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      09.01.2013 22:38
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      No frills bicycle pump

      I used to have an Argos bicycle pump that lasted me for ages and was a good little pump considering it was quite inexpensive. However when I went to retrieve it a few days ago to pump up my tires in preparation of using my bike more in the New Year it was unfortunately missing. I have absolutely no idea what happened to it though I do have my suspicions. Anyway as the nearest Argos is quite a few miles from where I live I went to my local bike shop to buy a new one but the only ones they had were really expensive so I ended up borrowing a pump off my nieces until I got to Argos to buy myself a new one.

      The Argos value pump which I bought was exactly the same as my old one and cost me £3.79 which is a little more than I paid previously but is still really good value for money. It is a pretty simple product and is made from black plastic and there is nothing fancy about it but as it is just a bicycle pump this is exactly what I wanted as I didn't want to be paying extra for something that is just to blow some air in my tyres just because it looked fancy.

      The bicycle pump works well at doing what it is designed for. It pumps up tyres easily and without any fuss. It doesn't take a great deal of effort to use it and it connects to the valves simply and without falling off when you are pumping it.

      I will say that this probably isn't the strongest feeling pump in the world but as long as you aren't too heavy handed with it it should be fine. My last one lasted for ages and only cracked on the top because I happened to drop it once on my concrete garage floor.

      There isn't really a lot more to say about this bicycle pump. It fills bike tyres with air and is easy to use and cheap to buy. It is a no frills bicycle pump and this is exactly what I wanted. I didn't see why I should pay £20 for a pump when I knew this one would do the job for a fraction of the price.

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      06.06.2012 11:51
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      It's fine for something basic.

      The Argos Value Bicycle Pump is something we have sitting in the shed and bring out regularly to pump up the tyres on our family of bikes. We are not avid bike riders and so I didn't feel that we needed an all-singing all dancing bicycle pump and so I opted for a cheaper value version that was on offer at Argos. The Argos Value Bicycle Pump costs just £3.79 from Argos - which I feel is a pretty decent price because it didn't hurt my pocket and it provided me with the basic version of the tool that I required for my family.

      The Argos Value Bicycle Pump looks and is basic. It didn't have any elaborate packaging, simply a plastic bag with nothing really to make it jump out and look anything special. There was no product information contained within the packaging, but I guess this isn't really very important for a product that I'm sure everyone knows how to use.

      The pump itself is made of black plastic and it has the traditional tube like shape of a bicycle pump. It doesn't feel very heavy or robust to be honest, and so the fact that it's not very sturdy gave me doubts that it would last very long at all. However, it has lasted us so far about 18 months and so my initial fears have been unfounded.

      Using the pump is really very easy. It's just a matter of attaching the brass twisting part to the nozzle on the tyres, but twisting the nozzle until the attachment feels secure. The nozzle on the pump does pull out and is attached to a cord which makes getting the angle needed for attachment really easy. Once the pump and tyre connections were secure, then it is simply a matter of extending the pump in and out and pumping it until the tyres are adequately filled. The pump is not stiff of hard to pump and so you don't need much muscle power to be able to use the pump. However, there is not a gauge on the pump to tell you what the current psi is and so it's just a matter of judging by the feel of the tyres when enough is enough. I probably tend to not fill the tyres up to the maximum simply because I am anxious of over-filling the tyres and causing the inner tube to burst.

      Overall, I think this is a decent bicycle pump if you just want something basic. I think for more serious cyclists then a more serious pump would be needed.

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      24.05.2012 23:09
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      A great value pump that comes in handy

      I recently purchased this pump as my more expensive one broke after many years, I needed something cheap for my footballs and bike. I decided to buy this as my father had one and he said it worked well and was very cheap. I have purchased a few of asdas value range when I town and I have found them to be very good. I will now go into more detail on the pump.

      Price:

      This cost me £2.99 which is very cheap, I have never seen a pump cheaper than this, it's great value. If you have a look online the cheapest you may find is £5 including postage, this is great. You wil end up paying more for the adapters for your balls and other things.

