Portable pumps for bikes tend to be a bit on the rubbish side. Despite this I still wanted one. Who wants to go heavy if you can travel lightweight? I have been stubbornly determined to find the one!
It was love at first virtual site. The description for the SKS Piccolo Micro Pump claimed to be so light, and small, that not only would it go into your backpack but into your pocket too. It has a bottle cage clip so it can also be attached to the bike. The weight is only seventy-two grams and the length a mere one hundred and sixty-five millimetres. It only cost me around six pounds to buy and now the price has dropped by about a pound so it's lightweight to the pocket in more than one sense.
So I made my order back in 2012 and can confirm that virtual love continues into reality. It looks smart with a black ribbed handle and black valve area with silver in between the two ends. So small and light, is the SKS Pump that I had little qualms that this was up for the job. But it is not just first impressions that count. This mini lovely is fairly easy to use and pumps up my tyres perfectly. I don't get too hot and sweaty with small inflations and it even pumps up to eighty-seven PSI.
Pump them up:
This is not a replacement for the main cycle pump. Tyres need to be at the correct pressure to try to prevent punctures. Poorly pumped tyres will get worn more quickly if not correctly inflated. This pump has been tested at home and has been used whilst out an about. This is the main purpose to have a lightweight pump when away from home. It has done the job in difficult and in potential emergency situations.
It is, plastic, so I don't suppose it will endure for always but I would absolutely buy this again. Though, I will admit it does take me a while to pump and it would be like an exercise regime to use it every time that I am at home. It's more for, out there, situations. It does hiss a little with escaping air, but the tyres still pump up, it just means a bit more effort. It seems to fit all valves though you might want to check this when ordering. It does feel a little cheap but remember the price and it is cheap. If you are going on a seriously long cycling holiday get something that is weightier and easy to grip when pumping as it won't feel like it could fall apart on you. I highly recommend for a cheap bit on the side.
The tyres inflate up high and firm. It is efficient and but not a strong pump and so reasonable things can come in small packages. I ought to add that I do use a bigger pump for when greater inflation is required and for more frequent use but for travel this is the best and most trusted mini pump I've ever tried. The main reason to buy this is price and size. It will make you pump hard and I wonder if it can take the work, over time, due to the plastic cheapness of material. However, it fits the bill for my circumstances.
This won't be a short-lived fling unless it falls apart first. It also slips into a saddlebag, basket and jacket pocket. I believe this is the best of the portable pumps in this range and budget. If you want something more solid, and likely to last longer, look to pumps that cost at least double. For my needs it is suitable and not a waste of money. However, if I was to travel longer distances I definitely would look into a finer quality of pump but if this pump can hold itself together, you can be my spare pump forever, darling!
"SKS Piccolo Micro Pump. Pumps Mini. Our lightest mini pump, immediate pressures build-up due to O-ring-technology • Includes bottle cage clip • Ideal for backpack or jersey pocket • Weight: 72g • Length: 165mm • 87 PSI"