New Pump

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Dexter9
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New Pump

Postby Dexter9 » 22 Aug 2019, 11:53am

I'm looking for a new bike pump, the last one I bought was 50yrs ago! :shock: :shock:
There are so many now.
Can anyone recommend one I can buy for £15 -£20 ish?
I believe many don't show an accurate tyre pressure.

Bmblbzzz
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Re: New Pump

Postby Bmblbzzz » 22 Aug 2019, 12:02pm

Are you after a track pump, a big one to keep at home, which usually has an accurate pressure gauge, or a pump to keep on/with the bike in case of punctures?
If the former, there are loads, I'm happy with my Topeak Joe Blow: https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-m ... gJskfD_BwE

For a pump to keep on the bike, you have a choice of frame-fitting pump such as Zefal HPX: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/pumps/size- ... ump-black/
Or a mini-pump which you can put in a pannier/saddlebag or possibly even jersey pocket. Some of these have gauges but they should be considered roughly indicative not accurate. General rule is the larger the pump, the more efficient and easier to use it is. So a frame fitting pump works better than a mini-pump but has the downside of risk of getting stolen - depends where you park the bike.

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Re: New Pump

Postby pwa » 22 Aug 2019, 12:04pm

+1 for Joe Blow to keep in the garage and a Zefal HPX for the bike frame, if it will fit. Save the gauge for fine tuning at home.

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Re: New Pump

Postby steady eddy » 22 Aug 2019, 12:52pm

I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip?

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Re: New Pump

Postby mjr » 22 Aug 2019, 12:54pm

Telescoping mini-pump for occasional on-the-road use. Giyo are good IMO, often sold under other brands (including Revolution and the evil Specialized). Yes, a frame-fit pump will be quicker, but a telescoping pump can be left in a bag and not get stolen when parked.

If buying a track pump for home, I'd go for a SKS Airworx which you might find under £20 if you shop around. Otherwise, the 115psi plastic-body SKS Air-X-press is £15 at Decathlon.
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Re: New Pump

Postby Bmblbzzz » 22 Aug 2019, 1:13pm

steady eddy wrote:I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip?

Yes, you only need one pip.

Unless you're Gladys Knight... :D

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Re: New Pump

Postby steady eddy » 22 Aug 2019, 3:56pm

Thanks Bmblbzzz

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Re: New Pump

Postby slowster » 22 Aug 2019, 10:04pm

steady eddy wrote:I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip?

The Zefal HPX only has a dimple for a pump pip in the top of the handle. Consequently you would only be able to mount a Zefal HPX with the bottom of the pump in the junction of the seat tube and top tube, and it has a rather angular protruding valve lever on which I think you would run the risk of catching the inside of your thighs or shorts.

I would suggest a Topeak Road Master Blaster instead if you want to fit it under the top tube. It has dimples at both ends so you can position it whichever way round you prefer. Its valve lever also lies quite flush against the barrel compared to the Zefal, so it might not even matter which way round you fitted the pump.
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Des49
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Re: New Pump

Postby Des49 » 22 Aug 2019, 10:22pm

steady eddy wrote:I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip?


My HPX does not fit under the top tube via the pip.

It appears to be too large a diameter than pumps were towards 30 yrs ago when my frame was built. So in practice the pip is too close to the top tube. Rather annoying if I want to use two water bottles, otherwise no problem fitting the pump along the seat tube.

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Re: New Pump

Postby Mike_Ayling » 22 Aug 2019, 11:34pm

Bmblbzzz wrote:
steady eddy wrote:I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip?

Yes, you only need one pip.

Unless you're Gladys Knight... :D


I add a wrap od double sided hook and loop tape at each end for added security.

Mike

De Sisti
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Re: New Pump

Postby De Sisti » 23 Aug 2019, 5:11pm

The Zefal HPX only has a dimple for a pump pip in the top of the handle. Consequently you would only be able to mount a Zefal HPX with the bottom of the pump in the junction of the seat tube and top tube, and it has a rather angular protruding valve lever on which I think you would run the risk of catching the inside of your thighs or shorts.


I don't have a pump peg on my bikes, (spa audax steel, xacdt itanium, Dolan Dual carbon fibre)
and can fit a zefal hpx (size 3 or 4) on them without the pump interfering with my thighs or shorts.

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Re: New Pump

Postby Mike_Ayling » 24 Aug 2019, 1:06am

De Sisti wrote:
The Zefal HPX only has a dimple for a pump pip in the top of the handle. Consequently you would only be able to mount a Zefal HPX with the bottom of the pump in the junction of the seat tube and top tube, and it has a rather angular protruding valve lever on which I think you would run the risk of catching the inside of your thighs or shorts.


I don't have a pump peg on my bikes, (spa audax steel, xacdt itanium, Dolan Dual carbon fibre)
and can fit a zefal hpx (size 3 or 4) on them without the pump interfering with my thighs or shorts.


Mate, you must have thighs like Reg Harris!

Mike

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Re: New Pump

Postby xerxes » 24 Aug 2019, 9:18am

Bmblbzzz wrote:Are you after a track pump, a big one to keep at home, which usually has an accurate pressure gauge, or a pump to keep on/with the bike in case of punctures?

You need both really. I have a small Zefal pump which fits in a bumbag, in case of punctures out on the road. It will get you home, but can't achieve the recommended pressure, for which you really need a track pump. Otherwise your tyres will wear out a lot quicker, and rolling resistance will be higher.

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Re: New Pump

Postby Brucey » 24 Aug 2019, 9:39am

if you have a pump like an HPX, you don't really need a track pump. Its nice to have one, but it isn't really necessary; if my HPX is to hand, I won't bother walking even ten yards to get my track pump out.

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Re: New Pump

Postby De Sisti » 24 Aug 2019, 10:24am

Mike_Ayling wrote:Mate, you must have thighs like Reg Harris!

Mike

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