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It's been a long time since I've traveled with the equipment necessary to deal with a sudden-airloss-event, but recently I've made a few longer late night trips with no CTA safety net so should probably get a basic kit together....  historically mini-pumps kind of sucked and it's been years since I've bought one-- just wondering if there's one very small pump out there that folks are excited about, that gets you to a decent amount of pressure (50 lbs on 2" ATB tires would be nice) without leaving you laying on the curb exhausted.

Also, not sure where my backup floor pump is so if anyone has a recommendation there it would be appreciated. I seem to have an even mix of presta and schrader valves in my life.

Thanks!

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Just get a Topeak Road Morph G.  I don't see a reason to get one of those big bulky floor pumps.  It's small enough to carry around in any kind of pack or attach to the bike with something, and it's got a small little kickstand, plus a gauge, which makes it an indispensable piece of equipment.  Had mine for about 7 years now and recently ordered a replacement kit from the manufacturer that replaces the worn out rubber gaskets.  Costs about 7 bucks.  

Thanks--familiar with those;  looking to see if there's something smaller and as effective that's come out in the meantime.  I don't know if I wasn't clear-- I'm looking for a small portable pump -and- a floor pump.

Road pump is any of the Topeak 'morph' series pumps and the Topeak Joe Blow for a floor pump.

I like Topeak pumps best across the board because you can buy seals and parts for them.

Thanks, Dug.

Would I be correct in assuming that the Min-Morph is the shortest? Does RT have those in stock?

Kind of wondering if there's anything out there small enough to fit in a large water bottle that might actually work.

The mini-morph is the smallest followed by the mountain-morph which is a little larger but higher volume and will fill a fatter tire faster.  Topeak also makes a few models of even smaller pumps but they are not the style where the head detaches from the pump body like the morph style pumps.

We do not stock the smaller ones but can order them in to get here by Thursday; the Halsted shop is closer to you give them a call and they can order one in for you.

h' 1.0 said:

Thanks, Dug.

Would I be correct in assuming that the Min-Morph is the shortest? Does RT have those in stock?

Kind of wondering if there's anything out there small enough to fit in a large water bottle that might actually work.

I have the mini-morph. Just measured it at 10.5 inches.

Thanks. Looks like a 'long' bottle is 9" or so...

Kelvin Mulcky said:

I have the mini-morph. Just measured it at 10.5 inches.

It looks like the Topeak Pocket Rocket will fit a water bottel (8.5" long)-- is there a chance you guys carry that one?

notoriousDUG said:

The mini-morph is the smallest followed by the mountain-morph which is a little larger but higher volume and will fill a fatter tire faster.  Topeak also makes a few models of even smaller pumps but they are not the style where the head detaches from the pump body like the morph style pumps.

We do not stock the smaller ones but can order them in to get here by Thursday; the Halsted shop is closer to you give them a call and they can order one in for you.

h' 1.0 said:

Thanks, Dug.

Would I be correct in assuming that the Min-Morph is the shortest? Does RT have those in stock?

Kind of wondering if there's anything out there small enough to fit in a large water bottle that might actually work.

Nope, we pretty much only stock the Road-Morph but can order any of the other ones in by Thursday.

h' 1.0 said:

It looks like the Topeak Pocket Rocket will fit a water bottel (8.5" long)-- is there a chance you guys carry that one?

notoriousDUG said:

The mini-morph is the smallest followed by the mountain-morph which is a little larger but higher volume and will fill a fatter tire faster.  Topeak also makes a few models of even smaller pumps but they are not the style where the head detaches from the pump body like the morph style pumps.

We do not stock the smaller ones but can order them in to get here by Thursday; the Halsted shop is closer to you give them a call and they can order one in for you.

h' 1.0 said:

Thanks, Dug.

Would I be correct in assuming that the Min-Morph is the shortest? Does RT have those in stock?

Kind of wondering if there's anything out there small enough to fit in a large water bottle that might actually work.

Floor pump: Silca. Used mine almost daily for 27 years. Spare parts have never changed and are easy to purchase.
In my view there still isn't an excellent mini pump on the market. I used to sell the Topeaks, but stopped after a few years due to so many warranty issues. For a long time, though, they were the only halfway decent solution.

But the Lezyne mini pumps changed that a couple of years back. They are not inexpensive, but hold one and you'll immediately notice ether difference in construction quality. Then use one and you'll leave the store with it.

i'll second the Silca track pump recommendation.  I've used the same one for 23-years without a problem.  

and for all those out there who do not have floor pumps at home, please get one.  The small hand pumps weren't meant to be used on a daily basis and will fail (in the field) when you need it.  

when looking for a hand pump for lower pressure tires, look for a larger bore.  the small bore pumps are ideal for high-pressure but will take forever to pump an ATB tire while the large bore pumps will not be able to easily pump to road bike pressures.  

just my $.02.

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