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    Frame pumps?

    should I get one? I was gonna get a mini hand pump, and also get a underseat saddle bag and stuff a tube, tool kit in it.....but from what I am hearing, those mini pumps are weak and depending on model they are fragile....


    anyone using frame pumps? which brand? how well does it hold up to riding the trails?

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    Just get a pump small enough to fit in your backpack along with your extra tube and tools. Most hand pumps will work well enough for trailside fix's

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    Frame pumps tend to fall off and get lost in rough and bumpy terrain. I suggest a mini pump and carry it in your camelbak. If you don't have a camelbak you should probably invest in one of those as well. I find my camelbak is indispensable.

    Most mini pumps suck but think of it as for emergency use only like when you flat on the trail. I like the crank bros mini cause it super small and has 2 speeds. Or you could carry a CO2 pump for the trail.

    Next you will want a floor pump for home use. The floor pump is the mac daddy and will make home shop work super easy.

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    got the camelbak already!

    Yeah, I think I am gonna have to bite the bullet and buy a floor pump...those suckers arent too cheap, are they?

    I carry an extra tube, multi tool, and a small pocket knife in the underseat saddle bag I got today

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    I've fixed many flats on the trail and road and pumped them up using mini-pumps. Just make sure you test it periodically to make sure it is still working. I spray silicone spray into mine periodically to help protect the seals from drying out. If you attach your mini-pump to the frame, make sure you get one with a strap on it to prevent it from falling off.
    You really don't want to use a mini-pump as your main pump (at home). Get a floor pump as suggested.

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    For me, a mini pump is an absolute necessity. I've got one on my road bike and one on my mountain bike. They come with a bracket to mount directly onto the bike (I am not a fan of carrying a backpack...the more that I can attach to the bike, the better for me). I have never had any issues with them and they have saved me more times than I can count. I'm a female with little arm strength, and I've not had difficulty getting my tires pumped back up to a good psi with the mini pumps.

    I would also recommend getting a saddle bag and to always have an extra tube, tire levers, a mini tool, and patch kits on hand. I'd rather be overprepared than under prepared.

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    I picked up a small Crank Brothers hand pump it has two compression settings and works great. It also fits very well in my under seat bag (saddle bag), they are a little expensive though. It does both types of fill nipples. Since I dont have to mount it on my bike I feel it's worth the extra couple of dollars. G/L

    You really do want one and atleast a spare tube. My first ride out I saw 3 rattle snakes, 2 tarantulas and a bob cat (chino hillls state park). About 5 miles in I got a flat. I was able to change my tube out and ride back in with out any problems, I would of been real upset if I had to walk my bike back past all of that. I will add that after thorne ressistant tubes and tire liners I haven't had a flat yet.

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