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    The Silca Pista is back.

    Just saw that Silca is bringing back it's old Pista Track pump. Not the $500 one for crazy people, but the old standard steel one. Since I bought mine, on sale, in the mid 80's for $29, the new price seems a little high...$116.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    Just saw that Silca is bringing back it's old Pista Track pump. Not the $500 one for crazy people, but the old standard steel one. Since I bought mine, on sale, in the mid 80's for $29, the new price seems a little high...$116.

    https://silca.cc/products/pista-floor-pump-1
    My older Pista Track pump has the longer, wider handle. That new one has a handle from the standard Silca floor pump. Good luck trying to get high PSI with that little knob. What a rip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaeP View Post
    My older Pista Track pump has the longer, wider handle. That new one has a handle from the standard Silca floor pump. Good luck trying to get high PSI with that little knob. What a rip.
    High PSI is so Old Skool.
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    Their pumps are selling based on brand name... That being said, their seat roll looks like a nice bit of kit. Ordered one of their phone wallets for myself...

    https://silca.cc/collections/packs

    That being said...An item purchased in 1980 for $29 would be $90USD in 2017 simply based on inflation.

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    The foot is so narrow that the pump tips over easily. I was hoping that they would at least put triangular foot...

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    I am happy to see this

    I have one from the about 1992. I have used the heck out of it, and only have had to replace the leather washer twice (super easy to do). Other than that, it just keeps on going.

    I am very happy to see they are making it again. The new ones seem to have a few improvements like a bigger more accurate PSI gauge, and a better chuck. Glad to see them back, and better than ever!

    Regarding getting high PSI, I never had an issue when that was the thing, and mine has the small handle. Last pump anyone will ever have to buy.

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    I never knew they were gone until I just started researching a new pump. My Blackburn died after 15 years and looked into a Silca. I was tempted by he Molteni Orange but ended up buying a white NOS one off flea bay. It has a triangular base on it.

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    I never understood the issue people have with using a Silca pump. The picture on the web site shows proper procedure. If you need to, You can always brace the pump against your shin but one handed operation is easy. Back in the day it was not a problem to get 120+ PSI. I still use my first Silca from 1979. I also have a Super Pista with the triangular base but I prefer the older one. If either of my pumps die, I will get a another Silca, but I will probably go first.

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    The only time you should go over 110 psi is if you are riding on 19-20mm tires, or if you are on the track on continental track tubulars........Maybe the price will drop to $90 if it goes on sale.....The old Super Pista was a little taller and had the larger wood handle....Back then, it was $10 more. ($10 was a lot of money back then.....(You could buy a Vittoria CX for $23)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    The only time you should go over 110 psi is if you are riding on 19-20mm tires, or if you are on the track on continental track tubulars........Maybe the price will drop to $90 if it goes on sale.....The old Super Pista was a little taller and had the larger wood handle....Back then, it was $10 more. ($10 was a lot of money back then.....(You could buy a Vittoria CX for $23)
    After a long absence from the track racing I've decided to go back to the velodrome. My local velodrome (Sandy Eggo) just got a its track resurface. The larger wooden handle makes pumping high PSI much easier. I've got a set of Vitoria Corsa EVO-CX that can go to 240 PSI.
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    I guess that's why they call it the Pista

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Their pumps are selling based on brand name... That being said, their seat roll looks like a nice bit of kit. Ordered one of their phone wallets for myself...

    https://silca.cc/collections/packs

    That being said...An item purchased in 1980 for $29 would be $90USD in 2017 simply based on inflation.

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    He said mid 80s. I did 1985 and it's about $66. So at $120 it's gone up about 90%.


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    Does anyone know where you can get wider handles for the older Pista and Superpista? I always found them a fraction narrow.

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    I've got an old one in my garage. I think it's a POS and it doesn't get used.

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    The Silca pump head is a POS. Always was. Its fundamental failure is the lack of a pressure release valve. I change mine to Hirame heads. Nothing better than a Hirame.
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    Seriously? $120 for a pump we all thought was kinda junky back in the 80's? What's next; bringing back the Chevy citation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by no time toulouse View Post
    seriously? $120 for a pump we all thought was kinda junky back in the 80's? What's next; bringing back the chevy citation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by laager View Post
    The Silca pump head is a POS. Always was. Its fundamental failure is the lack of a pressure release valve.
    Funny you should say that. A few years ago I went to the handmade bike show in Sacramento and mentioned that to the owner of Silca. He looked at me with a puzzled look so he obviously didn't get it. Jobst Brandt mentioned a mod he did on his homemade pump with a Silca head that did just that.

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    I've never had a problem with my Silca. I love the original presta pump head. I had to replace the pump head gasket every 2-3 years until I started using tubes without valve threads. Not sure why you would want or need a pressure release valve. Just pull the chuck off of the presta valve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    I've never had a problem with my Silca. I love the original presta pump head. I had to replace the pump head gasket every 2-3 years until I started using tubes without valve threads. Not sure why you would want or need a pressure release valve. Just pull the chuck off of the presta valve.
    First, it makes it a lot easier to remove the head. Second, it saves the gasket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    First, it makes it a lot easier to remove the head. Second, it saves the gasket.
    I agree with MR_GRUMPY here, smooth valve stems = no issue.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    I agree with MR_GRUMPY here, smooth valve stems = no issue.
    Smooth valve stem tubes are hard to find. I don't think tubeless stems are even offered unthreaded. I'm also not about to retrofit the 8 bikes I own to fit an antiquated pump either. To be fair though, Silca improved the head gasket so it has a much longer wear life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    Smooth valve stem tubes are hard to find. I don't think tubeless stems are even offered unthreaded. I'm also not about to retrofit the 8 bikes I own to fit an antiquated pump either. To be fair though, Silca improved the head gasket so it has a much longer wear life.
    Michelin tubes, smooth valve stems and easy to find
    https://www.biketiresdirect.com/sear...chelin%20Tubes

    I've got no use for tubeless, so I've no need for tubeless stems of any kind.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Michelin tubes, smooth valve stems and easy to find
    https://www.biketiresdirect.com/sear...chelin%20Tubes

    I've got no use for tubeless, so I've no need for tubeless stems of any kind.
    I've got Michelin tubes that have threaded valve stems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    I've got Michelin tubes that have threaded valve stems.
    I was just pointing out that smooth valve stems are out there and not that difficult to find. Michelin make tubes with schrader valve stems also.
    Too old to ride plastic

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