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ZiziPB

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Bicycle pump?
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:44:55 AM »
Can anyone recommend an inexpensive (around $30) but durable floor bike pump with gauge they like?  I'm looking for something that will work for the car tires in a pinch as well. 

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Re: Bicycle pump?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 11:20:35 AM »
Inexpensive and durable are, in my experience, mutually exclusive when it comes to bicycle pumps. The part that fails most commonly is the clamp, but I have seen every component on a pump fail including the main cylinder.

That being said, all Blackburn Design pumps have a lifetime warranty and there is a $30 model available on their website. If you don't mind returning pumps every year or so and paying for shipping, this might be an option.

However, there's a good durable pump available for $50 called the SKS Rennkompressor.

Any bike pump can be used to top off car tires if necessary. It may take a while since bike pump cylinders don't have a lot of air volume, but even when I've needed to add several PSI to all four car tires it doesn't take longer than driving to the gas station, and it's a workout and it doesn't cost anything extra.

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Re: Bicycle pump?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 07:13:13 AM »
The Nashbar pump l'orange is a bit out of your range at $40 but has worked well for me and about three friends who also have it. Unfortunately they moved the dang pressure gauge to the floor instead of the top of the pump, where you could actually see it.

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Re: Bicycle pump?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 10:53:34 AM »
Inexpensive and durable are, in my experience, mutually exclusive when it comes to bicycle pumps. The part that fails most commonly is the clamp, but I have seen every component on a pump fail including the main cylinder.

This is one place it's worth spending more.  I went through a lot of low end pumps ($30ish) before I bought my Joe Blow for about $100 (about 10 years ago now).  The only problem I had was the end failed from being used so many times.  Replaced the end, and still going.  Pistons failed on those cheap ones in months to a year or so.  I don't just use it on our fleet of 4 bikes, but it's how I pump up the motorcycle tires and the tires for all 3 cars.