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Economical emergency pump
on December 12, 2016
Good cheap compact emergency pump for fixing flats on the road or trail. Designed mostly for mountain bike pressures <40psi. Could be used for a road bike, but you are simply putting a minimal amount of air in the tire to get you home. Pumping over 50psi is very difficult, but that's typical for this type of pump. I've gone through several other compact pumps and still have an old working Schwinn pump used on my second bike. With use, heat and time, the plastic seals in the head do deteriorate, but the Schwinns seem to last longer than most other cheap pumps. Rocks flying up during trail riding can break any pump, so I carry one that's economical to replace. The aluminum body and plastic ends have proven very durable. The dust cover doesn't fit very snugly and can be pretty easily lost. I don't know that the cover adds any real protection. I've never had any insurmountable problem with the head sealing on the valve stem, though older worn pumpheads can leak a bit. Compact pumps are usually uncomfortable to use and the Schwinn in no exception. But it's only intended for road/field use. Get a floor pump for regular airing of your tires.
The plastic side mount is fairly weak; my first one broke off when a branch hit the pump. The strap is essential for securing the pump. The mount is designed for round tubes and will replace one of the water bottle mounts. Theoretically, it could be mounted beneath a water bottle cage, but it will probably require longer mounting bolts to span the extra thickness. Since the pump mounts to the side and is oval, it sticks out pretty far and can potentially get in the way of your leg when pedaling. Many people give up on frame mounting (for any pump) and carry the pump in a trunk bag or backpack.