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.
The new Bluetooth model sends your tyre pressure to an app on your smart phone.
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.”
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.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.