      Does it work?:

      It works well as a pump. All you need to do is connect this to what ever you need to pump up and down untill it's correct. Unlike more expensive ones which have a pressure gauge on it, you will just have to give a rough estimate on when something is fully done. Pumping up a flat bike tyre can take ages, but all you need us a little ebox grease. Mine has lasted a while and still works aswell as it did when I first got it. It is a plain blacko colour on it and not much else, it is very basic! But it doesn't matter what it looks like, if it works is more important and this thing does.

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      This is not very large and very easy to store in the cupboard, it's also very lightweight. I carry mine in my rucksack on a long cycle just in case the tyre needs pumping. If you need something portable than this is for you! The main positive in this is that it can fit in a small bag and you will hardly notice you have it on your back. You must be careful with it though as I is very fragile.

      Overall:

      A bargain pump that is not just for your bike. It's multi useful and is very helpful. It is lightweight and average quality build. It's perfect to have in the Cupboard as you never know when you may need to pump up something :)

      Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped. This product gets 4 stars from me, nothing to compain about because of its great price :)

      Josh

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      22.06.2011 00:01
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      Avoid!

      The Argos Value Bicycle Pump is certainly what I'd class as a value product, it being only £2.99! But what do you get for your money?

      -- Availability --

      The pump is available from Argos Stores and online at www.argos.co.uk. It is called 'Argos Value MTB Pump'

      -- Looks --

      The pump is only available in black, and it looks very basic, but what more do you need to pump up your tyres? It has a standard fitting, and is thin and long as opposed to the shorter fatter pumps you can get in good bike shops. I received mine in a clear plastic wrapper with a sticker on it - it does not come boxed.

      -- Use --

      All you need to do is use the correct screw in adapter for your product (bike, ball, inflatable toy, bed etc) and pump away. The pump draws air in on the 'out' pull, and pushes it into the product you're inflating on the 'down' pump. It's very easy to use indeed - the pump mechanism feels quite light to me, and I'm a weak arm!

      -- Is it any good? --

      In a word, no. It seems to, somehow, double the amount of pumping needed to fill even the smallest of inflatables as opposed to a pricier (aka, better) pump. You can pump and pump on this and only just get your item filled up before your arm drops off with sheer exhaustion. I wouldn't recommend this unless you a) have something small to fill, b) it's only to stick in the boot when you go camping, for emergencies when the electric pump breaks or c) you are some kind of jolly green giant muscleman.

      Literally, the pump seems to re-invent physics with how much force it can transfer into diddly squat. It's more effective as an arm exercise than a pump! But eventually (eventually!) you can get an inflatable inflated, so I suppose it just about serves it's purpose.

      -- Recommend? --

      No, overall I can't really recommend it. It's just a bit *too* cheap - I'd have rather paid an extra quid or so and had a better quality pump which got the job done in half the time and not feeling like I'd been sparring with Mike Tyson. You can get a better pump than this for under a fiver - it's literally not worth the saving in this instance.

      A lot of value items can be pretty good, even if they don't last long. I don't think the Argos Value Bicycle Pump is badly made in that I don't think it's likely to snap in half in use, it's just cheaply and poorly designed, and is a hassle to use (in fact it'd probably last you due purely to the fact you'd shy away from bothering to use it!).

      Save your money and use good old lung power, or, where you can't do that, buy a decent manual or cheap electric pump, as this one isn't up to scratch.

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      14.06.2011 16:48
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      A great value pump for your bike or wheelchair

      A few years ago I was a full time carer to my mom who had Vascular Dementia and as she got worse she found that she couldn't walk more than a few steps without getting really breathless and if the terrain was uphill she had no chance!

      We finally persuaded her to have a wheelchair so that I could take her out for a walk along the West Shore or into Llandudno for a look round the shops. This was a godsend to both of us and she had many happy rides and plenty of fresh air that she would otherwise have missed out on.

