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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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I'll also recommend the Topeak Road/Mountain Morph (choose according to tire volume.) It's the best frame-mount pump I've used by a wide margin. I've heard very good things about Lezyne pumps, but I've never used one. I do quite like the foot peg and rotating handle on the Topeak pumps, though. I'll have to disagree with the poster who said that you don't need a floor pump, though. No frame pump can approach even a decent floor pump for effectiveness.

I've used the lezyne alumnimum drive pump and it's fairly nice.  Like the road morph it has a hose that from the pump to the tube.  Unlike the road morph, the hose detaches from the pump and slips into the pump itself for a smaller and neater package.  Some of the lezyne pumps give you the option to use a CO2 cartridge as well which might come in handy now when you'd like to get going asap.  The lezyne pumps don't have the nice pressure that the road morph has though.

Oh, regardless of the minipump, I don't think I've every really managed to get my wheels up to their regular pressure (~100psi).  My old road morph just took way too much effort and I found it's the same with the lezyne. Not sure there's a mini-pump that really does this though.


David P. said:

I'll also recommend the Topeak Road/Mountain Morph (choose according to tire volume.) It's the best frame-mount pump I've used by a wide margin. I've heard very good things about Lezyne pumps, but I've never used one. I do quite like the foot peg and rotating handle on the Topeak pumps, though. I'll have to disagree with the poster who said that you don't need a floor pump, though. No frame pump can approach even a decent floor pump for effectiveness.

Floor pump: Topeak Joe Blow digital or non digital. Love this floor pump!

What sort of problems were you seeing with the Topeaks?  We sell a ton and I have never seen one come back in the time I have been there.

milkbar said:

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.

Do any floor pumps have a solid stand? I swear I knock mine over 5 times while pumping, and 3 times when i'm just working around it! 

1) seals blowing at high psi

2) little feet thing cracking and breaking off

3) shaft bending

About 30% return rate.

Of course, understand that 99% of my shop's customers are roadies running ~100-120psi and are verrrrrrry picky. Still, anything higher than 5% return rate I stop selling.

notoriousDUG said:

What sort of problems were you seeing with the Topeaks?  We sell a ton and I have never seen one come back in the time I have been there.

milkbar said:

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.

This is my winning combination.  Got both and they've worked well for me.

notoriousDUG said:

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.

Older Silcas (not all the new models, be wary of this!) have super heavy and stable steel bases. Lezyne floor pumps have aluminum bases and wider feet.

Apie 10.64 said:

Do any floor pumps have a solid stand? I swear I knock mine over 5 times while pumping, and 3 times when i'm just working around it! 

I like the road morph with pressure gauge for a frame pump, but that's because most of my flats happen on my road bike (skinny tires plus longer rides).  If you aren't worried about pressure level and just want to get home the mini is nice since its small enough to fit into most bags.  

I love the joe blow floor pump for at hoem. 

i think i would go with the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG Bicycle Pump, i like the fact that you screw the head onto the valve, i saw the one without the gauge at Comrad this weeked and it looked and felt solid.

http://www.google.com/shopping/product/6424884495519048178?q=lezyne...

FWIW those are *extremely* well made and also the worst of both worlds, ie not small enough to easily carry with you on the bike and yet also a really poorly operating traditional floor pump because (1) it's very short and you have to lean over a lot vs a traditional floor pump and (2) it's way lower volume and harder to push (and require way more strokes) than a full sized floor pump.

They are totally rad and extremely impractical.

Deet 4.5mi said:

i think i would go with the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG Bicycle Pump, i like the fact that you screw the head onto the valve, i saw the one without the gauge at Comrad this weeked and it looked and felt solid.

http://www.google.com/shopping/product/6424884495519048178?q=lezyne...

I have a Topeak Road Masterblaster that I carry on my touring bike and a Topeak Pocket Rocket that I carry in my saddle bag or messenger bag for commuting. The Masterblaster is nice because it's a high volume pump that lets you fill a tire quickly, but it's also small bore so you can get to a high pressure (the downside is that it's long). The Pocket Rocket is a chore to fill any tire with, but it's small and hardly noticeable in my bag.

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