A solidly built track pump with a stable base and good ergonomics which should last for ever
All metal barrel and base
Quite small gauge
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Topeak’s JoeBlow is one of those track pumps which everyone seems to use, but Topeak actually makes a bewildering array of Joe Blows, with the Sport II being near the bottom end of the 20 pump range (only 14 of which make it to the UK).
Nevertheless it’s a meaty pump, starting with its weight, which is heading towards 2kg. It has a steel barrel and a large steel base, which both makes it very stable and easy to get a foot on to start pumping.
Although it’s got a shortish hose and small gauge, they are placed around a quarter of the way up the barrel, so they’re easy to get at and the gauge is easy to read, with a quality look to it. It’s also got a moveable yellow indicator so you can see at a distance when you are up to your desired pressure. You might have difficulty getting at the valves if you’ve got your bike in a stand though.
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There’s a two-head adapter for presta and schrader vlaves with a two-way locking lever which engages with a solid-feeling click and there’s no loss of air when pumping once it’s attached and locked.
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The pump’s handle is wide, well shaped and comfortable too, so that although there’s a bit of wobble when fully extended it never feels flimsy. At 29 strokes, it doesn’t take too much effort to get to 100psi and you could go a lot further if you wanted to.
Topeak sells the parts you are most likely to need to replace separately too: valves, gauges, seals, heads, so if something goes wrong you probably won’t have to throw the pump away and start again. It also comes with the usual airbed and football adapters if you expect to venture away from the bike. So this is a great pump at a keen price which should keep going for ages.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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