SKS Airchamp Pro refreshes the parts other CO2 inflators cannot reach - or at least mine did when a cartridge accidentally engaged in the pocket of my shorts! That aside, it wins over similar inflators thanks to an ergonomic body and a clever thumb switch that allows controlled pressure release without jettisoning all the compressed gas in one hit. At £2.50 a cartridge, it best suits competitive riders who puncture infrequently.
The SKS Diago's sleek appearance sets it apart from the vast majority of mini pumps but the design isn't just for show. The smooth integration of the handle and pump head helps to prevent grit and dirt from fouling the mechanism whilst the ridges that run the length on the pump clip nicely into the provided frame mount.
The SKS Wese Roadrace minipump is a neat and practical solution if you are looking for a relatively cheap and lightweight pump to keep you rolling on your road bike. The Wese only has a Presta valve fitting, which rules it out for some, but as it does say on the side, this is a Roadrace pump.
I've been using the SKS CT-Workx for a while now and I really quite like it. It's a bit different to your usual multi-tool. Rather than making the tool fit the package, the package is designed around the tools.
A good example of this is the tyre levers: they are not narrow so they fit the ends, it feels more like the width of the tool is designed around the required width of the tyre levers.
If your road bike doesn't have eyelets then winter riding means one thing - a thick stripe of cack up your back. Round these parts that cack is distinctly organic, with a hint of nervous cow. Not so great, unless you're a big fan of e-coli, which is where snap-on guards like these DeFenders from Topeak come in.
SKS Race Blades have spawned a host of arguably competent imitators but few can match the superior materials, precision fit and legendary build quality backed by a five year warranty. Sure, they’re not comparable with the full- length type in terms of weather protection (for the bike at least) but they weigh a good deal less and will certainly win brownie points with the chain gang.
This pump has been left at my bike park at work for a number of weeks for all commuters to use and I have seen it in action on a number of occasions. I couldn't think of a better way of testing a track pump: it has been used on 700c, 26” and 20”, inflating to different pressures. It's been well used and well liked, but you can get better performance for not much more.