Road bike newbie, recommend me a small, cheap, effective pump..

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  • Premier Icon Simon
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    Just got myself a road bike to commute on when my usual route across the moor is too muddy.
    Need some recommendations for a decent, cheap mini pump and a bag for under the saddle for a spare tube, levers and multitool.
    What’s good and what should I avoid?

    Pump – Lezyne road drive
    Saddle bag – Arundle Uno can squeeze a tube, multitool and tyre levers in (if you saw the hooked ends off)

    david jey
    Member

    Small, cheap, effective, pick two.

    I’ve got a Blackburn Airstik Anyvalve – very cheap, reasonably effective, not very small. But then I like to just leave a pump mounted to the frame of the road bike (one less thing to put in pockets, and one less thing to FORGET to put in pockets…).

    Saddlebag – small topeak aero wedge will do a tiny multitool, two road tubes and two tyres levers, and again lives on the bike at all times.

    jemima
    Member

    Another shout for Lezyne road drive pump here. Also use one of their saddle bags which is grand.

    mooman
    Member

    Lezyne road drive here too.

    Bazz
    Member

    I’d go for a small CO2 inflator with a couple of cartridges and a small pump for back up, i’ve a small topeak one. Planet X do a pretty good small saddle bag for less than a fiver i think.

    Freester
    Member

    May I add the Topeak Mini Morph into the mix?

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
    I’ve got a box full of threaded CO2 cartridges so an inflator plus small pump or a combined pump/inflator could be an option.

    bluebird
    Member

    You can’t get much smaller than this for a pump.

    bob_summers
    Member

    Road Drive’s been really good for me. One caveat, if your valve core is removeable and not properly tight, the Road Drive will extract it when you unscrew the pump, letting your 100 hard-won PSI back out into the atmosphere.

    Doesn’t happen now I’m aware of it, but it has when I’ve lent my pump out on a club ride…

    shedbrewed
    Member

    I have an Airwave Cyclone pump that works very well. It fits in either my Carradice saddle bag or the Rapha tool roll.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    bluebird – Member
    You can’t get much smaller than this for a pump.

    A Microflate Nano lives in my Camelbak, I’ll take it out and use it on the road until I get something else.

    Premier Icon abatty
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    It’s difficult to know until you’ve fitted it, but I have to avoid any small saddlebag that has a Velcro fixing around the seatpost as my inner thighs rub against it and start to destroy expensive bib-shorts! I’ve therefore found a Scicon saddle bag works a treat – and no it hasn’t fallen off yet, even though most of my riding is on cratered Hampshire back lanes.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Lezyne, HOWEVER: they do have a habit of unscrewing valve cores if they weren’t done up tight to start with – yes Continental, I’m looking at you.

    You really don’t want a valve core firing off at 100psi just before starting an Alpine sportive…

    Premier Icon Simon
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    😆 I’ll bear that in mind!

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    If it’s commuting may want to get a bigger pump and frame mount it (or mount it to the bottle cage). As aesthetically displeasing as it might be, I think you can probably get away with it on a commuter, and you will be grateful for something that can inflate tyres without a bazillion strokes on a cold dark winter commute.

    cheers_drive
    Member

    The Lenzyne, but make sure your valve cores a screwed in tight or it could be a very frustrating experience.
    If you have a
    Lenzyne multitool you can use the nipple key on that to do the core up tight.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    It’s difficult to know until you’ve fitted it, but I have to avoid any small saddlebag that has a Velcro fixing around the seatpost as my inner thighs rub against it and start to destroy expensive bib-shorts

    Won’t be a problem ‘cos I’ll be wearing baggies over knee warmers:-) For now at least….

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