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    hand pumps

    Ok, I bought a 10 dollar hand pump from my LBS. today i got a flat and wow, it was a PITA to inflate my tire to a decent pressure. the co2 inflators are not that expensive, take up less space, so why didn't my LBS recommend that to me??? are there some problems with it (i know that the air doesnt last more than a day, but i have a pump at home to use) that i dont know about? after using the hand pump it seems that the co2 pump is the easy choice, but basically what are the pros and cons of hand pumps vs co2 pumps?

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    What model hand pump do you have? I have a Topeak pump that has a folding handle (folds flat) with a tab on the bottom that folds out, basically giving you a mini floor pump out on the trail. I can easily pump my tires up past 45psi with this pump.

    The only thing I personally don't like about Co2 is that you have a limited supply of air and if you get more flats you could be up the trail without a tire (aren't I hilarious?). With a pump, you never have that worry unless the pump fails, which isn't too likely

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    I bought a Topeak Mini Master Blaster for $10.00 and it has worked great for me. (presta valves).

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    It's easier to bring a hand pump and a co2 pump, unless your counting grams.
    I ride high-volume DH tires and pumping them up by hand takes forever.

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    ohhhhhh, ok see I didn't know that one cartidge got you ONE pump, ok i understand now, I guess I'm just going to have to look for a new hand pump because for some reason i get a pretty good amount of flats, I'd rather not take the chance once again, THANKS GUYS!!!

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    Check out geniune innovations hybrid pumps that can be used manually or with CO2 and they work with either type of valve. I paid $25 at my LBS for the 'second wind' mtb pmp.
    http://www.genuineinnovations.com/IN...ategory=hybrid

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    I have a topeak master blaster with gauge, and a blackburn airstik. Both have interchangeable heads for presta or schrader valves. They both work great also, i can recommend either one to you. The prob with c02 for me is that I would rather use a lil elbow grease when i need to pump a tire, then have to worry about running out of c02 cartridges on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DP1112
    ohhhhhh, ok see I didn't know that one cartidge got you ONE pump, ok i understand now, I guess I'm just going to have to look for a new hand pump because for some reason i get a pretty good amount of flats, I'd rather not take the chance once again, THANKS GUYS!!!
    if you get alot of flats you might not have enough air in the tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
    if you get alot of flats you might not have enough air in the tires
    That's what I was thinking.

    What kind of flats do you get? Pinches? Thorns?

    For pinches, run higher pressures. I'm running 48psi front and rear right now. For thorns and such, if you get a ton of them, maybe get a lightweight tire liner to protect, and/or pick up the self sealing slime tubes.
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    http://www.crankbrothers.com/powerpump_alloy.php

    just ordered this since I saw it on sale, I wanted the hybrid pump also (most probably the second wind since I hear good things about it) but they didnt have that one so this one caught my eye.

    Key things:

    Very High PSI rating: 130
    Has a gauge
    comes with frame mount (I travel urban alot so dont take a pack)
    works on both types of valves
    has a high pressure and high volume setting so I dont have to kill myself.
    has a lifetime warrenty and is servicable.

    being that its crank brothers im sure its a brand I can trust

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice25gt
    The prob with c02 for me is that I would rather use a lil elbow grease when i need to pump a tire, then have to worry about running out of c02 cartridges on the trail.
    That and some tiny angel next to my ear scolding me about every small thing I have to throw in the trash or leave in the woods

    Right now I am carrying a small pump that came as a freebie with the British MBUK magazine. It works fine but it does take a few minutes to get a 2.3 or 2.5 tyre inflated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptStu
    I bought a Topeak Mini Master Blaster for $10.00 and it has worked great for me. (presta valves).

    Same here.. great little pump.. works for standard or presta, fills my time to 65psi in about 60 seconds with no problem. It is dual action so it blows when you pull the lever out, and push it in.. It can easily pump up to 120psi.

    http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...aster-Pump.htm

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