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    After getting a few flats this week and becoming increasingly bummed about the waste associated with C02 I have decided to buy a mini pump... FINALLY! I mean, really... I have been wearing a backpack for years and never thought to buy one before....any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie View Post
    After getting a few flats this week and becoming increasingly bummed about the waste associated with C02 I have decided to buy a mini pump... FINALLY! I mean, really... I have been wearing a backpack for years and never thought to buy one before....any recommendations?
    What kind of bike? You don't want a road pump for a mountain bike, or a mountain pump for a road bike. (One is high volume, the other is high pressure, the wrong one will leave you feeling deflated.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    What kind of bike? You don't want a road pump for a mountain bike, or a mountain pump for a road bike. (One is high volume, the other is high pressure, the wrong one will leave you feeling deflated.)
    Well that's a shame as I alternate between my road bike and cross bike. The cross bike has pretty aggressive hybrid (closer to mountain) tires on it, and of course my road bike has typical 700 x 23C tires. There has to be a pump out there that accommodates both or at least works for one and suffices for the other.

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    I have three different pumps that I've used for different purposes and have proven VERY durable and VERY usable.

    Crank Brothers Power Pump Alloy: http://www.crankbrothers.com/pumps_alloy.php This is the only pump I carry in my pocket. It is AWESOME and has really lasted well. Mine is 3 or 4 years old and has been used hundreds of times.

    ToPeak Mountain Morph pump: http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/MountainMorph I also use the Road Morph. Both work wonderfully. These clip nicely to the seat tube of most of my utility bikes.

    Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP: http://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...r-Drive-HP/HPG I confess. I was seduced by the chrome. Shiny.... pretty!!! Works REALLY well too. This is another one that clips to the seat tube of a commuter bike or my cargo bike.

    The thing I like about all of these is that they last and parts are available for them if you need to rebuild them. They're not disposable. The newest that I've got is the ToPeak Morph. I've only had it for a year and only had to use it a dozen times. The other two are veterans of probably hundreds of flat repairs. I'm constantly stopping along the trail to help fix flats.... it happens EVERY week and all 3 of these have proven dependable

    Hope that helps.

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    As long as it works, any pump is better than none. I have 3 or 4 different ones, most of them cheap off brand and they've all gotten me home fine in the event of a flat. THe nicest one I have is one of the Topeak Morphs but I've never had to use it yet.

    That said... I forgot to bring my pack today! No tube/pump/levers/patch kit on me. This is rare. I do keep spare tubes at work though so I'll throw one in my pocket and if I get a flat at least I'll only be begging to use a pump/levers.

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    ...an added benefit of the Crank Brothers pump I have is that it has a high volume/low volume twist adjustment at the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideTheWomble View Post
    ...an added benefit of the Crank Brothers pump I have is that it has a high volume/low volume twist adjustment at the bottom.
    Hi Mr. Womble-head. You're awesome, sir. I know that's off topic. I just haven't said that in a while.

    Rock on!

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    I bought a Specialized Airtool Road mini pump to go in the top tube bag on my road bike. It's maybe 5 inches long, so it'll fit pretty much anywhere. I haven't had to use it, but it supposedly will inflate up to 120psi, although I really don't want to attempt that. For me, having a pump is more to help seat the tube in the tire to avoid kinks, and I keep a CO2 inflator in my kit to get full inflation. That said, I like the idea of having a pump that, at least theoretically, can get me to 120psi if I have an issue with the CO2.

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    For pumps to carry with you on the bike, I'd recommend getting a mini-pump that has a foot pad so you can put the pump on the ground (they feature a rubber tube that attaches to the tire just like a regular floor pump). Having the pump on the ground prevents you from putting too much torque on the valve when pumping. I have broken Presta valves before when trying to fix a flat, and always choose a pump that has foot pads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    ToPeak Mountain Morph pump: http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/MountainMorph I also use the Road Morph. Both work wonderfully. These clip nicely to the seat tube of most of my utility bikes.
    I'd recommend this one as well.
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    Thanks everyone, much appreciated as always. I am going to look into the Topeak Morph, the Crank bros. and i've read good things about the Lezyne HP http://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-...Pressure-Drive which is available at a LBS.

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