How A Friendly Biker Saved Me When I Was Stranded With This Little Gadget
PLUS: Learn how the same tool doubles as a roadside emergency tool for your car!
I’m an avid cyclist and mountain biker. Whenever I have free time, you’ll find me grabbing my bike, hopping in my car and heading to my favorite trail.
Occasionally, I’ll even grab my dirt bike and head up there, it’s quiet enough I can have some serious fun.
Not many people know about my favorite trail — I’ve lived in the same place in Arizona my entire life and grew up with these trails in my backyard. I just love the peace and quiet.
A few months ago, I did what I normally do and grabbed my bike and headed up to go for a fun ride.
Little did I know, I had no idea I was going to find myself completely stranded for hours.
After burying myself deep in the woods with no signal on one of my favorite trails, I heard a pop and my back tire deflated.
Yup, it was punctured with a little sharp rock…
I had no idea what I was going to do, I had been biking for 30 minutes, and was easily 2 hours away from my car walking distance.
I started trekking back anyways, I didn’t have any options. I had no way of fixing this tire.
After walking for what felt like ages (but was only 15 minutes), someone rode by. I still feel like they saved my life, I nearly slipped 10 times and had already twisted my ankle and had made next-to-no progress.
She was so friendly and asked if I needed any help.
I told her my situation, fully expecting she couldn’t help me.
Hey you! Need some help?
I had no idea what this girl was going to do. The tire was punctured, and I gave up on hand pumps long ago.
First, she pulled out one of those little rubber patch repair kits.
I rolled my eyes, I’ve seen these before, they suck. And my tire was completely flat.
Then she pulled out something off her bike I’ve never seen before
This is called the InflateR! I’ve been itching to try it out on a bike since I got it a week ago.
It was about the size of the water bottle, so she just had it sitting in her water bottle holder on her bike. I hadn’t even noticed it when she pulled up.
She quickly pulled out the nozzle and then attached a different head to use on bike tires.
What PSI you ride at stranger?
I ride at 32psi on my mountain bike, but I’ll often be at 118psi on my road bike. That’s why I stopped carrying hand pumps, they’re practically impossible to pump back up to 130psi.
She set the LCD screen to 32psi and hit the button.
I couldn’t believe it…. Only 1 minute. Then it shut off automatically.
That’s how long it took to pump up my tire from 0 to 32psi… 1 minute.
It felt good as new, I was dumbfounded. This is the PERFECT TOOL I’ve been looking for!
From the time she introduced herself to the time I was ready to ride back, it had been only 3 minutes!
She told me it was also a power bank that can charge a phone in the case of an emergency situation, and also had an emergency flashlight on it if you can’t see in the dark.
This got my brain going… I asked her about car tires. This was perfect for my situation, but it’d be something else if it worked on my car too.
Oh yeah! I don’t even bike much, I actually bought this for my car. I leave it charging when I drive, and charge my phone off it. I use it every morning to make sure my tires are at the perfect PSI!
What… That’s crazy!
But that’s enough about my story — I’m sure you’re wondering…
What Is “InflateR”?
Here I am holding the device so you can see the size (it’s so small)!
InflateR is a small, compact, completely wireless device that is very simple to use.
It comes with a nozzle that plugs into the top of the device and into the tire. The moment you plug it in, you’ll see your current tire PSI on the LED screen.
Set the PSI on the base of the device and hit the power button, InflateR will instantly start inflating the tire up to the set PSI.
InflateR has the strength to blow up to 150psi, making it the perfect tool for us cyclists or mountain bikers looking to inflate their tires up to 130psi. That’s not something you can do with a hand pump!
Smaller than your water bottle, and only weighing 1 pound, it can attach right on the base of your bike, or easily fit in your backpack without being too heavy.
Once the set PSI amount hits, InflateR will shut off automatically, meaning you can start it, set it down and get back to what you were doing before-hand.
That’s not all either, the InflateR is also a portable power bank! It comes with Micro-USB charging so you can use to charge your phone, and built-in flashlight to flag down help and see in the dark.
And it doesn’t end there, the InflateR works with so much more than just bike tires.
Being the perfect size to fit in your cupholder or glovebox, the InflateR is the ideal roadside emergency item for all vehicles.
No more need for jacks! The InflateR works with the ENTIRE WEIGHT OF A TRUCK on top. That’s right, just hook the tiny device up to any vehicle tire and it will inflate it to 30psi (or more) in minutes!
It can be charged from 0% to 100% battery in just 20 minutes with the included A/C adapter for your car, ensuring that its ALWAYS fully charged when you need it.
I use it all the time for dirt bikes and quads — even the big tractor tires at home!
The InflateR comes with separates nozzles to make blowing up inflatables and any sports ball a breeze. Merely attach the needle (included in your purchase) and inflate your soccer ball perfect. Yeah … I’m the coolest parent at my kid’s games.
I personally use InflateR for just about everything I can:
- Basketballs, Footballs and Soccerballs.
- Bike Tires (Mountain or Cycling)
- Car Tires
- Tractor Tires
- Inflatable Tubes
- Inflatable Air Mattresses (indoor or outdoor)
- Quads and ATVs
- Dirt Bikes
If it inflates, I use my InflateR.
As a matter of fact, I got tired of taking mine out of the glovebox and backpack, so I bought a couple extras to throw in my other car and make sure I always have one on my bike.
But by now I’m sure you’re saying…
Sounds Great, But How Much Does it Cost?
Let’s be honest, there’s no tool out there that works well for us cyclists. If you find yourself stranded (like I did), with a flat tire… the best you can do is pray for help and start walking.
Inflating a bike tire with a hand pump to the proper PSI just is not feasible, and all of the automatic pumps require a plug to work…
Newsflash… I’m not biking near outlets. I’m either on the road or in the woods! And I’m not about to lug a generator in my backpack…
I’ve never even heard of a cordless, portable, lightweight inflating device until that ride.
It retails for just $75 + S&H. When compared to the cost of a trip to the mechanics, tow truck, bent rim or needing a brand-new tire (bike or car)… it truly is a no-brainer!
UPDATE: As of the InflateR is 10% OFF. New Sale pricing is only $67.00.
Not to mention the amount of stress it alleviates from your head. Tire pressure is one of those on-going stressors for any trip…
- Did I check the tires before-hand?
- Did I check it properly?
- Did I even remember to pack my gauge?
- Do I have cell service to call for help?
- When is the nearest gas station to pump up my car?
$67.00 is such a small price to pay to solve all those worries with ease.