BIKING

Best Bike Pump: Find The Right Fit for Your Bike

Best Bike Pump
Mark Foster
Written by Mark Foster

If you have ever had any aspirations of venturing into the outdoor world with a bike, this article is perfect for you.

Many bike pumps can easily break or they will let you down at crucial times, and no one wants to be the one to push their bike home.  Join us in our search for the best bike pump on the market today.

When looking for the best bicycle pump, we tend to think they are all the same and we only choose the type that catches our eye. Sometimes we are satisfied with the standard pumps that we receive when we buy a bike, but they may not be the best for your intended purpose.

Bike pump in action

The cheapest pumps may not always be the best and we will show you how to find the perfect pump for your wallet and needs.

Key Features to Look for

  • Type of pumps: Before even entering a shop, a biker should decide on the type of pump they are going to need; would you need a portable pump to fit perfectly or are you going for a track pump. Perhaps you only need a CO2 pump. All of these different types of pumps have their own benefits and they are a little more difficult to use.
    The track pump has a stand and will make it much easier for you to manually inflate your tire, while the hand pump is easier to carry around, but a little harder and slower when inflating. The CO2 pump is the easiest of all the pumps, but they are also a little more expensive and they will cost you extra over the long haul.
  • Pressure: Are you a mountain bike ride or do you just ride on the road? This question is very important when looking at the pump you want to buy.
    A mountain bike rider won’t need a pump that goes above 40psi and some brands are specifically designing pumps for mountain bikers and road bikers
  • Gauge: Hand pumps generally do not have a gauge attached to them and they are also considerably cheaper than the track pump. The track pump usually comes equipped with a gauge and this gauge can tell you exactly the pressure of you tire, before and after inflating.
    It is important to factor in the specific PSI you will need to get your bike perfectly inflated and if you could do this without a gauge.
  • Pump heads and valve types: The two most common valve types are the Presta and the Schrader. Most pumps generally cater for these two valve types, but some pumps are valve specific.
    The size of the valve type should also be taken in consideration and while the smaller pumps will eventually inflate your tire, you should decide if you are willing to spend the extra amount of time and effort to do so. If the pump is going be at home then this won’t necessarily be a problem.
  • Weight: The weight will only be important if you ride a lot and if you are competitive. Generally the weight will not make that much of a difference on the bike and most of the expensive pumps are made from a lightweight aluminum or steel frame.
    If you do not ride a lot, the weight won’t have that much of an affect.

These five features are some of the most important when looking for a decent bicycle pump.

Bike pump in hands

Not all of them have to be taken into consideration if you are a casual rider, but for professionals; these are very important and may be the difference between winning and losing.

Best Bicycle Pumps for Your Bicycle

Lezyne Steel Floor Drive High Pressure Bicycle Floor Pump

Lezyne Steel Floor Drive High Pressure Bicycle Floor Pump

Weight: 3.8lbs

Dimensions: 27 x 13 x 9 inches

Key Features: 220 PSI maxabs 2-chuck alloy, steel long wood handle, lightweight, ABS-2 technology for 1 minute precise air adjustments

Description: If you are looking for the perfect track pump with multiple uses, the Lezyne Steel Floor Bicycle pump is in a class of its own. The pump is made for both the Presta and Schrader valve types and the ABS-2 technology will make sure your tires are perfectly inflated.

One of the key advantages of this pump is the multi-functionality it gives the user.

The heads are perfect for not only bicycle tires, but also for disc tires. This means that you will even be able to use this on your car, even though it may take a little longer.

The pump is extremely strong and perfect for the road biker, reaching a maximum output of 220 PSI. You can be sure that this pump will not waste your time or cost you a race.

The pump is also quite lightweight and can easily be fitted into the trunk of any car or even a backpack if you are going to ride casually.

Topeak Joe Blow Booster Floor Pump

Topeak Joe Blow Booster Floor Pump

Weight: 6.5lbs

Dimensions: 7.25 x 10 x 31.75 inches

Key features: Smart head with extra-long hose, 160 PSI/11 bars top mount gauge, strong steel base, and Air release button for fine tuning

Description: Style is certainly the word that comes to mind when we look at the Topeak Joe Blow Booster Floor Pump. This pump is extremely durable and made from a strong steel base and the top mounted gauge will never let you down.

The Smart head has an extremely long hose, making it easy to use without moving it around. The smart head is also perfectly fitted for both Presta and Schrader valve types and will ensure that your tire is perfectly inflated.

To make sure your tire is perfect, the Joe Blow floor pump has an added air release button for controlling the little excessive amounts of air that might get inside as you inflate. Keeping your tire at the perfect PSI has never been easier to do with this pump.

The pump will be very beneficial for mountain bike riders and road riders of the casual nature as the pump is a little bit on the heavier side to carry a long. But it won’t take up much space inside your home and you could use it to inflate more than just your bicycle.

