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Mini Foot Pump Review

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The Mini Foot Pump from Germany is an attractive looking little pump nicely packaged. The pump is small (5 1/2″) and light (9 oz.). It works quite well by bicycle pump standards and acceptably by human standards. The air hose is short but long enough to let you position the pump comfortably and eliminates the chance of damaging the tube stem when pumping pressure gets high.


You can start pumping by hand but you will need to pump by foot to reach practical air pressures.

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The downside of this pump is that its base is so small that it is hard to pump if you have industrially sized hobbit feet like mine. The pump seems to keep squirming out from under my foot even on a flat hard surface.

I could live with that but if your foot slips off of the pump on a high pressure down stroke the pump gauge is destroyed. Don’t expect a free replacement gauge if that happens. They will sell you a replacement gauge but are pretty nasty if you ask for an in warranty replacement.

The price is $29.95 plus $5 for shipping, a reasonable price for a quality pump.

Pros:

– Light and Small

– Neat Bag is small in a Rack Pack or attaches well to frame

– Air Hose permits comfortable pumping position and prevents damage to tube stem while pumping.

Cons:

– Hard to pump. squirms under your foot while pumping

– If foot slips air gague is destroyed

– Nasty to deal with Customer Service

Rating: Acceptable but not Recommended

The Topeak Road Morp is probably a better choice for most Riders. It is easier to use and the gauge if not accurate keeps working. See Topeak Road Mork with gague Review.

For other posts on this topic see Pumps and Tire Tools

Resources:
Manufacturers Web Site: Mini Foot Pump

Product Description from Manufacturer

The Mini-Foot-Pump Advantage – More or Less Our Mini-Foot-Pump weighs a mere 9 ounces and stands 5-1/2 inches off the ground. To inflate a bicycle tire, it takes 90 effortless strokes to 40 psi with your leg, conversely it takes more than 200 grueling arm compressions with the average hand pump. There is no more guessing – more or less air – with the built in 140 psi pressure gauge. You can inflate more soccer balls for the team with your foot without even breaking a needle or a sweat. And leave it to the Germans to understand the true meaning of “Mini” when they engineered the world’s smallest foot pump.

Features:

– Light weight (9 oz./ 1/2 lb.)
– Height is only 5.5 inches!
– Pressure Gauge – 140 psi (10 bars)
– Pumps any inflatable: Bikes, Motorcycles, Automobiles, Balls, Air Mattresses, Pool Toys
– Compact, portable, easy to carry
– Easy to use

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Written by Roland

October 1, 2006 at 5:51 am

4 Responses

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  1. I found the link to the pump I had mentioned previously.

    http://www.cyclaire.com/bikepump.html

    Seems from reviews to be very well put together and the company seems very responsive re: warranty issues.

    Jorge

    jorge

    October 3, 2006 at 2:36 pm

  2. jorge
    OK, I am hooked. I have to get one. That is the most unusual looking pump I have ever seen.
    Thanks for the Tip, I think (:
    Best price I found was on eBay, $34.95 plus $4.95 to ship. I bought it.
    Enjoy The Ride … Roland

    Roland

    October 3, 2006 at 3:29 pm

  3. I have one, purchased when I bought my EZSport Bent; Love the pump; needed it 3 times and has not failed me. (Keep tube repair in the bag also, even though spare tubes are always with me).

    Andrew Grace

    June 18, 2007 at 9:45 pm

  4. You think that will work on a portable bed ?

    Alex

    December 17, 2007 at 3:09 pm


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