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The Hoy Hi Pressure mini pump gets tyres up to pressure surprisingly easy and its metal construction means it should keep on pumping for a long time.
One thing that I always find problematic with mini pumps is the plastic elements. Over time they tend to bend, degrade or simply break if you use the pump frequently.
Therefore I was particularly happy to see that the Hoy mini pump was made of solid brushed aluminium. This gives it a good feel in your hand and is a reassuring presence if you are stranded next to a road with a flat. It also means that with an attractive horizontal striped design, it is a mini pump that you are not ashamed to have tucked in to your jersey pocket.
The pump, has both presta and Schrader options that are easily interchanged through simply rotating the cuff beneath the valve itself. This is so simple that I initially didn't realise that I had done it. It is certainly one of the highlights of an impressive pump.
It is also simple to inflate the tyres to 120 psi with considerably less effort than other mini pumps that I have used. The valve itself extracts from the end of the pump and screws on to the tyre valve via a tube. I personally like this system as it means that there is far more flexibility in how you hold the pump. When the solid elements of the pump connect directly to the valve, it can be awkward.
I also like plastic collar that keeps the pump together when not in use. It slides underneath the lip of the pump's head and keeps it in place to stop any movement when in your pocket. When in use it can be slid down the body of the pump to stay out of the way and allow for effective movement when inflating a tire.
At £30 the pump is also good value for money. I personally think a good pump is one of the most important elements to consider when doing a long ride, as if it takes 20 minutes to change and inflate a tyre, then you lose momentum and need to warm up again, increasing the likelihood of injury. I managed to get my tyre from flat to 100 psi in around three minutes, which is a strong performance for a mini pump.
Fine example of a mini pump
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Make and model: Hoy Hi Pressure Mini Pump
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A portable pump designed for roadside use and mobility to fit in your jersey pocket.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Handle: Brushed Aluminium
Hose: Approx. 180mm long
Max. Pressure: 120 PSi
Valve Compatibility: Presta and Schrader
Solid and very well made mini pump; having a full aluminium body and head makes it sturdy but without being overly heavy.
Strong performance, quick inflation and easily fits into back pocket.
Solid Aluminium body means that this would survive for considerably longer than other models who incorporate more plastic into the design.
Strong in this category despite the solid aluminium construction, easily comparable to other plastic models.
At £30 it is on the high side for a mini pump, but as I said, I believe a reliable and durable pump is one of the most important pieces of riding kit.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, good for mobility, fast inflation and looks good poking out of your jersey pocket
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The speed at which it inflates combined with the attractive design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Minor, but the plastic collar could fall off and be lost if you aren't careful.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A top class mini pump that is well worth an investment.
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.