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    • smithers1981
    • By smithers1981 2nd May 17, 9:57 AM
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    which bike pump?
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    • 2nd May 17, 9:57 AM
    which bike pump? 2nd May 17 at 9:57 AM
    I've noticed the tyres in bike shops are rock hard, i have a foot pump single barrel car one, and i can never get my tyres to that rock hard pressure, not sure if my technique or pump, i do always lose some air when i disconnect pump as well.

    Can someone recommend a decent pump for at home, and also a lighter one to take out and about with my bike.

    All bikes in household have shrader valves, i have bought several cheap hand pumps but they were really poor.

    thanks
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    • vacheron
    • By vacheron 2nd May 17, 10:47 AM
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    A car pump is designed to deliver lots of volume but at a low pressure, especially the double barrel versions.

    For our bikes, I use a Topeak Jow Blow Max II track pump which is current available online for about £20. £50-60 will get you some great pumps, but for basic home use the Topeak has done us fine and is a far better experience than your basic "supermarket" pumps.

    It has enough volume to do our mountain bikes quickly and easily and I find it easy to get 110psi+ for our road bikes, however I weigh over 100KG so may be able to comfortably apply more force than some.

    Good pressure gauge, lots of control and presta and schrader valves without breaking the bank.

    PS, the hiss you hear disconnecting is the air in the pump tube escaping, not from the tire. When you reconnect the pump the air in the tire re-pressurises the pump tube, resulting in the small pressure reduction each time you connect / disconnect.
    Last edited by vacheron; 02-05-2017 at 10:53 AM.
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    • Keep pedalling
    • By Keep pedalling 2nd May 17, 10:51 AM
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    • 2nd May 17, 10:51 AM
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    • 2nd May 17, 10:51 AM
    For home get yourself a track pump.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/topeak-joe-blow-max-ii-track-pump/rp-prod4949?gs=1&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_camp aign=Chain%20Reaction-UK-PLA-PLA-All-TB-SE-Shopping%20QLB%20Generic%20Tablet&utm_medium=base& utm_content=mkwid%7CsqWUYRCue_dt%7Cpcrid%7C1618249 56629%7Cpkw%7C%7Cpmt%7C%7Cprd%7C17722UK.

    On the road I use one of these.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lezyne-micro-floor-drive-hp-mini-pump/rp-prod36289

    I actually have 2 of these the high pressure (HP) version which I use for my CF road bike, and the High volume (HV) version for my touring bike which has fatter tires.

    Trying to pump up bigger tyres with a HP pump will take a lot of time and effort, and you will struggle to get sufficient pressure in skinny tyres with a HV pump, so their is no single one pump fits all needs as far as modern compact pumps are concerned.
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 2nd May 17, 10:18 PM
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    • 2nd May 17, 10:18 PM
    I'd echo the recommendation for a track pump, the flexible hose makes it easier to get a good seal on the valve and no problems getting tyres up to high pressure. I've got a £20 Bontrager track pump so nothing fancy but does the job fine, the gauge isn't very accurate at low pressure but I don't find any of them are.

    John
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 3rd May 17, 9:45 PM
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    • 3rd May 17, 9:45 PM
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    • 3rd May 17, 9:45 PM
    I just bought a Bike Hut (Halfords own brand, I think) track pump. It's £22 in the shops, but £15 online (so you can order online and collect in the shop!).

    The head automatically adjusts to both Schraeder and Presta valves. It works really well.

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/bikehut-performance-track-bike-pump-with-gauge

    My friend had a branded track pump which was double the price. But it doesn't pump as much air with each stroke, and has two fiddly screw-on valve attachments for Presta/Schraeder. :-/
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 17th May 17, 12:47 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 12:47 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 12:47 AM
    I've noticed the tyres in bike shops are rock hard, i have a foot pump single barrel car one, and i can never get my tyres to that rock hard pressure, not sure if my technique or pump, i do always lose some air when i disconnect pump as well.
    Originally posted by smithers1981
    I reckon most of us will have been through the car foot pump thing. I know I used to knacker myself before every ride trying to get a decent pressure using a car pump and it was never really any good. I bought a Joe Blow and the difference is phenomenal; I actually look forward to using it and it only takes a few strokes to get rock hard (sounds a bit filthy that ) tyres.

    A proper bike pump is a godsend and I cringe at all the years when I made do with a car pump. Twenty quid or so is a steal for this 'must have' bit of kit.
    Last edited by Lord Baltimore; 18-05-2017 at 3:39 PM. Reason: changed 'fo' to 'do'. I know, but I can't help it...
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    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 17th May 17, 6:40 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:40 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:40 PM
    As this is money saving expert, I will just say that about a year ago I purchased the second cheapest pump I found in my local bike shop. I have tried to find it on google images and very close match is the Lowerider 08 black.

    I paid £9 and it works perfectly fine, gets me more than enough psi.

    Dont really see the need to spend any more than that for moving some air from point A to point B.
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 18th May 17, 3:45 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 3:45 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 3:45 PM
    Dont really see the need to spend any more than that for moving some air from point A to point B.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    And did you apply that principle to the bike you ride from point A to point B ?
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    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 18th May 17, 7:00 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 7:00 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 7:00 PM
    And did you apply that principle to the bike you ride from point A to point B ?
    Originally posted by Lord Baltimore
    No, why would I?

    That needs to move me, many miles over varied terrain.

    Rather than a few air molecules a matter of inches.

    What a bizarre question to ask. Very strange
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 18th May 17, 8:35 PM
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    No, why would I?

    That needs to move me, many miles over varied terrain.

    Rather than a few air molecules a matter of inches.

    What a bizarre question to ask. Very strange
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    Keep yer hair on, it was a simple question that your defensive reaction answers. I was just exploring the thinking behind the 'money-saving idea' that cheap is not a false economy.

    If you find a simple query 'bizarre', daily life must be a struggle
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    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 19th May 17, 7:33 AM
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    Keep yer hair on, it was a simple question that your defensive reaction answers. I was just exploring the thinking behind the 'money-saving idea' that cheap is not a false economy.

    If you find a simple query 'bizarre', daily life must be a struggle
    Originally posted by Lord Baltimore
    I wish this website had a block user feature.

    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 19th May 17, 7:48 AM
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    Bought this at the local garden centre recently
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rolson-Tools-42967-Mini-7-inch/dp/B003KGARJU
    As a top up/emergency pump that can be stuffed into a mini saddle bag.
    Copes with both types of valve with inbuilt reversible adapter.
    I tested it and usability/pressure achieved is great.
    • Rainbowgirl84
    • By Rainbowgirl84 19th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    I wish this website had a block user feature.

    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    It has...I wish people would spend two minutes looking for it as it's very easily found.
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 24th May 17, 2:37 AM
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    I wish this website had a block user feature.

    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    What a crybaby
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