working bike pump?
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Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
working bike pump? on 01/26/2012 09:21:43 MST Print View

i need a bike pump. i need something light, packable (or easily attached to frame), and better still, something reliable, that WORKS (think: right-hand man)
perhaps i'm not spedning enough on something decent enough, or maybe it's a run of bad luck, but the pervading issue is that plastic sucks.
it cracks, breaks, and is then renders itself useless.
i don't mind throwing down loot, but at this point, i refuse to compromise quality.
recommendations?
thanks much.
lt

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: working bike pump? on 01/26/2012 10:02:22 MST Print View

Mini pumps, you are going to find to get up to the right PSI. Even with the ones with high pressure low pressure switches.
I found a classic zefal http://www.zefal.com/en/traditional-pumps/109-hpx-classic.html by the side of the road biking once and this thing can do anything a floor pump can do. Comes with a frame mount, i usually just slide it in my backpack/messenger bag though.

What PSI do you run?

Edited by justaddfuel on 01/26/2012 10:02:56 MST.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Re: working bike pump? on 01/26/2012 10:06:05 MST Print View

This might be worth looking at though!
http://www.rei.com/product/779850/lezyne-pressure-drive-mini-pump

I have torn off valves a number of times using small pumps, so the hose is appealing.

Carl Umland
(chumland) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Crest Trail, mostly
working bike pump? on 01/26/2012 10:27:05 MST Print View

Leslie,
The Topeak Road Morph ( http://www.topeak.com/pages/343/news/detail/41 ) is my favorite pump for bike touring. It has a hose with a pressure guage that helps prevent breaking stems off of presta tubes. It also comes with a foot peg that allows stability like a big floor pump. Yes it does have parts made of plastic but I haven't had any durability issues with mine. Since you have an aversion to plastic you might also look at the Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini Pump.
( http://www.rei.com/product/779850/lezyne-pressure-drive-mini-pump ). It's all metal with a cleaver reversable hose system that connects to either Presta or Schraeder vale stems without having to change the head. I carry the Lezyne on my road bike.
Best,
Carl

Steve G
(sgrobben) - M

Locale: Ohio
Where are they breaking? on 01/26/2012 10:58:14 MST Print View

Lezyne has a pretty good reputation for durability. I also have the Topeak Road Morph and have had no issues with it. I rarely ever use my frame/mini pumps as they are really only built for occasional or emergency use. If you have a good floor pump, decent tires, and top off your pressure before leaving home you should rarely need the frame pump. Maybe you're doing a lot of long distance touring on bad roads.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: working bike pump? on 01/26/2012 11:01:23 MST Print View

Topeak Mountain Morph for me.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
"working bike pump?" some assembly required... on 01/26/2012 11:49:55 MST Print View

cool, thanks all.
i'll research the suggested.
one for the road:
the most widely used bike repair/maintenance book/bible-- if one exists?
thanks again.
lt

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: "working bike pump?" some assembly required... on 01/26/2012 13:00:12 MST Print View

I like this one:

http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2077/

Steve G
(sgrobben) - M

Locale: Ohio
Bike maintenance on 01/26/2012 18:45:44 MST Print View

Between Park Tools maintenance articles on their website and YouTube you can learn anything you need to know for free. If you still want a book check out Lennard Zinn.

Tony Mason
(tonymason) - F
Best pump on 02/02/2012 11:00:16 MST Print View

I second the Lezyne. Light, durable, reliable
Just a beautiful piece of equipment

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Lezyne pump on 08/17/2012 06:26:47 MDT Print View

I have not had any problems with my Lezyne M alloy drive. Get the M or L, so you can use the optional gauge hose with it, as well as move a reasonable amount of air

Ron Berry
(squishware)

Locale: Southwest Florida
frame pumps on 11/26/2012 10:02:20 MST Print View

I've had my Lezyne for a number of years, still rocks. The plastic holder broke in a crash, I just put it in a butt pack now.