Lezyne Road Drive Pump Review

Lezyne has made a name for themselves with beautifully crafted, exceptionally functional aluminum cycling gear and their Road Drive pump is no exception.  And that’s really saying something: you wouldn’t think a pump could elicit such praise (you wouldn’t expect their valve extenders to either, yet they do) but when you’re sitting on the road with a flat tire, you’ll be thankful you have this stuffed in your jersey pocket.  The Lezyne Road Drive looks to be a simple enough pump, but that’s part of it’s charm.  When it comes to pumps, the Road Drive sits near the top of the pile.

Road Drive: Keeps Rides Alive!

Fully aluminum construction hides the technological aspects of this little package.  Instead of a fixed right angle head, the road drive pump hides a little secret in its barrel: something called an ABS flex hose with built in air bleed.  Simply pop the cap off the pump, unscrew the ABS flex hose, flip it over and screw it into the end of the pump.  Now you’re ready to go.

As for the inflation characteristics, the overlapping handle and moderate length of around 230mm creates a supposed stroke of 170mm.  This translates into about 215 pumps to get up to 90 PSI on the 23mm tires I generally run, but I honestly never tried to get it up to the supposed 160 PSI maximum, so I can’t comment on that (and who would run their tires at 160PSI anyway?)

Lezyne road drive pump with ABS hoseOverall, beautiful sturdy aluminum construction and completely rebuildable seals make this a long lasting piece of kit.  The only major downside I’ve experienced in the past year of testing seems to be the difficulty I’ve had with unscrewing the ABS hose from the body of the pump.  The knurled part of the ABS fitting is pretty small and the external threads are pretty sharp so you may end up slicing your fingers a bit.  Gloves or some other fabric solved the issue.  And finally, if you’re running Schrader valve tires, you’re out of luck with this pump, but there are others in the Lezyne lineup that will have you covered.

Would I recommend this pump to someone else?  You bet. I use it myself.  It’s a constant companion in my back pocket when I’m out on the bike and I need peace of mind that I’ll be able to inflate a tire no matter what.

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Holiday Gifts For Cyclists

It can be difficult finding holiday gifts for cyclists on your list.  Hunting through the Black Friday deals, searching for the perfect item to put a smile on their face can be fraught with peril when you don’t have much of an idea of what this cycling thing is all about.  How can you expect to get the perfect gift when you don’t know the difference between a cassette and a headset, but you don’t want to lame out and get them a Visa gift card with the directive “go buy what you want?”

That’s why I’m here to help you out.

In this holiday gift roundup, I’m including a little of everything from the low cost to the lavish.  There’s something for everyone from the beginner to the lifelong rider.  So check through the list and check out the links.  In many cases, you’ll find something that you hadn’t thought of before, or maybe you’ll not only find something for that special cyclist, you’ll find something for yourself too.


Stages Power Meter Review

The Stages Power Meter burst onto the scene in 2013 with the promise of an affordable power meter option attached to the crank arm.  How does it compare?  Is it as good as it claims to be?  Compared to similar offerings of the time (namely Quarq and SRM) he Stages meter was a novel, if not brilliant idea: cut the cost in half by placing the measurement device on the left crank arm only, making it easily transferable between bikes and easy to remove and replace if it needed service.  The super light weight of only 11 grams also made for an attractive marketing point, as did the user replaceable, easy to source battery.

Yet not everyone was on board.

From the get-go, many complained about the left sided only power measurement, claiming it to be prone to inaccuracies due to the “doubling of the left leg” power calculation.  Many claimed the accelerometer principle wouldn’t provide sufficiently accurate cadence to properly report power.

Here we are more than two years later and Stages power meters can be found on every manner of bikes from weekend warrior up through Tour de France winners.

With about 2 years on Stages power meters, how does it stack up against other power measuring devices I’ve used (Quarq and Powertap?)  You can read my thoughts on the Stages power meter after the jump:


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