The Next Big Thing in your pocket

Those clever Brits have invented the world’s fastest portable bike pump. It’s called the Cyclaire, and it uses an ingenious zip cord — sort of like a lawn mower. You can watch a viddy of it in action here. (Flat tyre? Stiff upper lip, mate!)


Not sure if this dingus will be available in bike shops here. But with the advances made in handpumps in terms of size-to-volume ratio, it’s possible to finally give up those tetchy CO2 cartridges. Those things are heavy, and they have always seemed extravagantly un-green. And if you use them in the winter, there’s a good chance you’ll shatter your tube in low ambient temperatures.

Besides, if you try to take them on an airplane, you can pretty much count on a cavity search.


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