Every cyclist needs one of these – a track pump – but not necessarily a Specialized one.
Problems from an over-inflated tyre
Problems from under inflated tyres
- Getting punctures – under inflated tyres have more tyre in contact with the road and all the debris that’s there and consequently increasing the chance of getting a puncture. Hard tyres often seem to flick bits of gravel to the side.
- Dents to the rim, rim going “out of true” – caused by a very soft tyre bottoming out on a kerb, stone or maybe a pothole
- Losing control – if you have a soft tyre on the front wheel and hit a bit of rough road surface, it can easily lead to losing control if you’re going fast
- Increased tyre wear – as simple as that
- More effort needed – you’ll use more energy
- Taking the trouble to ensure your tyres are at the correct pressure will probably cause you to notice other things on the tyre. This could include bits of glass working their way into the tyre, sidewall damage etc.
Having a track pump makes it so easy to bring your tyres up to the correct pressure. With 700c tyres typically running at 100psi or more it’s hard work to achieve this with an ordinary hand pump (like the kind you could carry on your bike). With a track pump it’s simple and needs hardly any effort.
Probably worth me commenting on this particular track pump and why it’s important to buy one with care. This is a few years old now, probably no longer sold and therefore no need for me to review it properly. The main down side is that it feels a bit flimsy. When you have your feet holding it firmly to the floor and you’re pumping hard, make sure you pump straight down and not slightly sideways. This is because it feels a bit flimsy, especially where the barrel joins the base. It’s not all bad. The gauge is fairly accurate, it pumps efficiently Specialized have given it an ergonomically well designed handle and the tube is generously long. It works with Schrader (car type) and Presta valves.