Words and photos by Chris Klibowitz.
While much of our society is focused on affordable—and unfortunately disposable—products, there are many within the cycling community still producing high-quality, heirloom pieces. It’s no surprise that the revitalized Silca—a brand rescued from Italy and relocated to Indiana—fits that bill, as most of us have one of their old floor pumps in the garage. While they are making some of the nicest and most expensive pumps in the world, they also remain committed to their heritage by continuing to offer everything needed to refresh that vintage pump and save it from the landfill.
Cost to rebuild:
- Inner valve assembly $9
- Nut/washer kit $9
- Hose w/clamps $20
- Leather washer $11
- Hiro v.2 presta chuck $110 (this wasn’t necessary for the rebuild but holy crap is it nice)
- 10″ Nippers $7 (not the “correct tool” but worked well for a fraction of cost)
- Total cost $166 (or $56 without new chuck)