If, like us, you're used to seeing decent municipal amenities for cyclists in your friends' holiday snaps of european towns, rather than on your way into work, then you'll be both surprised and delighted that Cyclehoop have installed the first of their Bicycle Bollard public pumps in London. The first two pumps are at Banyard House car park on Queen Victoria Street and at the London Wall car park in Moorgate.
It's a simple idea, really: a bolted down track pump for everyone to use. Of course, Cyclehoop have had to beef up the Bicycle Bollard to dissuade lazy vandals from having a pop at it, so the pump mechanism is housed in a stainless steel barrel that's bolted to the floor. The handle is stainless steel too, and there's a braided steel armoured hose to deliver the air, through what looks like a Topeak smart head adaptor. There's even a pressure gauge in the top.
The pump would make a great addition to any public bike park, and it's also designed to blend in with rows of standard bollards. Like all Cyclehoop gear, it's designed and manufactured in the UK, and it's receiving plenty of interest from other european countries. It's nice to have things that way round, for once...
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