Pump recommendation

davidg

Well-Known Member
Location
London
I can see there are a few pump threads, but after a disaster today with my first puncture (not ever, as I specialise in those commuting! but out on my road bike)...

I have the planet X pump http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/TOPXDF/planet-x-carbon-dual-function-mini-pump which I am sure is fine in the hands of someone capable, but I epically failed today. I managed to "waste" the two compressed air canisters I had, and then just couldn't get any air in manually.

I have decided that I need either a dual one (like this one is meant to be) or a decent manual frame one. The condition is that I think I need the pump to be able to "lock" on after I have put it onto the presta valve. Mine was just slipping off all of the time. Light(ish) would also be good and able to fit behind one of the bottle cages...

Does anyone use/recommend ones that fit the bill?

edit - also needs to be able to pump up to 120psi on 700/24mm tyre
 

arallsopp

Post of The Year 2009 winner
Location
Bromley, Kent
I'm a big fan of the minimorph. Hose allows you to keep the valve locked on whilst you wobble the pump around, and flip out foot stand lets you get it quickly up to pressure.

Its light, fairly small, very well made. No idea if it'd fit behind your bottle cage though.
 
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davidg

davidg

Well-Known Member
Location
London
okay, that looks okay...

does anyone have one that does the manual and co2, but also can lock to the valve like these ones?!

not that I am fussy! or would I be better off carrying this and getting one of those lightweight valve only ones? I would like to stick with co2, but need a better back up either as part of a dual pump or separately...
 

kyuss

Veteran
Location
Edinburgh
A combined CO2/manual pump that's small enough to fit in a pocket is never going to be able to get a tyre up to pressure manually unless you're He-Man (trust me, I've tried). They'll get enough in to get you home if you're carefull but if you pick up a puncture and you're out of cartridges it's ride over. They're really just designed so that you can put a bit of air in to make sure the repair is holding before firing off the CO2, and as you've discovered it's all too easy to waste a cartridge.

Since I got my Lezyne Road Drive I've relied less and less on CO2. It gets to 100psi easy, 120-130 with a bit of effort, and best of all it uses a screw on flexible hose like back in the day so no more broken valve stems. I've got the medium size one in polished aluminium and it's a joy to use (and pretty). The Micro floor drive would be an option if you need a bit of extra leverage to get up to pressure.

I did see a review of a new Lezyne pump based on the Road Drive that also takes a CO2 cartridge but I'm damned if I can find it.
 
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davidg

davidg

Well-Known Member
Location
London
kyuss said:
A combined CO2/manual pump that's small enough to fit in a pocket is never going to be able to get a tyre up to pressure manually unless you're He-Man (trust me, I've tried). They'll get enough in to get you home if you're carefull but if you pick up a puncture and you're out of cartridges it's ride over. They're really just designed so that you can put a bit of air in to make sure the repair is holding before firing off the CO2, and as you've discovered it's all too easy to waste a cartridge.

Since I got my Lezyne Road Drive I've relied less and less on CO2. It gets to 100psi easy, 120-130 with a bit of effort, and best of all it uses a screw on flexible hose like back in the day so no more broken valve stems. I've got the medium size one in polished aluminium and it's a joy to use (and pretty). The Micro floor drive would be an option if you need a bit of extra leverage to get up to pressure.

I did see a review of a new Lezyne pump based on the Road Drive that also takes a CO2 cartridge but I'm damned if I can find it.
wise words I think! I spoke to planet x today and the chap agreed that the manual part of their pump was pointless! also the inner tube that I had (spare one supplied when I bought it) was a short or at least not long which explains the lack of purchase on the co2 driven attempt...long valve inner tube the answer, and may stick with Co2, but get one that has a valve rather than is pierced and is over...cant help thinking some sort of manual back up could be useful and that may be a separate pump!

The Jogger said:
You weren't the one of the pair struggling with a puncture in barnes yesterday, just by the river?
no this was out Dorking way on the wiggle up and down event. dont know where I was other than I was 20 miles into it on a 21% hill!
 

gouldina

New Member
Location
London
arallsopp said:
I'm a big fan of the minimorph. Hose allows you to keep the valve locked on whilst you wobble the pump around, and flip out foot stand lets you get it quickly up to pressure.

Its light, fairly small, very well made. No idea if it'd fit behind your bottle cage though.
Minimorph's great. I bought one a few months ago and really pleased with it.
 

Svendo

Guru
Location
Walsden
+1 for the mini-morph.
Prior to getting this pump I struggled getting tyres inflated in anything other than ideal conditions when by the road. Combination of spoke distance making it very difficult to hold the head of the pump/wheel securely enough to pump effectively, which led to broken valve stem bits, which leads to a second tube change and a low make-do pressure. With the hose and then being able to pump against the floor (I don't bother with the foot rest, just hold the barrel) the process is much less fraught, and even with the single action getting up to proper pressure (100 psi or so, more than enough outside of a cycle track for me) is just a matter of time. Halfords also do a similar bike hut version which is better in some respects, e.g metal foot rest.
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
I've tried a few types of pumps, currently getting on very well with a cheap and cheerful zefal frame pump gets to 100psi + very quickly and easily, I used to have a mini pump but life was too short, and the rubber grommit on the inside used to get cut up by the valve head

I like the old skool look of it too
 
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