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CO2 Inflators: What They are, and What’s Good

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CO2 Inflators: What They are, and What’s Good

At some point or the other every cyclist has come across the term CO2 inflator, and not had a clue what they are. With this article, we hope to clear up a few doubts one may have about these tools. 

What are CO2 Inflators?

CO2 inflators are like pumps that use a small bottle, i.e. a cartridge, of compressed CO2 gas. A typical setup includes an inflator or nozzle that fits onto the valve of your tire, and a cartridge of CO2 gas. Two types of CO2 inflators are available in the market – one with flow control and one without. Also, there are two types of cartridges, threaded and unthreaded.  

Cartridges come in different sizes – 12g, 16g or 25g.  The smaller ones are designed for filling tires up to about 90 PSI.  The larger ones are designed for filling tires up to 120+ PSI.  This corresponds to lower pressure tubes such as clinchers (typically 90-120PSI) and tubular’s (140-170 PSI) such as race wheels. 

CO2 inflators are perfect for sportives or fast training rides, with all the work done by a small bottle of compressed gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) inflators. 

What are CO2 Inflators
Cannondale Mini CO2 Inflator

 Recommended CO2 inflators: 

Cannondale Mini Tools with CO2 Kit  

The Cannondale Mini Tool with CO2 Kit is everything you need for fast flat repairs while out on the road or trail. The 6-function mini tool kit has aluminium-anodized plates with rounded edges that offers a great hand feel. Two 16g threaded CO2 cartridges for quick tire inflation. The whole kit is priced at Rs.2,599. To view this product click here.

Tacx MT CO2 Inflator  

The Tacx MT CO2 inflator allows you to quickly inflate your tube in one go while you are out on a ride. This product is a package that comes with a CO2 Inflator nozzle and a CO2 cartridge. It is priced at Rs.1,595.  To view this product click here.

Tacx CO2 Inflator
Conclusion

If you are looking for a fast solution to reduce the time it takes while fixing a flat, CO2 inflators are an ideal tool to have on hand. When you are planning for a long ride, it is important that you stock up on cartridges to carry with you, as a precaution. Once you get a hand of using CO2 inflators, they are sure to be your top pick for fast fixing.  

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