I learned something on the last “supported” bike ride I did (day of the tread). Sometimes, Co2 cartridges are not enough when you get a flat. Luckily, a guy stopped who had a hand pump and he helped me out. He said that he always carries one in addition to the Co2 cartridges because you never know when you may need more than you have and hand pumps never run out of air. Smart man, that guy.
Yes, I’ve asked for a new attachment for my Co2 cartridges already, but I need a hand pump as well, not only because of what that smart man said, but also because Ellidkram said that Co2 cartridges are for newbies (what he says, I half listen to, because some of the time he’s right).
I’ve chosen the Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge.
I’ve chosen a fancy one, it’s probably got more trinkets on it than I need, but mostly, I just like that it’s got a gauge on it (it’s important when a road tire always feels “hard” and I need 130 psi in it). And, it’s got a thing for my foot to hold it to the ground which makes it a little bit easier on my hands. OH! there’s one more important thing to me that this pump has, it has a hose, which means I’m less likely to destroy the valve (yes, I’ve destroyed a valve or two in my time.)
Mysterious family member, I couldn’t find this one locally, so Amazon is your place to go.