A PIST-A HIS­TORY

Urban Cyclist - - Agenda -

Since 1940, the clas­sic Pista track pump has been favoured by pro­fes­sional and home me­chan­ics around the world for pre­cise in­fla­tion, dura­bil­ity and ease of ser­vice. Cre­ator of the Pista, Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer Silca, were the first com­pany to in­te­grate gauges into pumps and the first to forge a ‘high­pres­sure’ frame pump. Fast-for­ward to 2017 and the Pista’s been re­launched with some con­tem­po­rary touches but the same stylish feel of the orig­i­nal. The high-strength bar­rel fea­tures a leather plunger pis­ton de­sign that ends with an ash-wood han­dle and can gen­er­ate pres­sure of up to a mighty 220psi. It takes Presta and Schrader and is re­ally rather glo­ri­ous – even more so if you throw in the travel bag that’s large enough to not only ac­com­mo­date the track pump but also ac­cou­trements like iPad, wa­ter bot­tles and multi-tools. All in all, very nice. www. silca.cc

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