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Old 02-16-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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Best Hand Pump to Carry?

So whats a good compact hand pump to carry with? I don't want a 12 volt one, but a hand - foot pump. I've contacted a couple places that sell bicycle pumps and they didn't think they would work very well on motorcycle tires as they would be very hard to pump up. I'm going to check out Walmart, but probably what they have are similiar to what I've looked at. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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One of the Topeak Morph pumps.

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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So whats a good compact hand pump to carry with? I don't want a 12 volt one, but a hand - foot pump. I've contacted a couple places that sell bicycle pumps and they didn't think they would work very well on motorcycle tires as they would be very hard to pump up. I'm going to check out Walmart, but probably what they have are similiar to what I've looked at. Any suggestions?
I bought a $15 Bell bicycle hand pump at Wallyworld, works just fine on a motorcycle....no problem at all. It's a small pump, like all hand pumps so you're going to have to give it a good few minutes of effort....like 100-120 pumps to inflate, but it's also not relying on juice and it packs light so no big deal.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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Crankbrothers Power Pro with Gauge

I use this one which works very well for my Enduro and also mountain bike.

weight120g
length6.9" / 175mm
material6061-T6 aluminum barrels
pressure115psi / 8bar
air switchhigh volume / high pressure
colornatural or black
mounting bracketnot included
patch kitnot included
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http://www.crankbrothers.com/powerpump_pro.php#

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
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I just went to Wally World and bought a Campbell Hausfield foot pump for $6.97. It is about10LX3 1/2Wx2 1/2thick, it is spose to pump up a car tire, so should work on a motorcycle tire. It's a little bigger than I wanted, but guess it will have to do. I guess if one of you fellows reccommend something I like better, I can return it to Wally World.

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Old 02-16-2009, 03:49 PM   #6
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I concur with the recommendation for a mountain bike frame pump. They are designed for larger and lower pressure tires such as a motorcycle tire. I have used my MTB frame pumps to inflate many motorcycle tires. The smaller road bike frame or pocket pumps work as well, they just need a larger number of pumps to inflate a motorcycle tire.

Any REI or Performance bike shop will have many pumps to choose from.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:03 PM   #7
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I have a $7 mountain bike pump in the tool bag on my XR. It's about eight inches long and about 1/4lb. From flat it's 125 pumps to get a 90/90-21 to 15psi and about 220 pumps to get a 140/80-18 to 15 psi. Anything above 15psi makes it hard to pump especially after pumping a few hundred times.

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Old 02-16-2009, 04:07 PM   #8
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I have read lots of reviews trying to find the best hand pump as well. The Topeak Morph series was strongly supported everywhere, they work well and everybody loves the fold-out foot. Sells for about $25 or so, I will probably get the Mini Morph to carry as a back-up for my cheapo stripped down 12v compressor.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:14 PM   #9
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why would you want hand pump when you can have foot pump :)
I got one on Intermot and it's just sooooo cool.

http://www.minifootpump.com/new_mfp/...p_product.html

or
http://www.minifootpump.com/new_mfp/...r_product.html

I have similar one except it is metal, a bit heavier and have electronic gauge :) and it is brilliant.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:17 PM   #10
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Not to take this too far of topic but can you set the bead with a mtn bike pump. I am looking as well for a small manual pump but find I need 40-60 PSI to set the bead properly. Could be I am doing something wrong as I am a noob at tire changes/flat repairs.

That crankbrothers pump looks sweet.

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Old 02-16-2009, 04:30 PM   #11
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The Crankbrothers will pump to 115 psi although it will take allot of pumping due to the volmune of air required to fill a motorcycle tube. I flated this weekend on a 35 mile mountain bike ride and used it to inflate the mountain bike tire to 55 psi after patching the tube. I like to carry a very small volume, 3 or 4 oz, of dish soap in a container to aid in removal and re-seating of the motorcycle tire bead. I've also used the Crankbrothers pump to air up for pavement sections when on the motorcycle and I've found that the gauge is fairly accurate.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:13 PM   #12
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$7 for the WM foot pump is cheap... but it's heavy and bulky compared to a MTB hand pump.

visit the local bicycle shops and see what they have. ask them what they use. ask if they have any you can try.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:53 PM   #13
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Thumb Topeak Morph pumps

Another vote for the Topeak Morph pump. Been using mine for a long time on both my Mtn Bikes and motorcycles. Both light and compact but mainly it just plain works..
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #14
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I use this one which works very well for my Enduro and also mountain bike.

weight120g
length6.9" / 175mm
material6061-T6 aluminum barrels
pressure115psi / 8bar
air switchhigh volume / high pressure
colornatural or black
mounting bracketnot included
patch kitnot included
warrantylifetime


http://www.crankbrothers.com/powerpump_pro.php#

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Old 02-16-2009, 06:16 PM   #15
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I just went to Wally World and bought a Campbell Hausfield foot pump for $6.97. It is about10LX3 1/2Wx2 1/2thick, it is spose to pump up a car tire, so should work on a motorcycle tire. It's a little bigger than I wanted, but guess it will have to do. I guess if one of you fellows reccommend something I like better, I can return it to Wally World.
My local wally world stopped carrying those (I think because of me). I used to use mine on a real regular basis and would get about 1 month use out of one before it would fail, usually the shaft would wear a groove in the cheap stamped metal end of the pump body then the whole thing would just jam up. I would then bring the box and reciept back to wally world and they would cheerfully give me a replacement. They finally ran out of them and stopped carrying them and refunded my $6.97 which I put towards one of those tiny Slime brand mini electric air pumps. For emergency use the Bell foot pump is proably fine.
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