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Old 06-20-22, 01:53 PM
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Got two. First was new from the Recyclery back in Portland in the early 2000s.
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Second one was off eBay because the first wasn't C&V enough!
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Have 2 frame pumps too.

I use the compressor to get to 110ish then finish it off with the white one.
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Sadly, my workhorse floor pump is a specialized. Got it a few weeks before I read about that company's ethics. Have a Medai from the mid '80s but the chuck was such a hassle for this guy who's been using the oh-so-easy Zephal HP,now HPX for 50 years. Never fell in love with the Medai. The soul-less Specialized is a very good, very easy to use pump.

I didn't know about the Hiro chucks until just now. Maybe it's time.

But first I need to continue the work on a easy to make and bullet/fool proof "Damsel in Distress" adapter. (My knowledge of the adopter and its name go back to 1977 when Sheldon Brown used to come to our shop near closing to hand with our mechanic. The adopters were so we could assist other riders with flats in a world where bike racers rode presta and all the rest of the cycling world was Schraeder. We carried them in the hope that we could assist a young lady.) My floor pump also gets used to pump up the wheelbarrow tire and on rare occasions, a car tire. So with Silca, that adopter would be needed. And I want to start carrying them in all my tool bags simply because taking pumps apart to flip the gasket to Schraeder and back involves small parts that crave the return to the wild.

Sadly the construction of those DID adopters was lost to me after my head injury a month after I left that shop. If anyone knows how to make them, preferably with easy to get parts, please let me know! (They consist of a presta inner tube valve permanently mated to a brass presta to Shraeder adopter. Screw the adopter to the tire valve to be inflated. Slide your presta pump chuck over the adopter's valve. Pump as usual. That mating was one piece and simple. What was it? My current has a piece of plastic chemset hose. Works but bigger, clumsier, more space in the toolbag, harder to make and not as trustworthy. I wish Sheldon was still here. He'd remember and get a kick out of being reminded of the name.

Time to go to the shop, stick on a couple of tubbies to brand new wheels, inflate! and tool around the block and get them good and stuck. Modern Vittoria tires but a ritual as C & V as you can get. (And the tires - totally modern materials but ancient construction techniques.)
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
I use the compressor to get to 110ish then finish it off with the white one.
110psi+?!?! What needs that kind of pressure?
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Old 06-20-22, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Sadly, my workhorse floor pump is a specialized. Got it a few weeks before I read about that company's ethics.
Hmmm?? Can you elaborate?

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I didn't know about the Hiro chucks until just now. Maybe it's time.
So with Silca, that adopter would be needed.
The Silca hoses have a threaded Shrader valve on the end. Their presta valve adapters--either the "bell" chuck or the Hiro--have ends that screw into the Shrader valve. So the pumps can easily be used for both valves.
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110psi+?!?! What needs that kind of pressure?
High-end racing tires.
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High-end racing tires.
Insanity
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Old 06-20-22, 04:20 PM
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Insanity
But what a ride!
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Insanity
Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
The Vittoria tires like 130 and 125. Rides better than less pressure, both sew ups and clinchers in 23.
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I think is what the OP wants to do:

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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
110psi+?!?! What needs that kind of pressure?
Went for a ride just now on 110 psi. 23c Rubino Pro tubulars. Same pressure I rode 40 years ago on similar size tires. Never occurred to me while riding that I might want less pressure. Everything simply felt right.

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Hmmm?? Can you elaborate?
I bet if you Google "Specialized ethics" you will see others have issues with their practices. It's not part of this thread so I won't go in to it.
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Old 06-21-22, 06:27 AM
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My "Cycle Pro" pump is frustrating to operate and I am so done with it!
So this thread has convinced me to acquire a new floor pump and it will be a Silca! Bike Tires Direct has them on sale today but they are back order thru late July. I love the vintage pumps but no time for another project if you know what I mean.

Thank you for the education!
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Old 06-21-22, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
110psi+?!?! What needs that kind of pressure?
On the track I have used as high as 10.5 atm
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Old 06-21-22, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by tjfastback66 View Post
My "Cycle Pro" pump is frustrating to operate and I am so done with it!
So this thread has convinced me to acquire a new floor pump and it will be a Silca! Bike Tires Direct has them on sale today but they are back order thru late July. I love the vintage pumps but no time for another project if you know what I mean.

Thank you for the education!
What model did you order/get?
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Old 06-21-22, 10:24 AM
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They do seem to multiply….I purchased the blue one back in the late 70s when I was sixteen and it has faithfully served as my main pump for that entire time. It amazes me how often it was borrowed at races, etc. over the years to pinch hit for the pumps of others that had failed. These pumps are the embodiment of what a reliable tool should be. The orange pump and yellow pump were gifts from cycling friends who were veteran riders when we met and subsequently aged out of the sport. I recently changed the leather plunger as well as the chuck gasket on the yellow pump which should hold it for another ten years.





I keep a stock of small parts….
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What model did you order/get?
Silca Pista Plus!
They were $169 and free shipping but just looked again and they raised them to $199!

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Old 06-21-22, 11:04 AM
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Silca Pista Plus!
They were $169 and free shipping but just looked again and they raised them to $199!
You got a great deal! I like the triangular base of the Pista Plus--it's more stable than the older Pistas.
The presta chuck took a couple times using to break in, then was super reliable. It's nice to have the Shrader option as well. Every single part in these pumps is replaceable, as shown above.
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Old 06-21-22, 05:45 PM
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Pumps you say? Seem to multiply like Tribbles for me. Guess I should sell these. But wait .... there's more!


There is a distinct lack of Motobecane branded one in this pile!
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This is normal behaviour for folks who are in the know. Sadly I have only one, but I have had it since new in the 80's.
Holy zombie thread resurrection, newbie!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
How many pumps do you need?

One more.
So I acquired a '78 Raleigh Super Course a few weeks ago - It was REALLY Dirty so a car wash was in order. The Craig's find came with a rear rack, a brake lever rear view mirror and a chrome pump. I guess now I have "one more" pump! Yes! A Silca Impero to be exact - the great thing is I never gave it a thought on WHAT it was until I started cleaning it up this evening. Part of the head bracket is broken but looks to be in good working order.

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I have a few older floor pumps. This thread seems to embrace Silca, so here is my Superpista:

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Anyone know if the pressure gauge can be reset?
There are two small screws on the underside of the dial gauge.
Mine reads at 15 psi, probably because I knocked it over once too often.
Replacement gauges are $20, or just do the math every time it's used.



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I wonder how much of the new Silca stuff is made in America?
I thought they were made in Italy? Since when are they made in the US?
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I thought they were made in Italy? Since when are they made in the US?
Silca was bought a number of years ago by a guy named Josh Poertner and is now based in Indianapolis.
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Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
Anyone know if the pressure gauge can be reset?
There are two small screws on the underside of the dial gauge.
Mine reads at 15 psi, probably because I knocked it over once too often.
Replacement gauges are $20, or just do the math every time it's used.


The two screws hold the gage case and inner workings together. There isn't any way to adjust them.
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As luck would have it, the nut holding the leather gasket fell off today and I had to take apart my $10 Silca pump. In the process of taking it apart, I notice that the black plastic piece on top has one of the 2 threaded holes stripped out. The screw is just barely hanging on.
And guess what, that is the one part that Silca doesn't sell. They'll sell you the generic nut and washer for $9, but they won't sell you the plastic cap held on by two tiny self tapping screws.
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