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Least Ugly Place for an Ugly Thing?

Old 04-17-16, 06:14 PM
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Least Ugly Place for an Ugly Thing?

I use a frame pump as it is cheaper option than c02 which I don't need. In yalls opinion, where is the LEAST UGLY place to put a frame pump on a late 90s trek?
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Modern frames aren't really amenable to frame mounted pumps as old-fashioned steel ones were. Put it wherever it will fit and hold. I buy CO2 for $0.65 each and don't have to worry about the pump. In a bad year what is my outlay for emergency tire inflation. Maybe $3.00. I can live with that. No biggie.
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Prison purse.

Get a small compact pump, bundle a tube, universal tool, boot and small patch kit with it and slip in a pocket. My little Topeak is the size and less weight than 2 CO2 cylinders, needs no adapter tool, can top off a slow leak for a limp home, goes from bike to bike and has filled many a tire of mine and others. CO2= one and done. No top off, no second chance.

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Modern frames aren't really amenable to frame mounted pumps as old-fashioned steel ones were. Put it wherever it will fit and hold. I buy CO2 for $0.65 each and don't have to worry about the pump. In a bad year what is my outlay for emergency tire inflation. Maybe $3.00. I can live with that. No biggie.
Does one cartridge fill a whole tire?
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Does one cartridge fill a whole tire?
Yes
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Does one cartridge fill a whole tire?
A 16 g cartridge would for sure. The 12 g ones that I use are close with my 23 mm tires. And yes, it is generally the 12 g ones that are so cheap, because they are used in many non-cycling applications like air guns. Works for me. YMMV
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Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
Prison purse.

Get a small compact pump, bundle a tube, universal tool, boot and small patch kit with it and slip in a pocket. My little Topeak is the size and less weight than 2 CO2 cylinders, needs no adapter tool, can top off a slow leak for a limp home, goes from bike to bike and has filled many a tire of mine and others. CO2= one and done. No top off, no second chance.
But you can carry more than one. I carry three with no inconvenience.
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No one has answered the question yet... this isn't a pump vs co2 debate.
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i carry the below in my jersey pocket...... Lezyne Road Drive

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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
No one has answered the question yet... this isn't a pump vs co2 debate.
Wrongo! I already told you, you don't have a lot of choice on a carbon or shaped tube metal frame with sloping top tube. Just put it where it will fit.
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Sorry... anyone else have ideas? It's not like I can't decide but I was wondering if there was any accepted standard positions. Which is more aero, for example?
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Sorry... anyone else have ideas? It's not like I can't decide but I was wondering if there was any accepted standard positions. Which is more aero, for example?
You did see my reply (post #9 ) right? Your jersey pocket is the least ugly place.
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Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
You did see my reply (post #9 ) right? Your jersey pocket is the least ugly place.
Yep, but I don't like carrying such things in my pocket, as they get bouncy.

I must however bow to your logic. There is no less ugly place than in the pocket.
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I have something called the BikeBlock from TwoFish. It's a rubber pump mount that attaches to my top tube with velcro straps. It's easily removable.
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I also have a Lezyne Road Drive (a black one) and I've always put it in its holder underneath the down tube bottle cage. There's always a bottle there, so it's somewhat sheltered from view and from the wind. They say it's more aero to have a bottle on the down tube than on the seat tube, but who knows if that's also true for the pump.

Most aero would be in the pocket, but I'm not a big fan of that.
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I thought frame pumps were the long ones that mount along a tube between two other tubes. I wouldn't call a mini pump a frame pump just because you can attach it to the bike. That's why I said OP doesn't have a lot of choice where to put one. Is that the general understanding?
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
I use a frame pump as it is cheaper option than c02 which I don't need. In yalls opinion, where is the LEAST UGLY place to put a frame pump on a late 90s trek?
I'd mount it on the downtube where it can cover up the Trek sticker.
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Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
i carry the below in my jersey pocket...... Lezyne Road Drive

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Fits in jersey pocket and fills tire in about 60-90 seconds
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I also have a Lezyne Road Drive (a black one) and I've always put it in its holder underneath the down tube bottle cage. There's always a bottle there, so it's somewhat sheltered from view and from the wind. They say it's more aero to have a bottle on the down tube than on the seat tube, but who knows if that's also true for the pump.

Most aero would be in the pocket, but I'm not a big fan of that.
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Mine's mounted to the NDS seatstay. But it is a mini-pump, not a frame pump. Better to have it and not need it, etc.
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i carry the below in my jersey pocket...... Lezyne Road Drive

Count me in. But mine is white.

Mounted under the bottle cage, where my hairy legs can distract viewers from the pump itself.
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Assuming no nice bracket like posted above, I'd say under the top tube, where frame pumps used to go. Is there space behind the seat tube? How about a couple velcro straps and cinch it across under your handlebars?

Though if someone whips out a frame pump on a group ride with me, they get handed my CO2 inflator and they can pay me back later. 20 people in a group at 60-90 seconds = 20-30 minutes of time that gets burned watching someone pump a tire.

And if you're not riding with a group, the only people that see your ugly/not ugly bike are the motorists, and they don't give a damn about you or your pump either way
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Though if someone whips out a frame pump on a group ride with me, they get handed my CO2 inflator and they can pay me back later. 20 people in a group at 60-90 seconds = 20-30 minutes of time that gets burned watching someone pump a tire.
This isn't a workforce time loss calculation. Multiplying the delay by the number of people standing around isn't valid. When I am riding, time isn't money. Is it different for you?
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A small pump adjacent to a water bottle cages is pretty inconspicuous. I mount mine on the NDS of the seat tube bottle cage. My favorite to date is the Topeak Race Rocket or RR HP with it's captive roating hose and neat screw-on chuck (better than the Lezynes I have). I use the low pressure version for mtbs.
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I thought frame pumps were the long ones that mount along a tube between two other tubes. I wouldn't call a mini pump a frame pump just because you can attach it to the bike. That's why I said OP doesn't have a lot of choice where to put one. Is that the general understanding?
Semantics I guess. To me a frame pump is any pump that is designed to be carried on the bike vs a floor pump.
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