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Foot pump
« on: 12 January 2019, 16:29:53 »

Anybody recommend a good car tyre footpump with accurate gauge.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #1 on: 12 January 2019, 16:38:30 »

Get a compressor one that fits into the 12v socket. Foot pump too much like hard work. ;)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #2 on: 12 January 2019, 16:53:28 »

Get one that's part of the puncture repair kits instead of spare wheels.
They're compact, quiet and effective. Cheap too, as they are very common.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #3 on: 12 January 2019, 17:01:55 »

Get one that's part of the puncture repair kits instead of spare wheels.
They're compact, quiet and effective. Cheap too, as they are very common.
I've got four of those. Which means I've had to buy four space savers.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #4 on: 12 January 2019, 17:08:29 »

Get one that's part of the puncture repair kits instead of spare wheels.
They're compact, quiet and effective. Cheap too, as they are very common.
I've got four of those. Which means I've had to buy four space savers.

The manufacturers are trying to save the environment by not adding a spare wheel. ::) ::) ::) ::)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #5 on: 12 January 2019, 17:12:53 »

Get one that's part of the puncture repair kits instead of spare wheels.
They're compact, quiet and effective. Cheap too, as they are very common.
I've got four of those. Which means I've had to buy four space savers.
really  :-\
space savers and bald tyres are what i put on when i scrap a car  ;D
I would buy a real spare wheel if a car didn't have a real spare
(never owned a car that did not have room for a full size spare  :y )
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #6 on: 12 January 2019, 17:27:53 »

Space savers are fine for what they are. A spare.  :y

Not having a spare wheel at all is terminally stupid and I would have been completely stranded without a spare twice in the last 6 months with the Mundano, where I had 2 sudden blowouts which wrecked the tyres.  ::)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #7 on: 12 January 2019, 17:28:50 »

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I would buy a real spare wheel if a car didn't have a real spare
(never owned a car that did not have room for a full size spare  :y )

My Smarts have nowhere to put one
And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)
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« Reply #8 on: 12 January 2019, 17:30:20 »

...., where I had 2 sudden blowouts which wrecked the tyres.  ::)

But sudden blow outs are normally caused because there's already a nail/etc in the tyre ..... so not so sudden  ;)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #9 on: 12 January 2019, 17:33:32 »

...., where I had 2 sudden blowouts which wrecked the tyres.  ::)

But sudden blow outs are normally caused because there's already a nail/etc in the tyre ..... so not so sudden  ;)

Corroded rims I think.  I had them cleaned up (supposedly) when I had 4 new tyres fitted last year.  ::)

And last week I spent an eye watering amount removing all the tyres, cleaning the rims and refitting/refilling with nitrogen!  :(  :-\
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #10 on: 12 January 2019, 17:40:21 »

Space savers are fine for what they are. A spare.  :y

Not having a spare wheel at all is terminally stupid and I would have been completely stranded without a spare twice in the last 6 months with the Mundano, where I had 2 sudden blowouts which wrecked the tyres.  ::)


I agree with you. Which worries me ;)


What you want is a wheel and tyre that matches the four on the car(different sizes front to rear are another issue).
But they're big and heavy, hence space savers.


Modern cars use such large diameter wheels and tyres that there often isn't room anywhere in the car for a spare, so they came up with the puncture repair kits - which rarely work.


The alternative is then a runflat tyre. These have three issues: they've really stiff sidewalls so the ride suffers, they're much more expensive, and they work too well. They work too well because they don't look flat and the car still drives, which means that lots of drivers ignore the TPMS warning light until they've carved through the sidewalls and the tread comes off. This is clearly the fault of the tyre, not the cretin who drove on a puntured tyre for 700miles.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #11 on: 12 January 2019, 17:40:37 »

.... ...

And last week I spent an eye watering amount removing all the tyres, cleaning the rims and refitting/refilling with nitrogen!  :(  :-\

I very recently replaced 2 tyres on my R Class ..... 400 kerching!  :'(
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #12 on: 12 January 2019, 17:44:09 »

..... This is clearly the fault of the tyre, not the cretin who drove on a puntured tyre for 700miles.

The wife of a lad at work drove home and said .... 'there's something not quite with my car'
He went outside to look. The tyre had been completely worn away along with a good chunk of the ally rim!!!  :o :o :o
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #13 on: 12 January 2019, 17:45:32 »

.... ...

And last week I spent an eye watering amount removing all the tyres, cleaning the rims and refitting/refilling with nitrogen!  :(  :-\

I very recently replaced 2 tyres on my R Class ..... 400 kerching!  :'(

At least you got 2 new tyres.  :y  I drove off with the same tyres with some lubricant smeared around the rims where hopefully they carried out the work I paid for.  ::)

Anyway, we digress.

Why does Paul want a foot pump rather than a compressor?  ???

Maybe he's trying to shift some Christmas flab?  :)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #14 on: 12 January 2019, 18:02:10 »

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I would buy a real spare wheel if a car didn't have a real spare
(never owned a car that did not have room for a full size spare  :y )

My Smarts have nowhere to put one
And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)
You can see why most people have to have breakdown cover as elderly and female drivers would struggle with the faff on changing that Merc space saver. Crazy. ::)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #15 on: 12 January 2019, 18:11:58 »

My Smarts have nowhere to put one

And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)


If you ever need to fit it, get it out of the boot and start inflating it before you do anything else. It takes AGES!



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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #16 on: 12 January 2019, 18:15:05 »

.... ...

