Author Topic: Excellent, light-weight, air pump for long distance touring.  (Read 8995 times)

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Offline Westinghouse

The long search for an effective, light-weight, high pressure bicycle pump is over.  It is here.  The brand name is Lezyne.  The chrome colored one is high volume.  The black one is high pressure.  It is as light as a feather, not exactly but it is light.  You can tuck it in a pannier.  It has a long hose with a nozzle that screws onto the tire valve. The least expensive of three has no PSI gauge.  The next has a mechanical gauge.  The most expensive is the one with a digital gauge.  It pumps to 90 PSI in a jiffy.  Sure, you might have to lean on it some,  but so what.  You need extra strong Superman eyesight to read the microscopic numbers on the gauge.  Maybe an electron microscope would help. You know, one of those 300-meter-long scopes they use to look inside atoms and atomic particles. Once you discern your needed PSI mark, tape the line with a small piece of gorilla tape.  When you need air supply, pump till the red indicator gets to the tape.  The red indicator you can see as pressure increases.  When it disappears under the tape you got it.  It looks like it would not fit onto a presta valve.  It is good for schrader.  You need an adapter for presta valves.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Excellent, light-weight, air pump for long distance touring.
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2023, 10:37:19 am »
Lezyne makes a number of different pumps.  All, of the ones I have used or handled can do both schrader and presta without any adapter.  I am guessing you are referring to the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP/HPG which indeed does use a chuck they call a "flip chuck". 

Their description of the chuck says:
  "ABS FLIP CHUCK – Flippable head allows you to fill up Presta or Schrader tires with ease, as the head will thread on to either valve type"

In my experience with their other models the chucks all work very well with either type valve.  Just in general lezyne stuff is top notch.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Excellent, light-weight, air pump for long distance touring.
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2023, 12:36:55 pm »
Yes I just looked at it again. It has what they call a flip chuck. It is not readily apparent that's what it is I think it has to be unscrewed and turned around and reattached to work for presta.

Offline ray b

Re: Excellent, light-weight, air pump for long distance touring.
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2023, 09:24:54 pm »
Always a favorite brand on prior threads, where in the end, "The answer is money. What was your question?"
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline froze

Re: Excellent, light-weight, air pump for long distance touring.
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2023, 06:24:58 pm »

Lezyne Road Drive comes in either black or chrome, both are for high-pressure road bikes.  If you are going to get one make sure you get the large version, it will reach higher psi with less effort than the other sizes. Those are the best for high pressure tires.

However, while I do have those Road Drive pumps on my other bikes, I opted instead to use a frame pump on my touring bike, it's a lot more durable than any mini, and it takes far less effort to put air in.  Sure, it's a little heavier than a mini but sometimes the comfort is worth the weight, it's the same reason why I take a camping chair.