Came in to post CO2 cartridges, sees OP does not like them, back out of thread slowly....
I'm prepping for the NY Century ride on Sept. 9th.
I've done a few century's over the past few years and I've always ridden with 1 water bottle (filled with an energy drink) and a camelback-style backpack filled with extra tubes, tool, food, a small pump (and water, of course).
I'm thinking of losing the backpack.. adding an extra water bottle on the frame.. and adding a small saddle-bag to hold an extra tube, tool and maybe a powerbar or gel or something.
I don't need to carry too much food as there are rest stops on this ride, but I'm wondering...
For longer rides.. what kind of pump (if any) do you use??
I've used Co2 cartridges in the past but I'm not a fan.
Any thoughts? Suggestions?
Most definitely lose the backback.
Put two tubes and gels inside the small saddle bag, stuff a small pump and bananas in your pocket and carry two bottles on the frame.
As you said yourself, a 160km is not THAT long, plus you're going to have refuel stations along the way.
Taking on them mountains. One hill at a time.
On my Moots I have a Topeak frame pump. I've used it more times on friends bikes than I can count. It works very well. Pumps up into the 90 psi with no problem. I only wish it had a gauge on it.
But I REALLY like the Topeak Morph G I bought for the weeks I was cycling on the west coast and needed a pump that does it all. It has a flip out foot, a gauge, and a small hose so I'm not having to brace the tire with my hand at the end of the pump. It also converts fast from Presta to Schrader, a feature I needed for my vintage Nishiki and my friend's modern Trek. If I could make it look good on my Moots, I'd use it there. If you need to borrow it Matt, let me know. I'm in Montclair most weekends.
Last edited by Scott53; 08-15-2012 at 10:05 PM.
i use an old Silca frame pump that still works great, better than the mini topeak one i carry in my bag for commuting (which works well). it can only be used on a traditional steel frame though with the way the mounts are built. if you have a crazy carbon monocoque frame i'm not sure a frame pump will fit anywhere
Wow! Thanks everyone for all the advice!!
(Hi Scott! Nice MOOTS!! )
The small pump I have (I forget the brand) works fine... I guess I can use the velcro straps it came with and mount it to my bike for the day. I'll be picking up a saddle bag (and some new compact bars) on Saturday. I may check to see if my LBS has a smaller pump that I can stuff in a jersey back-pocket.
Thanks again for all the feedback guys! Totally helpful!
like this. Makes it much easier to achieve a higher pressure without worrying about snapping your valve stem.
lezyne road drive is a good hand pump.... the aluminum version is a good value
however, bigger fan of more puncture resistant tires. sometimes they don't roll as fast... but beats changing a puncture flat...
ride to Montauk is a ride notorious for puncture flats.... bontrager race all weather hardcase served me well in that ride in my old wheelset. now running conti grand Prix 4 seasons
2008 Passat wagon, 2.0T 6MT with mods
- 2013 Cannondale CAADX-6
- 2010 Specialized Secteur Elite
- 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29-er
Just bought a Blackburn Airstik SL. There's no flexible tube, but it's TINY, and weighs about as much as a recently-licked postage stamp. -Fits Presta only, but all my bikes are presta. -Feels VERY well made, will assess it's pumping ability this weekend.
stuff tubes, food, tools, and pump in your jersey pockets. youll be good to go.
I use lezyne pumps as well though i do find that they arent the same quality they use to be.
Also +1 on using a puncture resistant tire like a gatorskin/conti grand Prix 4 seasons/thickslick/ect compared to a race/soft compound tire.
Mostly just echoing stuff that has already been said.
- puncture-resistant tires
- rubber hose
- mount it on the frame
The one thing I want to add is that floor pumps are superior to hand pumps. Sure, they are a bit bigger (so you can't easily stuff them in a pocket), but when you actually have to use them, it's easier to get a good grip.
How difficult is it for your pumps to do 120 psi? My old Blackburn MDS-2 supposedly can do 160 psi, but I struggle to get in 50 psi. I shudder to think what it'd be like to do 120 psi, let alone when it's below freezing. If I can find a pump that won't kill me to get to 120 psi, I'm interested, but right now I'm looking at combo pump/cartridge solutions. I figure I'll pump to 50 psi, and then screw on a CO2 cartridge to get me the rest of the way. If I have more flats, then I limp home with a spongy 50 psi tire.
The pump I like most is the Innovations Second Wind Road Carbon Mini.
Just a quick follow-up...
I wound up using a cheapo Schwinn mini-pump that I had laying around in my garage. Frame mounted exactly the same way that Impact shows above. I also carried an extra tube and a multi-tool (along with some cash, ID and my cell phone) in my seat bag.
I figured that, even with the cheapo pump, I'd still be able to replace the tube and get enough air in there to at least get to a gas station, bike shop on the route, or a rest stop where they had regular floor-pumps.
The pump stayed in place perfectly for the entire ride (I didn't even notice it at all)... and luckily I didn't get any flats!! That's a first for me!!
I wound up riding a total of ~106 miles. Had a total blast!!
Thanks for all of your feedback on this. It was definitely helpful!!