December 12/12 14:03 pm - Canadian Cyclist Gift Guide - Day 2
Posted by Editor on 12/12/12
It is Day 2 of the 2012 Canadian Cyclist Gift Guide, and today we suggest ... a new pump. It may not seem like a very exciting gift, but it is one of the most useful things any cyclist can receive, especially if your giftee is still struggling with an older model. Pumps have come a long way in the past few years, with greater gauge accuracy, lighter weight and faster inflation.
The first choice is whether to go for a floor pump or a handheld version to take on rides. In the handheld versions, you are looking for something that can easily fit in a saddle bag, jersey pocket or clip to the frame unobtrusively. It should be light but sturdy, and provide high volume inflation to fill a tire quickly. Cheaper ones can be had for less than $20, but these are frustrating to use and flimsy; expect to pay $30-$50 to get a good one. Note that you need to make sure you get one that fits the correct valve, and there are ones targeted towards Road (lower volume, higher pressure) or Mountain Bike (higher volume, lower pressure) use.
make some of the tiniest ones, but Blackburn, Topeak, Serfas, Park Tools, Lezyne and Specialized all make excellent hand pumps. If you really want to make their eyes pop, check out the Lezyne Carbon models
(but expect to pay $100 or more).
While not everyone wants a hand pump (some riders prefer to carry CO2 cartridges), everyone can benefit from a good floor pump. A hand pump is for emergency, on-the-road use, while the floor pump allows you to easily reach the high pressures needed - especially on road bikes. You definitely want a built-in pressure gauge, a durable steel barrel, good fittings and hose, a reversible head with a quick release, a solid handle and a good base. A good floor pump will last for years - I've got one that's more than 20 years old. Expect to pay at least $60 for a good one, and $100-plus for a lifetime keeper.
Norco's Axiom line
has a number of excellent models, as does Specialized
, Park Tools