      The one thing that we needed to go with the wheelchair was a pump so that we could pump up the tyres when necessary as they tended to deflate a bit over time.

      We actually bought the pump at the same time that we bought the wheelchair which was purchased from Argos so we went for the basic Argos Value Range Bike Pump. I can't remember how much we paid for it but it currently retails at £3.49 so the price is definitely right!

      It is a bog standard black plastic pump with a brass connector which attaches to the end of the pump and it works in the way that all of these pumps do and that is by good old fashioned hard work! You attach the connector to the valve on the tyre and pump the end of the contraption in and out thus forcing air into the tyre until you are happy that the tyre is inflated.

      As I say we used it originally just for the tyres on mom's wheelchair and it was perfectly adequate for that. In more recent times it has been used to blow up the tyres on hubby's bicycle and it worked perfectly for that too.

      It is, however, fairly flimsy so it needs to be treated with a bit of care - well what do you expect for £3.49? I certainly wouldn't want to have to use it for anything any bigger than a bicycle tyre, For instance I wouldn't fancy trying to blow up an air bed or the car tyres with it!

      So basically what I am saying is that this pump is very good value but be aware that it is exactly what it says it is - a value pump - so I would advise that it is used for only lightweight jobs and maybe as a back up for a more robust pump.

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        05.06.2011 23:13
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        Does the job!

        I am not a huge fan of bike riding in fact i could see the whole thing far enough, my partner insists that since the better weather is here we should grab an hour a day to go a ride and keep fit at the same time.
        My bike is six years old and in mint condition but when getting it out of the hut last week both tyres were soft and my partner asked me to go by a bike pump. I had no idea at the time where i could buy a pump from, yes i'm an air head, so i passed that task onto my dad.
        Dad choose to buy the bike pump from argos as he has one and thinks they are really good and value for money.

        The argos value bicycle pump costs only £3.50. The bike pump comes in clear plastic wrapping with no instructions on how to use it, however even an air head like me can work out how to use the pump its very simple.

        The argos value bicycle pump is pain black and made from thin plastic. The handle on the pump has some ridging lines this helps give some grip when pumping the tyres, also on the handle is a small compartment to store the flexi nozzle part that attaches to the tyre valves.
        The bicycle pump is slim and takes up no room at all in the cupboard at all.

        To use the pump is easy simply attache the flexi nozzle part to the air valve on the tyre and attach it to the bottom of the pump then pull and push the handle of the pump allowing air to be pumped into the tyre.

        I got the special job of pumping up my own tyres and it was so easy to do with the pump. I did however feel i was pumping and pumping for ages until the tyres got hard used a fair bit of energy too.

        You would expect the flex nozzle parts to fit all valves but this was not the case as when my partner pumped up his tyres the connection on the nozzle was quiet loose.

        All in i'm happy with the bike pump, it fits my bike tyres and the girls bikes too. I have also used the pump to blow up a paddling pool yesterday and an air bed for a neighbour today. Its a handy thing to have never know when ill need it next.
        It is very cheap and a basic product, wont last forever but it done its job and worked for me.

        Recommend!

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          03.06.2011 13:45
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          Cheap bike tyre pump that isn't perfect but is decent value for money

          We have tried more recently to get out and about, getting fit in the cheapest ways possible. My son had a bike for his birthday and my wife had already had her bike, and all we needed was the security of having a pump in case of the tyres needing pumping up. Having used budget and cheap products before to pump up tyres, albeit when I was a kid, this Argos one looked a good buy, with negative reviews being quite rare, the majority being quite favourable.

          I suppose whether or not you like this depends on how you use it and how careful you are with it. At under £4, its cheapness should indicate that it's not going to be the most sturdy acquisition you'll ever make. When you first take it out of its packaging, it feels flimsy and light, and I thought it would break rather easily. As we tend to have to drive to an appropriate place in order to have a good area to cycle in, we keep this permanently in the car. A couple of times, one of us has dropped it, and it makes a hollow clattering sound that makes it seem as if it's going to shatter at any moment. It looks a bit battered now, to be fair, and there are a couple of cracks but nothing that affects the workings of it.

