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Old 05-09-10, 10:52 AM
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bike pump advice

right now i have a junky old bike pump that won't inflate my tires enough, so i am looking to get a new one. I need one that will inflate to about 110psi. is there a significant difference between a $40 pump and a $70 pump? any suggestions on good floors pumps would be great
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basically speaking... any bar pump or small floor pump is pretty much just a "temporary fixer." I would recommend getting an electric ground pump for your garage or a small one for in the house. A "cheap" pump will become such a hassle to use every time to inflate your tire. If you are looking for a great temporary flat fixer, blackburn makes a real cheap carbon fiber pump for 40 bucks. But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
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basically speaking... any bar pump or small floor pump is pretty much just a "temporary fixer." I would recommend getting an electric ground pump for your garage or a small one for in the house. A "cheap" pump will become such a hassle to use every time to inflate your tire. If you are looking for a great temporary flat fixer, blackburn makes a real cheap carbon fiber pump for 40 bucks. But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
most ridiculous thing i've heard today, dead wrong. a good track (floor) pump gets road tires to 120 psi with little or no effort. i use one almost every day.

the "joe blow" models are very good, and anything made by lezyne works excellently.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
most ridiculous thing i've heard today, dead wrong. a good track (floor) pump gets road tires to 120 psi with little or no effort. i use one almost every day.

the "joe blow" models are very good, and anything made by lezyne works excellently.
notice i said "cheap." If you want to crank your foot for 5 minutes, be my guest, but for 50-60 bucks, you can get a compressor that can go to 120 psi. much quicker and easier.
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I don't have any experience with electric pumps, but I really don't see the need for one when you can easily get 120 (or higher) with a good floor pump.

It only takes 30 seconds to pump my tires up, if that....using a Joe Blow Pro bought on sale for 50 bucks.
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My Hurricane goes above 120 psi, although I will never need that kind of power.
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Originally Posted by Aimulator64 View Post
notice i said "cheap." If you want to crank your foot for 5 minutes, be my guest, but for 50-60 bucks, you can get a compressor that can go to 120 psi. much quicker and easier.
This is ridiculous, lazy and wasteful. I bought a $15 hurricane floor pump from performance. Used it at home for a year, moved it to work and it still works there. Get to 100psi with like, no effort. 110 psi is just 1 pump more.

An electric pump, what with requiring power, tethered to a cord is LESS convenient.
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Originally Posted by Aimulator64 View Post
But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
As stated before, this is horribly wrong. My specialized floor pump has gotten up to 130, you don't need anything more than that for tires.
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My riding partner bought an Avenir AirSource a few weeks ago...and she can't get it to pump above 80 psi (the gauge shows it'll go to 140 I think. Literally, it just becomes impossible to raise and lower the plunger. I don't know if it's the design where it's designed to pump on both up and down stroke but this one doesn't seem to work. I told her to try to exchange it ASAP.

I have the basic Park blue floor pump and it's worked well for me for about 6 years now.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
most ridiculous thing i've heard today, dead wrong. a good track (floor) pump gets road tires to 120 psi with little or no effort. i use one almost every day.

the "joe blow" models are very good, and anything made by lezyne works excellently.
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As stated before, this is horribly wrong. My specialized floor pump has gotten up to 130, you don't need anything more than that for tires.
must be reiterated to clear away the misconception about electric pump.

a $40 pump will be just fine. i just bought one made by planet bike, and it working quite well thus far. i also have a blackburn pump that i got for ~$20. it pumps fine, but the head starts leaking as the pressure approaches 80psi, and sometimes quite a bit could leak out no matter how i orient the thing. bad things happened last saturday when i pumped up my front to ~105 (or so i thought), had my coach comment that the tire looks flat. i thought that it should be fine, went on my ride without thinking twice about it. 40 miles away from home, i got a pinch flat. so the gist is that try the pump before you buy it, and make sure it doesn't leak as the pressure gets high.
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floor pump vs. electric: I'd go with a floor pump. It's not that hard to reach 110-130 psi with a decent one, doesn't consume electricity, and don't cyclists need more upper-body workouts anyway? Personally, I use a Performance Hurricane: it's cheap, has an auto-adapting head that's a no-brainer to use on either Presta or Schrader valves, and a gauge with a marker on a rotating ring you can set to your target psi so even middle-aged eyes can see it easily.
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Originally Posted by Aimulator64 View Post
But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
PM me and I'll send you a workout program for your upper body.

I've got 2 pumps, a cheap Supergo and a Silca. Both work but the Supergo fills a tire faster. The Silca is shorter so I keep it in the back of my car. Silcas are OK if you don't mind putting a little grease on the head and washer periodically. A lot of people like them because they're rebuildable.

