Bike Care Essentials

A well-equipped work bench can make the difference between a stellar ride and downtime at the bike shop

Posted: 2 December 2009
by Matt Phillips

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Easy-as-pie psi - Top Dog St Deluxe pump, £46.99

Tyre pressure affects your bike's comfort, speed, handling and even your safety. And although your road tyres may have a maximum pressure of 125 psi, that might not be the pressure you should use; most riders of average height and weight will experience optimal performance with less than the maximum stated pressure. The Top Dog St Deluxe certainly lives up to its name and is a quality piece of workshop kit. The heavy steel base makes it stable, the wooden handle is contoured for comfort and the top-mounted gauge is clear and easy to read. The generous stroke length fills tyres quickly, up to a psi of 160.


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