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post #1 of 15 Old 05-02-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Compressors vs. Hand Pump vs. CO2 Options

As I've now switched myself over to a pretty much street dedicated tire, I figure I need to be better prepared to handle airing down and up for different pressures on the go in the event that I run into some dirt.

With that in mind, I'm looking at the different compressor options, as well as bicycle style hand pumps and CO2 inflators. I'm not crazy about the CO2, as it seems a bit goofy having to depend on consumable cartridges at $1 apiece or similar, but I'm open to suggestions.

Folks seem to recommend the Slime compressor, but the reviews are marginal on amazon and similar regarding reliability etc.

Between the slime, and the compressor options listed on aerostich's website (cheap, cheaper, expensive), any suggestions?

Alternately, I could pack a bicycle hand pump, but it seems they might take ages to properly air up a rear tire, and I'm not sure it's not a false economy.

Not an urgent matter, but I'd like to have it figured out before any adventures that may come this summer...

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I have a CyclePump air compressor it's a bit pricey but worth it. I use it a lot. It fits under the seat with no problems. If you were to get this I would also get the tire gauge that connects to it.
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I didn't see a connecting tire gauge anywhere... linky?

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I have a slime compressor that has always done the job. I also have a bicycle floor pump that I use for keeping the tires topped up.

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I considered the $100 option but went with the Stop & Go. It plugs into my Batterry Tender plug and fits under the seat. It's worked fine so far for airing up the tires but i haven't done a full inflate from flat yet (knock on wood). Grab some tire plugs while your assembling your kit.
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I've got the rubber mushroom plugger thing in my tool tube. Covered in that regard. I've got a decent gauge, but having one inline would be pretty sweet.

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I have the slime and only used it once to top off part way through a trip. It's worked so far.

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I carry one of each: Slime compressor, CO2, and bicycle pump.

The compressor gets the most use, airing up after getting back to the pavement.

The CO2 was a joke, but I may not have used it right. I still carry it.

Never used the bicycle pump, would take near an hour I guess.

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Aerostich sells a nifty $47 bare bones compressor, or with a kit that has patches, co2, etc... (they also sell the stop n' go, and the wonderfull but spendy Cycle Pump]

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