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post #1 of 23 Old 07-25-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite tire pump

This past weekend I tried to add some air with my 12V mini pump only to find It won't run. I've heard that real adventure riders carry a small manual pump for the inevitable flat. Anyone have a favorite model or know where to get a small one. I have a progressive shock pump but I would surely be rescued before I could get enough air to fill a tire.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-25-2013, 11:17 PM
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Was your compressor a Slime brand compressor? I have heard other people complain about failures with those. I have a small no name compressor I bought at walmart for $20. I have had it for years and have pumped up many tires on my bike, quad and truck. all on the same unit. No failure yet! Knock on wood.
It measures about 6"x6" and 2 1/4" thick with a 2' hose and about 8' electrical wire. I cut off the cigarette plug and wired on a two terminal plug to match the wires I put on the bikes and quad for the heated vests I have. It works well.
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-26-2013, 12:22 AM
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Why not just carry a CO2 inflator and some spare cartridges? Easier to press a trigger than crank on some hand pump 200+ times to try to get a tire full of air if you're dealing with a completely flat tire. Must say, I have one somewhere but have never used it and don't know exactly how many cartridges it would take to completely air up, say, a rear KLR tire. I would think 3 or 4 would do the trick as long as you got a good shot through the valve stem and didn't waste any.

Doesn't answer your question, though. Somebody on here (Cabrito, perhaps, if I may be so bold?) has related tales of using a bicycle hand pump to at least air tires up and down for off-roading. Hopefully folks will chime on with their experience with such things.



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Why not just carry a CO2 inflator and some spare cartridges? Easier to press a trigger than crank on some hand pump 200+ times to try to get a tire full of air if you're dealing with a completely flat tire. Must say, I have one somewhere but have never used it and don't know exactly how many cartridges it would take to completely air up, say, a rear KLR tire. I would think 3 or 4 would do the trick as long as you got a good shot through the valve stem and didn't waste any.

Doesn't answer your question, though. Somebody on here (Cabrito, perhaps, if I may be so bold?) has related tales of using a bicycle hand pump to at least air tires up and down for off-roading. Hopefully folks will chime on with their experience with such things.
Hi Plan!
I did the co2 tire repair on my brother's road bike one trip. The kit came with 3 cartridges and tire repair materials. The 3 cartridges were not enough to fully fill the tire. A 150 by 16". It was a long slow trip to the gas station who had no air compressor. They did have cans of emergency tire repair which is what we had to use to get him to a town. A pump or compressor is a better choice in my view. They can be used multiple times verses the single use co2 system.

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Hi Plan!
I did the co2 tire repair on my brother's road bike one trip. The kit came with 3 cartridges and tire repair materials. The 3 cartridges were not enough to fully fill the tire. A 150 by 16". It was a long slow trip to the gas station who had no air compressor. They did have cans of emergency tire repair which is what we had to use to get him to a town. A pump or compressor is a better choice in my view. They can be used multiple times verses the single use co2 system.

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I hear 'ya. If you have to carry more than 3 or 4 cartridges to get the job done, maybe not such a good choice!



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I hear 'ya. If you have to carry more than 3 or 4 cartridges to get the job done, maybe not such a good choice!
On a different trip I had 2 flats in one day. One in the morning in Calgary, the next in the evening in Revelstoke BC. Kinda killed the weekend as both had to be repaired at shops as I had no tire repair tools with me. Seems like everytime I don't have the tools, I get a flat!
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For a hand pump that stays on the bike I have a Topeak MiniMorph. I chose it for it's small size but it is definitely a workout when it's time to fill a rear tire. The mountain morph would probably be a good option as well. I tried the CO2 setup but if you have multiple flats or pinch a tube in the boonies then the cartridges are a limitation.



Here's the MiniMorph in the tool box that stays on the bike.


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Yep, it was a slime compressor. I' thinking a manual pump as we cross water frequently an sometime folks fall in. Probably bad for the electronics.
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As with all things made in China, the quality of the small pumps is not so great. I think they all come from The Happiness People's Giant Pump Factory.

What they need more than anything else, for longevity, is grease. They are not very hard to take apart. I've had good luck with mine after dis-assembling it and greasing it up real good.

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Yep, it was a slime compressor. I' thinking a manual pump as we cross water frequently an sometime folks fall in. Probably bad for the electronics.
Yeah, folks's electronics get messed up real quick if you get'em wet much! I try real hard not to do that to mine. Pacemaker, hearing aids.....
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