          To use it, you need to detach the nozzle that is slotted into the handle part of the pump, and attach it to the bottom of the pump. This then has the attachment needed to fit onto your air valve on the bike. The handle is then on a shaft which you need to move up and down, thus pumping the air into the tyre. It's a standard operation and nothing new or complicated, so it's rather easy to use in terms of the 'how'. It's not very powerful though, and you'll need a bit of elbow grease to get the tyres pumped up. Those using this for bigger tasks other than just bike tyres may find it more of a chore and this may put the pump under duress it's not designed for, and it may break a bit easier.

          I wouldn't say it's a perfect fit with all valves I've used it for, although it's good enough that only a minimal amount of air escapes while you're trying to pump the tyres up. I think it does the job it needs to very well, and although you need to try a bit and it's not the easiest pump I've used, at the price it's available for I'd say it does the job very well. Value for money is certainly something considered here as it didn't cost much and has done exactly what we need it to, therefore it's not something I fault in terms of whether it does the job or not.

          What I'm not so sure about is the longevity of it and whether I feel comfortable that it would remain as reliable as it first seems. If we were going on a long bike ride or away on holiday, I'd probably take a larger pump that we have, something we have for blowing up bigger things, just to be on the safe side. This Argos pump is small enough to attach to the bike itself which is great, but after being dropped a couple of times and it not really standing up to small amounts of damage then you do have to question how sturdy this is.

          The result is that I do recommend this, although you have to be careful as it's not that robust. Small cracks at the moment but these could easily be more problematic with one more small knock, so just look after it. Ultimately, for what you pay for it (less than £4) it's good value, when you consider other pumps may be quite a bit more. Recommended, but have a backup.

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          19.05.2011 10:28
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          cheap but gets the job done

          I am a huge fan of Argos's own brand value products and usually find them to be great value for money. When I bought my bike I got some of my accessories from the catalogue with the exception of things like my helmet that I knew I would want to try on before buying. For things like a bicycle pump I know I couldn't go much wrong with paying £3.49 for it.

          There is nothing fancy about the pump as it is just a plain black old fashioned looking pump as opposed to the more expensive modern one's that have floor stands. I actually prefer this kind of pump as my bike has an attatchment to store it whereas with anything bigger i wouldn't be able to take it on the road with me.

          Using the pump is easy as all you have to do is fit it over the valve on the bike and start pumping. Here is where you will notice the difference between this one and a more expensive one as it doesn't fit snugly over the valve and quite a bit of air escapes as you are pumping.

          The pump does fill my tyres right up but it does involve putting in quite a lot of effort and by the time I have filled them up I can definatley feel it in my arms. To be honest I just look at this as an extra little work out and the pump does get the job done in the end which for the money is all you can really expect.

          You also will need to be careful with handling the pump as the plastic used in it's construction is very cheap and not very robust. I have dropped it a couple of times and the casing was cracked from only a small fall on to the ground. However this hasn't affected how it works and it is still managing to fill the air in to my tires perfectly fine.

          If you don't want to spend a lot of money of a bicycle pump and let's be honest why would you then this one does the job fine. Yes it takes a little bit more effort but as the price you pay for it would barely cover a couple of bottles of water I think it is a complete bargain.

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          18.05.2011 19:07
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          A simple pump that does the job it's designed to do and was cheap.

          My husband used to own a bike, but doesn't any more, and I haven't had one for many years now - being disabled I don't really have the balance or stamina to ride one, so why on earth would I want a bike pump then? Well unfortunately it became necessary to buy one after we bought a nice new blow up mattress for when we have extra guests visiting.

