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Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

Regular readers of this blog know that I only review products that I’ve actually used myself in “real world” conditions. Unfortunately, most of the time when I review tire pumps or CO2 cartridges I have to test them out in my garage since it is hard to know when you are going to get a flat tire. However, the first ride I took with the Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump I got a puncture just six miles away from my house! This pump is easy to use and far exceeded my expectations.

Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

I bought the medium-sized Lezyne Alloy Drive pump for my Surly Necromancer Pugsley—a Fat Bike with massive 4″ wide tires. Fat Bike tires usually run at very low pressure (10 to 15 psi on off-road trails; 5 to 7 psi on sand or snow), but they do require a high volume of air. Most bicycle hand pumps are designed to work the other way around (high pressure, low volume) and they would take forever to fill up a Fat Bike tire. A high volume pump like this one will fill your tires is 30% less time than most other pumps.

Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

High Quality Aluminum Construction

The Lezyne Alloy Drive pump is made with CNC-machined aluminum construction, which makes it very durable and extremely lightweight—just 4.5 ounces (128 g) without the frame mount. This pump has a flex hose with a threaded Presta connection on one end and a threaded Schrader connection on the other. The flex hose is stored inside the pump when not in use and the entire unit attaches easily to your bike frame with the included pump mount.

Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

Flex Hose With Presta and Schrader Connectors

This pump is 9.2 inches long and about as big around as a quarter. The pump is rated for a maximum pressure of 90 psi, but if you ride a Fat Bike, or even most mountain bikes, you are never going to need pressures near that high.

Lezyne Alloy Drive High Volume Hand Pump

The Flex Hose Easily Connects To The Pump

The Lezyne Alloy Drive pump retails for $45 and is available in four colors (Black, Blue, Red and Yellow). You can purchase this pump directly from the Lezyne website or from your local bike shop. If all else fails you can also find it on Amazon.com.

 

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Genuine Innovations Top Dog Legend Floor Pump

Genuine Innovations Top Dog Legend Floor Pump

Top Dog Legend Floor Pump

You don’t have to have a lot of equipment to enjoy cycling, but one thing you must have is a reliable floor pump. When you buy a pump you had better purchase a good one because you are going to be using it a lot. Bicycle tires need topped off every week, and even more often if you put on a lot of miles. I’ve owned three floor pumps in the past ten years. The first two were cheap and broke in less than a year, and my third pump, a Topeak Joe Blow Max, works but has several shortcomings that make it less than desirable. For the past month I’ve been using a Genuine Innovations Top Dog Legend that was sent to me for review and I am certain it will be the last floor pump I ever own.

The biggest difference between the Top Dog Legend and the other pumps I’ve used is the “smart head” that automatically adjusts to either Presta and Schrader valves. Just put the head over the tire valve and once you click the lever on the head it stays put, even at high pressures (the pump can go all the way up to 160 PSI).

My biggest complaint with the Topeak Joe Blow Max pump was that it would not work properly with short stemmed Presta valves (like I have on both of my road bikes). In addition, when using the Joe Blow Max to inflate a tire above 90 PSI it would often close the Presta valve and make it impossible to inflate the tire. Topeak makes a lot of great products for cyclists, but their floor pump just isn’t one of them. The Top Dog Legend has worked flawlessly on both short and regular Presta valves, as well as Schrader valves.

The Top Dog Legend is taller than the other pumps I’ve owned (it’s over 30 inches tall) and has a brushed aluminum barrel. It has a large easy to read gauge mounted near the top of the unit and this makes it very easy to read (you will appreciate this feature more as you get older). As you will notice in the photograph, this pump also has a solid base (the logo for this pump is on the other side, but I wanted you to see exactly where the gauge sits).

Compared to the other pumps I’ve used this one seems effortless—I was able to inflate the tires on my road bike to 120 PSI in far fewer strokes and with less effort than with the other pumps I’ve used (I guess this is because of the taller barrel on the pump). Another advantage of this pump is that the hose is 48 inches long which means you can inflate the tires while your bike is still on a rack or floor stand (the hose on most floor pumps is only around 36 inches long).

