We’ve all been there. Ready to roll out for a ride, either with just enough time to squeeze a good one, or the rest of the group waiting or just running late to work or whatever, and as soon as we’ve hopped on the bike, the telltale squishy feeling lets us know our tire is too low to ride.
Likely all of us have a floor pump handy, but there are certainly times when we’d rather have something that got the job done in a couple seconds and got us back on the road. Particularly for commuter and other more casual pursuits where exact tire pressure isn’t as important as just getting going. And for that, RideAir was created.
It’s a high pressure canister that stores enough compressed air to inflate a road bike tire to 90psi, and it’s easily refillable…
While the Kickstarter campaign and video only mention it being refilled by an air compressor, we reached out to them for more details and learned you can refill it with a standard floor pump, too.
Their chart shows inflation based on an average RideAir fill pressure of 145psi, which they say most air compressors are capable of. That would put a road bike tire at 5 bars, or 72.5psi. To get it to 90psi (6.2 bar), you’d need to have the RideAir filled with at least 180psi. And that’s no problem for the device – it can hold up to 300psi. They told us that’d fill a 29×2.25 mountain bike tire with enough air to roll to safety but not fully inflate it. Considering many of us are running tubeless in the low to mid 20psi range, it should be just fine for at least one fix and plenty of top-offs for a slow leak.
During the Kickstarter launch, you can nab one for $55 if you hurry (their $45 deal is long sold out), and suggested retail will be around $80. That’s no small investment, so the device includes a cable combo lock to secure it to your bike. It’s sized like a standard water bottle, fitting in standard cages, and weighs about a pound.
While it’s a bit bulkier than CO2 canisters, we like that it’s completely reusable and reduces waste.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.