Topeak Sport II Floor Pump

Topeak Sport II Floor Pump

Weight: 4.1lbs

Dimensions: 7.25 x 10 x 29 inches

Key features: Great durability, perfect for beginners and professional riders, Multi-functional for sports and outdoor purposes

Description: The Topeak Sport II Floor pump is the ultimate pump to have at home and even perhaps in your car if you travel a lot for cycling.

This pump is made for sports enthusiast as well as for the outdoor mountain bikers. The extra-long hose attached to the pump has a 360 head making it perfect to inflate almost anything.

The oversized handles will provide comfort and let anyone, even a child easily inflate a bike. The pump is perfectly fitted for both the Presta and Schrader valves and can easily be fitted with another valve type if required.

The Topeak Sport pump is made to travel with and it has an extremely lightweight frame for the quality it provides. The base and barrel is made from high quality materials and steel and the pump is sure to never break, even if you drop it accidentally.

This pump is perfect for anyone and even children can get their tires inflated without having to disturb dad all the time. This is a perfect gift for any outdoor child and even a sports cycling champion in the making.

Nashbar Earl Grey Floor Pump

Nashbar Earl Grey Floor Pump

Weight: 6lbs

Dimensions: 26 inches tall and 8 inches wide

Key Features: made from solid materials, very durable, extremely affordable

Description: If you are not looking to spend a ton of cash, the Nashbar Earl Grey Floor Pump will be the best you could find in terms of value.

The pump is extremely durable and the long attached hose will make it easy to reach those extremely deep places, not only on bikes, but on other outdoor equipment as well.

The pump only has a maximum of 100PSI, but with some extra effort, one could surpass this limit quite easily. Attached at the bottom, the pump is fully equipped with a gauge, making it very easy to get the perfect pump for your bike.

The weight is a little bit heavier than the lightest pump, but still easy to carry and fit into the car if you plan on doing some mountain bike routes.

The pump will also easily fit into most sports bikes, thus making this pump perfect for mountain bikers and people traveling.

Ultimately this pump is for people who love traveling with their pump and do not have that much to shy out for a bike pump. The bike will definitely last for more than 10 000 pumps and the head is fitted to accommodate the Presta and Schrader type valves.

Lezyne Steel Digital Drive Floor Pump

Lezyne Steel Digital Drive Floor Pump

Weight: 3.78lbs

Dimensions: 3.4 x 1.2 x 4.3 inches

Key Features: long barrel and piston, air bleed system for easy tire tuning, extra-long nylon reinforced hose with aluminum couplers

Description: The Lezyne Steel Digital Drive Floor Pump was designed with comfort in mind and the long barrel and piston are perfect proof of this.

This feature will allow you to reach your targeted inflation with less exertion of force. The extra-long hose is fitted with a head that perfectly supports the Presta and Schrader valve types.

A one button air bleed system will easily help anyone find the optimal pressure level easily and the easy to read LCD gauge will help you digitally read the perfect level of pressure.

The digital LCD gauge will display a maximum of 220Psi, but one could also surpass this level of inflation if you are up for the challenge.

The Lyzine Digital Drive pump is also fitted with a quick release and secure feature on the head, making sure you are able to quickly release the pump from the valve and also secure it tightly once you are ready to pump. The head is also 90 degree bendable and can be used on disc wheels as well

All in all, this pump is top of the range and therefor it is a little more expensive as well, but you can be sure that this pump will never let you down. It really is perfect for any biker, even beginners.

Park Tool PFP-8 Home Mechanic Floor Pump

Park Tool PFP-8 Home Mechanic Floor Pump

Weight: 2.65lbs

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.4 x 26.5 inches

Key Features: Composite head with thumb lock fits Presta, Schrader and Dunlop, Smooth operating steel barrel, Super stable steel base with extra-large foot pads

Description: When looking for another cheaper pump, the Park Tool PFP-8 is right up there. Providing quality and affordability, this pump is perfectly fitted for the Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves.

The smooth operating steel barrel can be seamlessly operated and the optimal pressure can be reached in no time.

One of the biggest advantages this pump has over its rivals is the simplicity and lightweight frame. The pump can easily be carried from place to place and if it is put into a bag you would not even notice it is there.

The pump is also fitted with an easy to turn and bend head at the end of the hose, making it perfect for disc tires as well as bike tires. The large foot pads are intended to keep the pump perfectly stable on almost any surface.

This pump is great for road bikers, not only is it easy to use, but the lightweight frame won’t affect your racing times in any way, shape or form. Mountain bikers can also use this pump for a smooth ride and no worries about a flat tire in the outdoors.

Bicycle Floor pump with pressure gauge

Bicycle Floor pump with pressure gauge

Weight: 1.8lbs

Dimensions: 3.15 x 9 x 25 inches

Key Features:  Double ended hose connection, steel alloy construction, wide range pressure gauge, and lifetime replacement guarantee

Description: If you are looking for a pump with quality written all over it, the Bicycle Floor Pump with pressure gauge will certainly draw you attention.