          Now blow up mattresses may look like they wouldn't take much puff to blow them up by mouth like a balloon and this was only a single one, but let me tell you a (funny now, but not at the time) story. Having bought a blow up mattress knowing my niece and nephew were coming to stay with us, I didn't think about it until the morning before they arrived when I fished it out the box and asked my husband to pump it up for me. I walked away, and carried on with making up the one spare bed we already have, leaving him to sort the mattress to go in his study for my nephew. About 15 minutes later I was surprised by a thud and a groan which made me rush into the room and there was my poor (stupid) husband sitting on the floor looking very very red in the face. Knowing we didn't own a pump, instead of thinking to borrow one from a neighbour the silly sod had undone the nozzle that fits on the bike pump and attempted to blow the thing up like a balloon and had made himself dizzy and light headed in doing so! As you can probably understand, it was at this point (after he'd recovered) which I sent him to the store to buy one.

          Because we don't need to use this very often, we didn't want anything expensive or fancy, and the Argos Value bike pump is neither fancy, nor expensive so it was what we chose.

          Coming in at a very reasonable £3.45 it comes packed in plastic wrapping with a label saying it's a bike pump. To be honest this seems more than adequate to me, after all why would I need a box or instructions or anything for such a simple object, but having said that, I'm sure there are some out there who would feel the need for such.

          The pump itself is black plastic and has a slight ridging on the handle. It also has a storage slot in the handle end for keeping the bendy nozzle bit in when not in use. Take this out, pop it in the other end, do the screw bit up, and you're off.

          I'm sure with a bike it's more faff than with an airbed, but the principal is the same pull and push the handle till the object you are trying to fill is filled with air! It didn't take long to finish (especially as hubby had hand filled it partially already), and all was good.

          Overall, this is a simple bike pump that does everything it needs to do. It's cheap, reasonably sturdy though I doubt it would stand up to being thrown around too much, and I'm sure that someone who rides a lot would prefer something a bit more solid. For us however it's perfectly acceptable, and we've used it a couple of times now. It's currently in storage in the loft along with the folded up mattress so that it's always there when we need it and my dear fella isn't tempted to try that particular trick again.

          I'd say if you need a cheap pump - be it for bike tyres or blow up beds, this is a pretty good solution.

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          18.05.2011 11:41
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          A fantastic bicycle pump from the Argos Value range.

          My partner and I love nothing more than a nice bike ride together and since moving in to our new property we've got a designated locked bike area. This has encouraged us to get new bikes and to start using them more. Obviously with new bikes comes new equipment; pumps, locks, lights etc. We ended up travelling up to Halfords and while up there we picked a few bits up from Argos, one of them was this bicycle pump which is available, May 2011, for £3.49 which is a very reasonable price.

          This pump is simple packaged in a clear plastic wrapping that's sealed, there is a small white label stating that this is a bicycle pump. There is nothing special about the packaging but then it's a bicycle pump and not really sure how many people would actually need instructions on how to use this. The pump is made from black plastic, it's got a thick end that's the handle and it's ridged. The nozzle that you need to pump air is slotted in the top of the pump, just remove it and screw it in to the bottom of the pump, you then screw this on to your wheel and can begin to pump up your bike. It's easy enough with an up and down action on the pump to inflate a bicycle tyre and it only takes me a minute or two to inflate a flat bicycle tyre.

          This pump is quite simple, there is nothing fancy to the design but it does the job that its needed for. The price is fantastic and even though we've used this on quite a few occasions now it's been absolutely fantastic and hasn't let us down one. The pump is very well designed and sits airtight while inflating tyres ensuring that you don't lose loads of air. It's fairly robust and I've actually got a holder on one of our bicycles now so we can attach this and take it out with us when on a long bike ride. It's able to withstand being thrown around in it's holder with no problems at all. It hasn't cracked or broken in any place and it's been an absolute time saver when out and about on a couple of occasions now when we've suffered from flat tyres.

