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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Great idea!!! Although I bet the mass majority of people will think this is a magical, flat repair device. There’s no shortage of people that don’t have pumps, come into a bike shop and pump up their tires that have obvious pinch flats or punctures. Oh, I’ll just pump harder…they keep doing it.

    Anyhow, I personally wouldn’t want to give up a water bottle but still a cool idea. If something like this gets made smaller, or could hold pressure for two tires(you never know), I’d think about getting one

  2. Non-food-grade cryogenic CO2 is already a waste product. As in, CO2 cartridges you buy are utilizing what would otherwise be released back to atmosphere.

  3. Eric – It’s the canisters that trouble me, with most probably ending up in a landfill after their single use. That, and for anyone who uses them frequently, they’re expensive!

  4. Tyler — the canisters are steel and recycleable.

    For the amount of flats I get as a commuter, running flat protection tires, I’d go years before break-even on this gizmo. Plus, if I was going to carry something that big, I’d carry a mini pump. And with either CO2 inflator or a mini pump mounted under a bottle cage, I wouldn’t lose a water bottle holder…

  5. So…to get two road tires to 90 psi (which is less than I run) I’d have to get the device to 180psi? I have a pretty stout compressor in my shop, but it won’t get close to that. Good luck with that. The device may be rated for 300 psi but the idea of riding a bike with a pressure canister at 180psi with a clear shrapnel path to my tender bits is a bit disconcerting. Pressure vessels can be deadly if they sustain an impact. No way I’m strapping a small hand grenade to my bike – just in case I fall down!

  6. A seemingly cool idea, let down by brutal realities.
    1. Weight & bulk: even though it’s aluminum this thing will be heavy, like large U-Lock or filled water bottle heavy, not weight weenie ” I can feel a 10 gram difference in bike weight” heavy. Also it is taller than a standard water bottle which makes it a tight fit on small frames, although you could use a triathlon style seat mounted cage.
    2. Filling difficulty: while 145 psi is attainable on many home and shop compressors, gas station compressors for car tires won’t get there and you still won’t have enough pressure to inflate a road tire to 100psi. To do that you need to fill the Rideair to 200psi which will require a 2 stage compressor, most commonly found in dive shops.
    3. Lack of volume and pressure, this won’t fully inflate high pressure road tires or large volume MTB tires, so it’s useless for quick top ups because high pressures are where it fails.
    In terms of weight, cost and bulk, you would be far better off investing a little more time and the same money in a good high capacity mini pump like a Topeak Morph series or one of the Lezynes. If you want instant inflation of high volume tires, try a Genuine Innovations Big Air canister, which uses propane instead of CO2.

  7. You could get it up to 300 PSI with a Specialized AirTool UHP. That’s only a $90 add-on! I’m sure it won’t take 300 pumps to get to 300 PSI either. Probably at least 400.

  8. Eric Hansen…I run 20 psi on BFF’s’ during summer months. Any lower on asphalt is ridiculously innefficient. But of course, I’m sure you are referring to winter tps

  9. Hi everyone and thanks for your comments. I’ll try to answer and reply.
    @Slow Joe Crow,
    I don’t know were you come with all your conclusions…”filled water bottle heavy”
    1. It only weight is 500g. It’s not the lightest but it’s definitely not a full bottle of water.
    2. In many of the gas stations we checked (actually all) 145 PSI was definitely reachable. But I don’t know were you live and it might be different in your case.
    @PK,
    Our product cost half for now on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1Ey26J4 you can get it at 55$+shipping. And I promise that you won’t sweat to refill… 🙂

  10. @RideAir

    500g is a small water bottle…full. So “filled water bottle heavy” is actually somewhat accurate.

  11. #1 Co2 cartridges can be recycled and use co2 that otherwise was destined for the atmosphere anyway, so at least its captured until you need to use it. Even at two 12 grams per 29er tire I’d need to experience 28 flats requiring fixing while not at home for this thing to pay itself off, which is likely to happen sometime around the year 2030 at the rate I experience flats out in the trails or on the road.

    #2 Refillable Co2 and HPA tanks already exist for the Airsoft/Paintball/Airgun industries, not to mention Scuba diving and companies offer valve adapters for them to inflate tires with. A 13ci 3000 psi tank is about the size of a water bottle too, and will fill MANY tires for a $1 fill of air at a paintball or dive shop.

  12. I have a Lezyne floor pump for suspension that easily reaches 300 psi.
    That would be pretty sweet having this for longer excursions.

  13. Always amazed at the many neg comments on ever innovative product shown on BR. First, as this evolves, weight, cost will come down. First cell phones were the size of a shoe. Second, how many of you recycle your CO2 canisters? Get real. How many do you think end up in landfills? Last, any bike shop would love having customers coming in to fill these things up, gets them in the door. I know our shop would.

    This is a smart product, one that hopefully will evolve to a practical, commonly used accessories that is as much of the bike scene as seat bags and water bottle cages.

    Credit to the innovators!

  14. How is this thing superior to prior solutions? Looks inferior to me.
    Anyone who seriously think this is a smart and innovative product, should learn how to think.

  15. I like the idea but this product doesn’t stack up against existing options of CO2 and/or hand pumps…

    Most gas station air lines don’t go over 70psi.
    Most consumer air compressors don’t go over 150psi.
    26×1.35″ is not a normal mountain bike tyre size in the year 2015! 26×2.4, 27.5×2.35 & 29×2.25 should be included in the list, maybe you’d like to include fat tyres too?
    So if it can’t inflate a single 29×2.25″ tyre to proper pressure when the tank is filled to 300psi, then at 150psi I’d need more than 2 RideAirs to inflate single tyre once – yet I can inflate the same tyre with a single CO2 canister which is much smaller, much lighter and much cheaper. Buying more CO2 canisters is also significantly easier than using an air compressor to refill a tank.
    If RideAir did their market research they’d find that there are bike pumps which are nicely designed and CO2 pumps which are well designed too – the claims in the RideAir comparison table on KS are exaggerated.
    RideAir: how does this count as eco-friendly? The product itself has more materials involved than CO2 inflators or hand pumps and each refill needs to use an air compressor, most of which are powered by fossil fuels!
    Also the claim that it’s the weight of a water bottle is made on the KS page, so why shoot someone down for mentioning that here then trying to make your product sound lighter? KS FAQ: “What is the RideAir’s weight? Around 1 pound, just like a full bicycle water bottle.”

    I assume the people who have backed it haven’t realised that they won’t be able to fully fill it themselves and thus they’ll be really disappointed when they get flat tyres and actually need it – looks like you’ll sell some initially but I’ll be shocked if this turns out to be a successful product in the long term.

    Good luck … you need it 😉

  16. i’d like to see a 1, 2, and 3 meter drop test onto a spike.

    i’ve definitely ejected water bottles at high enough speeds to explode the caps.

  17. Um, ridiculously big, I’m not carrying that around just in case I get a flat. make a CO2 cartridge size one with a digital pressure guage then you have my business.

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