The first thing that comes to mind is the lifelong replacement guarantee and the lightweight frame of the pump. The pump is easy to carry around and even the children will be able to use this pump on their own.

The pump is also made from very strong alloy and thus this will further add to the guarantee of never breaking.

The price of this magnificent pump is surprisingly low for the great quality it provides and anyone looking for the perfect pump should look no further.

The pump is perfectly made for Presta and Schrader valve types and the double sided hose will definitely safe you some time in case you need to ever change the valve. Since time is so important in the cycling word, this could really make the difference between winning and losing.

The gauge is probably placed at the best possible position, making it easy to read as you are inflating your tire and the wide grip long barrel size will make it very easy to inflate with the least amount of exertion needed.

Once you are done with this pump, it can easily be disassembled and packed up, saving you space and weight.

Serfas TCPG Bicycle Floor Pump

Serfas TCPG Bicycle Floor Pump

Weight: 2.5lbs

Dimensions: 5 x 9.5 x 24 inches

Key Features: Capable of getting near perfect inflation, screws on and quick draw head fits, all metal barrel and nylon base,  equipped with ball and accessory attachments.

Description: The Serfas TCGP Bicycle floor pump is great if you are looking for style and a pump with some extra features. The pump is made from metal and it is covered with a nylon base, making it durable and protecting it from every day wear and tear.

The Serfas bike pump also comes with a lifelong warranty and it is considered to be a once off buy for the whole family. The head on this pump is made to fit the Presta and Schrader valves perfectly and it can even be adjusted and fitted with another head for a different valve type.

The weight is very lightweight and compact, giving you the opportunity to leave this pump with the kids to inflate their tires without help.

The pump also comes with a sporting needle and valve, giving you multi-functionality for inflating footballs and soccer balls as well. These parts will never get lost, as they can easily be attached to the pump and just sit there until required.

Finally the pump is fitted with an easy to read gauge, giving you the added advantage of getting the perfect pressure level for your tire. This pump is made for the whole family and almost every aspect of everyday life.

Bell Air Attack Floor Pump

Bell Air Attack Floor Pump

Weight: 1.7lbs

Dimensions: 3 x 8.5 x 21.5 inches

Key Features: Extra-large handle and base, Added needle and cone, 615cm 3 valve, 110PSI

Description: The Bell Air Attack Floor Pump is made for multi-functional use. The pump is fully equipped with a needle and cone, giving sports enthusiast the perfect pump for inflating their toys.

The pump has a maximum PSI of 110, but this could be surpassed if you are willing to add the extra effort.

For the weight, this pump is very lightweight and can easily be carried around and added to a bag if you are planning to ride longer distances. The extra-large handle and base will let you reach at least 100 PSI with little to almost no effort.

The downside of this pump is that it is only made for Schrader valve types. If your valve is Presta, it will cost a little more to buy the extra head. But the extra head can swiftly be fitted to the hose and then you will have the perfect pump for cycling and sports.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for the ultimate pump, one of these will be a match for your preferences. Most of these pumps are made to fit the most common valve types, but the other one will make up with its cheaper price and the added value of a needle and cone for sports enthusiasts.

Choose your bike pump

Thank you for reading this article and we hope that it has helped you find the perfect bike pump. We would like to know some more about your experience with pumps and how we could further help you to find the best outdoor and cycling pump for your needs.

Please share this and help your friends to find their perfect pump, as one pump does not fit all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Foster
Mark Foster

Mark Foster loves to push his limits when it comes to survival in the wilderness. He might go for a 30-days adventure without any food or equipment except for a survival kit and a knife. We should mention that his survival kit has 122 items in it, so he know what he is doing. Mark is working on his book to share with the world all his experience gained during those brave adventures.

  • Elisa Blair

    If you are looking for a pump that is easy to pump (also, quite cheap) Topeak sport II floor is smooth as glass. I love it! It does a good job of holding tire pressure and not losing any. The Sport II comes with two attached heads: schrader and presta, as well as a needle for footballs, basketballs… Everything about this Topeak product is first-rate!

  • Mark Foster

    Its sturdy and durable base makes this pump such a great buy. It’s pretty inexpensive and using it take is fairly easy. It is also lightweight and easy to carry along.

  • Stefan Sanga

    The Nashbar Earl Grey floor pump is definitely the most reliable and sturdiest pump I have ever used. The base is very stable when pumping due to the non-slip rubber feet. No wobbling about from this pump! Doesn’t seem to lose as much air when you remove the pump head from the valve either, as some of the other pumps seem to do. Also, the fact that this pumps up both Presta and Schrader valved bikes is a big plus for me, seeing as myself and my wife have one of each between us.

  • Mark Foster

    That’s great to hear Stefan and I’m glad the Nashbar Earl Grey floor pump suits the needs of you and your wife. It’s a very reliable brand and durable, as well.
    Thanks for these great comments, by the way. 🙂

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