Genuine Innovations Top Dog Legend Floor Pump

Easy To Read Gauge

While preparing this review I stopped at the local sporting goods store to see the floor pumps they had in stock—they had eight pumps available (all the same make and model). When I started looking at the pumps I noticed that the lever on the head of the pump was missing from two of them. Either the pumps were defective when they were shipped or they could not survive being examined by potential buyers! Either way, those pumps would not last long once you put them to use. Genuine Innovations offers a lifetime warranty on their products (see their Website for details), but since these pumps are extremely well made I doubt if you will ever need it.

It is customary for product reviewers to find at least one thing to complain about in every review they write (this supposedly shows their independence). If this is the standard then I guess I’ve failed—I can’t find anything to complain about with this pump! It is a quality product in every sense of the word.

The Top Dog Legend retails for $70 and if your local bike shop does not carry it they can probably order it for you. You can also purchase this pump directly from Genuine Innovations.

 
 

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Genuine Innovations Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator

If you look at the products on the shelves in a typical bike shop you might be led to believe that most manufacturers of cycling products have a fairly small product line. Actually, this is seldom the case. Most bike shops just don’t have the shelf space available to stock everything, so they usually only carry what they think will sell quickly. This is a shame because there are so many great products out there that a lot of cyclists will never see unless the visit the Website of the various manufacturers. A few weeks ago I was looking at the  Genuine Innovations Website and when I saw their Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator I knew I had to have one immediately. The good folks at Genuine Innovations sent one to me for review and I have to tell you this pump is fantastic!

Genuine Innovations Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator

Genuine Innovations Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator

The Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator is designed for mountain bikes and will inflate a MTB tire to standard pressure using a CO2 cartridge or by manually inflating it by using the Mountain Pipe as a regular hand pump. You can store a CO2 cartridge by screwing it into the end of the handle. This pump will work with both Presta and Schrader valves (a Schrader valve adapter is inside the handle). A small storage compartment inside the handle not only holds the Schrader valve adapter, but also a few tire patches (two are included). This pump also comes with a plastic cartridge cover to keep your hands from freezing when you use the CO2 cartridge. The pump barrel and handle stay securely closed due to a magnet lock built into the pump.

Genuine Innovations Mountain Pipe CO2 Inflator

The Mountain Pipe Has A Hidden Compartment To Hold Tire Patches

I have found the best way to inflate a tire after a repair is to use a manual pump to get some air in the tube and help get the valve in the right position, then use a CO2 cartridge to finish the job. I always carry two CO2 cartridges with me, but one time last year I had a flat and after I thought it had been fixed I inflated the tire and found out the tube had a second puncture, so I used my second (and last) CO2 cartridge to inflate the tire. I spent the rest of the ride worrying about what would happen if I got another puncture since I was now out of CO2 cartridges. Now that I have the Mountain Pipe I no longer worry about such things—this is truly the best of both worlds!

The Mountain Pipe has an all alloy construction and brass valve internals. It weighs a mere 115 grams, is about 8.75 inches long, and is about the same diameter as a quarter. The pump can be used with 12, 16 and 25 gram threaded CO2 cartridges. While testing this pump I didn’t have a puncture so I could test it on the road, so I deflated a tire while my bike was in my garage and was easily able to inflate the tire up to 55 pounds of pressure (though the last few pounds did take some effort).

Mountain Pipe Attached To Seat Tube

Mountain Pipe Attached To Seat Tube

Now, let me tell you something that Genuine Innovations forgot to mention on their Website. Some portable bicycle pumps attach to the top tube of your bike where they constantly get in your way. Other pumps attach to the bottle cage holder on either the seat tube or down tube and force you to give up a water bottle. The Mountain Pipe has a well designed offset holder that attaches between your seat tube and the bottle cage holder. Once stored in the holder the Mountain Pipe is actually sitting in the corner of your water bottle and the seat tube—it is “out of sight, out of mind.” You could easily forget that you even had the Mountain Pipe with you—it doesn’t even come close to your shoes or pedals. The photo at the left really doesn’t do justice to how well the Mountain Pipe hides in this corner.

While riding with this pump attached to my mountain bike I hit a lot of big bumps on the trails and the pump stayed securely in place.

A 16 gram CO2 cartridge is included with this pump, but if you are not sure what size cartridge you need for your bike Genuine Innovations as an inflation chart available on their Website.

The Mountain Pipe is available in either black or white and retails for $40, but is available on Amazon.com for around $28. This pump comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.

 

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