As bicycle pumps go, it’s hard to do better than the iconic Silca Pista track pump, the professionals’ choice ever since it was first unveiled in 1917. However this premium pump, which is normally priced at an eye-watering £300, just got a bit more expensive, with a version painted by Taylor Phinney fetching an astonishing $2,025 (£1,350).
The Silca Superpista Ultimate track pump features a barrel that was painted by Phinney during his long injury lay-off with a badly broken leg, with a “joker design”. The rest of the pump is as standard, with a base that is vacuum-cast from high performance zinc, a gauge that is accurate to +/-1 per cent, and a beautiful handle which is stainless steel wrapped in wood, apparently inspired by “classic frame lugs and the finest Japanese kitchen knives”.
The money raised will go towards the Davis Phinney Foundation, a charity set up by Taylor’s father, Davis, in 2004. The charity provides information, help, and support for people living with Parkinson’s disease, a condition that Davis Phinney was diagnosed with in 2000, and has provided more than $1.2 million in funding to research projects aimed at improving quality of life for sufferers.
The good news is that this is the first in a series of Taylor Phinney-designed Silca pumps that are being auctioned off to raise money for the charity, and the second has just been put up for sale on eBay.