          If you are looking for a cheap way to ensure your bicycle is kept in tip top condition then why not pick one of these us. Ours has more than paid for itself in the time we've saved in not having to walk our bikes back because of flat tyres.

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          Buy this and you'll still be pumping in a weeks time!

          My family often pick up some fantastic christmas presents for me however I'm often quite particular when it comes to my cycling stuff. In fact quite particular is an understatement! I used to work in sports retail selling cycles and accessories so have come across plenty of products to compare against.

          Cycle pumps attach to the valve on your inner tube. This uses a simple screw on connecter which came with Presta and Schraeder (Car type value) adapters. This version features an extractable handle which then forces air from its chamber into the inner tube once the handle is pushed back into the shaft. Some pumps offer an option of attaching co2 auto inflation cartridges however that feature is not available on this pump.

          Price- £3.49 in the argos catalogue sounds like a value product. I have a number of hand pumps at home ranging from £10 up to £25 so this is lower than I would usually pay

          The pump came with a clip system to fit the pump to your frame. I have not used this personally as prefer to keep a pump in the back pocket of my cycling jersey

          The pump is made from ABS plastic in black

          In use the pump is extremely hard work. It takes alot of pumping action for a long period of time to inflate a tyre even partially. I tested this pump out on a flat tyre at home first of all and found that it would not be of use in the middle of nowhere on a cold wet January day and it is subsequently gathering dust in my garage

          The packaging stated the pump will go up to 60 psi. This is an insufficient level to go to for anyone that has a road bike with skinny tyres as most road tyres have recommended psi ranges of above 85-90 psi. At lower levels of pressure insufficient amounts of air in the inner tube could cause the tyre bead to unhook and this is unsafe and likely to cause an accident.

          I'm afraid from my experience I would not recommend this product. I would give it 1/5 as it failed to inflate my tyre and that's what it's main purpose is.

          Happy cycling

          This review will also be posted on ciao

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            29.03.2011 22:10
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            A good pump for the money

            Last summer my fiancé and myself acquired a bike each, they were actually my parents but they never used them any more so asked if we wanted them, although we do go up the gym on a regular basis we do not do a huge amount of biking but with my fiancé working and us living so close to town we thought they might come in handy. Naturally over the winter our bikes didn't get as much use and when we came to use them again the tyres were a bit on the flat side, we suddenly realised we didn't actually have a bicycle pump to pump the tyres up. As we only really use the bikes to go to and from town we didn't really want to spend out a lot of money on a really fancy pump with loads of added gadgets, we just wanted something cheap and that did the job. After having a look around we discovered the Argos Value Pump, extremely cheap but ideal for what we wanted.

            The pump come in very basic packaging consisting of a clear plastic bag sealed at both ends, there were no actual instructions with it at all just a small plain white label stating what the product was I think this was more for warehouse use rather than consumer use. As for the pump it looks like a pretty standard bicycle pump, it is a long black plastic cylinder which is slightly thicker at one end, this is the handle and also the part you pull and push backwards and forwards in order to pump the air into your tyres, it has small ridges in it I am assuming to help with grip although I could be wrong, that is basically it for the appearance, there is no logo or writing on the pump itself very plain and simple, although I was not bothered about this at all as long as it did what I wanted it to.

            The pump comes with a small bendy nozzle which is covered in what looks like coloured stitching, this is designed to attach the pump to the tyre and allows the air to be pushed directly through the tyres valve and into the tyre itself. The nozzle has a small brass attachment on one end, this screws onto the end of the pump itself, on the other end of the nozzle is a Schrader fitting valve this is the typical type of valve which can be attached to the valve on a car or bicycle, although I don't think I fancy pumping my car tyres up with this!!! The Schrader valve simply pushes onto the bicycle tyre valve, I was a little concerned at how securely the attachment would fit on to the tyre valve especially with the pump being so cheap, however I was pleased to see that the nozzle and valve fitted securely together allowing no air to leak out as the pump was used. One thing I did like about the pump was that when you had finished with it the nozzle detached from the end of the pump and insert it into a small hole in the handle end of the pump for storage, it simply screws in place so that it cannot fall out and get lost, I particularly liked this feature as without it I'm sure I would manage to loose the nozzle, either that or my cat Layla would carry it off somewhere to play with.

