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Picking the right bike pump can sometimes be a tough decision because there are so many out there. But only very few good quality ones.
There are floor pumps, hand pumps, mini floor pumps and track pumps. To make things a little more complicated, each one has different usage and are marketed differently.
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As a road cyclist, you’d want to have a really good quality floor pump at home and a mini or portable bike pump attached to your bike for repairing punctures mid-ride.
Here are 10 of the best floor and mini bike pumps you might want to consider.
Best Bike Floor Pumps
1. Topeak Joe Blow Sport 3
Topeak’s Joe Blow Sport series has set the standard for years when it comes to bicycle floor pumps.
Next time when you’re at a cyclist’s house, take a look at the bike pump they’re using.
Odds are, they’ve got a Topeak bike pump somewhere in the garage, or they’ve previously owned one.
With a massive 3″ analogue gauge, a steel barrel, a padded ergonomic handle, and TwinHead DX valve head, the feature-rich Joe Blow Sport 3 takes its heritage to a new level and makes inflating the tires effortless.
2. Lezyne CNC Drive Floor Pump
The Lezyne CNC Travel Drive falls somewhere between a bicycle floor pump, portable pump, and mini pump.
In fact, it’s a sweet combination of all three.
Blending the best in size, construction quality, and efficiency, the Lezyne CNC Travel Drive requires very little effort to get your tires inflated.
It also don’t take much space in your bike bag if you carry it for travels.
It’s smooth, yet rugged CNC lightweight aluminum construction makes it a pleasure to look at while the quality construction ensures it’ll last for many years to come.
3. Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Floor Pump
If you think you need a bulky and expensive air compressor in order to make the switch to tubeless tires, think again.
The Blackburn Chamber Tubeless floor pump allows you to seat and inflate a tubeless tire by hand.
It incorporates a riser bar into its design that creates a large burst of air that seats the tire onto the bike. From there it’s just a matter of pumping the tire to your desired pressure.
And, the pump includes an extra-long 47-inch hose, keeping you safely away from the explosion of air in case something goes awry.
The valve works with a variety of valves including Presta, Schrader, and Dunlop.
4. Park Tool Home Mechanic Pump
You can’t go wrong with products from Park Tools.
They’re the standard-setter in the world of bike tools since the company manufactured its first spanner wrench back in 1963.
That means you can expect quality from the company’s line of tools. Such is the case with the PFP-8 home mechanic floor pump.
The PFP-8 is built for durability with a steel base and sturdy handle. Its PSI display is large and easy to read, making it easy to hit the right level for your tires.
It’s compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves, allowing you to use the PFP-8 to keep the right amount of pressure in both your mountain bike and road bike tires.
5. Silca SuperPista Digital Floor Pump
This is the improved version of the very popular Silca SuperPista classic pump, which has been the ultimate floor pump a cyclist can own.
Don’t be fooled by its old-school looks. The SuperPista Digital comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top quality bike pump.
Featuring an ash wood carved handle, incredible looks, and high efficiency piston, t his pump is rated up to 220psi.
For this digital version, the super accurate digital gauge accurate to 1% and is backlight, has an adjustable pressure alarm and adjustable pressure units which uses two CR2032 batteries.
The Silca SuperPista stands the test of time and is a piece of bike equipment you can pass on to the next generation.
Best Mini Bike Pumps
1. Lezyne Road Drive Pump
Many of us equate inflating a tire with a hand pump with a flurry of arm motions, and burning bicep and shoulder muscles.
Not so with the Lezyne Road Drive pump, which pushes more air with each pump, meaning there are less total pumps needed to get the tire to the right PSI.
That’s just one of the great ergonomic features to the Lezyne pump, which eliminates much of the awkwardness we associate with handpumps. A detachable flex hose means no more awkwardly having to hold the pump against the valve while pumping.
And because this pump is designed for Presta only, it includes a slip chuck, which keeps it locked to the valve while you’re pumping away.
2. Blackurn Core Mini Pump
Most people want two things out of a hand pump. They want it to be small, and they want it to be powerful. These seem like two opposing features when it comes to a hand pump.
Blackburn says they aren’t.
This compact pump is small enough to cling discreetly to your frame or even fit on the webbing of a hydration pack. Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size though. This pump has a max PSI of 120. It also offers some nice features that make it easier to use.
This includes a flexible pull-out hose that stays safely stored and out of the way in the barrel of the pump when not in use.
The Blackburn Core mini pump works for both Presta and Schrader valves.
3. Topeak Road Morph G
The Road Morph G isn’t exactly a mini pump, but that’s not a bad thing.
Mini pumps can be a real hassle especially if it’s hot and your hands are sweaty, fumbling around with a tiny pump can be downright annoying.
Topeak’s Road Morph lands squarely between mini pump and floor pump status, meaning less pumping strokes for the same amount of air compared to other mini pumps.
It also conveniently stashes away along your seat tube and features an in-line gauge so you can accurately inflate your bike tire.
4. OneUp EDC Mini Pump
Want the option to hand pump or use a CO2 valve?
The OneUP EDC pump is your answer.
Its valve stem includes an integrated CO2 inflator tool as well as a compartment to store a CO2 cartridge. This combo allows you to inflate your tire with the cartridge then inflate it to a higher PSI with the hand pump.
The head does not include threads or locking levers, enabling you to quickly attach and inflate. It securely holds the valve stem in place, preventing disastrous brakes.
This combo pump kit includes a mounting bracket that allows you to attach it to a bottle cage.
