The well-priced Joe Blow Sport II floor pump from Topeak has proven to be a robust, reliable addition to the MBUK workshop. It’s also survived a proper battering getting knocked about in the back of the van, thanks to the steel barrel and sturdy hardened steel base.
At the end of the flexible hose sits the TwinHead connector, which is as easy to use as they come, offering a Presta fitting on one side and a Schrader fitting on the other. Connection with the valve is reassuringly solid thanks to the good seal and alloy Thumb-Lock lever, which, unlike plastic valve lock levers, doesn’t feel flimsy or potentially snap-able.
Usefully, the gauge doesn’t sit directly on the base plate but instead is lofted a good 220mm off the floor, making the numbers easier to read although they’re still small.
Inflation is rapid and comfortable thanks to the generous sized T-handle with its moulded, rubberised grip.