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  • After a 45 minute walk home because of a flat from my friend's place this morning I think it's time to invest in a mini pump, rather than risk a long walk home :-/

    I have yet to use a good mini pump that gets my tyres above 100psi, so can anyone recommend one? CO2 cartridges look really wasteful, so they're out the window.

    Small, light(ish), less than £30. 100psi (actually pumps to that rather than the manufacturer claiming so), 140psi would be nice :P

  • Small, light(ish), less than £30. 100psi (actually pumps to that rather than the manufacturer claiming so), 140psi would be nice :P[/quote]

    Mini-Pumps List: (all pumping to 160psi, and some to 300psi or more)

    Blackburn Mini Air Stick SL - ??mm, 58gr, 160psi
    blackburndesign.com/road_pump­s.html
    Blackburn Mini Air Stick Two Stage - ??mm, 84gr, 160psi
    blackburndesign.com/road_pump­s.html
    Blackburn Air Stick - ??mm, 160gr, 160psi
    blackburndesign.com/road_pump­s.html

    Lezyne Shock Drive - 205mm, 84gr, 300psi
    lezyne.com/index.php/products­/hand-pumps/shock-drive.html
    Lezyne Road Drive - 216mm (med), 90gr (med), 160psi
    lezyne.com/index.php/products­/hand-pumps/road-drive-m.html
    Lezyne Carbon Road Drive - 216mm (med), 88gr (med), 160psi
    lezyne.com/index.php/products­/hand-pumps/carbon-road-drvie-m.html
    Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP - 300mm, 160gr, 160psi
    lezyne.com/index.php/products­/hand-pumps/micro-floor-drive-hp.html
    Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG with gauge - 300mm, 192gr, 160psi
    lezyne.com/index.php/products­/hand-pumps/micro-floor-drive-hpg.html

    SKS Suspension Air Mechanic Shock - 270mm, 230gr, 360psi
    sks-germany.com/sks.php?l=en&­a=product&i=1375250000

    Specialized WindPipe Shock - ??mm, ??gr, 220psi
    specialized.com/bc/SBCEqProdu­ct.jsp?spid=42020&eid=384

    Topeak Mini Morph - 260mm, 170gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/MiniMorph
    Topeak Micro Rocket CB - 160mm, 55gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/MicroRocketCB
    Topeak Turbo Morph - 322mm, 280gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/TurboMorphG
    Topeak Pocket Shock Dx W/gauge - 215mm, 170gr, 300psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/PocketShockDXG
    Topeak Propshock - 185mm, 170gr, 300psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/PropShock
    Topeak Micro Rocket CBT - 200mm, 70gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/MicroRocketCBT
    Topeak Master Blaster Harpoon DX - 259mm, 215gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/HarpoonDX
    Topeak Master Blaster Einstein DX - 243mm, 210gr, 160psi
    topeak.com/products/Mini-Pump­s/EinsteinDX


    Something quite different:


    Cyclaire Plus
    cyclaire.co.uk/index.php?opti­on=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26­
    timani-ltd.co.uk/index.php?ma­in_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_­id=8&zenid=22fbf1e5166360de754bb599338ce­d1d

    My old Blackburn has saved my @rse many a time. Not sure if you can get them here.

  • I would've said gas canisters. But now I've frozen myself to one I'm less taken by them.

    Roberto had a great pump, though I think the pressure indicator was off a little bit as I over-inflated it.

  • My suggestion for best `mini' pumps are the Topeak Road/Mountain morphs. Mountain is a little bigger but cheaper, road version has an inbuilt pressure gauge (about 25-30 quid).

    Small enough to be carried in a bag but yet good enough to get yer tires around 100 PSI. Never had a problem with mine.

    Its hard to pump above 100 PSI cause you don't have the mechanical leverage to do so with a mini-pump. The Mountain Morph I have seems to do a pretty good job getting to around the PSI you need to avoid punctures, without eating the heads off valves which lots of pumps like to do.

    Lots of props for the Morph here.

  • Another vote here for the Topeak pumps.

  • my votes for the topeak morph's, I've got a mini...
    chainreactioncycles.com/Model­s.aspx?ModelID=11315
    is nice and small with the added bonus of a foot brace and flexible hose so you don't snap the valve.

  • velocity boy I would've said gas canisters. But now I've frozen myself to one I'm less taken by them.
    Roberto had a great pump, though I think the pressure indicator was off a little bit as I over-inflated it.

