On Sunday I gave my bike a thorough clean:
I must confess I was a bit worried that the proper bike cleaner I'd bought warned that it shouldn't be left on the bike for more than 30 seconds before being hosed off - I think I'll try car shampoo next time - any other suggestions?
For the first time since I bought the bike I decided to top the tire pressure up, I was pretty sure they were well above the minimum but I thought I'd try running them a little harder for the road. So for the first time I tried out the mini-pump I bought with the bike. To say it was useless would be a gross understatement. I'm convinced it let more air out than in, and I've got no confidence that in the event of a flat I could get the tire pressure up to a rideable state. In the end I borrowed my neighbours floor-pump and guage but I feel I need to look at another means of inflation for emergencies.
Any recommendations for a mini-pump that might just get a MTB semi-slick up to a reasonable pressure(from memory (the boss might get suspicious if I pop over and check the bike ) the min pressure is 35 max is 65 psi.)?I accept that for full inflation I'm going to have to buy (or borrow) a floor pump but a pump that can get to a pressure that's rideable at a reasonable speed and is small enough to chuck in a small pannier or preferably afix to the frame is probably a wise move.
p.s. apologies for mis-spelling tyre