Post by Jack
When I first started cycling in London, it was all about the money. Not only was I broke and saving for a wedding, but I resented the fact that I was spending well over £100 of my hard-earned cash to get to work each month. After all, I go to work to earn money, not to spend it.
With this in mind, aside from a helmet, lights and a lock, I went as long as possible without spending a penny on my bike. I rode every day, twice a day without pumping up my tyres (not recommended – the punctures will happen!) and, when I finally realised a pump was a necessity, I spent just under a fiver on the cheapest hand pump I could get: the kind I used to pump up my football with as a kid. To be fair to the pump, it did its job – but boy, did you have to work for it! Think of the toughest hill you know, and pumping up two tyres, from flat, was a much harder job.
So when I eventually had some spare cash, I splashed out on a floor pump – the Beto Alloy Track Pump (£13.99, Amazon).
What’s to like?
Most of the features of this pump are, I imagine, universal across all floor pumps. Sturdiness, a clear gauge and a double connector, meaning the pump can be used with both Presta and Schraeder valves.
By far the best bit however, especially after using a hand-pump for so long, is the lack of effort needed to get your tyres to their optimum level. I was sick of hearing people telling me of the importance of keeping my tyres inflated to the right psi. But now, with it taking a maximum of ten ‘repetitions’ of the pump to fully inflate my tyres, I always keep my tyres at the right level and you really do feel the benefits when riding.
What’s not to like?
There is only one noticeable flaw with the Beto Alloy Track Pump, and that is that the valve connector can be a bit fidgety. It can take a good minute or two to get the pump properly connected, and there is a constant worry that you are damaging your valve throughout. I’ve been assured this is not the case, but you do need to make sure you take care (as you should with any pump).
See also: Topeak Joe Blow Sport Review
Overall review of the Beto pump
When you walk into any bike shop, you’ll see a fairly wide array of floor pumps, ranging from around £20 to – hold your breath – £100.
This pump is at the bottom of the price range, and for the price you pay it is hard to criticise it. Looking online on Amazon the pump is available for £13.99 which is obviously cheaper than the £20 I paid (but always worth checking seller’s feedback first), and there’s no doubt that for a first floor pump it’s a great buy. The amount of time saved – not to mention energy – when pumping tyres speaks for itself, and I am now firmly in the ‘floor pumps are brilliant’ camp.
Overall score – 3/5 – Very good for the price!
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