Re: [CR]Proper use of Silca Pumps

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From: Steve Leitgen <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Proper use of Silca Pumps
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 08:11:03 -0500
To: "John T.Pergolizzi" <>
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I still have hanging in my basement a Clement Criterium Seta with the valve stem snapped off. It came from the improper use of a Silca pump when I was in a hurry at a race 28 years ago. That's the tube part not the twisty thing at the top.

Use a floor pump and only use the Silca for emergencies.

Steve Leitgen La Crosse, WI

On Oct 21, 2006, at 6:44 AM, John T.Pergolizzi wrote:
> Amir,
> Try changing the valve "opening". A little more, a little less
> (every one else please with say that with the appropriate accent).
> I push the head all the way on ( no one say any thing else).
> And remember to punch it off. Don't wiggle I just a little bit (did I
> just say that?)!
> John T.Pergolizzi
> Brooklyn, New York
> The last time I used a Silca pump was 30 years ago.
> Used it on a vicious dog and cracked the tube ... been a Zefal fan
> ever
> since.
> There must be a trick to pumping a tire with it, because:
> when I push the head on the valve, as far as it will go, the
> compressed
> air pushes the handle out on the backstroke.
> when I push the head on, just a bit, I only get back-pressure
> when pumping
> What is the correct way to mount the pump head over the valve ... and
> use a
> Silca pump.
> Amir Avitzur
> Ramat-Gan, Israel
> BTW: a seller on ebay (mgpicco) has very cheap NOS Silca pumps ...
> with
> silca heads.