OP: what I usually tell people is to go to a bike shop and ask if you can try a couple of pumps out.
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here's another plus for a floor pump:

filling tires before the morning ride to work @ 430 AM, you think my sleeping family or neighbors want to hear a cheapy compressor start at that hour?
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This is a great pump

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-A.../dp/B000IE0YIQ

Much quicker than a hand pump, I use mine to inflate to 130 pounds all the time.

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Originally Posted by Aimulator64 View Post
basically speaking... any bar pump or small floor pump is pretty much just a "temporary fixer." I would recommend getting an electric ground pump for your garage or a small one for in the house. A "cheap" pump will become such a hassle to use every time to inflate your tire. If you are looking for a great temporary flat fixer, blackburn makes a real cheap carbon fiber pump for 40 bucks. But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
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notice i said "cheap." If you want to crank your foot for 5 minutes, be my guest, but for 50-60 bucks, you can get a compressor that can go to 120 psi. much quicker and easier.
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*Faceplam* (I wanted to get in on this action too)

OP I use the Bontrager Charger floor pump. Works well, pumps up to 110 w/no problems. To be honest, I've never thought about floor pump issues until I saw this thread, I guess thats testimony to the pump.
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Another vote for the Bontrager. Mostly because the pump head is better than the cheap floor pumps I bought in the past. It is the pump head that matters most, IMO.
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But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
Ok, this has to go down in BF anals as one of the most ignorant statements ever made on BF, R600 Dura Ace notwithstanding.

Just for an example, this pump will go to 180 psi if need be; is completely user seviceable, and will out live your grandkids.

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Avoid the Joe Blow "Max" model. It's large barrel won't get it over 100 psi (I weigh 170 and my feet were off the floor trying to get over 100).
I think other Joe Blows are fine. I got a Giant something-or-other recently. It has 1 head that works for both presta & schrader. It's good too.

What does "Mr. Electric pump" suggest to use when on the road away from the garage ?
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a standard floor pump (e.g. topeak joeblow sprint) will EASILY get your tires to 110-120psi with minimal effort. i got mine for ~$30-35 a couple years back.
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Ughhhh....I feel like a Lezyne shill...but I really love their products...I use the Lezyne Alloy Floor Pump...I think it was $59 online...nice wood handle....I didn't need the CNC-machined $99 one....the alloy is SWEET! I pump my tires to 120psi every other day with this thing. The pump action is smooth, the guage is accurate and it just works. I wouldn't buy anything else and I think it'll last a lifetime!
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But if you are looking for 110 psi, the only way to really get that is with an electric pump.
this is so hilariously wrong.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Ok, this has to go down in BF anals as one of the most ignorant statements ever made on BF, R600 Dura Ace notwithstanding.

Just for an example, this pump will go to 180 psi if need be; is completely user seviceable, and will out live your grandkids.
i sure hope the comedic effect is intentional. otherwise i believe it's spelled with two n's
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well it was a ****ty post.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Ok, this has to go down in BF anals as one of the most ignorant statements ever made on BF, R600 Dura Ace notwithstanding.

Just for an example, this pump will go to 180 psi if need be; is completely user seviceable, and will out live your grandkids.

I have been interested in this pump for a while. I like that it is meant to out last the owner. However, some of the reviews I have read on Amazon haven't been very favorable. So, I have been considering a lezyne which looks good on the outside but not too sure how serviceable it is.

I have had a few problems with my Joe Blow Pro. I have had to change the O'ring a few times and these O'rings are only available from Topeak. Now I am having some problems with the Smart Head leaking. I like that I can buy parts for the Silca pump almost anywhere that sells bike parts. Also, the Silica has a leather plunger rather than an O'ring so it should last a lot longer.

merlinextraligh, do you own one of these Silca pumps? How well does it work?
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When I first purchased my bike 2 years ago I thought I would save a little money and I bought a cheap hand held pump and used that. I actually thought I was getting good PSI into the tire, but it was a PITA to do. I finally broke down and spent $45 on a Specialized air tool comp (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...4&menuItemId=0) and what a HUGE difference a good pump makes. I found the first time I hooked it up to my front tire I only had 40 PSI in the tire, drastically under inflated. Some of the reviews I found said people were having an issue connecting the pump to presta valves, but I have not had a problem. I simply rotate my tire to where the valve is at the bottom and press the nozzle onto the valve until I get a pressure reading and then I lock it down. I can inflate the tire to 100 PSI or more in a matter of seconds. I would easily recommend this pump to anyone looking for one.
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