Saturday, February 16, 2008

Super-Euro-Geek Status

I first saw one of these sweet inflators at Natz a couple of years back. Then I saw Stu wielding one in the Cyclocrossworld.com pits all season. The straw that broke the camel's back was EVERYONE had one in the team boxes at Worlds. In my never ending quest to be the world's biggest cyclocross poser, I knew I had to have one. Rumors ran rampant that they were no longer made. Yes, the Wurth-produced model is no longer available, but Craftsman to the rescue! Behold, my new favorite toy...

Set the pressure you want (up to 40 psi), hold the trigger and it shuts off automatically when it hits the pressure. The inflator itself will inflate to 200 psi, but the auto shut-off does not work over 40 psi. But for cross, who cares? You shouldn't be running your cotton casing tubs over 30 psi anyway. You aren't, are you?


The inflator comes stock with a hose for Schraeder valves and an adapter for Presta. But the only way to fly is to use a Silca head. Yes, I sacrificed the hose from my 19 year old Silca pump.

I took the old barb that screws into the Silca pressure guage, turned it down to fit into the inflator and added a few ribs to give it some bite. I am sure there other creative ways to make it work if you don't have a lathe handy. But I do. So I used it.


Want one of your own?
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00911586000P
You also need to buy the battery pack and charger.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00911374000P
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00925926000P

Ridiculous waste of money? You bet! But now the good doctor can pump up her tires exactly the same way every time. Be the first on your block to have one...

20 comments:

Zoo said...

you're too funny zank. what's even funnier is that the battery as well as the charger both cost more than the inflator. It is pretty cool though.

Ryan said...

Dude... you said "ribbed"

josh said...

beats the heck out of the park pump you had in your trunk THAT NEVER WORKED. I swear, that thing needed some sort of voodoo magic to properly work.

zank said...

Josh, don't blame my pump for all of your flats.

gewilli said...

the one Peanut had back at G-ster two years ago was a Bosch model...

now...

here's the question:

Does the Craftsmen display in Bar?

If not- you're just a looooooooooozer

;)

(me jealous btw - oh and ya know you can just use any old automotive hose from an autoparts store, right?)

josh said...

I wasn't. I was just saying that your old pump required a certain skill level to properly use...a skill level I clearly am not at. Plus, how could I get a flat if my tires had no air in them to begin with? Moral of the story, bring your own dang pump to races...

megA said...

you know, i think you and jd are like half brothers or something. he had a serious hard-on for this thing too and got it and was ALL excited and I couldn't figure out how to use the stupid thing at gloucester. not that i am blaming my flats there on it. i am blaming my flats there on crappy anti flat goop that messes with tire valve stems that allows for slow leakage.

zank said...

yo g, yes it does do bar.

yo josh, I won't be there next year, so bring your own.

Sweetie mega, I heart JD. So watch out. Yes, the both of you.

gewilli said...

okay - it does bar?

i is sooooo jealous

not only do you have stupid sexy bikes but ya got some mechanic bling to boot

*sigh*

Yash Katsumi said...

Nice!

What I really want is this...

http://www.pressurewashersdirect.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=406

No more washing bike sin the shower...

zank said...

dang, Yash. That would be hot. Load it in the truck with a 50 gallon drum of H2O. Make all mechanics in the pit jealous.

Yash Katsumi said...

Totally. Too bad we never have muddy races to use this amazing piece of technology.

matt said...

I have a pressure washer, but to work best it needs electricity... and as yash says... mud.

G-ride said...

i have a LARGE invertor wired into my Scout (I have a nice dual battery setup) and the rear of the truck is easily rated for a drum of water.

I also have a mini-drum (30 gallon) laying around in my shop.

Finally, I am welding up a roll cage right now, so I could easily add tie-down points for the whole mess....

Now if I can just get a pit pass for the whole truck....

wheels...spinning...

G-ride said...

umm, why didn't you just cut the shrader head off the stock hose, and use/get the barb by presta head that came with the Silca?

maybe i just have lathe envy...i was just on ebay searching for horizontal mills...

zank said...

I didn't want to ruin the original hose so that I can use it for air beds and those exercise balls.

tjh said...

Sweet Jesus! How late is Sears open.

Chris Locke said...

Awesome!

I wish I had known about this sooner. I am off to Sears...

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