Blackburn AS-1 Airstick Minipump Review

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04/13/2003| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne

Blackburn AS-1 Airstick Minipump Review

Blackburn is a division of Bell Sports, which is a name you can trust and rely on. Therefore, I had high expectations for the AS-1 roadbike minipump.

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Blackburn is a division of Bell Sports, which is a name you can trust and rely on. Therefore, I had high expectations for the AS-1 roadbike minipump.

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As expected, the minipump accommodates both presta and Schrader valves. When I got my pump, it was set for Schrader valves. The change was simple. Unscrew the headcap, pull out the rubber plug and plastic adapter, then reverse their direction and put them back in.

 

The construction of the AS-1 was solid. The 6061 aluminum barrel serves as the backbone of the pump. The pivoting handle has a textured surface and is aptly named the ?power grip? handle. The pump snaps snug and secure in the side clip. There is also a Velcro strap the wraps around the pump for extra security. As with other Blackburn pumps, the AS-1 is completely serviceable if the need arises. In addition, you can get an optional ?grip clip? which allows the pump to be mounted in different locations.

 

The AS-1 can inflate over 160 psi. I never went that far because I hate loud booms and didn?t want to buy a new tube! I started with a completely deflated tire and pumped 120 strokes. By feel, the tire felt pretty stiff. I attempted to hook up my floor pump to get a reading of inflated the tire was. Of course, some air escaped when I connected the head but I still showed about 92 psi. What I really liked about the AS-1 is that it never got harder to pump as the psi in the tire increased. The strokes were very easy. In addition, you get a 2 for 1 bonus, as the AS-1 is dual action. You get pumping action both pulling and pushing. The pivoting handle also stayed perpendicular to the pump and didn?t have a tendency to want to fold back into the shaft. When you are done inflating, collapse the handle and snap it back into the clip. Be sure to put the mud cap over the opening to keep dirt out.

 

I like the ease of use and sturdy construction. At only 148 grams, you won?t notice it is there. There was no obstruction when I mounted it to the seat tube and I was still able to use my waterbottle cage. If you need longer screws for the cage and mounting clip, they are provided with the pump. The only slight problem I had was with the thumblock lever. It has to be flipped out after you put the pump on the stem. To me, the thumblock lever was very stiff and took more effort than expected. Maybe I?m just a weakling or the lever was just stiff from being new.  

Blackburn not only makes bicycle products, but they support those of us who buy them. They publish their customer service number right on the package in addition to their website. Questions or information are just a phone call or mouse click away. Contact them at 1 800 456 BELL or http://www.blackburndesign.com

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