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Inflators for the Road(8 posts)

Inflators for the RoadBosephus
Mar 20, 2001 10:54 AM
I'm thinking of trading in the pump for some CO2 inflators in my carry tool kit. Are there any out there that are capable of 110 to 120 psi in a 700 cc tire. Everything I've found only gets up to aboput 75 psi. That's a little squishy for my tastes.
16g cartridgeBipedZed
Mar 20, 2001 11:10 AM
Innovations makes a 16g threaded cartridge that inflates 700x23c tires to 130psi. Available through Colorado Cyclist, Excel, Performance, pretty much any LBS for about $3 each. From my experience, it's pretty scary if you only bring one tube and one cartridge on a long ride. Take 2 of each - leaves some room for error.
16g cartridgeBosephus
Mar 20, 2001 11:17 AM
Is that the Ultraflate?
16g cartridgeBipedZed
Mar 20, 2001 11:26 AM
The Ultraflate is the model that takes 12g unthreaded cartridges or you can thread the 16g cartridge onto the trigger head. I just use the 16g cartridge with a regular screw on head (Microflate?) that you regulate by screwing the cartridge in and out.
works for me, tooDog
Mar 20, 2001 1:13 PM
All I use now.

Doug
16g LBS pricesIxnixit
Mar 20, 2001 2:44 PM
I've learned to live with 12g cartridges - they get my tires to 90 psi which is more than enough to get me home. On the plus side - 10 bucks at Walmart for 16 pellet gun unthreaded cartridges. An LBS guy told me about that deal as he honorably declined to sell me the 3 dollar version on his rack. I carry four at all times due to a 18 mile ride home I once took on a 45 psi front tire due to operator error in the inflation.
I have one of these inflater deals and was wondering if you canjimbob
Mar 20, 2001 3:55 PM
thread the cartridge on and then just leave it for when you need it. Will they eventually leak? I would imagine they would. Just wondering if anyone has tried it.
I have one of these inflater deals and was wondering if you canGary
Mar 20, 2001 5:58 PM
Yes, most of them will leak...like all of them except one (as claimed by my LBS) which is the Big Air. And the Big Air is not a BB gun style cartridge at all, but a larger threaded canister. But personally I don't like the idea of keeping 'em around. I just use the 16 gram sizes and toss 'em out as they are used. I use CO2 for on-the-road inflation and a floor pump at my home/truck.