Product Type: Argos Bike Accessories
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
I'll huff and I'll puff......and I'll eventually get there!
Argos Value Bicycle Pump
Member Name: Bellroyd
Argos Value Bicycle Pump
Advantages: It's pretty cheap
Disadvantages: Takes an awful lot of effort to blow up your tyres
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!
Summary: This cannot be the best option - even allowing for inflation!
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