Sea Otter Debut: Genuine Innovations Tire Repair Canister

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  • Published Apr 22, 2009
  • Updated May 30, 2009 at 5:42 PM UTC
Genuine Innovations new tire repair canister. Photo by Jay Prasuhn.

Genuine Innovations new tire repair canister. Photo by Jay Prasuhn.

You should see my tri bike when I’m not racing. Or rather, you ought not see it, as it’s embarrassing. In the cage of my rear hydration system sits a saddle bag with all my flat repair stuff. It is as unwieldy and ghetto as it gets. I used to use a water bottle to put my tube, CO2s and tire levers into once, but when I realized I had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to get the tube out, I knew its utility was nil. What I needed was a water bottle with no “neck” to it.

The guys at Genuine Innovations in Tucson did it, creating a water-tight, screw-top water bottle cage tire repair canister. Then they filled it with their own CO2 magic. Within the “bottle” is a disc wheel-compatible CO2 inflator, two CO2 cartridges, a flat kit and two tire levers. It comes with a shop rag, to wipe your hands (as well as knocking down any gear rattling around in the unit). It’s a simple solution, but one I am glad someone finally addressed.

I can see triathletes eating this one up, especially for race day, when your rear hydration system, which eats up the traditional space where a saddle bag goes, can be used to help store your bailout stuff. No more using electrical tape to affix it—ghetto style, no less—to your bike. I can also see triathletes folding their tubulars and CO2s into this canister for race day as well.

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