Feeling low? Get some air from one of Bristol’s five new municipal bike pumps

Sturdy municipal bike pumps are rolling out across the country - is there one near you?

by Sarah Barth   February 23, 2014  

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Five free municipal bike pumps are to be installed across Bristol to make cycling in the city less stressful.

The locations for the pumps, installed by Better by Bike, a joint project between Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council, will be announced later this month.

They will be the responsibility of local businesses to maintain, and will act as advertising for the pursuit as well as handy top-up stations.

A spokesman told the Bristol Evening Post that the pumps should cement Bristol’s reputation as a leading city across the country for cycling provision.

The pumps have been paid for by the West of England Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The pumps in Bristol are similar to two that were installed in the City of London in 2011, located in car parks in Queen Victoria Street and London Wall.

They’re designed by Cycle Hoop, manufacturer of innovative locking systems for urban spaces, and are engineered to neatly integrate into a row of street bollards.

Housed inside a robust stainless steel body with a solid steel pump handle and an armoured air hose, the hand powered pump is designed to withstand constant public use and vandalism.

Also this year, the scheme has been extended to Clapham, Tower Hamlets, Paddington, Brixton and Waterloo, along with Sheffield and Lincolnshire.

To see if there is a pump on your commute or regular ride, click here.

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Is it April 1st? Handy if you get a puncture in the right place.

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1209 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 9:44

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They'll be vandalised, graffiti'd up and covered in dog piss (and probably shit too) in less than a week.

Call me cynical....

posted by Critchio [101 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 10:16

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"cement Bristol’s reputation as a leading city across the country for cycling provision"

Are you kidding me?! I spent yesterday driving about Bristol visiting my partners family, and all I could think was how uninviting the roads looked to cycle on!

The ring road is awful, and the parts of Gloucester Road that do have a cycle path are usually parked in by cars with hazards on!

posted by n8udd [9 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 11:15

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There has been one in kingston nr the bike stands next to the church for some months now, yet to see anyone use it mind!

posted by rogermerriman [18 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 12:49

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fantastic stuff, love to see councils pro cycling.

posted by mylesrants [14 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 13:10

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n8udd wrote:
"cement Bristol’s reputation as a leading city across the country for cycling provision"

Are you kidding me?! I spent yesterday driving about Bristol visiting my partners family, and all I could think was how uninviting the roads looked to cycle on!

The ring road is awful, and the parts of Gloucester Road that do have a cycle path are usually parked in by cars with hazards on!

There is an off road cycle path around a lot of the ring road. Also a number of great cross town routes and of course the Bristol 2 Bath cycle track that can take you from Templemeads to Bath Spa without going on a road.

I agree a lot of Bristol is a bear pit but it does have a few good bits, unlike many other cites. From my point of view if you can't see the cycle infrastructure from the main roads thats a real bonus!

posted by paulrbarnard [98 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 13:31

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There's one in Exeter, just outside Central Station, along with a load of new bike parking. Cool

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posted by Rob Simmonds [251 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 14:57

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Not sure why people comment half the time on here, just seems to generally a lot of moaning on so many of the stories. Smile cheer up everyone you're alive!

posted by GazHove [12 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 21:21

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GazHove wrote:
Not sure why people comment half the time on here, just seems to generally a lot of moaning on so many of the stories. Smile cheer up everyone you're alive!

Nah, the daily hate's site is down for some reason or other and they've nowhere else to go to Devil Devil Devil

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posted by giff77 [1036 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 21:48

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I live in Bristol.

A week ago this would've been *so* useful

Came out a of a shop to spot I'd got a flat, swapped the tube out, used my whizzy CO2 jobber to inflate it, and it went down. Used the second cartridge to have another go, and then realised the valve in the replacement tube was borked.

I'm now out of gas.

Proceeded to walk 2 miles home in cycling shoes.

If I'd have had one of these nearby, I'd have been able to patch the original and would've saved myself 45 minutes walking back in uncomfortable shoes (or at least reduced the walking until I found a pump ...)

posted by Sherlock Ohms [14 posts]
23rd February 2014 - 22:46

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Only 2 miles? Sagan would have ridden a wheelie all the way home and then done the repair!

posted by chokofingrz [253 posts]
24th February 2014 - 1:43

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Came out a of a shop to spot I'd got a flat, swapped the tube out, used my whizzy CO2 jobber to inflate it, and it went down. Used the second cartridge to have another go, and then realised the valve in the replacement tube was borked.

I'm now out of gas.

and the moral of this story. Always carry a mini pump in case you run out of gas cannisters Big Grin

posted by usedtobefaster [82 posts]
24th February 2014 - 11:21

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The Evans shop in the middle of Birmingham always has a track pump outside which I've used a few times without eyelids being batted...only downside is that it's only available when the shop is open but as it's a big chain it has decent opening hours.

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posted by mtm_01 [90 posts]
24th February 2014 - 11:27

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Why carry pump as well as cartridges? Might as well just carry pump!

Not so much a six pack as a barrel!

posted by Bigfoz [60 posts]
24th February 2014 - 12:58

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or carry a pump that can do co2 as well as manual ... lezyne
springs to mind .. Big Grin

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [679 posts]
24th February 2014 - 13:53

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Mini track pump is the way to go Wink

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posted by mtm_01 [90 posts]
24th February 2014 - 16:50

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Hackney has one of these Smile

It doesn't work Sad

posted by kie7077 [431 posts]
25th February 2014 - 13:30

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Lazy bu**gers with your CO2 canisters. They are *only* for XC racing, at no other time are you in that much of a rush that you can't use a pump.

posted by tomilett [6 posts]
27th February 2014 - 11:08

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tomilett wrote:
Lazy bu**gers with your CO2 canisters. They are *only* for XC racing, at no other time are you in that much of a rush that you can't use a pump.

If I'm late for work too many times, I'm sacked, those 2-3 minutes saved can make all the difference.

I also like to commute light, just a drink bottle with tools+pocket jacket in it, pump would not fit in it easily, / would take hundreds of pumps to inflate tyre.

When it's freezing cold, and the winds blowing rain in your face and the only thing keeping you warm was cycling and minimal gear, that little CO2 canister is a godsend.

We don't all poodle along at 12mph on our commute.

posted by kie7077 [431 posts]
27th February 2014 - 13:00

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