    I used to own one of these and it self-destructed very quickly so I can't recommend 'em.

  • cyclaire.com/ are the only small pump I've found thats worth carrying. Does 120psi with ease.

  • that thing actually works???

  • Its great and comes with a saddlebag. You can also buy replacement parts (the rubber bits which connect to the valve) when its worn, which is always a good sign that something is built with longterm durability in mind. I'd say its better than a track pump for someone with limited strength too, as you can use your whole body instead of just your arms to operate it.

  • But can you beat drivers with it like you can a track pump?

  • Well its got a 1m cord you pull out, is square and made of hardened plastic so I guess it would make a good mace-ing tool with some practice.

  • hippy But can you beat drivers with it like you can a track pump?

    that's always the most important thing - a light u lock is nice to carry, but it means you have to work harder to beat them.

    knucklehead - i'm really tempted by the cyclaire, but i usually buy new gadgety stuff and they turn out crap so i'm sceptical.

    1bhp, dc, fixedpip - topeak looks good, plus it claims it can get upto 160psi which looks appealing.. my tyres are normally about 130-140psi anyway.

    david - yeah i've frozen myself before in a chemistry lab, not good.

  • ahhh but the topeak has no gauge, decisions decisions...

  • If it helps swing you Mel who does lambeth cyclists maintainance classes uses one in the class. When I attended the class I saw it used successfully for 6 weeks by a group of novices without failure (well one person blew their tube up by putting too much pressure in but that was the persons fault and the pump still worked).

  • eeehhhh [quote]hippy But can you beat drivers with it like you can a track pump?

    1bhp, dc, fixedpip - topeak looks good, plus it claims it can get upto 160psi which looks appealing.. my tyres are normally about 130-140psi anyway.
    [/quote]

    130-140psi.. for normal road use? I don't reckon my clinchers ever went over 110-120psi when racing.

  • eeehhhh ahhh but the topeak has no gauge, decisions decisions...

    Less to break/malfunction

  • Yeah, 130-140psi, normal road use. I haven't experimented, tbh. You think its too high?

  • maybe a tad high. i run 100-120 and thats rock hard for me.

  • eeehhhh Yeah, 130-140psi, normal road use. I haven't experimented, tbh. You think its too high?

    Yep.

    Quoting the Lord (that's Sheldon Brown to you folk):
    The higher the air pressure, the less the tyre will deflect.
    The trade-off with this is that if you pump the tyre up too hard, you lose the benefits of pneumatic tyres: the ride becomes excessively harsh, and traction will be reduced. In addition, extremely high pressures require a stronger (heavier) fabric and stronger (heavier) rim flanges.
    Rolling resistance does decrease theoretically with any increase in pressure, but with modern, high-quality tyres the rolling resistance at correct inflation pressure is already so low that the infinitesimal reductions gained are more than outweighed by the trade-offs.

    Like I said, 100-110psi in MY opinion is sweet for reasonable road tyres. I might bump it to 120 for a nice, dry, short course but not often.

  • Oh, as for pressure gauges, have one on your track pump at home but one on a emergency frame pump is a waste.
    You should know tyres are at proper inflation by feel and pressure gauges are just more expensive, often inaccurate on frame pumps and something else to break.

  • eehhhh! Thats probably too high, most clincher rims aren't rated much above 125 PSI. Yep rim manufacturers do give maximum PSI ratings for rims for clinchers. Have seen older rims fail due to over inflation.

    Also the road morph has a gauge. See here but as other posters have noted, most of these gauges are crude at best.

  • fixedpip eehhhh! Thats probably too high, most clincher rims aren't rated much above 125 PSI. Yep rim manufacturers do give maximum PSI ratings for rims for clinchers. Have seen older rims fail due to over inflation.

    That's another good point, especially true for older road rims that have been worn down with years of braking in the wet, gritty conditions present here..
    Can you say 'rim explosion'?

  • hippy [quote]fixedpip eehhhh! Thats probably too high, most clincher rims aren't rated much above 125 PSI. Yep rim manufacturers do give maximum PSI ratings for rims for clinchers. Have seen older rims fail due to over inflation.

    That's another good point, especially true for older road rims that have been worn down with years of braking in the wet, gritty conditions present here..
    Can you say 'rim explosion'?[/quote]

    not without it sounding like a homo catastrophe…

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