            When it comes to pumping up the tyres it is very easy to do, once the nozzle is attached to both the pump and the tyre itself you simply pull the handle up and down, as the handle is pushed back down the air is pushed through the pump, through the nozzle and into the tyre thus gradually inflating it. Now this is only a small cheap pump so the amount of air it produces through each push is not a huge amount, for us it was perfect as we only needed to top the tyres up with air but should you wish to pump up your bike tyres from totally flat then it may take a little longer compared to that of a larger more expensive pump, but for me it was ideal and it only took a few minutes to inflate the tyres on both bikes a little more.

            The pump is an Argos Value pump so obviously we purchased it from out local Argos and it cost us just £3.49, personally I thought this was a real bargain for this product, whilst it is very plain and simple and does not have any fancy attachments or added extras it does the job and speaking from experience does it well. The pump seems to be reasonably strong and sturdy and although a basic pump, well made, it is only made from a plastic material but this does seem to be quite strong. I would definitely say it is worth the money, it does what it is supposed to without any added extras, but wouldn't expect anything else with it being sold at such a cheap price.

            Overall I was very impressed with my Argos Value Pump, it did an excellent job of pumping up the tyres, it has a handy storage place for the nozzle attachment and is very easy to use, the handle slides up and down with ease so you are not struggling to get air into the tyres. I found the pump topped up my tyres reasonably quickly, although it may take a bit longer if your tyres are totally flat. Whilst this pump is ideal for every day use I do not think it would be good enough for serious bikers/ mountain bikers as it is very basic, but for general use it is perfect and also extremely cheap, definitely a product I would recommend.

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            15.02.2011 22:17
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            This cannot be the best option - even allowing for inflation!

            I now have two bicycle pumps when one would have done nicely. Harrumph! My wife bought me this Argos pump as a little gift because I was stupid enough to lose the perfectly good pump that I had.

            We bought our bikes second hand at auction. Neither came with pumps but I had one that had been kicking around the garage for yonks so I brought it into service. In fitting the pump to the bike, I had noticed that the pump holders into which you secure the pump were a bit loose and rather than adjust them straightaway which would have been a 2 minute job, I resolved to do it later. Yes, you've guessed it - came back from bike ride without my pump. Stupid boy!

            For a couple for hours I was inconsolable, but it was my own fault. Mrs Bellroyd returned with this as a present the following weekend. That was decent of her, I suppose, but the irony here is that whilst she was out at the shop, I took it upon myself to retrace my cycling route round the local lanes of a few days earlier and was lucky enough to find the one that had detached itself from my bike. I was well pleased at this and therefore had to smile when I was given this present later that same day. As a thank you, I now have the new one and I gave my wife one, as it were. I suppose I should have let her have the new one but it would have been churlish to return a gift.

            So, I have a new pump from Argos and I have had to press it into service about 3 times since I have had it. Each time it did its job, but with lots of huff and puff from me. I got there in the end, but no matter how much I twiddled with the valve and the connector, it seemed to take an age to inflate the tyres.

            It's black and rather cheap looking and is very much old-style when it comes to comparing it with newer and more modern alternatives. That said, it does fit nicely on its holders on the bike and I do always like to take it with me when I go out, having previously had to walk home 2 miles one evening years ago after having had a slow puncture.

            For a new pump I was a bit surprised that it was a bit wheezy and squeaky when I first used it. I dabbed on a bit of 3 in one oil and this reduced the noise a bit, but it does seem way too inefficient at transferring air into the tyres. The bike when I got it had a Presta valve on the front wheel and a Schrader valve on the rear (weird I know) so I have to carry around a little adaptor which I fasten to the connector valve to inflate one of the tyres. That goes on and off without any issues.

