- Rule #30 // No frame-mounted pumps – so recommend me a 140psi pocket pump
I have one of these… its been great.
24cm long, light and goes up to 160psi
depends how big your pockets are though.. 🙂Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’m the worst roadie in Christendom, so I ignore the rules and carry a big honkin framemounted pump- and already 2 roadies have been glad of it, when I came across them trying to reinflate their tyres with pumps the size of my thumb.
So, get whatever stupid little toy is currently cool, and hopefully I’ll ride past when you puncture 😉Posted 5 years agooldgitMember
**** rule 30 and carry a decent pump. I use a Road Morph, but even that fits in my pocket (even if it as long as my back)
It’s been used on every occasion a club rider had a puncture, it’s known as the ‘club pump’
Failing that a mini pump and a re-sealable Co2 to top up with.
Never seen a mini pump perform up to 100psi yet.
Whilst on this subject, I think there’s another c*** of a rule about tube lockrings and valve caps. First of all WTF 😯 secondly I suggest at least fitting one lockring to one of your tubes. Other wise you pump is going to be wiggling that valve about until it snaps off. And a cap can hold some air in a terminally damaged tube.Posted 5 years agosoma_richMember
140psi is way too much unless you’re riding on extremely smooth roads/track. Just because the tyre says it’s 140psi max rated doesn’t mean you should pump it up that much (it will be slower to on UK roads).
Was just thinking that. would be like riding with solid tyres.Posted 5 years agouwe-rMember
The best portable pump I have ever had is my current one bought from Tesco. It’s really light and has a nice action, what more do you want. I gave the old expensive topeak one away as its overly small size made it a real pain to use.
PS, I use the track pump at home for any accuracy. This thing just lives in my Bag for trail side duty.Posted 5 years agobrassneckSubscriber
What really helps pump wise is a jersey with a pump pocket on the back – then you can carry something half decent (Topeak Road Morph for me)in the pocket and it isn’t annoying.
I like frame pumps but it’s always on the wrong bike and I find out 10 miles away, with a puncture.Posted 5 years agoturtleheadingMember
I have a little pump that work until you cant press the tyre in anymore, not sure what psi it is but it works pretty well.Posted 5 years ago
140psi is a bit extreme! I normally do mine to 120, im a large rider (81kgs and have been up to 85kg) and never had a problem.
A mate of mine had a rim warp due due to to much psi so be warned (it was sh*te rim)D0NKSubscriber
im a large rider (81kgs and have been up to 85kg)
are you new here?
“Do you want to borrow a proper pump?”
I do the same on xc rides, I’ve got a high volume £5 halfords plastic job been using for 10years 🙂
Only thing I have against frame fit is multiple bikes and chances of getting robbed when I lock my bike up. Lezyne pressure drives are OK.Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I’ve bent a Zefal HPX clean in two. Which was embarrassing as it wasn’t mine. Still got the replacement (size 4 FFS – I’m 5’7″) in my garage.
I used a Lezyne road drive and CO2.
But frame pumps are ace – I know lots of proper riders who use them. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Running clinchers at 140PSI on the other hand….Posted 5 years agopdwMember
+1 for Lezyne pumps. I’ve got a mini-track pump thing for the MTB which lives in my rucksack, and the smallest road mini-pump which lives in my back pocket on the road bike.
For the road pump, the hose avoids putting strain on the valve when pumping, and it gets the tyre up to a rideable pressure surprisingly quickly. I have my tyres at 110psi, but after a puncture I don’t worry about getting all the way back up to that pressure until I get home and can use a track pump.
I do also carry CO2, but wouldn’t rely on it as my only option.Posted 5 years agoSheriff_FatmanMember
If you have tubes with a removable valve core and are using a Lezyne pump, just make sure that the valve core is done up really tight (and possibly with threadlock), otherwise all your hard work in pumping the tyre up to a nice pressure will be undone when the valve core unscrews as you remove the pump connector.Posted 5 years ago
Don’t ask me how I know this… 😳pdwMember
Don’t ask me how I know this…
Oh yeah – good point. Been there, done that. That is the one design flaw with them. I remember getting very pissed off on the side of an Italian mountain discovering that I had no tool that would get a good grip on the valve core.
The road pump I have has a button to release the pressure in the hose, which I think may solve the problem as it means that the air pressure only increases friction in the threads that you don’t want to undo.Posted 5 years agoswiss01Member
i have a specialized shock frame pump which has the aded bonus of being able to pump up forks. on group rides (mtb and road) it has been used many times. they change the design tho so, unlike the road morph the handle doesn’t twist out which if you’re old/cold can be annoying.
i carry my pump in one of those bag things that goes on my back along wiht all the other nonsense i carry. i have yet to hear a complaint about this, rules or no….Posted 5 years ago
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