Blackburn Piston 2 track pump review

With its sturdy-looking steel barrel and large, easy-to-read pressure gauge, the Blackburn Piston 2 track pump immediately ticks a few boxes. We put it to the test to see if it lives up to expectations

Blackburn Piston 2 Floor Pump
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Blackburn Piston 2 track pump is a great value pump that, going on past experience will serve you well for many years. 

Reasons to buy
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    Steel barrel

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    Large, easy-to-read pressure gauge.

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    Long hose

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    Wide footplate

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    Multiple valve compatibility

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Reasons to avoid
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    Dial colours tricky to see.

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    No external adjustable PSI/bar target pointer

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    Hard going at 80psi and above

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It's been a long time since I've worked with a new Blackburn track pump, the reason being that back in 2012 I had the pleasure of testing a Blackburn Air Tower 1 and other than a rather irrating hose location issue (on the opposite side to the gauge meaning it had to twist round the barrel therefore shortening it) it was great. It inflated even the shortest of valves with only the slightest of leaky hisses.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.