Coveting my ride, aren't you? It's been with me since '72, and I still get looks... especially when I do my wicked jumps and wheelies. That's right, kid, the classics never die.
It's National Bike Week! Which means... what? It's time to kick a stand! Get out on the open road, weave around and startle pedestrians, water pistol chasing dogs, you know... good times! So, get your home "bike-friendly" with some cool deals from Harbor Freight Tools:
First, the bike's been sitting there for a long time, the tires are probably low. Forget those ripoff artist gas station bozos who want to charge a buck for some air-- air!--here's a great, little compressor that'll keep you on the road: The Pittsburgh Automotive 12 Volt, 100 PSI High Volume Air Compressor. You'll get all the air you need when you need it with this little, high-volume compressor. It'll fully inflate your bike tires quickly-- as well as ATV, mower rider, motorcycle and car-- and its lightweight, portable design and handy carry bag make it easy to use at home or store in your vehicle. Features include rubber feet for less vibration, a gearless direct drive for reduced noise, and a cast alloy air pump casing with cooling fins. For only $25.99, you can afford to salute the gas station any way you'd like as you coast by.
When in pursuit of distant bike paths (where nobody knows you-- who picked out those bike shorts, anyway?), you'll need a sturdy, reliable bike rack. Harbor Freight's got a worthy one, a Two-Bike Rack That you Mount to Your Hitch. This type is really the ideal way to get your bike around with ease and safety. This rack includes thermoplastic bike holders with four hook-and-loop straps, and a pinch hitch pin to keep your bikes safe and not bouncing and swaying around like Jack Sparrow in a sword fight. Also, the handy swing-down feature gives hassle-free access to any rear hatch or tailgate. The bike rack will fit both 1-1/4" and 2" hitch mount receivers. Just $39.99 at Harbor Freight.
One of the first rules of the road you learn is that the streets are full of boneheads. Which means, it pays to be extra careful and make sure everybody knows you're there. Be smart and pick up a couple of Red LED Bicycle Taillights for you and your riding companion. This taillight's got FOUR attention-getting LEDs for high visibility on those crazy roads. The compact light also has three different flashing modes and can adjust up and down 160 degrees. It's spray resistant and includes two AAA batteries. At $4.99 a pop, I can't believe I'm still here pitching you.
At the end of the day, when it's time to stable your stallion, don't just lean it against the wall-- put it away proper, out of the way of clumsy, stumbling feet. Harbor Freight's got a couple of solutions for that, too:
Probably the best return for $8.99 you'll ever spend on your bike is on the innovative Bicycle Lift at HFT. Using a unique pulley-locking mechanism, the bicycle lift quickly hoists your bike for easy storage, giving you extra space in your garage, apartment or dorm. Mounting hardware and a 46 ft. nylon rope are included, and setting this thing up couldn’t be easier. Perfect for saving your bike from scratches!
Or, if you've got a sizable brood to accommodate, check out the nifty Cycle Tree Compact Bike Storage. You can store up to six bikes in only four feet of space! The cycle tree is made of durable, yet lightweight, steel construction and rides on swivel casters for easy maneuverability around the garage. This is the perfect bike storage for every member of the family without taking up a lot space in your garage! On sale for $39.99 at Harbor Freight.
And don't forget to clip your Harbor Freight Tools 20% Off Coupon, where the ridiculous savings get really absurd!
In the meantime, have a great National Bike Week. Have fun, ride smart, be safe... and don't forget the water pistols!
High praise was served up in the September 2012 issue of Truckin' magazine for the Pittsburgh Automotive 2-Ton Low-Profile Rapid-Pump Floor Jack from Harbor Freight. Calling it a "feature-packed jack perfect for custom trucks," editor Dan Ward counted off the reasons why he liked the jack so much:
"With a minimum saddle height of 2 5⁄8 inches, the jack easily slides under lowered and airbagged trucks, while it lifts to 23¾ inches tall. Thanks to rapid-pump technology, the jack can be quickly raised tall enough to set jackstands under the frame in just four to five pumps. We were able to use the long handle and wide saddle to lift a truck from the rear axle while not needing to climb underneath the truck for positioning. When working with floor jacks, we like heavy, sturdy items, and this Pittsburgh jack is all-steel, tipping the scales at 93 pounds. The solid, welded construction adds confidence when working on our pride and joys. High-end features such as the easy-to-use foot pedal, long, extended T-handle, and smooth pressure release helped this floor jack exceed our expectations. The best part of this heavy-duty jack is the price. At $129.99, we've seen comparable jacks cost upwards of $1,000 from other brands."
Glowing reviews like that don't grow on trees, especially for a low-priced jack. But, Truckin' is the authoritative source for the latest and hottest-- and one quick look at the across-the-board 5-star customer reviews will tell you, the magazine was right on. As one happy owner observed:
"This jack is the best tool I've bought in a long time. The design is perfect for me - the saddle is low AND long enough to reach frame points well under my race car, and lifts high enough to outreach most jack stands. The foot pedal is key for raising the saddle quickly when you're on your knees positioning the jack. The release knob is excellent - really easy to finely control lowering."
A pro mechanic in Colorado had this to add:
"I purchased this jack to fit under the nose of Corvettes, lowered Subarus, race cars, etc. and it was everything I wanted in a low-clearance floor jack. The extra long body lets it get under virtually any car. Its T-handle, release knob, & foot pump are all great bonus features...but the price is just incredible! I should have picked up one of these a long time ago."
Of course, you don't have to have a lowered vehicle to love the Pittsburgh Automotive 2-ton rapid-pump jack-- but it is safe to say, you won't need the other ones anymore. After all, what Truckin' said to its readers could be said to any pro or DIY mechanic:
"Say goodbye to the cheap and unsafe little jacks, and say hello to a jack that can handle a custom truck owner's needs."