            It is hard to find fault with this pump other than the time it takes to inflate a tyre. There aren't many cheaper options out there, but I am sure there are better ones, so for what it is I will give it a grudging 3 stars.

            There - I have made it through to the end of the review without making reference to "an entirely unsatisfactory blow job"....... Doh!

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            02.02.2011 14:00
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            Overall good value pump and easy to carry on the bike - worthwhile

            Whilst browsing my Argos catalogue I came across the Argos Value Range bicycle pump. I knew I needed a new bike pump, but the question was whether it would be upto the job. At £3.49 and the word 'Basic' attached to the name I was unsure, but I wouldn't have lost much in finding out. When I first handled the pump I noticed how light it is. Made from black plastic ABS it does the job well - but after plenty of elbow grease! The first point to make about the pump is that it takes a lot of effort as the pump is quite stiff and clearly not very efficient. The best hand-action pumps are those that you stand on the ground and pump down on, but this is a value hand pump and one which you can carry on your bike easily.

            Within the handle is an empty shaft which you can store the connector which attaches to the tyre to the pump. This is a useful idea, as it is easy to lose these and finding you don't have one when you need to pump your tyre up would make the pump useless. This connector can be removed from the shaft and screwed onto the other end before pumping commences. This bicycle pump is relatively cheap and after a while you will see what I mean. I have noticed that after a number of uses the pump begins to squeek as you pump it up and down, and this is probably due to the pump needing oiling. By storing the connector within the pump also protects the brass fittingsfrom rusting.

            There aren't a great deal of negatives for the pump because at this price you would never expect to much anyway. The pump does leak air, which is the reason it takes so much effort for such a little return! The slimline and lightweight design are big positives as these make the pump ideal for carrying around whilst cycling or attaching to the bike itself. This reason alone makes this bicycle pump a good value buy, although loses 2 stars due to poor results and lots of elbow grease on the stiff pump!

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            21.01.2011 14:58
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            A value pump that is not great.

            If you are a fan of cycling then there is one piece of kit that you simply can not do with out. A pump! I remember the awful experience of when I was 16 and went on a long ride with some of my friends. About ten miles from home the unthinkable happened, I got a flat tyre. As neither I nor any of my friends had a bicycle pump it meant that I had to struggle home on my own. That was not a fond memory and one that really put me off cycling if I'm honest.

            However over the years I have still got out occasionally on my bike. I am certainly not a serious cyclist so when it came to buying a pump I didn't want to spend a lot. This is where the Argos Value cycling pump comes in. This is really the definition of cheap and cheerful. At just £2.99 I thought I couldn't possibly go wrong. Having this with me if I do happen to go out on a ride is a always sensible. As luck would have it I have never had a flat tyre when I've been out since the age of 16. But the fact is that sometimes I go for a very long time without riding, so tyres sometimes need a little boost.

            The Argos Value Range pump is not really that great a piece of kit if I'm honest. My dad used to have an old fashioned pump and that was far better and far more reliable than this one. However it does work. The problem is it is a little bit fiddly, it doesn't seem to pump as much air as it should do and it just generally makes a simple job a little bit of a pain. But it does eventually get the job done.

            It is pretty easy to attach the noel to the bike tyre, but it does seem to come loose quite easily. One other thing is that when you are pumping the pump, it seems like you are giving it maximum effort for minimum results. It seems like you are pumping the air into everywhere but the tyre. However if you stick with it the tyre does start to go up.

            The Argos pump is pretty bog standard when it comes to looks. It's black and erm.... cylindrical. Look pretty much like a bike pump should I suppose. The fact is that if you are a serious cyclist then this pump is not really for you. However, if you just get out on your bike every now and again and don't take it all very seriously, then this pump is probably going to be fine for you. The fact is even if you do buy it and find that it's not really up to scratch, it only costs £2.99 so your not going to lose very much.

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