5. Silca Pocket Impero
Just when you thought mini pumps couldn’t be cool.
The Silca Pocket Impero is a stylish and functional piece of equipment that punches way above its weight.
Constructed out of CNC machined aluminum and featuring a perfectly ergonomic body attached to a brass check valve, 3mm thick leather gasket, and aluminum valve head, the Pocket Impero is very handy when you get a flat tire.
Bike Pumps Buyer's Guide
1. Types of Bike Pumps
Bike pumps come in various types, sizes and usage. Here are some of the commonly found ones.
The floor pump is arguably the most common type of bike pump found in most cyclists home. They can be made of either aluminium, steel or plastic.
The long barrel and piston shaft allows you to quickly and easily pump up your road tires to high pressure as they can push a large amount of air. There’s an air pressure gauge to indicate the air pressure you’re at.
A subset of floor pumps is the track pump. As the name implies, they’re designed for track bikes, which require even higher air pressure, usually above 160psi/11bar. One good example is the Silca SuperPista Digital Floor Pump which can reach up to 250psi/17bar.
Sometimes, it’s also referred as mini pump or frame pump due to its smaller size and being mounted on the bike frame. Because it’s smaller, it doesn’t pump up to high pressures. Pumping gets harder as the air pressure increases.
Hand pump usually max out at around 100psi/6.9bar and is enough to get you home safely.
Most of them don’t come with an air pressure gauge, so you’ve to use your finger to pinch the tires to get a feel of the air pressure.
Some models have a retractable hose such as the Blackurn Core Mini Pump, making pumping slightly easier by the roadside.
Mini Floor Pump
It’s smaller than a floor pump but larger than a hand pump, making it a hybrid version of both.
Some models like the Topeak Road Morph G are small enough to be carried in your back pocket. Because it’s slightly larger version of the mini pump, it’s easier to pump and they can usually go up to around 120psi/8.3bar.
2. Inflator Head - Presta vs Schrader Valves
These days, there are 2 types of valves used for a bike’s inner tubes.
Most bike pumps today are compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves.
Some pumps support both types of valves, while some would require you to manually switch between one and the other.
You can easily do this by opening up the inflator head, and flip the rubber and plastic pieces.
Also known as the French valves, they’re the thinner valves used in all road bikes because they can take a higher air pressure.
In order to use a Presta valve, you’ll need to unscrew the top screw at the top before you can pump, and then tighten it back so that it doesn’t accidentally get depressed and release the air.
Since road bike rims are narrow with less spacing between the tire beads, adding a hole in the rim will significantly reduce the cross sectional strength. Hence, Presta valves are used due to its thin nature and requires only a small hole compared to Schrader valves.
Also known as the American valves, they’re the thicker valves and more commonly used. They can be found in cars, mountain bikes and kids’ bikes.
They’re easier to use compared to the Presta valves. All you need to do is to remove the cap and insert the inflator head. In fact, you can easily pump up a Schrader valve at the gas station.
PRO TIP : Presta valves are used in road bikes and Schrader valves in mountain bikes, kids bikes and cars.
3. Build Quality – Steel vs Aluminum vs Plastic
The bike pump’s build quality is the one place you’ll want to make sure you don’t skimp.
There’s nothing quite like having a well-built and bomb-proof pump at home.
The best bike pumps are usually made of steel or aluminum. The sturdiness of these metals gives your a feeling of solid, reliable and high quality pump, especially if you’re pumping anything above 60psi/4bar.
Since steel or aluminum pumps are more sturdy, they generally give you a higher air volume per stroke. Hence, making life much easier for you.
The Silca Superpista is well-known among cyclists for its super high quality build and will last you for decades. For that, it comes with a heavy price tag.
On the other hand, plastic pumps are lightweight, cheaper and easier to carry around especially to races. While they might not give you the high quality feel, they still perform the job well.
PRO TIP : Go for a bike pump with aluminum or steel barrel.
4. Air Pressure Gauge – Analogue vs Digital
Gauge preference has more to do with reliability than you might imagine.
A digital gauge might seem cool, nice and easy to read. But the problem with a digital air gauge is that the electronics are vulnerable to malfunction and the battery running out.
On top of that, a similar bike pump with digital air gauge generally cost more. You’re paying for the electronics instead of the build quality.
For that reason, I’d recommend to stick with the old school analogue gauge. They won’t let you down.
PRO TIP : Go for a bike pump with analogue air pressure gauge.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can the bike pump inflate the car tire?
Yes it can since car tires are the standard Schrader valves. However, it’ll take a lot of effort to fully inflate a car’s tire as they’ve a much higher volume compared to a road bike tire.
At 32psi/2.2bar, the car tire has about 10L of air volume compared to the bike tire which has approximately 4L at 85psi/5.9bar.
2. How do I convert a Presta to Schrader valve?
You can convert Presta to Schrader valve using a screw on adapter. By using this adapter, you can inflate your bicycle tires at the gas station, since the pump inflator heads only support Schrader valves.
Most gas station pumps only go up to 80psi/5.5bar. Once you’re done, remember to turn the air pressure setting down.
3. How does a bike pump work?
The bike pump has a piston connected to a handle at the top. Inside the barrel (body), there is an inlet and outlet valve which control the air flow.
As the piston is pulled up, the inlet valve opens and lets the outside air into the barrel. When you push the piston downwards, the inlet valve shuts and the outlet valve opens.
As you push the piston further downwards, the air is compressed and pushed outwards through the hose and eventually to the bicycle tires, via the inflator head.