If you have kids like I do, then you’ve probably got bicycles scattered all over your lawn too. I love the fact that my kids love to ride their bikes – it’s great exercise and keeps them busy during the day. Plus the fact that they really enjoy it is a huge bonus too. There is one thing I definitely didn’t like though, and that was all the flat or low tires they were always coming to me for help fixing. We usually solved this with our old and barely usable bike tire pump, or by taking them to the gas station down the street.
One day, a friend of my son’s brought over his bike pump, and it just so happens that my son’s tire went low that day. When we went to go fill it up again using the pump, we were surprised when it didn’t fit at all. We then realized that the bike pump my son’s friend brought over was meant to fit a Schroeder valve, and my son’s bike used a Presta valve (it took me a bit of searching on the internet to find that out!). My daughter’s bike on the other hand used a Schroeder valve, and could accommodate the pump. I’m definitely glad we had that little mishap though, because it helped us to make an informed purchase when we bought our own bike pump.
We went down to the local bike shop and we ended up deciding on the Topeka Joe Blow Sport II Floor Pump. We made sure that this pump could accommodate for both the Presta valve and the Schroeder valve. It doesn’t even require an adapter for either one, it is ready to fit both types of valves right out of the box.
As for the pump itself, it does what it claims to do very effectively – pump air into bicycle tires. Since my kids are always getting low on air, I knew it wouldn’t be long until we would get to try it out. A few days later, we got our chance, and I had my husband come out and teach the kids exactly how to use the pump. We don’t mind helping out, but we figured since we have a good pump now, the kids should know how to use it so they can fix their own flat tires whenever they get them.
I have to say, the design of this pump is excellent, especially for kids. The handle is oversized, meaning it is easy to grip and use, and it is so straightforward that my kids only had to be shown once before they could start using it all on their own. Now, there’s no more walking them and their bikes to the gas station to fill up their tires. They can ride all day, even if we are out doing errands and never have to worry about their tires going flat ever again. I would recommend this pump to anyone who has kids who like to ride bikes.