I have a Zefal pump that I purchased with my Bianchi about 20 years ago. It had a Shrader valve with a Presta adapter attached. I finally had to purchase a new pump because I got tired of struggling with the pump head not detaching, once finished inflating, before several pounds of air were lost.
I opted for the SKS Airbase Pro. If interested, you can get it at Tree Fort Bikes: www.treefortbikes.com/product/333222340613
and they'll even do an instant price match. I found it in-stock, and for about $18.00 cheaper at www.outsideoutfitters.com/p-18576-sks-airb
. Some people might ask, ''Why not just buy from Outside Outfitters and be done with it?'' Customer loyalty. Tree Fort Bikes has done me right, time and again. Unless that changes, they've won my business. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $125 at Tree Fort.
Regardless, I highly recommend the pump. It's solid, heavy and relatively not too expensive.
Do be aware, you CAN unscrew the tip of the presta valve from the stem. You won't break anything - it's more annoying than anything. On the rarity I do that, I say a few curse words (somewhat customarily), and just screw it back in to where it seats properly (be careful not to cross-thread it). And also be aware that you can actually break the tip off if you bend it while trying to attach the pump. Just exercise some caution and common sense and you'll be fine. And, if you break it and can't get the threaded end replaced, it's great tire changing exercise. (^_^)
As for your question about the retaining nut: I used to be of the mindset that I needed them on my wheels, too. You don't really need them, it's more of a preference. They can also scratch your rims so many people opt to not use them at all. But you'll hurt nothing if you put them on.
You'll get the pump procedure down. Just takes a little trial and error.
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