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jrenaut
06-13-2011, 10:29 AM
I was wondering if anyone was aware of a map of locations around the city where you can fill a tire? I know a lot of (All?) bike shops will have a pump, but it would be nice to have a map of everywhere you can go when you're riding and need air.

CCrew
06-13-2011, 01:51 PM
Buy bike. Buy frame pump (or CO2) . Problem solved :)

Dirt
06-13-2011, 02:21 PM
That was kinda my thought too. I have had a few times over the last 40 years where my pump died and I needed help. Usually I just accost someone else that I see on a bike.

There are some places that do have compressors or air stations for cyclists along the MUTs. I can think of a few along the W&OD.

jrenaut
06-13-2011, 04:59 PM
I have a pump, but it's just a little hand pump that probably isn't going to get the tires up to 120. And I don't really like the idea of CO2 pumps, I'm not sure why. I have a floor pump that will handle it coming from Amazon tomorrow, but that doesn't help on the road.

Greenbelt
06-13-2011, 08:36 PM
I got this guy -- highly recommend. http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=503
Fits on the bike with the mount, or in a back pocket of a jersey (sticking out some, granted). Has a extension hose so you don't snap off your valve stem. Can put your foot on the base and pump straight down for leverage, just like a floor pump. I don't fill as high as 120, but some reviews I've read say it's doable. Make sure to have the shop convert the schrader to presta setup out of the box -- requires a PhD. Jill sells these at Proteus if you're up in Maryland.

CCrew
06-13-2011, 09:44 PM
Topeak Road Morph is about as good as it gets for inexpensive and able to do high pressure for a frame pump. The Serfas that Greenbelt listed is also good. Similar designs.

For a shop level pump I have a Joe Blow Sport (cheap but effective) and a Specialized Air Force ($$$). The Specialized is the "go to" pump but either do high pressure well, and I have a bike that takes 160lbs (race tubulars)

I carry a Genuine Innovations pump that also does CO2 when I'm riding.

baiskeli
06-14-2011, 10:50 AM
I have a pump, but it's just a little hand pump that probably isn't going to get the tires up to 120. And I don't really like the idea of CO2 pumps, I'm not sure why. I have a floor pump that will handle it coming from Amazon tomorrow, but that doesn't help on the road.

If you're thinking about using air from a gas station, be careful - it's easy to overinflate and blow out your tire. I speak from experience. It was a long time ago, but I still remember. I had just filled up a few miles back, and I heard a rubbing sound. I looked down and saw the tire bulging fast. I knew what the problem was but it blew up before I could get to the valve and let some air out. That was my last time using a gas station pump.