Blackburn Airstik 2 Longneck pump review£29.99

Innovative mini pump

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Blackburn's latest mini pump has a novel selling point – a head connected by a telephone-cable-like extending tube.

It means that when you’re pumping up tyres you’re not putting so much strain on the valve and you can pump in a more comfortable position.

But it suffers the same problems as all small pumps, and takes over 100 strokes to get a road tyre up to 100psi. We also found that the part of the pump that you grip with the pumping hand is very short.

This means it doesn’t allow you to get a good or comfortable grip. That said, we’d very much like to see that same head arrangement on a larger pump.

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: 53
  • 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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