Product Type: Topeak sports equipment
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Topeak Joe Blow Sport Bike Pump
Member Name: screedsean
Topeak Joe Blow Sport Bike Pump
Date: 13/01/12, updated on 26/01/12 (28 review reads)
Advantages: Great fast pump for many applications that is built well.
Disadvantages: Slightly expensive.
After using my dad's compressor for many years to pump up my bicycle tyres I have now had to resort to my own pump to bring to university with me. I thought about getting a small pump that I could attach to my bike but with the chance of it getting stolen I opted for the track style pump that would also prove easier to use as it has a larger and more stable stroke.
I actually went to Halfords to buy this pump for around £30 I think a few months ago. Looking at the other pumps available I soon settled on this one as it felt sturdy enough to last the test of time, had two valves so I could pump up both my road and mountain bikes easily, and pumped up to a suitable pressure to keep me rolling smoothly. (160psi max pressure).
Also impressive are the pumps looks. I am actually a fan of the bright yellow body of this pump, the black handle and stand fits in nicely though as this is what could get scratched so the black hides any scratches nicely. A steel base is also attractive as it cannot be snapped under lots of force and can be used on rough ground.
When I first got to use this pump I was immediately impressed with it. The rubber hose is very flexible so you can connect it to your bike easily and not strain the valve on the inner tube. The stand is wide enough so you can stand on the edges to stabilise the pump if needed and the handle is actually quite ergonomically shaped so it fits your hands nicely with a rubber insert to absorb some of the force of pushing on it. While pumping I have found that the dial is very easy to read, showing both psi and Bar pressures clearly.
As mentioned this pump has both schrader and presta valves on it which are easily switched by the turn of the small yellow lever - a very handy addition. Also on this model is a small black release valve that you unscrew so the pump deflates tyres quickly.
The speed that this pump pumps at is actually very quick and even at high pressures (~120psi) this pump is still able to pump without being too much effort and the pump trying to squirm beneath you. With a long shaft you can really get lots of air into a tyre quickly and although I have not tried it I imagine it would even be possible to pump a car tyre up on this.
I am extremely pleased with this pump and would recommend it to anyone that needs a pump at their house. This is suitable for all bikes, air beds or even a car and although it is slightly expensive it is built with quality. After 5 months of using my product it shows no signs of wear and I imagine I will still have this product well after university.
Body Material: Steel barrel and hardened steel base
Max Inflation: 160psi
Valve Compatibility: Twin Head connector for Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves. Alloy thumb-lock ensures a durable air-tight seal
Extra Features: Oversized elastomer padded handle provides a comfortable grip. Includes ball and air bladder needles
Summary: If it doesn't need to be portable - get this!
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