We’ve been continuously impressed by the fact that Silca keeps churning out great tools in what is already a very saturated field. Just when we were wondering what pump the Indianapolis firm can make (um, shock pump guys?), Silca is now announcing a travel floor pump. The Viaggio.
It’s not just another travel floor pump, but a premium, $275 precision inflator with a lot to like: A large detachable handle, alloy folding legs, a proven Hiro presta chuck threaded into a schrader valve chuck, a class-leading 99cm hose, a generous use of metal parts, capabilities of 220psi, displayed on a Bluetooth-enabled pressure sensor first used in the Tattico mini pump that turns a smartphone into a tire gauge accurate within half a psi.
It has even got its own wax-canvas bag that pulls double-duty as a tool roll. The Viaggio is available now.
Gravel might be the it thing at the moment, and Whistler might be the place where all shredders want to go, but if you want to try a new and different place to ride, how about the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan?
Having lived in California for much of my life, I must admit that I don’t know the ins and outs of Michigan, much less the mountain biking scene there. The video is pretty darn cool and shows what Keweenaw has to offer by following the story of photographer and Keweenaw transplant Chris Gulbert.
“I spent nearly 25 years out west living everywhere from Tuscon, Arizona to north Idaho…” says Gulbert, “and I came up here kind of on a whim, to do research for a story for Powder about Mount Bohemia. I fell in love with the place and had to figure out how to get my girlfriend Amy up here.”