Best bike pumps 2024: Floor pumps and mini pumps for every occasion

With the best bike pump you'll never be left short of air in your tires

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The best bike pump is an indispensable piece of any bike tool kit. Whether it's getting your tire pressures right at home, critical to having a good ride, or the ability to inflate a flat tire mid-ride, owning a top quality bike pump will be one of the best investments you make as a cyclist. 

Achieving just the right level of air pressure pre-ride will be easy to achieve with a good, quality floor pump (also known as a track pump) while getting you home safely post puncture will be the responsibility of a mini pump you can take with you on your ride. 

Both have important roles to play in a cyclist's life, with the best bike pump forming the very foundation of every safe and enjoyable bike ride. If you are getting lots of punctures, you might find it's also time to invest in a pair of the best road bike tires, or if you're more of an adventure cyclist,  the best gravel bike tires and to think more specifically about tubeless tires.

We've tested a wide range of pumps, both mini and floor, over the years. Putting them through their paces means not only measuring how efficiently they inflate a tire but also the accuracy of the dial, the ease of use and the quality of he build among many others. This list features our favourite pumps for home use and carrying on the bike.

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Mini pumps

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Floor pumps

Best bike pumps: Mini pumps

Best for quick inflation

The Specialized Air Tool Road which is one of the best mini bike pumps

Specialized's Air Tool weighs under 100g and inflates tires quickly

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Best for quick inflation

Specifications

Valve type: Presta
Barrel: Aluminium
Weight: 99g (pump), 12g (frame mount) as tested
Max psi : 100 psi
Length: 27cm / 10.5"
Other features: Frame mount included

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight - under 100g
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High volume per stroke
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Firm valve fit
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Sleek looks

Reasons to avoid

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Needs precise hand position
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Presta valve only
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Too long to carry in pocket

The design of the Specialized Air Tool Road centres around maximising the volume of air it delivers relative to its size, to make inflating your tires as quick as possible. 

It's lightweight (99g) but long so you'll need to make use of the frame mount to carry as it won't fit in your pocket. 

We found that the head fits really snuggly over the valve but is limited to Presta valves only. During out testing we also felt that the minimal design does make it a bit more tricky to hold firmly but once you've got your hands in position it's quick and easy to get more than enough air back in your tires. 

Read more: Specialized Air Tool Road mini pump full review

Best all-rounder

Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite which is one of the best mini bike pumps

The Carbon Drive Lite is compact enough to fit easily in a jersey pocket

Best mini bike pump balancing performance Vs weight

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Barrel: Carbon
Weight: 80g
Max PSI: 120psi (claimed)
Length: 170mm
Other features: Hose, bike mount, pressure relief

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight - under 100g
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Efficient up to 100psi
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Very pocketable
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Duel valve compatible
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Pressure relief button 

Reasons to avoid

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Not very comfortable holding at higher pressures
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Need to attach hose to pump before using
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Screwing onto valve is fiddly

The Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite Mini pump is perfect for anyone wanting to balance the need of carrying an effective pump without a weight penalty. 

Capable of both Presta and Schrader valves, this lightweight carbon bike mini pump comes with a hose extension stored in the barrel to give a slight distance between the wheel and pump for ease of use. 

At 17cm long, it's shorter than others but on test we found that it took 200 strokes to go from flat to 100psi, which is far better than most of a similar size.

The down side is that in order to reach such a high psi, the pump does become uncomfortable to hold, and it is pretty awkward to attach to the valve in the first place. 

Should you over-pump, there's a pressure relief button that allows you to let some air out. This tiny pump is small enough to slot into a pocket, but also comes with a mount that can be attached to a bottle cage.

It's not the cheapest bike pump by any stretch, but if you're wanting functions and performance as well, this is one of the best mini bike pumps out there. 

Read more: Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite bike pump full review

Easiest to stow

Topeak Microrocket AL which is one of the best mini bike pumps

At just 65g Topeak's Microrocket AL is lightweight and easy to store

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Best bike mini pump for stowing away

Specifications

Valve type: Presta
Barrel: Aluminium
Weight: 2.29 oz/ 65 g
Max PSI: 160psi (claimed)
Length : 16cm
Other features : Frame mountable

Reasons to buy

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Very compact
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Light - just 65g
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Comfortable to use

Reasons to avoid

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Low volume means lots of pumping

 A light aluminium construction, this pump is connected directly to the valve, without the need for any assembly or an extra hose.

At just 160mm long and weighing only 65g, it is one of the smallest bike pumps on the market, and easy to fit in a jersey pocket or even a saddle bag. If you are already packed to the rafters, the mini pump even comes with a frame mounting kit for either side of the bottle cage, or an optional extra centreline mount (although check the brackets fit on your tubing shape before investing).

