mini pump in my jersey to inflate the tube enough to not get kinks in it when I’m installing. The mini pump would probably get enough air into a tire to ride on, but inflating a tire from scratch would be purgatorial - definitely a last resort. I get maybe one flat/year, so this minimal setup is adequate for my needs
What psi do the cans inflate your 25mm tire to?
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I like the Topeak RaceRocket HP. It weighs about 90g and is quite small.
It has a narrow cylinder, so you can achieve quite high pressures for such a small pump. It does require a lot of strokes to fill a tire, but the chuck connects to the valve stem through a rubber hose, so it's easy to pump very rapidly without worrying about damaging the valve stem.

It fits nicely into places like jersey pockets, and as pumps go, I think it looks pretty decent when mounted at a bottle cage boss:

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Old 03-21-21, 03:31 PM
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I haven't had a flat in almost 3 yrs thanks to tubeless. I carry a LeZyne mini pump.
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Old 03-21-21, 03:33 PM
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Lezyne makes a range of excellent Mimi I-pumps which are all relatively light weight. Silca makes a model called the Tattico which is deluxe, bombproof, and a bit heavier.
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Old 03-21-21, 04:42 PM
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Yeah, the Lezyne Road Drive pumps are well designed, nicely finished, and effective.

I have three of those, but for giggles recently added a Specialized Air Tool Road pump to the mix, because it looks sleek and sweet. It works pretty darn well, and may be faster than the Lezyne Road Drive, but I’ve not done direct comparison, though. One potential negative is that it’s a fixed head, so care has to be taken to support the head in order to avoid accidentally torquing on the valve stem and breaking it. It’s a solid 8 out of 10, I think.

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Originally Posted by Doomrider74 View Post
What psi do the cans inflate your 25mm tire to?
based on my thumb, >90 psi. I run the gas into a minimally inflated tire until the whole thing stops hissing. The tire’s hard to the push at that point - at least as hard as when I put 90 psi in at the start of the ride
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Old 03-22-21, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
based on my thumb, >90 psi. I run the gas into a minimally inflated tire until the whole thing stops hissing. The tire’s hard to the push at that point - at least as hard as when I put 90 psi in at the start of the ride
The thumb doesn't lie
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Old 03-22-21, 01:16 AM
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Topeak Race Rocket HP and HPX. Best buys I've tried in mini pumps.
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I have a Topeak Road Morph G clipped into a Blackburn mount that fits in between the downtube bottle cage & frame on all of my bikes.
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Originally Posted by Doomrider74 View Post
The thumb doesn't lie
Another nice thing about Lezyne Road Drive is that there’s an optional pressure gauge hose you can get and which stows, like the original, discreetly inside the pump.

Some external gauge pumps, like the Specialized Air Tool Switch Comp, look cheesy to me, even though having a gauge is kind of nice.
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Topeak Road Morph G on all my bikes. I attach it to the seat tube bottle cage bosses behind the bottle cage. It isnt small, but it stays out of the way and is in line with the seat tube. The extendable hose and pivoting handle are really nice since it allows you to push down on the pump as pressure increases and pumping becomes more difficult.
I have co2 also on my main road bike and my gravel bike.
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I have a Topeak Road Morph G clipped into a Blackburn mount that fits in between the downtube bottle cage & frame on all of my bikes.
This is the perfect setup. Once you've used the Road Morph, you'll never use anything else.
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Thanks for the input, folks.

The Topeak Morph looks like a great tool but its huge, and the Race Rocket HP doesn't appear to be available anywhere here in Canada at the moment. I'm veering towards the Lezyne CO2, at the moment.
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I'm a belt-and-suspenders type, so I carry a Lezyne minipump under the bottle cage and a saddle bag with CO2, spare tube, and patch kit. First flat gets a new tube and CO2, and I can be back on the road in 5 minutes. Subsequent flats (they seem to come in bunches) get a patch and a pump.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I'm a belt-and-suspenders type, so I carry a Lezyne minipump under the bottle cage and a saddle bag with CO2, spare tube, and patch kit. First flat gets a new tube and CO2, and I can be back on the road in 5 minutes. Subsequent flats (they seem to come in bunches) get a patch and a pump.
I think that's the approach I'm going to take.
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Topeak Race Rocket HP has worked well for me and I get more than my share of flats. Very compact and light but it does take a lot of pumping. For 25c tires, about 150 strokes to get enough to ride on. Probably closer to 200 to get the pressure I usually run. Just recently got a CO2 inflator but still carrying the pump and spare tube and patch kit.

Plenty of good pumps available. The only thing I would say is do not get one with a fixed head. They have no advantages that I can see and are way harder to use.
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I've had good experience with the Lezyne Road Drive. My weak arms have had no trouble inflating tires to road pressures, which I couldn't say has been the case with other mini-pumps.

I've had a 50/50 experience with Birzman pumps. My first one is a combo with CO2 that seems to do the job, though it isn'tas easy to pump as the Lezyne. I wanted to buy another for my second bike, but accidentally got a different model that has been a total disaster, falling apart on first use (now waiting for a replacement hose and head) and making me rethink the combo pump design. That's how I ended up going with the Lezyne on the downtube and a PDW Shiny Object inflator in my saddlebag.
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I used to ride with 2 20g CO2 cartridges and a Lezyne Pocket Drive pump. Last year I picked up a Fumpa pump. Total game changer. This thing is great. It can easily fill a half-dozen 25mm tires before the battery runs out, it has a pressure gauge so you know how much is the tire, and it is small enough that I can carry it with me in my commuter bag. My only complaint about it is that the pump is LOUD when it runs, and is a little big to carry in the jersey pocket. Otherwise it is great. I'm thinking of picking up a miniFumpa so I have one that is easier to carry in the jersey pocket.
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I've had good luck with the Lezyne Road Drive. It's pretty quick to get up to pressure and it weighs less than 2x Co2 canisters and a chuck.
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I carry the co2 cartridge with the adapter. It is small and fits in bag.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
This is the perfect setup. Once you've used the Road Morph, you'll never use anything else.
I got the Mini-morph (because the Road Morph was just that bit too big) and loved it for a while, but then the seal broke and it just wouldn’t pump.

So I got a Zefal HP frame pump. It sits snug under the crossbar, is rock solid, pumps my 23c tires to 80ish with no problem, and suits the classic look of my Columbus steel 1990s bike.
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Blackburn Airstik.

Filling a tire is character-building, but super light & fits in the saddle bag.
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