Genuine Innovations Will Pump You Up and Keep It Flat - Second Wind Road Bike Pump Review
The Second Wind Road from Genuine Innovations is a 2 in 1 pump with convenience in mind. Not only is this a manual pump, but it also allows you to use CO2 cartridges to do the work for you.
The Second Wind Road from Genuine Innovations is a 2 in 1 pump with convenience in mind. Not only is this a manual pump, but it also allows you to use CO2 cartridges to do the work for you. Adding to the convenience is the small size, lightweight carbon fiber barrel, and frame mount.
I've seen cigars that are bigger than this pump. The attractiveness of the carbon fiber looks like it would easily be at home as an accessory on my Ducati. Because of testing many bikes for reviews on Roadcycling.com, the portability, size, and weight was perfect to carry in my jersey pocket. There wasn't a tendency to put a hole in my pocket because of its light weight. If you want to attach the frame mount under the water bottle cage it comes with screws to do the job. The pump securely snaps into the bracket and also has a Velcro strap. You can take the strap off and configure your own mounting point on the bike without using the bracket. A rubber O ring keeps the handle locked in place.
Using the Second Wind wasn't different than other pumps. Simply insert the Presta valve at a 90° angle into the pump opening. It was almost as though it snapped into place. Inflating the tube can take a while and required more effort as the pressure became greater. The handle end of the pump was easy to grasp with the knurls in the handle. However, it was difficult to find a comfortable spot. I put the end of the handle in the web between my thumb and index finger and put my thumb into the concave portion of the handle. Being thoughtful, Genuine Innovations threaded the end of the handle which allows you to screw on and inflation cartridge. This now becomes an extension of the handle and you hold it as you would a screwdriver. It was much more comfortable.
Now, the best part, the Second Wind allows you to screw in an inflation cartridge near the insertion point of the Presta valve. After screwing in the inflation cartridge, turn it counter clockwise about 1/4 of a turn to inflate the tube and turn it back to discontinue inflation. There was no contortion necessary to hold the pump and turn the cartridge to inflate - easy as pie.
If you don't want to have cartridges jingling around in your pocket, simply screw one into the valve end of the pump and the other into the handle end of the pump. This is also a convenient way to bring your empties home to dispose of properly. The Second Wind lives up to its name allowing the rider to have a second wind because your energy wasn't wasted pumping your flat tire!
What about keeping you flat? I'm not talking about tubes here! The FlatStack mini tool is as thin as some sticks of gum. Not bad considering it equals eight tools. It includes the must have 2-6mm Allen hex, 25 torx and flat and Phillips screwdriver. The tools fold inside 2 solid metal bands. Once again, you see an attractive carbon fiber look.
To use, flip your tool of choice either 90 or 180 degrees. The size is also stamped on the side. I found the PH1 a little small for my preference. The framing bands keep the tool from flexing while being used. I was able to apply a significant amount of torque. After a couple months of use, the tension still holds the tool in the proper angle. There is an Allen bolt that passes through the tools connecting the framing bars. It appears there is a dab of threadlock on the end. I suspect it would be an easy fix if tension ever became too loose. Because of its small size, the FlatStack can be easily carried and used in other applications besides cycling.
Genuine Innovations is true to its name. The company creates products that are functional, practical, and sturdy.
Visit Genuine Innovations online at www.genuineinnovations.com to learn more about the 2nd Wind Road bike pump.