The claimed 160psi seems slightly keen, as on test 200 strokes only got us to just above 60psi on a 23mm tire. It's more than enough to get you home or back to race HQ, but not as impressive as the Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite Mini pump, although to be fair it was comfortable in the hands when using.

Read more: Topeak Microrocket AL bike pump full review

The lightest

iPump Twist which is one of the best mini bike pumps

The iPump weighs just 25g making it one of the lightest mini pumps available

Best bike mini pump for weight-weenies

Specifications

Valve type: Presta
Barrel: Carbon
Weight: 25g
Max PSI: 120 (Claimed)
Length: 13cm
Other features: Hose attachement

Reasons to buy

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Lightest pump tested - just 25g
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Will achieve get-you-home pressures

Reasons to avoid

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Not very efficient
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Gets hot in use
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Expensive option

Technically we wouldn't really include a product that hadn't hit high scores on test, but the iPump Twist mini pump will appeal to a lot of riders, so it's good to know what you're getting in the claimed 'world's lightest bike air pump' and where you'll have to decide if the performance compromises are worth it.

Tipping the scales at just 25g, it really will be hard to beat the barely-there mini bike pump on weight. Even the best CO2 inflators will struggle to beat this flyweight, and of course, it's arguably more environmentally friendly in that it's reusable.

A thin, Presta-only hose is pulled out of the handle when it comes time to put it to use, which does increase the usability of the full carbon fibre pump, and helps to keep that weight to the same as most energy gels.

On test however, we found 200 strokes only got us to 60psi, but this alone took quite a lot of effort, and the body of the pump became quite hot.

It's a mixed review, but if you're just looking for an emergency option and saving weight and space are your priorities (and truth be told you're just showing willing that you do carry a pump, but know that you'll borrow the bigger and heavier option that your cycling mate always carries)  then it might suit you just fine.

Read more: iPump Twist mini bike pump full review

Best for accuracy

Lezyne Digital Road Drive which is one of the best mini bike pumps

Lezyne's Digital Road drive features an easy-to-read gauge

Best bike mini pump for accurate pressure readings

Specifications

Valve type : Presta, Schrader
Barrel: Aluminium
Weight: 173g
Max PSI: 90psi
Length: 21.6cm (18cm barrel)
Other features : Digital gauge, air bleed valve

Reasons to buy

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Accurate inflation pressure
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High volume leads to quick inflation
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More than get you home pressure
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Saves additional press gauge purchase 

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky and heavy
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Not the best for higher pressure use
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Can unseat the valve when unscrewing
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Rubber bungs can get lost easily
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Pricier option compared to similar pumps

A digital gauge on this mini pump from Lezyne will give you accurate tire pressure measurements to a realistic and achievable maximum inflation capacity of  90psi, out in the middle of nowhere.

On test we found that the hard-wearing aluminium pump was swift and efficient at reaching desired PSI's and, cross checked with a regular gauge, accurate, too.

Its length and weight are heavier than some of the other bike pumps, especially when compared to the likes of the iPump Twist mini pump or Topeak Micro Rocket AL mini pump but it can still easily fit in a jersey pocket - just watch for losing sight of the dust cap.

It's a great bike pump for several reasons. But if the price is putting you off, it's worth bearing in mind that it can potentially save you the additional outlay of having to purchase a pressure gauge.

Read more: Lezyne Digital Alloy Drive mini bike pump full review.

Best bike pumps: Floor pumps

Best for tubeless

Topeak JoeBlow Tubi 2Stage which is one of the best bike pumps

The JoeBlow Tubi has a claimed maximum psi of 160psi

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Best for hassle-free tubeless set-up

Specifications

Valve type: Presta/schrader
Barrel : Steel/aluminium
Weight: 2.3 kg / 5.07 lb
Max PSI: 160psi, 11Bar
Length: 29" / 74cm
Other features:: Schrader valve adapter, Hose dock

Reasons to buy

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Knob to remove presta valve core for quick tubeless tire seating
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Two stage inflation can reach high pressures

Reasons to avoid

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A bit less efficient than a standard pump
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Expensive - typically retails for over $100 

The Tubi 2Stage pump incorporates a knurled knob to remove a Presta valve core, so that you can get more air into a tubeless tire more quickly, promoting seating. That's Stage 1. You can then refit the core and flip a switch to get things up to operating pressure using Stage 2. There's an adapter if you want to pump Schrader valved tubes. 

