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    Frame pump?

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    The frame pump on my road bike is super light but not so easy to work with. I'm thinking of replacing it. Any really good ones out there worth looking at?

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    The Road Morph is a good pump, and has a built-in gage. Also worth considering is a traditional-style frame-fit pump, the kind where you match the length to your bike frame. These are long enough to make pumping easier, and put you in an easy pumping position holding one end of the pump on the valve while you use both arms and a long stroke to force air in.
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    I got so annoyed with my pump falling off because of Illinois' crappy roads, I switched to CO2 cartridges. They're expensive, but not as expensive as buying a new pump several times a year.

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    For a mini pump there are some now that have a flexible retractable hose with a screw on presta head which works well for getting more comfortable hand positions when pumping. I have a Lezyne with a flexible hose that can be used both as a CO2 inflator or a hand pump. I use the pump to get a little air in the tube before I put it in the tire and then the CO2 to inflate. It takes a few minutes to use just the pump to inflate. I keep a few CO2 cartridges and the pump in my saddle bag....my lbs recycles the cartridges so i take them in when replacing them.
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    I use the Road Morph and love it. I use 2-3 velcro straps to hold it onto the frame and (knocking on wood) haven't lost it in many years of riding crappy roads.
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    I think the Road Morph is what I have as well. It is relatively easy to to pump up a tire to full pressure with it. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauraelmore1033 View Post
    I think the Road Morph is what I have as well. It is relatively easy to to pump up a tire to full pressure with it. Highly recommended.
    That is the one I had and it was a good size/easy to use.

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    Another vote for the Road Morph with the gauge (they also make a version without a gauge, or at least used to. I don't know how accurate the gauge is, but it's kind of handy to have.)

    I also have the Zefal HPX frame pump on a couple of my bikes, and like it a lot.

    Unless our floor pump is right next to my bike, I'll use whatever's on that bike--the Road Morph or the Zefal--to top off my tires before a ride, rather than have to walk a few steps (or even as far as another room!) to get the floor pump. Both pumps make it easy to get up to full pressure, though I don't go above about 90psi, so it might be more work getting to 120 or something if you run higher pressures.
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    I had a couple of road morphs; one fell off when I was leading a ride, and then, when I got my Kuota in 2008, it didn't fit the frame. I guess it was fine for a frame pump. I've never been comfortable changing a flat, won't go into that, but I had to start carrying CO2. I now have Gatorskins on both of my bikes and I haven't had a flat in 3-4 years, the last time being when I was on a ride with Hirakukibou.
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    I had gatorskins for a while. When I got my current road bike, I used the Bontrager tires that came with it and found them to be quite puncture resistant. Then when I got new Mavic wheels, they came with Mavic tires which also have been puncture resistant. These are the tires that I'm about to replace. I really need to do it tonight, since I'm helping to lead an all-class club ride that's scheduled for tomorrow morning and the decision on canceling it due to craptastic weather won't be made until 6 am. (Personally I'm ready to make the decision now and just cancel it, but it's not up to me.) Anyway the new tires are Conti Grand Prix something or other. I bought them because they were recommended on some tire threads here. I hope they're as puncture-resistant as the other tires I've had recently. I've really been very lucky because I've had to stop plenty of times while riding companions fixed flats but rarely have had to deal with them myself. (Well actually it's more than just luck, I prioritize puncture resistance while some other people I know prefer soft supple tires that are really thin and get holes in them if you just look at them the wrong way.)

    I need to get to REI to return something and I plan to look for the Road Morph when I'm there. They have the regular Road Morph and a Mini Road Morph -- maybe the mini is the one without the gauge. I actually think a gauge would be useful.

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    My older Davidson fixie has a pump peg braze-on under the top tube. I use an older 80's silca frame pump, painted the color of the bike, with a campy presta head. Looks interesting and pumps well too, old style leather plunger gasket (which are still available) and all . It’s the only frame pump I’ve used instead of a mini pump and/or CO2. The pump peg and campy head holds it very securely to the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    Yep that's the one I planned to look for.

    Rebecca that is a nice pump/frame setup. I have friends who would be jealous.

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    Rebecca, that is gorgeous!

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    I almost replied to your first mention of the flats in April rides with "how 'bout a Road MOrph..." though Rebecca's beautiful setup would be nice, too...

 

 

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