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Everyone carries a pump, don’t they? Racer-types might carry a CO2 canister to save weight and space, but even they will strap on a bigger pump for those long winter rides. Despite the reliability of tubeless systems these days, carrying an effective pump is still critical as it’s often possible to reinflate a plugged tubeless tyre.

The biggest reason for carrying a decent pump, though, is so you can get on with the rest of the ride. How many times have you watched one of your ride companions struggling with a teeny pump, while the rest of you stand around in the rain. It’s worth carrying a decent pump just for those ‘Oh, just give it here!’ occasions. You get to be the puncture-fixing hero of the day and you all get to be on your way.

There’s very little difference in weight and awkwardness between a small, ineffective pump and a capable one that’ll get you back on your way with the minimum of fuss, so that’s where we concentrated our efforts in sourcing our pumps.

Come with us as we imagine a puncture on a wet and windy day, with the feeble sun setting and the pub calling. Which pump would we reach for to save the day and get things back on track?


Price: £32.99

From: Zyro Fisher,

Weight: 234g

The Outpost rivals many pumps here for the title of ‘biggest pump on test’ and at 33cm long, you need a big pack to fit it into (or a lot of room on your downtube). The Outpost is meant for big, plus and fat bike tyres although it also includes Blackburn’s ‘high volume/high pressure’ switch which will incongruously allow it to pump up to 85 psi.

With its rubber cap over the valve chuck and brushed black anodised finish, the Outpost gives little away. Opening the pump, it extends to twice that length and you can hear the air being sucked in to fill the pump. The central barrel is a brown anodised non-moving cylinder nearly the size of the outer barrel and that’s it. The chuck is tightened on the valve with a twist of this shaft, making it easy to do with gloves on.

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