Blackburn Airstik SL Carbon mini pump£37.99

Superlight but impractical

BikeRadar score3/5

There's not enough red anodising in the bike world, so we’re glad to see Blackburn bringing it back with this Presta valve-only mini pump.

It measures just 157mm un-extended and weighs 51g (including mount). It has a double chamber and pumps air from both the barrel and the shaft to save time.

It still takes work to get your inner tubes up to pressure though: 250 strokes got a 700x23 tyre to a usable 91psi before we ran out of strength. Nonetheless, it’s sturdy and guaranteed.

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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