Avoid many potential punctures by properly inflating your bicycle tires before each ride. Better Preparedness recommends having a quality floor pump with a pressure gauge at home and in your car so you can always check your bicycle air pressure, and the one in your car can be used for your car tires, too! Install a quality mini pump (a get-me-home-pump) on each bike using the pump bracket so you are always equipped to re-inflate your bike tires after having repaired a puncture. It’s peace of mind.
Above all, please, please only buy quality floor and mini pumps. They are two of the most important tools you will own as a cyclist and you will get years and years of reliable service out of them. Trust us.
A CO2 compressed air tire inflator should only be brought with you on a ride if you also have a mini pump and patch kit so you are not stranded if you mess up the inflation using the CO2 catridge or have multiple puncture repairs. Invest in testing using a CO2 system catridge at home before you need to use it out in the woods or on the road far from home. Also ensure you have the correct CO2 cartridge size for the tire size and pressure you require. Warning: When you inflate a tire with a CO2 system, the cartridge will become extremely cold. This is why you will usually see a foam sleeve over the cartridge.
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