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Pump or CO2 and how do you carry it?

Old 04-21-09, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I can understand why people prefer co2 or pumps. But I really don't understand why, if someone goes to the bother of carrying a pump, they would also go to the expense, bother and weight of carrying co2 also? I understand the old 'belt and suspenders' idea, but I really don't see how it makes any sense to carry both on a bike ride.

I'm a pump guy myself, although I've never needed to pump more than twice - so I based on my own experience I could get away with CO2 w/ just a couple cartridges.

Because minipumps suck and if you can inflate with the Co2 first your happy.

If Co2 doesn't work, then you grab the pump.
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Old 04-21-09, 12:40 PM
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I'm using a frame mount Wrench Force Two Shot. It's a T-handle hand pump with a CO2 cartridge built in. I give a few shots of air by hand to inflate and mount the tube, hand pump to about 30-50psi, make sure everything is seated properly, then push the little red button for CO2. Offers 2 tires per cartridge that way and in the event of a failure, I still have a hand pump. Worth the weight.
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> A pump is slower and often won't reasonably inflate a tire to really high psi's

Mini pumps may not reach high psi, but a full size pump will. A nice compromise is to use the smaller CO2 cartridges (good to ~90 psi) and a mini pump for the first ~30 psi (when it is easy to pump). However, a mini pump to 120 psi ... well, that just plain sucks. That said, I don't use CO2; only a Topeak Road Morph, which is the fastest pump out there to 120 psi, and it does it with ease. I've also used Zefal, Silca, and some mini-s.

Since I ride a compact small, I can't mount the Road Morph on the main triangle without using ... micro-bottles, so I have it mounted on the left seat stay (fastened middle of pump) with two elastic straps securing the top and bottom of the pump. Secures nicely and is just a hair out of reach of the back of my left shoe. This is the only way for me to carry 2 24oz bottles and the Road Morph.
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Old 04-21-09, 01:09 PM
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i made a pump peg out of a zip tie (thanks to BF for the idea btw) for my ciocc, and now i can attach my wonderful zefal hpx pump to it.

zefal hpx is the shiznit.
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