Best Hand Pump to Carry?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by thumperdump, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. thumperdump

    thumperdump Adventurer

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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?
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  2. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    One of the Topeak Morph pumps.

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  3. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    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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  4. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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

    <TABLE class=speclist cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="96%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>weight</TD><TD>120g</TD></TR><TR><TD>length</TD><TD>6.9" / 175mm</TD></TR><TR><TD>material</TD><TD>6061-T6 aluminum barrels</TD></TR><TR><TD>pressure</TD><TD>115psi / 8bar</TD></TR><TR><TD>air switch</TD><TD>high volume / high pressure</TD></TR><TR><TD>color</TD><TD>natural or black</TD></TR><TR><TD>mounting bracket</TD><TD>not included</TD></TR><TR><TD>patch kit</TD><TD>not included</TD></TR><TR><TD>warranty</TD><TD>lifetime</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

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

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  5. thumperdump

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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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  6. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

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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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  7. Owyhee

    Owyhee Enlarged to show detail

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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.

    "O"
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  8. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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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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  10. johnnyandjebus

    johnnyandjebus Been here awhile

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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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  11. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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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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  12. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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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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  13. Two Hawks

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    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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  15. lvdukerider

    lvdukerider Las Vegas Nevada

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    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.:wink:
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  16. lvdukerider

    lvdukerider Las Vegas Nevada

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    That looks like it might hold up much better, no sissors action with hinges and rivits pivioting at odd angles. I might have to try one of those.
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  17. thumperdump

    thumperdump Adventurer

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    I knew I saved my reciept for a reason, by the way, this was the last one they had on the shelf. it's not like I'm going to use it a lot, either, so maybe it'll be OK. Thanks for the reply.
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  18. HenryJ

    HenryJ S-10CREWCAB.COM

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    I bought the Air Revolution foot pump tire inflator. Check this out: Youtube Video Demonstration

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    Twisted throttle has a comparison
    There is aslo a review done by Gearreview.com
    ATV source had a press release in 2004
    Nice compact little unit. The bag is about the size of my hand. They are hard to find on ebay as normal search terms don't turn up all the pumps. On ebay a search using "german foot pump" will find the seller I bought mine from for $22 shipped.
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  20. thumperdump

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    You can buy the dual cylinder Air Revolution pump on ebay for $21.94 shipped, that is considerable cheaper than on the Twisted Throttle website.
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