Tools or Jewels: The Most Expensive Cycling Accessories Money Can Buy

A good friend of mine once commented for me to take it easy as we were crossing over railroad tracks during an organized ride. My bike shook violently as I sped across the rails at the crossing.

“Take it easy,” he said. “It’s not like you’re sponsored. You should go easy on your gear and take better care of it.”

And he was probably right. Cycling equipment can be very expensive and costly to repair or replace. In a perfect world, we would all be sponsored and and go through bikes and cycling equipment like water. Unfortunately that world doesn’t exist… at least not for me.

So I’m starting this new piece in the blog called “Tools or Jewels: The Most Expensive Cycling Accessories Money Can Buy.”

Ground Rules for “Tools” or “Jewels”

A few ground rules to note. These posts may contain affiliate links as well as sponsored posts. The latter will be clearly labeled as such. Additionally, I will not  give an “Overpriced Tool” or “Invaluable Jewel” verdict unless I have personally used a version of the product myself. Feedback on those lucky enough to own the prized accessories covered in these posts are always welcome!

While these posts are not intended to be formal product reviews, I hope you find them both entertaining and informative. Hopefully these musings can also serve as a reminder to take care of your stuff and perhaps even result in a great purchasing decision in the future.

Lastly, I will typically end these posts with something more down to earth and practical. I’ll include a few affiliate links to related items that I generally have purchased in the past or currently use.

Without further ado, here is ToJ #1… Enjoy!

The Most Expensive Bike Pump Money Can Buy (ToJ #1)

The SuperPista Ultimate HIRO Edition

The most expensive piece of cycling equipment I found this week is the Superista Ultimate HIRO Edition bicycle floor pump. This bike pump retails for $500. It appears that the custom painted floor pumps are all sold out at this time (previously listed at approximately $800). At this price, the standard  SuperPista Ultimate (non-HIRO model) looks like the deal of a century in comparison at $445 (shown above).

This is where a proper product review typically goes into the technical specs of how amazing and perfect and perhaps even over engineered the product in question is… I’m not going to do that. Instead, I am going to simply assume that in this price range, this pump WILL make you look like Peter Sagan (after winning a third world title) as you are hunched over attaining optimal psi… And would it be unreasonable to expect it to yield similar results on race course as well?

Would I absolutely be stoked to receive something like this for a gift? Absolutely! However, I could also see this being one of the most stress-inducing ownership experiences ever as I set about transporting it like a Faberge Egg or not knocking it over (either me, a beloved family member, or my dog) since heaven forbid, I damage the finish on this exquisite object. In fact Silca’s warranty site lists quite a few horrible fails that could occur to owners of the pump (and are covered by their top level warranty coverage).

If there ever were an accessory that you could buy, that could actually overshadow, and be a larger conversation piece than the tool for which it were meant to be used for (namely, your bike), then this has definitely got to be it.

Hidden Benefit of the SuperPista Ultimate?

One unexpected benefit of this product may be the fact that it actually serves as a bicycle theft deterrent. Is it possible that this pump is so extravagant and so high-end, that when strategically placed next to your bike in your usual bike storage space, that it actually makes your bike seem less valuable and less expensive? So in the end, what seemed like an over-priced buy ends up saving you thousands since the bike thief, out of haste, grabs the $500 bike pump instead of your $5000+ bike? Now, for the money conscious or budget minded cycler, that would be something worth considering….

Alternatively, for $500 You Could Buy…

83 Continental Inner Tubes at $6 each including more tire levers than you will ever need.

3 Porter-Cable Air Compressors – One to store in each location where you typically need to use it for pumping up your bike most frequently.

6 Full Size Lezyne Alloy Floor Pumps – One to store in each location where you typically need to use them for pumping up your bike most frequently and still have a few left in reserve.

Overpriced Tool or Invaluable Jewel?

Is the Superista Ultimate HIRO Edition an overpriced tool or an invaluable jewel? Weigh in below, especially if you happen to own one of these puppies. Please let us know how you like it! (This thing may find it’s way into my holiday wish list this year)!

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