For a long time, a hand pump was the only thing that could save the day if your bicycle got a flat tire while out for a ride. But in 1989, Genuine Innovations created the first bicycle tire CO2 inflator, freeing cyclists to ride further and faster without the need to strap a pump to the frame or carry a heavy kit to fix a flat bicycle tire. Here’s a quick list of reasons why bicyle tire CO2 inflators are such a huge win for cyclists.
What are CO2 inflators?
CO2 inflator heads are compact devices designed to inject carbon dioxide gas (via CO2 cartridges) through your bicycle tire valve stem and into your tire. Offered with a variety of technologies, including push-to-inflate, twist-to-inflate and trigger controlled, CO2 inflators are commonly used by cyclists to re-inflate flat tires, to fill up new tire tubes, or set the bead during tubeless tire installations. CO2 inflators generally work with a variety of cartridge sizes (for example, 16 gram and 20 gram) and can be compatible with threaded or non-threaded styles of cartridges.
What are the advantages of CO2 inflators?
CO2 inflators have several benefits over other inflation solutions. Here are some of the key advantages.
When all is said and done, CO2 inflators come in handy when in a pinch. So it’s always a great idea to keep an inflator head or two around; you never know when a flat tire may occur and you may need to re-inflate!