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Old November 30th 08, 05:31 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
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Default Remember to help out your fellow cyclists that use CO2cartridges.

On Nov 30, 9:09*am, SMS wrote:
I was on the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday, waiting for
the rest of the people in my group. There's a guy with a wheel walking
around looking at various bikes waiting there, most of which were the
rental bikes from the places along the wharf. Finally he approaches me
and asks if I have a pump. He probably wasn't too hopeful since I wasn't
wearing a bike jersey (actually I was wearing my Phil Wood t-shirt from
Interbike) or tights, and I was riding my folding Montague hybrid. Of
course I did have a pump, but it was in the trunk bag, not on the frame.

After he was done with the pump he thanked me, and I said something like
"how come you don't carry a pump?" (since he had spare tubes and patches
and tire levers), and he said 'I use CO2, but I got two flats and I
didn't have enough.' I guess I never understood the logic of carrying
CO2 versus carrying an infinite supply of air via a tiny pump like the
Topeak Micro Rocket, which weighs 65 gm versus two 16 gram CO2
cartridges (117 grams), since you still need the CO2 inflater.

Maybe some people like the smallness and easy-stow-away factor of the
CO2 inflator. But, yeah, it does seem silly to drop money on something
that's totally free (i.e. air) and - unless you're an underwater or
space cyclist - available at any time.

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