It’s difficult to get too excited about a track pump. All things considered, pumping up your bike’s tyres is a pretty mundane job.
But, needless to say, it’s an essential one and a good track pump can be the difference between a one-minute job and wrangling with nozzles, hoses, valves and anything else that’s preventing you from getting out to ride.
As pumps go, the Birzman Maha Apogee III may be a bit of a mouthful, but it’s very good. The Apogee takes over from the excellent Zacoo and the key to its success is the clever Snap-It head.
Pull the collar on the connector back, slide the Snap-It head onto the inner tube valve, give it a short twist, then push the collar back up and you’ll get a secure, reliable connection to the valve for minimal effort, with no blow-offs (stop laughing at the back) and no air leakage (come on now…). It works with a Schrader valve, too, by threading the Snap-It head onto the valve.