Blackburn Air Tower HP track pump£79.99

Efficient inflator, but dear

BikeRadar score3.5/5

As you'd hope – and expect – from a pump at this price, the newest edition to Blackburn’s track pump range performs impeccably. Designed to pump tyres up to 220psi, the HP easily reaches 100psi in just 16 strokes.

The aluminium barrel, base and head make for an incredibly solid feel, which is backed up by Blackburn’s lifetime warranty. The metal head – designed for Presta valves only – is equally solid, and features a bleed valve in case you overdo the pumping.

Another neat touch – and a clever use of space – is that the handle actually has a couple of little storage drawers, handy for patches, valve extenders and the like. All those things that are all too easily lost around the workshop.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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