It’s getting to the time of year when folks are looking for gifts for themselves, their friends or their bikes. Here are some links to some pump reviews I’ve done in 2009. This is the first of a series of review reviews.
Blackburn floor pump goes BANG!!!
It wasn’t the tube. It was the hose that had blown near the base of the pump.
Blackburn has a lifetime warranty on their pumps, so I wasn’t worried. Their customer service is a little disappointing, though. After several emails, two calls and 13 minutes on hold being told that my call was very important, Customer Service Courtney said that they were behind in reading their email, that my pump had been discontinued and that they would send me a new Air Tower 2 to replace it.
Blackburn Air Tower 2 has some nice features
Bottom line: it works like a floor pump should. The head has been redesigned. Instead of the T-shaped top on my old pump, this one has a single head with two holes. One is for Schrader valves; the smaller is for Presta.
Some readers have complained that their pumps haven’t worked right with Presta valves, but I haven’t had that experience.
The pump has a nifty storage area in the handle that holds inflators for balls, rafts, pool toys, etc. It’s not a reason to buy the pump, but it’s a nice extra.
Topeak Road Morph Pump with Gauge
It’s a great pump, but the documentation leaves a lot to be desired. To save you from going through the (embarrassing) gyrations I went through, I created the Topeak Road Morph Pump with Gauge Guide for Dummies.
The review also covers how I mount the pump on my LHT and what tire tools I carry.