Fumpa Pump, any seasoned cyclist will know that the fragility of their tyres is a great annoyance. With fine tread road bikes offering little protection from the endless number of foreign objects that now litter roadsides and pathways, a puncture is a threat on any journey. Along with this, deflation can naturally occur over time, reducing the effectiveness of your tyres, increasing friction, and generally making your ride harder than its needs to be. Thanks to Fumpa, you will no longer have to expend even more energy getting that softened or repaired tyre back into working order. By creating a battery powered, USB charged pump that is portable, fast and powerful, they have created a much-needed remedy for the old floor pump. This little thing packs a punch in a package the size of a petite Bluetooth speaker, it also comes with a digital gauge to help you get your PSI perfect before getting back on your seat.
If you want to avoid the upkeep of your tyres altogether there is another option – solid tyres. Replacing the pneumatic system with a solid piece of material isn’t necessarily a new idea, but thanks to new methods and the ingenuity of material technicians, today we are much closer to a worthwhile replacement. A new brand in the solid tyre field, South Korean Tannus Tyres claim to have “The most modern solid tyre in the world”. Made with foam created using Nano-technology these ‘Aither’ tyres are lighter than previous versions and have been tested under the same conditions as regular tyres. With shock absorption, speed and the previously inescapable weight issue all tackled, Tannus Tyres hope to one day replace the inner tubes we have loved to hate for so long. With no need for maintenance after installation and a company guarantee of at least 6000 miles, it begs the question why wouldn’t we make the switch? Experts say that although leaps and bounds have been made, the airless alternatives still aren’t quite on par with the traditional tyre, but for novices dreading of having to stop and repair in the middle of nowhere – a switch to solid tyres may be a smart choice.
Though they may not be as popular with novice cyclists as they are with those who like to feel a burn in their thighs on every session, the turbo trainer is becoming ever popular as people become more restricted and time conscious. Ideal for winter months when bad weather can destroy a good, safe ride, turbo trainers are essentially an easy enough workaround that let you pedal to your hearts content from the confines of your own house. This comes with a string of benefits such as increased safety (since you wont need to worry about traffic), convenience and the ability to easily tack a cycle session onto your workout. Ranging from £1000 all the way down to around £40, these handy tools are rapidly becoming essential items in the cyclist toolset.