FLOOR, TRAVEL AND MINI PUMPS

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION - —KM

There’s noth­ing like a good pump when you need it. If you’re in your base­ment try­ing to rush out the door to meet a group, or on the side of the road try­ing to fix a flat, be­ing able to rely on your pump is al­ways a wel­come re­lief. Here are three op­tions that are sure to keep you happy, whether you’re look­ing for a mini-pump for on the road, a floor pump for home, or a travel pump to keep things go­ing at a train­ing camp or race.

HP Floor­pump

There’s noth­ing like a good floor pump to get your tires ready for that next ride. You know, a re­li­able one that seals quickly and eas­ily, pro­vides lots of pres­sure with ev­ery stroke and is durable enough to get thrown into the back of the car as you head off to your next work­out or race. Pro’s Team HP Floor­pump lives up to all those ex­pec­ta­tions and more. The durable al­loy bar­rel pro­vides lots of pres­sure, while the wooden han­dle is easy to grip and will also last. The snaplock EZ head will ac­cept Presta and Schrader valves, and the in­dus­trial-qual­ity gauge will pro­vide ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ment.

SILCA Tat­tico Blue­tooth Mini-pump

$158 If you’re the kind of per­son who likes to dial in your tire pres­sure to ex­actly the right num­ber, this is the mini-pump for you. This pocket won­der can also be af­fixed to your bike, but for those of us seek­ing the ul­ti­mate in aero set ups, you can eas­ily hide this behind your sad­dle, too. The unique de­sign puts the hos­ing and valve inside the in­ner tube, so you get more air per stroke than other pumps of sim­i­lar de­sign. That means you’ll pump up your tire quickly and, thanks to the in­no­va­tive Blue­tooth pres­sure gauge that con­nects to your An­droid or Ap­ple de­vice, you’ll be able to dial in the ex­act pres­sure you want. No more just get­ting enough air in the tire to get home – now, you can con­tinue your ride with con­fi­dence. With a max­i­mum pres­sure of 120 psi, the Tat­tico Minipump serves well for travel, too.

SPE­CIAL­IZED Air Tool Com­pak Floor Pump

$185 Hav­ing picked one of these up in des­per­a­tion at a race a few years ago, we’ll hap­pily report that it was one of the best in­vest­ments we’ve ever made. This light­weight won­der is as ef­fi­cient as a stan­dard floor pump, but folds down into a com­pact case that’s easy to stuff into a suit­case or bike bag. The han­dle stores two tire levers and patches, comes off for travel, but is eas­ily at­tached, so you can get pump­ing your tires in a few sec­onds. The thread on Presta or Schrader head is easy to at­tach and there’s a gauge in the tube so you can dial in the ex­act pres­sure – up to 200 psi if you so de­sire.

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