Birzman Swift mini pump review£20.00

One of the best pumps of its size

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The Taiwanese outfit Birzman has a reputation for innovative, high-quality tools, and it has delivered again with its Swift mini pump.

It’s just 19cm long and weighs a mere 97g, but its performance is very impressive. After 200 strokes you’ll get a road tyre up to about 60psi, and around 100psi after around 400 strokes. The plastic handle doesn’t feel quite as durable as some metal-handled pumps, though the massive metal chuck is a screw-on chunk of reassuring toughness and solidity, and sits at the end of a 12.5cm rubber hose. But that plastic does have one very distinct advantage – when the pressure mounts it doesn’t get anywhere near as hot as metal will do, which helps with the action.

Good things don’t always come in small packages, but in this case that cliché holds true.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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