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Serfas TCPG Bicycle Floor Pump
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- Capable of getting you to extremely precise inflation pressures
- The switch valve & simple valve designs enable switching between Presta or Schrader valves, while the dual head offers both
- Our simple screw-on and Quick draw head designs both screw on the valve for a secure fit, even at high inflation pressures
- Simple valve pump head - fits both presta and schrader valves
- All metal barrel and nylon base
- 160 PSI capacity
- Equipped with ball and accessory attachments
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Serfas TCPG Bicycle Pump and Sporting goods inflator
Simple Valve Head for both Presta and Schrader.
This pump has a simple valve head which easily accepts Presta and Schrader valves. Flip the lever and the pump head will adapt without having remove the cap.
Serfas warrants to the original purchaser of this product that the product is free from defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.
Overview of the TCPG
- Simple Valve Head fits Presta and Schrader Valves.
- Alloy Barrel with sturdy nylon base and handle.
- Easy to read gauge
- Includes Ball and Accessory Inflators.
- Capacity: 160 psi / 11 bar
- Height: 23 inches / 58cm
- Weight: 1130 grams / 40 ounces.
Simple Valve Head
Completely automatic head for use on both presta and schrader valves. Eliminates having to use adapters or remove gaskets.
The ideal hose storage to keep it neat and off the ground and supporting the handle for easy carrying.
Pressure Gauge and Stable Base
Easy to read gauge with adjustable marker to set your ideal pressure. The gauge reads in both PSI and Bar. They reinforced base adds stability while pumping.
Sporting Goods and Needle Adapters
The TCPG comes with a ball and bladder adapter. This makes the pump ideal for exercise balls, mattresses and all of your team sports equipment that require the needle.
|Serfas FMP-500O Bicycle Floor Pump||Serfas FP-200 Bicycle Floor Pump||Serfas TCPG Floor Pump||Serfas FP-45 Floor Pump||Serfas FP-35 Floor Pump|
|Pump Head||Simple Valve with integrated release valve||Simple Valve||Simple Valve||Dual Head||Dual Head|
|PSI Capacity||260 PSI||160 PSI||160 PSI||160 PSI||160 PSI|
|Pump Height||26.5" Tall||28.5" Tall||23"||28.5"||25.25"|
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It appears that many companies are purchasing this pump, putting their brand name on it, and sometimes offering it with different chucks or some extra goodies like patch kits. The prices are all about the same, too. For example, there is a BV brand pump for sale here on Amazon which is identical in every way except the color and the chuck; and a Lumintrail brand pump for sale here on Amazon also identical except the color and the chuck and the addition of a patch kit. It's unusual that Serfas is putting their name on a pump like this as they usually sell proprietary items which tend to be higher quality and more expensive.
The chuck on this Serfas TCPG pump is a universal type which handles both Presta and Schrader valves without having to use a different "hole" or swap parts around or even move the locking lever in a different way. The chuck on the BV version of this same pump has separate heads for Presta and Schrader and is locked in place with a lever which has to be moved opposite the head to lock that head in place on a valve. The Lumintrail version of this same pump has a chuck with a simple locking lever but two "holes" in the head, the larger one for Schrader and the smaller one for Presta.
Compared to my now-defunct TP-2, this Serfas TCPG pump is about the same height but the pump cylinder is not as wide and due to the more extensive use of plastic parts it is a little lighter. Since the cylinder is not as wide or tall, the TCPG outputs a smaller volume of air per stroke but not so much smaller that I feel it's an annoyance. The highest pressure that the current tires on my current bikes are rated for is 95PSI and the TCPG pump gets them there quickly and the force needed to downstroke the pump handle never becomes terribly difficult. Any pump becomes more difficult to stroke as pressure increases, of course.
To use the pump, start with the chuck lever in the DOWN position. Press the chuck onto the valve then lift the lever to the UP position. This usually takes a bit of force, more than I can apply with just my thumb so I end up using one hand to hold the chuck in place on the valve and a second hand to pull the locking lever up. The pump's gauge will tell you how much pressure is in the tire once the locking lever is up, then you pump until the gauge reads the pressure you want, then you return the locking lever to the down position and pop the chuck off the valve. I can do this easily with one hand, my thumb bringing down the lever while I apply a little "up" pressure to remove the chuck from the valve. Very little air is lost applying or removing the chuck; more is lost when applying it because the lever can be hard to move into the up/locked position.
I think I would have preferred the chuck type with the two separate heads and the side lever which locks the in-use head in place on the valve. Partly because that is what I am used to from over 15 years of a similar chuck type on my dead Blackburn pump but also because the lever on the other chuck types takes up more space "inside" the wheel between the spokes; on smaller wheels with tight spoke patterns it can be difficult to get the lever up into the locked position. Still, the universal head is pretty cool and I haven't actually experienced a problem with spokes getting in the way of the lever. The universal lever is probably easiest for people who don't really "get" the Presta and Schrader valve differences.
edit 2017-12-01: I like the universal chuck a lot but the lever is hard to open all the way when using the pump with the 16" front wheel of one of my recumbent bikes and the 16" wheels of my cargo trailer. While not an impossible challenge, a pump with the side-lever/twin chuck type would be better if you have to deal with wheels like these on a regular basis.
