Here’s a review I did last week, along with some hints for dummies (namely me) and pictures of how I mounted mine.
What always amazes me about CO2 cartridges is how much heavier they get when they are empty.
At least,that’s what I assume, because the routes favored by go-fast weight wienies are littered with them. I can only assume it’s because the empty canisters and flatted tubes are so heavy that they have to be jettisoned like anvils and cook stoves in pioneer wagons crossing the Sierras.]]>
Buy nice tires with some sort of FLAT PROTECTION. You could buy cheaper tires but I don’t enjoy walking home so I don’t. Current faves are Maxxis RE-Fuses (30ish/each).
Check the rimstrip when installing the tire/tube. If a spoke/bur/valve hole are causing the puncture you will continue to flat.
I’ve used small pumps but getting to 120psi is impossible. Plus they can snap. Or you could drop them. Or someone could snag it. THE ONLY PUMP I WOULD TRY IS THE FULL SIZE FRAMEPUMP THAT SOMEONE ALREADY MENTIONED ABOVE FROM PARK TOOL.
I currently use a CO2 cannister and have for years. carry 2 cartridges, levers, patches, and a tube. I flat a couple times a year and ride 2000+ miles a year.
All comes back to nice tires though.]]>
I always have a small pump with me which I could also tie to the bike if I wanted to (but I fear that it would get stolen, so I always take it with me). It’s not a CO2 pump, cause I don’t like the idea of piling up garbage and having to buy cartridges all the time. But it’s not much bigger and quite light. It’s a Injex Lite Zoom 24X with multi valve head (wow, what a name!). Unfortunately I only found a german link: http://www.actionsports.de/Pumps/SKS-Injex-Lite-Zoom-Minipumpe::8962.html But well, I’m sure there are many other ones of that type around..]]>
All that being said, nothing is better than a small frame pump…Topeak, Lezyne, hell — an old Silca frame pump! A lot less to go wrong, a lot friendlier for the environment, and a great upper-body workout to boot]]>
$$$ is slowly making me take better care of my bike and learn more DIY.]]>