Last week when I asked about the best cycling accessory people had bought in the past 12 months I knew exactly which one I had in my mind. My Topeak Joe Blow Sport which was recently sent to me by the nice people at Extra UK.
When I first pulled it out of the box I wondered where on earth am I going to keep this big thing. I marvelled at its beauty. Finally I owned something that wouldn’t look too out of place in a bike workshop. I no longer had to travel to my nearest bike shop and timidly ask if I can use their pump.
The big problem with the small hand pumps that we’ve all had since the days riding around with stabilisers is that they struggle to get a tyre up to the required pressure. The result is more rolling resistance which is inefficient. Meaning more hard pedalling and frustration at the bike holding you back. Not having the bike at the correct PSI also meant more punctures.
Those days are long gone. With the pressure gauge at the bottom of the Topeak Joe Blow Sport its easy to know exactly what you are pumping the tyre up to. A few up and down movements and the tyre has gone from completely empty to full. The best part of it is you can imagine yourself blowing up a building each time you raise and drop the bar.
The fun doesn’t end there. This pump can fit both Presta and Schrader valves. Simply flick the switch in the direction labelled P or S. This means all bike types are covered. You also get the various attachments needed for pumping up footballs and so forth.
The Topeak Joe Blow Sport has absolutely everything I could ask for from a floor pump and it is definitely one of those cycling accessories I’d recommend getting sooner rather than later. There is a reason its the pump you often see on the floor in all the bike shops. Unfortunately the size of the Joe Blow Sport does mean it’s a little hard to find a new home for it.
Good things about the Topeak Joe Blow Sport:
- Finally reach the correct pressure on your bike tyres meaning less effort and punctures
- Takes about 1/10th of the time to pump up a tyre
- Solid, good quality design and at a good price
- Feel like you are a demolitions expert about to blow up a building each time you pump your bike
Bad things about the Topeak Joe Blow Sport:
- Don’t expect to be able to fit it into your panniers
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