Post # 1
Darling Husband is getting into road bike/cycling and is looking for a good way to fix flats. He was teling me about these co2 cartridges that inflate a tire quickly….. his b’day is coming up and I’d like to get him something related to either a tire pump or some sort of mobile way to inflate tires and/or flat repair kits…. but, I have NO idea what’s best out there. Can you point me in some direction or offer any advice?
ETA: if there is any other bike gear that is a ‘must’ or that you love, I’m all ears!
Post # 3
@oracle: CO2 cartridges are great for fast pumps when you are racing, as long as you are careful not to over inflate the tire. But they can be costly to use all the time, especially if you get flats often like I used to when I road biked more. There are places to recycle the used cartridges or get the refilled.
This is a good CO2 pump and these are cartridges that would fit.
A good multi tool is very handy to have, so you can make adjustments on the go. I had one like this one and it was fantastic.
A fun cycling jersey is always a good gift too.
Post # 4
@oracle: I just carry an extra inner tube and a tube repair kit, and a very small, light tire pump on my bike. (Nashbar, an online company, has lots of these kinds of things). However, although I’m a road biker, I’m not so much into super-high efficiency, high speed, etc.– and carrying this stuff is a bit heavier than carrying CO2 cartridges, though it’s quite possible to stay very lightweight and streamlined with this stuff (but I agree with mrstilly– that could get expensive).
An opportunity to find a bike seat (“saddle, as they’re called) that REALLY fits you and is comfortable is extremely high on my list of bike must-haves, but maybe he already went through that. . . good-quality gel-padded cycling mitts are nice if one is going to be riding for long periods. . . and there are gobs of gadgets out there, but I’m a bit of a minimalist in the gadget department so I don’t know much about them!
Post # 5
I love the cartriges but have to admit that the good old trusty hand pump is the most reliable for me personally.
Other good accessories: nice padded gloves (Pearl Izumi is my favorite), a good cyclocomputer with GPS, a jersey with pockets, and like PP mentioned a multitool. Great smaller presents would be more tubes, patch kits, these great tiny towels that expand when you open the package (Go Towels), co2 cartridges… so many things.
Aw, this made me miss riding my bike. Have fun!!!!!
Post # 6
Thank you for the great ideas and thoughts!!! This is a great start and will make a fun b’day package for DH! 🙂
Post # 7
I got my Fiance this multi-tool for his birthday last year and he loves it and uses all the time.
For flat tires, he usually carrys a tube, small pump that attaches to his bike frame and some tube patches.