Flat tires happen, usually in the worst places at the worst times.
not two miles later
to add to my collection…this
The standard situation, swear a little and then get on with the repair, be it a new tube, patch kit or some kind of gummy worm sting affair to repair a tubeless tire
Now to get that tire up to pressure again, but what to use?
- Electric powered pump using your bikes 12-volt system
- Hand pump
- Foot pump
What’s the best way to go, and what do you carry in your tool bag?
Go into the vendor section of the forum and there are a few vendors that carry a selection and that offer permanent discounts to inmates.
Electric pumps are great, easy to use, a little heavy but are easily the quickest long term multiple-use option.
On my Super Tenere, I carry a bestrestproducts.com cycle pump The pros on this pump are –
- good air chuck
- solid build quality
- quick to fill
cons… it’s heavy
On the S10 that little extra weight is not a big deal.
On my DR650 I carried a MotoPumps air shot I like it for a few reasons,
- its small
- double valve connection so you can test air pressure without removing or losing pressure
- it fit in my 4″ tool tube
- has an LED light for night use
and most of all, he’s an inmate and gives us a discount, go to their thread
In the past, I have tried and used C02 inflator type
- fast inflation
- not easily found in stores worldwide
- sometimes doesn’t fill ‘enough’
- generally, need an additional pump to top up
The ‘con’ last point I thought I had found a workaround, I found a hand pump that doubled as a C02 cartridge holder and valve. Not great would be ok for a bicycle but for a motorcycle, due to the size, output volume and angle of attachment made it virtually useless
When riding my KTM 500exc, I run Tubliss in my tires and by far the easist, smallest and lightest option is a hand pump. Personally, I carry a high volume cycle pump from Lezyne, that is a hand/ floor pump. has a built-in gauge and easily and quickly gets the Tubliss to over 100 psi which it requires.
The build quality is superb and built to last.
The one pump that I rarely see in a motorcyclists tool kit is a foot pump, they have certainly decreased in size and weight over the years and may now be a viable option
So what’s in your tool bag, what type and brand do you use and why?