The system works well, but we did find that the overall number of strokes needed to inflate a tire was a bit longer than with a standard pump.

Read more: Topeak JoeBlow Tubi 2Stage bike pump full review

Best gauge

Cannondale Precise Floor Pump which is one of the best bike pumps

Cannondale's Precise Floor Pump boasts a large, easy-to-read gauge

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Best gauge

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Barrel: Steel
Weight: N/A
Max PSI: 150psi
Length: Not specified
Other features: 130mm gauge

Reasons to buy

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Sizeable, visible gauge
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Pumps tires up quickly
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Can fit different valves
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Does not need much valve showing to get a grip
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Bleed valve
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Good value compared to many similar pumps

Reasons to avoid

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A bit big and heavy for smaller riders
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150psi max pressure, so track riders might want more
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No build-up option for tubeless fitting

Cannondale’s Precise Floor pump is a very effective and powerful floor pump, thanks to its large shaft and long stroke allowing for a large volume of air to be delivered per pump. It can pump 25mm tires up to pressure in 20 pumps, rather than the 30 it took for a competitor pump at a similar price point. We also found enough air was delivered to seat tubeless tires on occasion.

The pump head works with both Presta or Schrader valves, includes a bleed capacity to get pressure to an exact amount, and also doesn’t require too much of the valve to be exposed to get a good grip on it. 

The big selling point of the pump is the large pressure gauge – which is significantly larger than that of competitors. This scale is enlarged for the first 40 PSI, so that you can be very precise with larger volume tires which require lower PSIs. The scale then goes up to 145 PSI, so possibly not enough for track riders, but more than enough for most riders.

Value-wise, the Precise Floor pump comes in at a pretty good level. It performs better than other similarly priced pumps – and as good as or better than more expensive ones. Although not made of any fancy shiny materials as some more expensive options are, it is rugged and effective at its job. Overall, it is a great track pump and well worth the investment. 

Read more: Cannondale Precise Floor Pump full review

Best for 'any tire'

Specialized Air Tool Comp which is one of the best floor bike pumps

The Air Tool Comp's head automatically adapts to the valve type

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Best bike pump for inflating any tire

Specifications

Valve type: Presta / Schrader
Barrel: Aluminum
Weight: N/A
Max PSI: 120 psi
Length: 65 cm
Other features: Spare rubber seal for head

Reasons to buy

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Stable and easy to use
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Head automatically adapts to valve type
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Easy to read dual-scale gauge

Reasons to avoid

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Not designed for tubeless tyres
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Gauge reads ~ 5 psi high 

Having a flat or changing tires is one of the more simple but probably most frustrating jobs for the home mechanic. The range of different volume and pressure of tires and more than one valve type can all add in to this. 

The Specialized Air Tool Comp Floor Pump isn't going to inflate your tires for you, but it does do a pretty good job of minimising the fuss of inflating tires regardless of your valve, tire pressure and volume.

The SwitchHitter II head automatically adapts to Presta and Schrader valves taking away any fiddling or even remembering which one is which. The Air Tool has a max pressure of 120 psi which is easy to achieve and the dual-scale gauge makes it easy to get lower pressure in gravel tires too. 

Read more: Specialized Air Tool Comp Floor Pump full review

Best for rapid inflation

Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX which is one of the best bike pumps

Topeak's JoeBlow Ace DX uses twin barrels for rapid inflation 

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Best bike floor pump for rapid inflation

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
Barrel : Aluminium
Weight: 2.45 kg / 5.4 lb
Max PSI: 280psi, 19Bar
Length: 29" / 74cm
Other features : Target pressure selector, air bleed

Reasons to buy

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Enormous twin barrels are super powerful
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Target pressure selector
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Heavy-duty metal construction
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Bleed button

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive option for non-tubeless compatibility 

This does feel a little like a Topeak buyer's guide, but it does show how much we rate the brand's bike pumps, as arguably what Garmin GPSs are to the best cycling computers

The Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX towers over many other pumps not only in height but in capability too. We found that in its '60' setting the Ace DX inflated our test 700x25c tubeless tire to 100psi in 11 monster strokes making it the best bike floor pump for swiftly inflating your tire.

While the lower pressures are easily reached, it's worth noting that on test it took a lot of leaning on to get much more air in per stroke once it got beyond 60psi.

It is an excellent performer and features a bleed valve that lets air out the tire rather than just the hose - which is useful for getting pressure spot on.

The only downsides are that for the price it doesn't offer tubeless tire inflation capabilities and with the benefits that a huge visual gauge brings, it also means a large footprint, making stowing away neatly at home a challenge.

Read more: Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX bike pump full review

Best for stability