The iconic Silca Pista floor pump has been a staple of the serious cyclist since its introduction in the 1920's. The classic aesthetics and its ability to be easily rebuilt has allowed many cyclists to keep the Pistas in their arsenal for many decades. The modern Pista preserves the best qualities of the original pump while making some thoughtful improvements. If you're looking for an upgrade over your existing pump or even your first one, go ahead and consider the Pista Floor Pump, it's a solid investment.
First off, Silca improved the gauge so it has +/-3-percent accuracy versus the original Pista's +/-5-percent. This ensures your tire pressure is repeatable with each use and your ride remains consistent. Silca adds aluminum reinforcements to the base housing protecting the gauge against damage from impacts which preserves its accuracy. A new chuck assembly works with both Presta and Schrader valves and includes a new bleed button for easy chuck removal.
The handle mirrors the original 1962 model made of Bakelite, an early plastic, with two hose grooves allowing the pump to lay flat in your trunk or toolbox. Silca now crafts the handle from Ash wood. It’s incredibly strong allowing it to be lathe turned to exact tolerances so it fits comfortably in your hand. Full metal construction adds durability for many years of flawless performance and reliability. The steel barrel and piston shaft have been upgraded from the original adding linear self-lubricating glide bushings for increased smoothness as you air up to its 200 PSI maximum, while the larger foot adds stability reducing rocking. Silca did stick with a classic feature, its trademark 3mm thick, durable leather piston washer that Silca has sourced from the same factory in Milan.
- The definitive floor pump
- All-metal construction adds durability for long-life
- Ash wood handle is as beautiful as it is comfortable
- Chuck works with Presta and Schrader valves
- More accurate gauge for precise inflation
- Max pressure of 220PSI makes easy work of pumping up tires
- Item #SLC0012
- [barrel] steel, [handle] Ash wood, [plunger] leather, [check-valve] brass
- Valve Type
- Presta, Schrader
- Max Pressure
- 220 PSI
- bleeder valve
- Recommended Use
- pumping up bike tires
- Manufacturer Warranty
- limited lifetime
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December 27, 2022
Great for deflating tires
I guess this is a classic product, and might be great for those trained in classic techniques. But after carefully reading the instructions and attempting to inflate my tires six times, I gave up. Five attempts failed: I only managed to deflate my tires. The instructions say: To inflate a presta valve, unscrew the core nut, push the presta chuck over the valve stem and inflate. One time, only some of the air was released when I pushed the presta chuck over the valve stem and I could inflate the tire without releasing air. However, because the gauge is so small and on the floor, I could not really see the pressure. The other five times, either all of the air in the tire was released when pushing the presta chuck over the valve stem or I was unable to inflate the tire because more air came out as I attempted to inflate. Even if the pump worked, it struck me as rather flimsy. It's light and does not stand easily on its own. And as I pointed out earlier, the gauge is small and on the ground: difficult to read. It's missing a simple thing that could help: highlight key points, such as 100 psi. The claim of 3 percent accuracy is a joke. The gauge is so small, it's impossible to differentiate measurements to that scale.
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