If you are having trouble either getting the chuck on the valve or removing the chuck from the valve, you can adjust the tension of the head. At the end of the head you will find a cap that can be unscrewed. Do NOT unscrew it all the way! Just 1/4 turn counter-clockwise to start, then try again. If it's too loose (air leaks out while the locking lever is up), tighten it a little by turning it partway back clockwise. If it's still too tight, try loosening the cap another 1/4 turn counter-clockwise. Depending on the brand of tube you use and the valve type, you might need to make very small adjustments each time you use it on a different tube brand/valve type – FWIW I have both Presta and Schrader valves and at least four different brands of tubes and after loosening the valve cap a little when I first used it I haven't had to change it for any of the different valves on my bikes. (The meager instructions that come with the pump don't cover any of this. Lots of chucks have caps that work like this but it's not universal so it should have been explained in the instructions. Too bad as it would have saved some customers a bit of frustration and saved the company a lot of bad reviews.)
The gauge is very steady and easy to read. It is low to the ground rather than up near the handle and can't be moved up but the numbers are a decent size and there is a big arrow that can be moved to the pressure you want to make it even easier to see when you get the pressure where you want it. Unfortunately, while the gauge is precise it is inaccurate; i.e. it displays the wrong pressure but it is a consistent amount of error. Other reviewers have complained about this problem, some that the gauge reads too high and others that it reads too low. Mine reads too low, about 10PSI too low, so if I want to bring a tire to 95PSI I pump until the gauge reads 85PSI. This isn't a big deal for high-volume and low-pressure tires on wide rims but can be a serious problem for low-volume and high-pressure tires especially those on narrow rims – blowouts from overpressure can happen in such cases which is why a gauge is important. So this is bad, hence the reason I awarded this pump only 4 out of 5 stars. But if you have an accurate and precise handheld gauge which you can use apart from the pump to learn how your particular pump's particular gauge is off and to what degree, all you have to do is remember the error and work with it. If you don't have a good handheld gauge, get one because they're useful for many other things – but as long as your tires aren't over 100PSI and/or on very narrow rims, and you don't get unlucky enough to get a really wildly badly calibrated gauge, don't worry about it too much.
For the price, usually under $30, this pump and its clones with other brand names is a good bargain. If you have narrow high-pressure tires I would strongly suggest getting a good handheld digital pressure gauge so you can learn the error of your own pump's built-in gauge. Ditto if you need to have exact pressure even if you have lower-pressure/higher-volume tires. After you do learn your pump's gauge error you shouldn't need to use the separate gauge very often.
I wrote to Serfas with a report about the inaccuracy of the gauge. They are sending me a replacement gauge to install on the pump. When it arrives and I've tested the replacement gauge, I will report back here and possibly change my rating and review. But whatever my result with the replacement gauge, there are enough other reviews that note the poor quality control of the gauges as they are shipped with the pump so exercise a little caution when you first use your new pump.
On opening and first using the pump, I was struck by how lightweight it is - very easy to carry around. Unlike some of other pumps I've used that do both Schraeder and Presta, this one was easy to figure out what to do to fit each type (I've had some that were easier to use once you knew how, but were non-intuitive and took a while to learn). Overall, it meets the minimum need, but some downsides quickly emerged.
First the gauge can be considered moody at best. Sometimes it moves up evenly as I would expect, but the more typical action is for it to move up, then stay put for several pumps, then suddenly jump up 10 or 20 PSI, then stick again for a few pumps, and so on. Sometimes tapping the gauge will encourage it to move - other times it won't. This is particularly annoying when you're within 1 or 2 pumps of your desired pressure.
Next, the tube is fairly short. It's fine when the pump is right next to the bike, but can be problematic if you're trying to top off the tire while it's on a bike stand or rack. Not a killer, but an annoyance in those situations.
The volume per pump is also perhaps 50-60% of the volume my other floor pumps put out. Figure that what takes 10 pumps to get on my Air Tool pump is going to take 15-16 on the Serfas pump. Again, not a killer, but not as convenient.
Finally, the stabilizers on the pump are fairly small. This works both ways, as it does mean it's a little easier to pack, but it also makes it a bit less stable when on the ground and you're trying to hook the pump to the tire. Again, it works, but can be a bit of a nuisance if the ground is uneven at all or the valve stem is not right next to the pump.
Goes on and locks fairly easily
Easy to understand
Handles high pressure tires well
Lower volume per pump than most other pumps of this type
Gauge sticks for a few pumps, then jumps up suddenly
Not as stable on the floor as some other pumps (though there are much worse out there)
Overall, I can't say I "regret" the purchase. It is a fairly reliable (within the above pro/con list) pump at a fairly inexpensive price. Would I buy it again? Probably not.
I use it a few times a week for all bikes I've owned over the past couple years including the ones I fix up for my friends. It's been great.
I took it to the river and the kids got it all wet and sandy and after rinsing it off I realized it wasn't pumping all the air into the tire anymore! Bummed out, I decided to take it apart to see what was up. It came apart very easily (one plastic bolt) and it turns out the bottom had just been pushed down a bit from being thrown around for 4 years. I wiped it up, put it back together, and it's back to trucking along.
Well done Serfas. Damn good pump.
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