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C02 cartridges systems--which is the best?

C02 cartridges systems--which is the best?

I was struck by Janet's claim that about co2 cartridges: "AirChuck: best invention ever, even better than the French press."

I did not think anything could surpass the French press so I am impressed! I think I will move into the modern age of flat repair.

What is the best co2 system to get?  and why?  What is the best way to get the cartridges cheaply? Is there a consensus among the club riders on this?  Does everyone have the AirChuck?

Any other thoughts on co2 systems?

It seems obvious to me that you should carry a frame pump (or mini-pump) as a backup, especially on long rides.  (I can no longer use my frame pump on my newish Madone so I have resorted to using a mini-pump which is easy to cary--on the down tube--but a pain to pump up tires with.)

thanks for the advice in advance

ed

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I have used Co2 cartridges. When they work, they are great. The problems are what you might expect. If the chuck is not seated properly, you waste a cartridge. If you have not found the cause of the flat and flat again, you may be out of cartridges. When they work, they are fast and beat any pump including floor pumps.  The Co2 bleeds out quickly, so you need to refill the tube with air within a day.
I always carry a mini-pump as a backup to my Co2. The Topeaks work well; I can put a lot of air into tire with them. The Lenzyne works well also. I use the lightest chuck I can find. The Co2 chucks that take thread less cartridges, have the most control, but are the heaviest and bulkiest.
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I use them, usually carry one cartridge and a small pocket mini-pump.  I am usually riding with a couple of other guys, so between us we usually have it covered.  I use the air chuck SL.  It uses a threaded cartridge, no complaints, never leave home without it

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Last that I saw, Janet used a Genuine Innovations air chuck.  I had one for awhile, but killed it over several uses. The seals in the chuck blew out one morning as I finished a repair on the road.  No problem--I always carry a hand pump, too.

Since then, I've acquired a Silca Eolo air chuck. This one has a knob to control flow. You can close it off so that the remaining CO2 isn't wasted.  I killed this one after a while, too, but all of the seals, unlike the Genuine Innovations air chuck are accessible. I was able to resuscitate the pump using some Teflon tape over seals and threads.  If need be, I'm sure that the rubber seals can be replaced--both are accessible if you unscrew the fill knob all of the way out of the chuck body, then roll the seals off of the end of the filler knob stem. 

Silicone grease may help with faulty seals as well.

I purchased the Silca Eolo chuck online at Bike Tires Direct  www.biketiresdirect.com

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Fishing around and resurrecting this thread...

I use one of the simplest CO2 inflators out there.  I think it's an Innovations,  but it's about the size of your pinky, bent at a 90° angle.  Very compact, effective, and contrary to what I've heard some say, you can indeed control the flow very well.  Have never had a problem with the seals at all in 8-10 years use.  But I use tubes with threadless stems whenever I can, so that may help....

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