Every time I leave the house on my bike, I carry a small collection of tools and flat repair supplies. There’s nothing at all unusual about that but, and again this isn’t special, over the years I’ve looked to optimise. How can I minimise what I carry while maximising my ability to support myself while riding? It’s a challenge of constant reassessment and I realised at the end of last year that it was time to revisit my choice of the best bike pump to carry with me.
Tech Specs: Topeak Roadie TT
Price: £40 / $44.95
Size: 19.5 x 3.3 x 2.35 cm / 7.7 x 1.3 x 0.9in
Colour Options: Black, silver
Volume per stroke: 41.4 cc
In an era of amazing technology, there has to be something out there that makes the experience of road- or trail-side inflation easy. What I ended up settling on was the Topeak Roadie TT mini pump that had actually been in my closet for a while. It’s not perfect but after taking it with me to multiple states and on an uncountable number of rides, I’m ready to talk about all the good and the bad. If you are also looking to optimise your flat repair for the summer season, keep reading to see if the Topeak Roadie TT mini pump is the right choice for you.
Design and aesthetics
It’s hard to get too poetic about the design and aesthetics of a mini pump like the Topeak Roadie TT. It’s a 19.5 cm black, or silver, metal cylinder without a lot of detail that needs attention called to it. The body and head are all metal but there are some plastic pieces that handle the sealing of the outer body to the inner shaft. None of it comes apart so I can’t tell you what it looks like inside and you shouldn’t expect to one day rebuild it if anything fails. You won’t be passing this one on to your children but the important pieces are well-designed.
The head has a locking lever which is once again fully metal and carries a simple, white Topeak logo. It’s a presta valve only affair so if you were thinking of using it for something off our list of the best commuter bikes, you’ll want to double-check the tyres. There is protection for the internal seal in the form of a rubber cover though. You will also find a twist-to-lock feature that keeps the pump from opening in your jersey pocket.
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