Park Tool Dial Adjust review£30.00

Powerful portable pumping

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This Park Tool model is one of the big daddies of the portable pump world. It’s a hefty 48cm long and weighs 261g – but that extra size does bring with it some advantages, notably a 21cm stroke that will help get your pressure up in less time than most smaller pumps take.

The Dial Adjust’s ergonomics are pretty good, too, the handle opening out into a T-shape that enables you to get a very good grip. Unlike some frame-fitting pumps, this is a one-size-fits-all affair, a series of nine notches in the handle enabling the spring at the other end to keep it in place.

We got to a healthy 70psi after 200 strokes, and because of its size this has lots more to give. The long shaft is only 8mm in diameter, so given the length of the stroke you do need to pump carefully so as not to put too much pressure on it, but overall the plastic and metal construction feels pretty tough.

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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