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Topping up the air in your tyres? There’s an app for that

Silca is adding a Bluetooth sensor to its Tattico mini-pump so you can get your tyre pressure just right when you’re away from home.

You’re scoffing at the idea? Well, it certainly falls within the ‘do I really need that?’ category, but then, so does a lot of other technology in the cycling world. Plus, the display on a smart phone does look very clear.

The Tattico is an existing mini-pump in Silca’s range, priced at £50, and the straightforward, non-Bluetooth version isn’t going anywhere.

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Tattico extended partial.jpg

The new Bluetooth model sends your tyre pressure to an app on your smart phone.

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It doesn’t sound like Silca expects you to take the Tattico Bluetooth on your everyday road rides although, of course, you could if you’re very particular and don’t want to risk riding home with your tyre pressure 5psi out following a puncture.

“This mini-pump is a game-changer for endurance, gravel and other riding that often takes place far from support,” says Silca. “Rated to 120psi, Tattico Bluetooth can even take the place of a floor pump while bike-packing, travelling, and other remote rides.”

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Tattico only.jpg

Silca says that the design addresses accuracy and durability issues of other mini-pumps by not using a physical gauge and instead using a Bluetooth sensor that’s positioned at the end of the barrel. It sends data to an app called iGauge (Apple obviously didn’t think of trademarking that one) on your iPhone or Android mobile.

Silca claims a reading accuracy of within +/- 2%.   

The system is powered by a CR2030 battery which weighs next to nothing (about 3g, if you’re interested).

Naturally enough, the Bluetooth tech increases the price. You’re looking at £120 for the Tattico Bluetooth.

https://silca.cc/

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

21 comments

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lork [13 posts] 4 months ago
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lolololololololololololololololololol hurghhhh

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handlebarcam [1075 posts] 4 months ago
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Well, it had to happen, eventually. As will, at some point, a Bluetooth bladder sensor to inform people via a mobile phone alert when they need to go pee-pee.

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StraelGuy [1108 posts] 4 months ago
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lork wrote:

lolololololololololololololololololol hurghhhh

Crying laughing here, funniest comment for ages!

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don simon [1702 posts] 4 months ago
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Simon E wrote:

" it certainly falls within the ‘do I really need that?’ category"

Understatement. It's a 'solution' looking for a problem or someone gullible enough to buy it.

Must hold back, must hold back...

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Simon E [3174 posts] 4 months ago
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" it certainly falls within the ‘do I really need that?’ category"

Understatement. It's a 'solution' looking for a problem or someone gullible enough to buy it.

Edit:

" the design addresses accuracy and durability issues of other mini-pumps "

I'm fortunate to have two hands, with a thumb and finger on each. These have proven far more reliable than any gauge you can buy in (or steal from) a shop. So far I've never left them behind at home or at the roadside.

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armb [130 posts] 4 months ago
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It's neat, but it's not £95 worth of replacing my existing pump and gauge neat. (Though I don't bother taking a gauge on a ride either.)

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adamrice [8 posts] 4 months ago
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Often while fixing a flat on the side of the road, with my left hand holding one end of my pump and my right hand holding the other, my third hand has felt bereft, unable to contribute to getting me rolling more quickly. Finally, it can contribute by holding up my phone and showing the pressure.

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japes [83 posts] 4 months ago
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i think it would be quite handy to know what pressure my tyres are

just me?

 

(not for £95 though)

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srchar [714 posts] 4 months ago
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If you really need this, you can already get bluetooth bicycle TPMS that look like big valve caps for less than the cost of this pump, so you could monitor your tyre pressure even when you don't have a pump connected.

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kitkat [481 posts] 4 months ago
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Call me when they add a CO2 adapter to it

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 4 months ago
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Respectfully suggest that for £95 one could buy a decent track pump with an accurate guage to keep at home, and a cheap out and about, pump up your tyre to get you home in a fix, doesn't really matter if you lose it on the way round mini pump or CO2 inflator for the tubeless brigade.

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don simon [1702 posts] 4 months ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

Respectfully suggest that for £95 one could buy a decent track pump with an accurate guage to keep at home, and a cheap out and about, pump up your tyre to get you home in a fix, doesn't really matter if you lose it on the way round mini pump or CO2 inflator for the tubeless brigade.

Yeah but your track pump, cheap out and about pump or your CO2 inflator will not be "precision-engineered", nor will they offer you a lifestyle.

Newbies!

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Grahamd [820 posts] 4 months ago
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I lost a £30 pump last year, which was attached via a similar bracket. That was bad enough, imagine loosing £95 the same way. Ouch!

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ConcordeCX [556 posts] 4 months ago
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I'm not going to buy one until it can send a tweet to ring my bluetooth-enabled Spurcycle bell when the pressure's right

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 4 months ago
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Doh! I've got this all wrong haven't I? It's not about what you actually need, it's about what someone in marketing tells you that you need isn't it?

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Lancesky [11 posts] 4 months ago
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Here is a serious question:

If my phone is already paired to my GPS device, would I have to spend the extra time to unpair GPS -->pair pump-->unpair pump-->pair GPS again?

On a hot, sunny day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out, struggle to see the screen under the sun, open the app, and do all that pairing process. 

On a cold, rainy day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out , struggle to to get the touchscreen to work because a drop of water is on it, and then do all that pairing process. 

 

 

 

 

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Comrade [218 posts] 4 months ago
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What a great idea and don't complain about the cost....just think of it as the price of two bells!

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don simon [1702 posts] 4 months ago
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Lancesky wrote:

Here is a serious question:

If my phone is already paired to my GPS device, would I have to spend the extra time to unpair GPS -->pair pump-->unpair pump-->pair GPS again?

On a hot, sunny day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out, struggle to see the screen under the sun, open the app, and do all that pairing process. 

On a cold, rainy day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out , struggle to to get the touchscreen to work because a drop of water is on it, and then do all that pairing process. 

 

 

 

 

Hey! If you're happy to ride around with the knowledge that you're tyres are not pumped up to an equal and exact pressure, then go for it.

I bet you're not fussed about having the logos lined up correctly or wearing matching kit either.

Is it any wonder cyclists are hated?

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adamrice [8 posts] 4 months ago
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It occurs to me that they're missing an opportunity with this: they need to set up a pressure-oriented social network, where you can automatically upload share your tire-inflation stats. Of course, it should be called the Bar Room. You could compete with other members over your inflation levels in Bar Fights, and they could have a dating sub-site called the Contact Patch.

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ConcordeCX [556 posts] 4 months ago
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Lancesky wrote:

Here is a serious question:

If my phone is already paired to my GPS device, would I have to spend the extra time to unpair GPS -->pair pump-->unpair pump-->pair GPS again?

On a hot, sunny day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out, struggle to see the screen under the sun, open the app, and do all that pairing process. 

On a cold, rainy day I really wouldn't want to bring my phone out , struggle to to get the touchscreen to work because a drop of water is on it, and then do all that pairing process. 

seriously though, it is something you have to consider. I've just bought new bluetooth-enabled spokes so that I can monitor them in real-time for equal tension, and have them self-correct so that they are always optimal. It saves 0.01 watt/hour. What I forgot is that I only have one iphone, and it can't pair with them all, so I've had to buy another 71 and will need to get Simon M to run up a few jerseys for me with the extra pockets. 

The annoying thing is I'll obviously have to replace them all as soon as the iphone 8 comes out in a couple of weeks, so some poor people will get nearly-new iphones for practically nothing.

 

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reliablemeatloaf [108 posts] 4 months ago
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Hear that wooshing sound? It's the sound of one million millenials rushing to buy this asinine device.