Sneak Peek: CrankPump Plays Hide the Inflator, Bottom Bracket Mounted Co2

first_imgIncluded in the CrankPump assembly is the co2 inflator itself, a threaded co2 cartridge, and two specially designed tire levers that are designed to “unzip” your tires from the rim with a patent pending method. More details on the levers should be available when the CrankPump goes live with a Kickstarter on the 16th.Designed to only work with Shimano Hollowtech II cranksets, CrankPump actually replaces the plastic preload bolt that is included with the cranks. Ideally, you would adjust the bottom bracket as normal, tighten down the crank arm pinch bolts, then remove the preload bolt and replace with the CrankPump. Though in our experience you would at least need to loosen the outside pinch bolt to remove the preload bolt. The CrankPump also looks like it will require a special tool for installation and removal, so we’ve reached out to the company for more details.CrankPump will ensure that you have at least a single co2 cartridge, inflator, and tire levers when you get a flat, but we can’t help but note that due to the design the CrankPump’s mass will be added to the rotational weight of the crankset. If you’re into the convenience of always having it on hand, and don’t mind having to unthread it from the bottom bracket to use or the extra weight, CrankPump could be very useful the next time you get a flat.Update:Damon from CrankPump got back to us with a few more details. The packaging of the CrankPump will double as a removal tool for the Hollowtech II preload bolt. You will have to loosen the pinch bolts to remove the Shimano bolt, but the CrankPump is designed with a smaller flange so you will be able to install and remove the inflator without tools. The cap is designed to use your fingers to turn in either direction, but it was designed to be easier to turn counter clockwise so it won’t get stuck.Due to the design constraints of the axle, the CrankPump is limited to 12g co2 cartridges which typically inflate a standard road tire to 90 psi. crankpump.com The best way to make getting a flat worse is not being prepared to fix it. There are a number of mini pumps ans inflators out there designed to make the process as easy as possible, but a new company thinks they have a better idea. Named CrankPump, the company’s name is a bit misleading since instead of hiding a pump inside your bike’s bottom bracket, the gadget allows you to stash a co2 inflator.CrankPump seems like a sure fire way to have access to inflation when you need it… Updatedlast_img read more

Gophers win home opener with offense

first_img“It always feels better to play a game … rather than playing inter-squad or a practice,” head coach John Anderson said. “It was a good day, not because we won but because I think we got some good work in today.” He allowed one hit and walked two while striking out two and induced a double play to end the fourth inning. The Gophers have another road series before returning home again, but McDevitt said the team was thankful to end its long streak of road games. Campbell getting the start. Campbell allowed one hit and issued two walks in three scoreless innings. Minnesota recorded 16 hits from 11 different players in a 10-3 victory over Augsburg at Siebert Field, moving the team to 10-8 on the season. Once Campbell left the mound freshman right-hander Jake Stevenson made his second appearance of the season and held Augsburg scoreless in two innings of work. Minnesota started the game with a three-run first inning, with senior first baseman Connor Schaefbauer driving in two of the runs. Schaefbauer recorded a double in his next at-bat in the third inning to score another run, and redshirt junior outfielder Jordan Smith, senior outfielder Dan Motl and freshman shortstop Terrin Vavra all added RBI singles in the third to put the Gophers up 7-0. “I think we’re all sick of traveling and being on the road,” McDevitt said. “It was a pretty nice day, and it was fun to be around the boys and play here.” The Gophers added two more runs in the fifth inning after freshman catcher Cole McDevitt hit a leadoff double and later scored on the second out of the inning.  The Gophers cycled through five pitchers in the game, with junior right-hander Cody  Gophers win home opener with offenseMinnesota totaled 16 hits and 10 runs against Augsburg in Tuesday’s game. Emily PolglazeMarch 23, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the Gophers home opener Tuesday, the offense looked refreshed despite kicking off the season with 17 consecutive road games. “For the most part, all of them did a good job executing more than one pitch, not just a fastball,” Anderson said. “I thought we pitched with some tempo on the mound, and I was encouraged.” Freshman left-handed Nick Lackney made his third appearance of the season in the ninth and ended the game with a clean inning that featured two strikeouts. Augsburg answered by scoring a run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to make the score 10-3.  Redshirt junior Tim Shannon pitched the seventh and eighth for the Gophers and allowed two earned runs off of two hits. “It’s something we’ve stressed all year, trying to set the tone offensively,” Schaefbauer said. “We want to be up as early and as often as we can to give our pitchers some room to work.” Redshirt junior Matt Stemper added an RBI single to put the Gophers up 10-0. Schaefbauer batted another run in during the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, giving him a career-high four RBIs in the game.last_img read more

Unlikely hero leads Nets past Rockets

first_img(Field Level Media) Taurean Prince collected season highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 15-point deficit and beat the visiting Houston Rockets 123-116 last night. The Nets improved to 2-3 and rebounded nicely from Wednesday’s 10-point loss to Indiana by outscoring Houston 93-71 over the final 32:31.Caris LeVert added 25 points for the Nets, who shot 49.4 percent while not being led in scoring by Kyrie Irving for the first time this season. Irving finished with 22 points and 10 assists to post his first double-double as a Net.Prince posted his third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and shot 9 for 17 from the floor. The forward also made 6 of 10 3-pointers as the Nets shot 59.4 percent (19 of 32) from behind the arc. James Harden scored 36 points for the Rockets but struggled to get a shooting rhythm most of the night. After getting 59 in Wednesday’s wild 159-158 win at Washington, Harden shot 10 of 31 from the floor and missed 14 of 16 3-point attempts.Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but the Rockets shot 41.4 percent and were 12 of 48 (25 percent) on 3-pointers.Brooklyn held a 15-point lead late in the third but the Rockets trimmed it to 104-98 on two free throws by Harden with 5:32 remaining. Irving’s 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining pushed the lead to 109-98 but Houston was within 109-103 on Harden’s uncontested dunk with 4:10 to go. The Nets sealed it when Irving connected with Prince, who hit an open 3-pointer from the left wing for a 114-106 lead with two minutes to go. Irving made it 117-108 with a step-back 3-pointer from the right corner with 55.9 seconds remaining.Harden scored 11 points as the Rockets forced 10 turnovers and took a 33-24 lead after the first quarter. The Rockets ended the quarter with an impressive 18-1 run over the last 4:29 and forced Irving into five turnovers.Houston expanded its lead to 45-30 on a jumper by Danuel House Jr. with 8:21 remaining in the first half but the Nets ended the half with a 31-14 run to take a 61-59 lead into intermission. Westbrook’s steal of Brooklyn’s inbounds pass and subsequent dunk forged a 68-68 tie with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets countered with a 17-5 run and took an 85-73 lead on Prince’s layup with 3:48 remaining in the period and carried a 95-83 lead into the fourth.last_img read more