Genuine Innovations Proflate 16 review£21.99

Gas tyre inflator

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Carbon dioxide inflators aren’t to everyone’s liking – there’s still something a little scary about using pressurised gas to pump up tyres.

If any pump can convert doubters, though, it’s the Proflate. The intelligent Presta/Schrader valve is trigger operated and it’s easy to modulate flow. The plastic case acts both as protective storage for a full threadless cartridge and prevents frostbite as the CO2 discharges.

The case also locks automatically so it can’t be opened with a live canister inside, and with the valve cover closed the trigger won’t work either. A tab on the rear indicates whether your cartridge has any gas left, and it’s easy to use with one hand.

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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