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The BBB Traveller mini pump is a practical solution for those wanting a track pump that goes places.
The construction is a mixture of plastic for the main body of the pump and a metal swivel base that sits flat on the ground. This is well thought out given that it will have to endure, and plastic on this part could wear down quickly.
The pump is easy enough to use. However better instructions on the packaging would have made it simpler. To change the end of the hose to the correct valve the instructional picture shows an arrow that makes it look like you just pull it off, when in fact you have to unscrew it. A simple change in arrow direction here would be beneficial.
Also the footbase is rotated out to the side. Once more a small instructional note on the packaging would save some time here.
The base is metal with the pressure gauge encased in plastic. I found that when rotating this the plastic felt sharp against the palm of my hand, especially in the corners. Not a huge issue when wearing gloves, but very noticeable without.
The pump is suitable for presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves, making it a great all rounder. Simply unscrew the end of the hose and turn it the right way up for the appropriate valve.
The hose is 25cm long which is long enough to attach it to the valve. The valve does need to be at the bottom of the wheel for the pump to be a floor pump though, but that's a given. You do have to fiddle a bit to get the connector onto the valve, but this got easier with each use. It's just a matter of finding a method that works for you.
The handle also swivels out to make it easy to grasp and pump. Once attached to your valve, the pump is very much like a mini track pump and works really well. It inflates your tyre to the correct pressure in no time. I did need to crouch down to do this given that the pump is only 30.5cm in length.
The pressure gauge works well and is a nice little touch. It's easy to read and means you can see at a glance how you are doing. No more under/over inflated tyres after a puncture.
Weighing in at 205g it is a little on the heavy side. It does come with mounting screws and is easily attached to your bike. But it is definitely bulkier and heavier than regular mini pumps. Saying that, it is a floor pump and can't be compared to normal mini pumps.
You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the design of this pump. Each feature works well from the handle to the pump action itself.
The price isn't too steep either at £29.99 and it can be found cheaper online if you are willing to look around.
It's a convenient mini pump that would be perfect for touring or those who prefer this style of pump over mini pumps.
Portable mini track pump; small, family light and affordable — instructions could be better though
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Make and model: BBB Traveller Minipump
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?
The pump is for all bikes and suits presta/Schrader and Dunlop valves. Aimed at cyclists who want a floor pump that is small enough to travel. BBB say "A minipump that feels like a track pump. But one that you could take anywhere". It is a pump that offers the feel of a track pump but is portable.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Unique combination of a mini pump and floor pump.
Twistable foot rest for stable and powerful pumping, integrated with precision pressure gauge.
Lightweight 6063 T6 aluminum barrel.
Screw on valve system fits Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valve types.
T-type handle with Kraton insert.
Bolts and clamps included for secure frame mounting.
Inflates up to 8 bar / 115 psi.
Weight: 198 grams.
The overall construction is robust, but sharp edges on the base need to be noted.
The pump works well.
For everything the pump offers it's not overly heavy.
The price point seems good given other pumps on the market.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The pump preformed well. The gauge on the base was very handy.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the track pump feel.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The instructions could be better and it has sharp edges.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 34 Height: 158cms Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Giant defy My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,