Cold\Bike Pumps

Back in the day I used to post here everyday. Not so much anymore but I could. I’ve kinda decided in the past to keep this more of a personal blog. Try not to let any store advertising in. That can ruin things here. I could probably go on forever about stuff I use. I go thru a lot of stuff. I like to try everything. Its a perk of the trade I guess. And Im always curious about new products. I like riding different bikes. Like riding a BMC Roadmachine last summer or the Borealis fatbike this winter. I just like checking things out.

As far as writing everyday it seems I have the time now. Especially now with the temps below zero every nite. Not much riding going on. And its going to stay that way for another week. Store is slow as no one wants to go out in that temp. It doesn’t bother me so much. Im walking on the beach in shorts. I do wear a heavier jacket during these time tho.

I had a ride planned this morn. Was looking like 5 degrees at ride time and I was just happy it was above zero. I had planned to ride with a buddy and was half dressed when he called to say he was under the weather. I had no problem undressing. We will try it again tomorrow although it looks like it will be the the neg tomorrow morn at ride time. Whatever.

So how about a product evaluation today. Let’s talk tire pumps. I’ve had a million of them. Im kinda a bike pump snob. They need to work well. And with the invention of fat bikes I needed another. One that could read single digits. So now I need two pumps. The fat bike pump gauge goes up to 15psi. Then I need a MTB pump that can do 30 to 50psi, then a pump for the road bike over 100psi.

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Out with the old.

So I had to carry these two around. Fatbike pump on left, everything else on right.

Sure, I could have just used the normal pump and use a pressure gauge and thats what most do. But I do like the fact the fat pump has more volume. Save a lot of time when your setting pressure out the back of your car in 5 degree weather. And the gauge is super accurate down to a pound. But still, I hated carrying two pumps around.

Enter Pro’s new digital pump. One pump to rule them all. Digital gauge. Super accurate and it has good volume too. One pump for road bike, cross bike, MTB, plus bike and fat bike. There are a lot of nice digital pumps coming out. This Pro and Lezyne are two good ones. Now the same pump can pump up your fat bike to 4 pounds and your road bike to 120psi. These things are expensive. Both mentioned pumps are around $120. Careful, there are cheaper ones available. Im sure they all work nice but the better pumps just last much longer and make sure they are rebuildable. And as I find out lately it works just fine in the sub zero temps.

So here’s the bike pump Im using today and I really like it. It’s in my car 24\7.

Thus endeth the product evaluation for today.

Tomorrow its Friday and I hope to get in a small ride in the morning. We have a dusting of snow on the way. Less than a inch so that might just make the local woods a bit whiter again. Still not enough snow to groom any ski trails and thats a bummer heading into January. I always have big expectations heading into December and Im always disappointed. I look at my ski’s in the store and wonder why I even bother sometimes.

Saturdays group ride is in jeopardy as it looks to be about 2 degrees. Not a lot of people will attend that one. Some of that ride is on the road.

As we head into another Holiday weekend I have another 2 days off. Temp steady in the single digits for highs for the next week. This most likely will be my last post till next Tuesday so have a good Holiday weekend. Get outside. Don’t forget to layer up!

DLD

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