And last week I spent an eye watering amount removing all the tyres, cleaning the rims and refitting/refilling with nitrogen!  :(  :-\

I very recently replaced 2 tyres on my R Class ..... 400 kerching!  :'(

At least you got 2 new tyres.  :y  I drove off with the same tyres with some lubricant smeared around my bottom.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #17 on: 12 January 2019, 18:17:25 »

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I would buy a real spare wheel if a car didn't have a real spare
(never owned a car that did not have room for a full size spare  :y )

My Smarts have nowhere to put one
And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)
That's actually pretty impressive 8)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #18 on: 12 January 2019, 18:18:32 »

My Smarts have nowhere to put one

And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)


If you ever need to fit it, get it out of the boot and start inflating it before you do anything else. It takes AGES!

My Touareg has one of these,trouble is after 14 years in its flat state its not for inflating,took a garage compressor to get it to blow up when I needed it,bloody useless thing :-\
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #19 on: 12 January 2019, 18:43:31 »


Why does Paul want a foot pump rather than a compressor?  

Maybe he's trying to shift some Christmas flab? 

I prefer the foot pump as I have never found a compressor one accurate enough.
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« Reply #20 on: 12 January 2019, 18:46:30 »


Why does Paul want a foot pump rather than a compressor? 

Maybe he's trying to shift some Christmas flab?

I prefer the foot pump as I have never found a compressor one accurate enough.

Compressor and a digital gauge then?  ???  :)
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #21 on: 12 January 2019, 19:24:23 »

I prefer the foot pump as I have never found a compressor one accurate enough.
Mine (inflator for proper compressor) appears to be accurate to around 0.25psi, if all my gauges are anything to go by.

Obviously, if you want a footpump for other reasons, that's a different matter. But they are a lot of faff for a gauge, which will invariably be as (in)accurate as anything else cheap and nasty.
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #22 on: 12 January 2019, 19:41:16 »

The foot pumps available these days all have flimsy frames that bend the first time you step on them, IME. You then take them back and get them changed and next time the flimsy plastic T piece that connects the pressure gauge breaks off.

I have recently bought a reliable one, though. It was an old Dunlop Major from a vintage shop. Rescued it from being turned into a table lamp by some hipster, no doubt. ;D
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« Reply #23 on: 12 January 2019, 21:12:46 »

Paul might be a hipster looking for a new table lamp.  :)
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« Reply #24 on: 12 January 2019, 22:28:00 »

I bought this for my push bikes & then discovered it worked just as well for my Road bikes & cars.
The pump barrel & base are made of metal, so quite durable;
 the guage is reasonably accurate, but I always use a digi guage to confirm
The price has now dropped  from 40 to 24.
On the down side it`s a bit bulky & on a recessed valve but not be ideal.

  https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/topeak-joe-blow-sport-iii-bike-pump?request_type=bestseller
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #25 on: 12 January 2019, 22:30:25 »

My Smarts have nowhere to put one

And my Merc has a soft/stretchy walled spare that lives in a space that would not take a full sized wheel. (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQuJZSRC4WQ)


If you ever need to fit it, get it out of the boot and start inflating it before you do anything else. It takes AGES!

Fortunately I've never had need to try it  :-X .....





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« Reply #26 on: 12 January 2019, 22:44:25 »

I bought this for my push bikes & then discovered it worked just as well for my Road bikes & cars.
The pump barrel & base are made of metal, so quite durable;
 the guage is reasonably accurate, but I always use a digi guage to confirm
The price has now dropped  from 40 to 24.
On the down side it`s a bit bulky & on a recessed valve but not be ideal.

  https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/topeak-joe-blow-sport-iii-bike-pump?request_type=bestseller
I,ve got an Aldi bike pump so i will give that a go. I,ve got two foot pumps but take ages, (and i,m getting too old for such strenuous exercise ;))  Also have a Halfords 12v inflator which is still going strong after at least 10 years which i use when i feel really lazy. :D
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« Reply #27 on: 12 January 2019, 22:52:26 »

I bought this for my push bikes & then discovered it worked just as well for my Road bikes & cars.
The pump barrel & base are made of metal, so quite durable;
 the guage is reasonably accurate, but I always use a digi guage to confirm
The price has now dropped  from 40 to 24.
On the down side it`s a bit bulky & on a recessed valve but not be ideal.

  https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/topeak-joe-blow-sport-iii-bike-pump?request_type=bestseller
I,ve got an Aldi bike pump so i will give that a go. I,ve got two foot pumps but take ages, (and i,m getting too old for such strenuous exercise ;))  Also have a Halfords 12v inflator which is still going strong after at least 10 years which i use when i feel really lazy. :D

I think it works well for my bikes  :y here`s a review

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXggZvISsng
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« Reply #28 on: 12 January 2019, 23:59:56 »

Hmm, JoeBlow, sounds like a gay porn actor. :o
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Re: Foot pump
« Reply #29 on: 13 January 2019, 09:56:03 »


Why does Paul want a foot pump rather than a compressor? 

Maybe he's trying to shift some Christmas flab?

I prefer the foot pump as I have never found a compressor one accurate enough.
One of the problems with using a foot pump is that once you get to 17" or bigger wheels with low profile tyres on the tyre is (or should be) sealed to the rim on fitting, therefore once a tyre goes completely flat and with the weight of the car on it is breaks the seal, trying to pump up a tyre with a foot pump in this type of scenario without removing the wheel from the car can prove a bit challenging.   ;)
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