what pump should I get?

by cyclistman   August 19, 2013  

I'm new this forum and also new to road cycling. I'm in the market for a good floor pump and a mini pump. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Lezyne are as good as they get IMHO.

The floor pumps have a screw-on head that works much better than my Bontrager's rather ropey both-in-one schraeder/presta adapter while the Mini Drive pumps incorporate a tube like old-fashioned pumps. All are well made and nicely finished.

Topeak do some good ones too.

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posted by Simon E [1902 posts]
19th August 2013 - 8:53

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The Joe blow track pumps are good, they have a few models at various price points, starting around £25 online. I have a sks kompressor, which is not pretty but goes on and on where others have failed. rrp. £50ish

Minipumps- I have used the topeak pocket rocket (about £16 on wiggle) and it was good. I now use the lezyne roaddrive (£34 CRC) which is very good.

posted by ilovemytinbred [164 posts]
19th August 2013 - 9:01

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Be wary of the screw-on head types if your tubes have removable cores (which most seem to these days).

+1 for the Joe Blow range or the SKS Rennkompressor if you need to go higher than 120-160 psi (e.g. for a track bike).

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posted by netclectic [116 posts]
19th August 2013 - 9:15

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Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini (Medium size) gets a vote from me. Lovely bit of kit.

posted by Al__S [486 posts]
19th August 2013 - 9:25

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I'd recommend my Airace Infinity Turbo floor pump. It works a dream, has the gauge at the top (with a useful indicator) and is very well built. Currently £30.77 on Amazon.

posted by qwerky [130 posts]
19th August 2013 - 9:25

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Topeak race rocket - fits in a jersey pocket, light weight, has a flexible hose that extends out making it much more useable then most mini pumps. One word of caution - there is a MTB version which will not get road tyres upto a high enough pressure - make sure you buy the 160psi version and you'll actually be able to get a 700x23 tyre upto 100psi!

http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/racerocket_hpc_cb

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posted by StuayEd [63 posts]
19th August 2013 - 11:01

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Mini pumps are the spawn of Satan. Get a puncture on a group ride in winter and your friends are standing around getting cold while you inflate your tyres at 0.5 psi per stroke.

A Zefal HPX tucked under your top tube is a far better solution to the problem. A good semi-mini pump like the Meqix Metal Road runs it a close second, and has a mount that sits under your bottle cage.

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posted by John Stevenson [966 posts]
19th August 2013 - 11:27

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I have a Silca Pista track pump and to be honest wouldn't really recommend it. Now both the chuck and the gauge have been changed it's okay though - and the main part is serviceable, which the Topeak I had before and failed wasn't, so in the long run it might be a win.
Mini pump, I have a Race Rocket too, but I've only used it once.
(Road bike I have a Zefal frame pump (and a locking clip/mount thing for it), but frame pumps don't suit every bike/usage.)

posted by armb [25 posts]
19th August 2013 - 11:57

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To be honest I carry Co2 on group rides too, one of these as its tiny! http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lezyne-trigger-drive-inflator-with-co2-cartridge/

But I still carry a mini pump as a last resort, if you're really unlucky and get more than a couple of punctures or mess up getting the co2 into the tube etc - it's good to know you can always get home!

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posted by StuayEd [63 posts]
19th August 2013 - 12:09

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Great recommendation! I was browsing the Lezyne models and was impressed with their design. A lot of my friends are recommending Lezyne as well.

posted by cyclistman [6 posts]
20th August 2013 - 9:56

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How would the Joe blow fare in comparison to the Lezyne/SKS brands?

posted by cyclistman [6 posts]
20th August 2013 - 9:58

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Thanks for the recommendation Qwerky. I read some reviews on it and they seem pretty good. How is the pump head?

I think I'm leaning towards a Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive complete with a Road Drive mini pump.

posted by cyclistman [6 posts]
20th August 2013 - 10:04

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No experience of joe blow or SKS myself - but I can defo vouch for quality of Lezyne (at a price)!

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posted by StuayEd [63 posts]
20th August 2013 - 12:16

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Unless you're running a bike shop I'd imagine you are pretty unlikely to wear out a track pump. I have a Joe Blow and a SKS and they have both had years of use and been fine.

I've just had to change the o-ring on the SKS as it eventually perished so I'd look for a pump where you can get spares - both SKS and Topeak do rebuild kits for a few quid with replacement o-rings.

Edit: One thought not related to reliability - the biggest annoyance I find with track pumps is their bases. My SKS loves to fall over and my JB has a triangular base that whilst stable is very sharp edged, so likes to scratch the car boot at every opportunity. My advice, pay attention to the base!

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posted by tom_w [75 posts]
21st August 2013 - 9:33

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