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Old 12-26-10, 02:22 PM
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Cycle pump recommendation.

Hi Bikers,

I'm looking for a very good & lightweight pump to be used for touring which is also available in Europe. Any of you have a suggestion for such a pump?

Merry Christmas

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Old 12-26-10, 03:50 PM
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Good luck had with both these :
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/blackburn...ver-prod15304/
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/zefal-zef...-end-prod1132/
both a frame fit, longer stroke = less strokes to inflation needed.

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Old 12-26-10, 03:51 PM
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You shouln't have a problems getting a Topeak Road Morph. Check their site to see where they sell
You didn't say where in Europe, it a pretty big place
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Lezyne.
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Old 12-26-10, 08:13 PM
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Topeak Road Morph, I don't know if it is available in Europe or not, but it has been a great pump for me.
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Old 12-26-10, 10:17 PM
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Topeak Road Morph. On second pump over 5 years and thousands of miles. Just make sure the business end cap is screwed on tight. I lost one on tour.

That it is a hose pump is very important. Minimizes chance of damaging the valve stem. As the base sits on the ground, lets you maximize the pumping action.
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Old 12-26-10, 10:32 PM
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+1 on the Road Morph and you can get it online at Wiggle
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Much depends on the size of tyre you are running. If it is "trekking" or 26" tyre and, say, 1.75" or greater, then you will need a pump that pumps volume at a lower pressure -- in that case, one with a wider bore. Any type of reputable MTB pump should be fine. Can't help with the European brands.

If you are running 700C tyres at say 32mm, you will need a narrower bore pump to get the higher pressure. In this case, I have been a long-time user of the Zefal HPX frame pump. Avoid like the plague the one with the plastic head -- one that I sourced from ebay broke the lever the very first time I used it (the seller replaced it with the all-metal job).

I've had no issues using frame pumps that attach directly to the valve rather than through a hose. Backing the tyre/wheel up against a tree or post helps keep things stable.
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Old 12-27-10, 03:49 AM
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Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph.

I've also got a Lezyne Pressure Drive pump rolling around in a drawer somewhere. Cool design, nicely machined, but a bit too fiddly for me. If I were to consider Lezyne again, I'd probably go for one of the Micro Floor Drive pumps...
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I don't think you will find a suggestion on this forum for a pump other than Toppeak Road Morph, Lezyne Micro Floor Drive or Zefal HPX. The first two have hoses and can be operated like a floor pump. If it is important that it be available in Europe, check some websites like Wiggle.com, probikekit.com, xxcycle.com, etc. SJS was also mentioned above.
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Nothing much more to say... except that I'd get the Road Morph G (gauge version).
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Another vote for the Morph, but I switched from Road Morph to Turbo Morph. Had a bit of trouble reading the inline gauge, so am very happy with the turbo's flip-down analog gauge. Otherwise, it is a twin to the road Morph.
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Originally Posted by badamsjr View Post
Otherwise, it is a twin to the road Morph.
Actually, the Turbo Morph and the Road Morph are slightly different. The body of the Turbo Morph has a larger diameter than the body of the Road Morph so, in theory, it should inflate high-volume tires slightly faster than the Road Morph. Conversely, the larger plunger may require more effort to push if you're trying to reach higher pressures. I own both, but typically use the Road Morph with my touring bike since it's a bit less bulky.
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Hi - wow, quite unanimous replies on this - thanks, as always for replying. It's a treat to post questions in this forum - and witness that I get so many qualified replies :-)

I've checked out the three main suggestions (Topeak, Lezyne & Zefal) and will just consider ...

Happy New Year to you all,

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Old 12-29-10, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I don't think you will find a suggestion on this forum for a pump other than Toppeak Road Morph, Lezyne Micro Floor Drive or Zefal HPX. The first two have hoses and can be operated like a floor pump. If it is important that it be available in Europe, check some websites like Wiggle.com, probikekit.com, xxcycle.com, etc. SJS was also mentioned above.
My recommendation exactly. I have all 3 and used them for 1-20 years. My 1990 vintage Zefal still works.

I prefer the topeak or lezyne for ease of use. I've found the built-in gauges to be inaccurate or eventually become so. I suggest a separate gauge for better accuracy. Even a cheap pencil-type is as good as these built-in gauges. Zefal also makes an accurate round-dial gauge for under ten bucks.

The Lezyne micro drive is my latest pump. I got it from wiggle.co.uk, shipped free to my location in USA for an order total greater than ~80USD, in 3 business days - which is less time than it tales Performance Bike in Chapel Hill, NC to ship to my location only 250 miles away.

BTW wiggle occasionally has the best deal anywhere on Brooks B17 and Team Pro saddles - or at least they used to a year ago.
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
Much depends on the size of tyre you are running. If it is "trekking" or 26" tyre and, say, 1.75" or greater, then you will need a pump that pumps volume at a lower pressure -- in that case, one with a wider bore. Any type of reputable MTB pump should be fine. Can't help with the European brands.

If you are running 700C tyres at say 32mm, you will need a narrower bore pump to get the higher pressure. In this case, I have been a long-time user of the Zefal HPX frame pump. Avoid like the plague the one with the plastic head -- one that I sourced from ebay broke the lever the very first time I used it (the seller replaced it with the all-metal job).

I've had no issues using frame pumps that attach directly to the valve rather than through a hose. Backing the tyre/wheel up against a tree or post helps keep things stable.
This is what I've been preaching for years. I'm amazed at the number of people who cannot grasp this concept.
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Old 12-30-10, 12:16 AM
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Indeed.

Machka and I went for a ride on Tuesday that involved a 9km stretch of unexpected gravel. I pinch flatted, a small hole that deflated the tube relatively slowly at first (this on 700x23C tyres with Presta valves). I didn't change outthe tube because of the hordes of mosquitoes -- I've counted around 30 bites since.

Anyway, I have a small pump (a Giyo) that is quite effective, and with about 100 rapid strokes I can have a tyre up to rideable pressure in no time. With the wheel on the bike, I just backed up the tyre/rim against my knee, leant over the rear of the bike, and pumped. We had about 19km left to the next town (which fortunately was mosquito-less) and each inflation would enable me to get 2km further down the road. The system worked well to get me to a sacntuary where I could change out the tube. Having Presta valves also was an advantage.

I hadn't mentioned the Giyo up to now because I sourced several of them from Torpedo7 in New Zealand. But I think they are an amazingly efficient little pump that even outdoes my Zefal. And in the case of Tuesday's ride, I could stuff it in the back pocket of my jersey to make it more easily accessible, something I wouldn't have been able to do with an HPX of even the shortest length.

Machka has a Topeak Road Morph. I've used. I don't like it, but others (including her) seem to love it. I doubt the accuracy of the pressure gauge, and frankkly, I would rather stand and pump than have to bend over and do it. It's also clumsier to fit to the bike because of the hose, and her's never seemed secure enough. I suppose that is solved by stowing it in a bag or pannier.
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