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ok, i've decided that for safety's sake on the ULTIMATE RIDE, i'm going to buy the Airman portable tire pump that retails for $89 at BK. The box says it takes 8 mins to fill two tires to about 31psi. It's a mini air compressor so doesn't use cartridges or anything like that.
So, does anyone want to go in on a group purchase?'cause the more people, the cheaper.
 

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If it does not use cartridges, how does it run the compressor? Battery power? I have a mini compressor that hooks up to a cigarette lighter, but a lot of good that does for a bike. :)
 
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yeah, i forgot to mention that it is battery powered. Rechargable with a 12V? adaptor that comes with it.
 

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before you go getting yourself a portable air pump,ask yourself this................have you ever needed one n the past? and would thi one of helped if you did? I'v put on a lot of miles in my time,and I'v never needed an air pump to save my ass in any situation? just my 2 cents.
 
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i know i may not need it, but it gives me peace of mind. Just having it around the house is a good idea for basketballs, bicycle tires, whatever. And on the 5000km trip i'm going on in April, it would ease my mind to have one. I don't want to be stuck in the middle of the Mojave thinking, "If i had only bought that pump!"
And one of the guys i'm going with always seems to get flats!
 

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xenz said:
If you get the pump, remember to get some kind of patch kit otherwise it's kinda useless.
Good point.

And do you know that for $25 you can get a floor pump with a pressure gauge on it from MEC for bicycles? No battery connections and it'll do the job in the same time but with a little huffing on your part. It's longer at about 2 feet but aren't you going to have a duffle bag on the back for camping? It's no longer than the packed tent.
 
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hmm. maybe i'll go for that one. But how difficult would it be to pump a tire to 30psi with a manual pump?
 

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It IS a big volume so I'd say, oh, 8 minutes.:rolleyes But look at the workout you'll get. And if it happens on a cold mountain pass with snow threatening then you'll all be wanting to take turns to keep warm :D

Yes I know it sounds like a lot of work but the chances of needing it are slim at best. I've done probably 60 or 70,000 kms of touring and never had a flat yet. But if you don't have the stuff........

Get the plug kit and get the floor pump. And if you need it then it's there and it doesn't cost much that way.
 
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i think you are right, Bruce. i'll save myself $50 and spend that on the swing arm sliders instead.
thanks.:p
 

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You can also get a small air compressor from Canadian tire for $19.95 and you can hook up a cig lighter adapter to your battery for $10 I know I have one hooked up that I use for my vest which I can unplug and use for any 12V accessories. and the compressor they have is almost the same size as the toolkit on the bike..
 
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