Is this suitable for french valves common to most road bikes?
I have been told portable pumps tend to bend the valves on road bikes. Is there any truth to this?
I'm French and only know valves as Presta and schrader. The pump is foine for the road pike valve variety with the little screw bit on tip. The pumps don't bend the valve, we do. However, this is most common for pumps that have no hose to the valve. You just have to hold the pump tight to the valve when you pump to prevent damage. It does appear that the pump you are referring to does have a small hose so no worries there for you. It just depends how much pump/weight you want to carry. This one looks a bit large if you ask me. I personally go for the CO2 type with small poump stroke. But that's just me.