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Old 05-16-06, 11:05 AM   #1
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CO2 inflator???

So, I have been away from bikes for a while now. When did the CO2 inflator become popular? I sure wish I had that back in the 80's...
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Old 05-16-06, 01:14 PM   #2
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I got one recently. Works, but that's sure an expensive ride home. Time to order in bulk, I suppose.
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Old 05-16-06, 02:01 PM   #3
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I think you still need a hand pump if changing a flat on the road to get it started and then finnish it with a co2 cartridge.
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I'm just getting back into cycling, but back in the day (10 - 15 years ago) I didn't get flats often enough to care about the cost of inflator cartridges. I started with a frame pump that was supposed to fit my frame, but the first time I rode with it I hit a bump, it fell off, and I ran over it with the back tire and ruined the pump (not saying that this is typical or that frame pumps are bad, just my experience). If the inflator has a control valve (the one I used to have was just a tube with threads at both ends for the valve stem and cartridge, and something to puncture the end of the cartridge when you screw it in) I would think you could get away without a pump at all. I just bought a new one with a control valve but haven't had occasion to use it yet. I can see why people would want a pump for long rides/tours/middle-of-nowhere though.
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Old 05-16-06, 05:28 PM   #5
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Relatively speaking, Co2 cartridges are fairly inexpensive. I just paid, $9.98 for a set of five threaded 16 oz cartridges. Unthreaded are even cheaper. Beats the hell out of standing around with a frame pump and hacking away on it till your arm falls off. I'd rather spend $2 for the convenience.

Much nicer to hit the co2 and have the tire fully aired in under 15 seconds.
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I think paint ball may have inspired the consideration of other uses for the CO2 actually. Just guessing. Perhaps it was the old no help rules in MTB racing that inspired the need. Heck, maybe paint ballers and MTB racers are the same people.

I have a strip of velcro around my frame pump.

Costco, Wal-Mart and Target are less expensive alternatives to buying cannisters from the LBS.

I suppose CO2 is much more desireable if the task is inflation of a high pressure road tire than it might be for lower pressure applications. If speed is important CO2 is better period.
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The Superflate lineup of Co2 inflaters by Innovations In Cycling have been around since the late '80s. I bought my first one in 1991.
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I think you still need a hand pump if changing a flat on the road to get it started and then finnish it with a co2 cartridge.
That's my motto.

That and it hard to wack a dog with an inflator and cartridge.
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Get you cartridges in the sporting goods dept at *mart (next to the paint ball gear); about $8 a dozen the last time I purchased same.
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