Cycle Pump vs Adventure Designs Micro Pump

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Bigdog54, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Bigdog54

    Bigdog54 MX X-Over Adventurer

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  2. LoneStrom

    LoneStrom Been here awhile

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    The ADVdesigns pump looks a lot like the slime pump. I have been using a gutted slime pump for a few years now with no problems. Something like $10 at Walmart...
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  3. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    The cycle pump is good, but too big and heavy for me; I ended up putting it in the auto.
    I now carry a Stop-n-Go on bike trips.
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  4. Twempie

    Twempie Been here awhile

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    A Cycle Pump has lived in the luggage of my bike(s) for 6-7 years, never had a problem, check my tires weekly and can't remember the last time I used a gas station to air my tyres. I also carry a tyre repair kit from Sound Rider.

    The only thing with the Cycle Pump is some valve stems don't like the filler chuck. No problem with Metzelers on my GS, but filling Dunlops on my old ST1300 needed the chuck to be held in place by hand. Not really a problem, I guess.

    I tried the cheaper way of breaking the case off a Walmart pump. That didn't last very long.
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  5. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Been here awhile

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    Anyone know how much pressure you can get out of a CO2 cartridge? I've thought of switching over since they are more compact, but have no idea how they work on motorcycle tires.
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  7. El Buzadero

    El Buzadero Armchair Anarchist

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    For whatever it's worth, I've had the CyclePump onboard as a regular part of the standard loadout for a while. Love it. I keep some plugs, patches and tire tools in with it and am good to go. It's been there and been simple to use on a couple of incidents where I was glad it was so straightforward and didn't require a lot of fiddling around under the circumstances.
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  8. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    The cycle pump is bigger but it works. It's the one I carry, will a smaller cheeper one work? most likley, do I want to find out 2 years down the road on the side of some trail with a flat..... No.
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  9. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The C02 cartridges don't give you much of a hit. They will pump high pressure, but at very low volume. A 10 gram cartridge, which is fairly common, holds a little over 5 liters of gas at standard temperature and pressure (that is to say, roughly 5 liters at atmospheric pressure at 68 F.) It's not that much.

    I've found one cartridge is good for topping up a couple of times if you're a few pounds low. To reinflate a tire that's flat, I'd count on using three or four or more. Given that they cost a couple bucks each, it's hardly an economical way to roll.

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  10. lmychajluk

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    It's not just the pressure, but the volume of air. A typical 16gr CO2 catridge will fill 1 bicycle tire (approx., depending on size and pressure). For a MC tire, 1 canister won't be enough air to fill a whole tire. Since the cartridges are a buck or two a pop, it's not cost effective to use them (IMO).

    This thing is kind of cool, but I'm still leaning toward the Slime compressor myself - http://www.4wheelparts.com/Winches-...px?t_c=18&t_s=190&t_pt=9990&t_pn=AASPS01-3140

    Edit - fixed link. & Canuman beat me to it....
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  12. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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  13. dwestly

    dwestly Refuses to Grow Up!

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    All I can say is I've had my CyclePump with me for years. It always works when (rarely) needed and I don't have to worry about it. I know it is bigger than some others on the market, but peace of mind is a wonderful thing...
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  14. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I carry the Slime compressor with me, but damn it's big and weighs alot.
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  15. U2U

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    I have been using a Cyclepump for 4 years for all my bike and car needs. Used to leave it in a bag on my left tank guard. Went down on it twice in Alaska. It looks very beat up as a result but still performs like on day one. Now it resides in my left pannier for a little more protection although it gets wet on occasion. As noted above it can have issues with some valves. I would buy it again.
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    +1 on the Slime pump. I didn't gut mine - left in in the original pouch. I tested it before packing it away. I've used it once for real when I had a flat. I paid $10 at O'Reilly's on sale. Pack size is 6X6X2.25. I see no reason to pay 5 to 12 times more.
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  17. Bigdog54

    Bigdog54 MX X-Over Adventurer

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    You guys saying that if you remove the plastic "shell" on one of those slime pumps it essentially is the same at the Adventure Designs Pump?
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  18. Mr Head

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    I got a Slime pump at a dealer over in Scottsdale a couple of weeks ago when my old pump finally died. The Slime works. $100+ at a dealer. And it looks like I built it in my garage after maybe too many beers. The other one is maybe nicer. They are all made in China and will get shook apart on the bike eventually.
    I also carry CO2, just in case. Yes, I've had to hand pump up a tire. Thankfully the bead had not broken. I've managed to kill my EZAir gauge as well just by carrying it around.
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  19. LoneStrom

    LoneStrom Been here awhile

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    Yep. It looks like they added a bit of a shield around the gear drive and put the motor in shrink wrap. But other than that it looks like the same unit.

    This is mine outside of the plastic shell. I added a loop of para cord and hang it from a peg, turn signal, whatever. It will get hot after airing up a few bikes.

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