Best bike pumps 2022

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

best bike pump

The best bike pump is an indispensable piece of any bike tool kit.  Whether it's getting your tyre pressures right at home, critical to having a good ride, or the ability to inflate a flat tyre 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 tyres, or if you're more of an adventure cyclist, a pair of the best gravel tyres and to think about going tubeless

An ideal floor pump will enable you to get tyre pressure just right for each ride, adjusting for conditions. In winter, you should run lower pressures to improve grip on wet roads, whereas in summer slightly higher pressure means less rolling resistance and helps you cover longer distances more easily.

A mini pump is hopefully more of an insurance purchase, and one of those items that you won’t use often. When you do require its use, it'll be worth its weight in gold. There’s not much worse than getting a puncture mid-ride and discovering that your pump is woefully inadequate, resulting in a ruined ride on squishy tyres, after a half-hour long arm workout as you desperately try to reach an acceptable pressure level to get home on. 

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Best bike pumps: Mini pumps

Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite Mini pump

Best mini bike pump balancing performance Vs weight

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Duel Stroke: No
Barrel : Carbon Composite
Weight: 80g
Max PSI: 120psi (claimed)
Length: 170mm
Other features: Hose, bike mount, pressure relief

Reasons to buy

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Very lightweight
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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
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Pricy option

The Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite Mini pump is the perfect cycling accessory 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, such as the LifeLine Performance Road mini pump, 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 our full review of the Lezyne Carbon Drive Lite to learn more.

Topeak Microrocket AL mini pump

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
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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 tyre. 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 our full Topeak Microrocket AL review to learn more.

iPump Twist mini pump

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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Very small and light
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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 our iPump Twist mini pump review.

Lezyne Digital Road Drive mini pump

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

A digital gauge on this mini pump from Lezyne will give you accurate tyre 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, more than just get you home levels and, cross checked with a regular gauge, actually really accurate.

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, assuming of course that you are not wanting to seek psi's over the maximum volume.

THere's more in our Lezyne Digital Alloy Drive minipump review.

Crank Brothers Klic Hp gauge and co2 mini pump

Best bike mini pump for additional functions

Specifications

Valve type: Presta
Barrel: Aluminium
Weight: 170g (claimed)
Max PSI: 120psi (claimed)
Length : 26cm
Other Features : Air pressure gauge t, T- handle, concealed CO2 inflator, bottle cage mount, magnetic head, two colours

Reasons to buy

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Concealed CO2 inflator
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T - Handle
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Magnetic head interface for easy valve locking on
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Air pressure gauge
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Mounting bracket

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy
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Short stroke for its size 
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Complex design which some won't find intuitive
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Pricier option 

 

Crankbrothers' pump has lots of hidden features that collapse into a tidy and small design. It has a T-handle, similar to that of the Blackburn Airstik Anyvalve mini pump, which along with the flexible magnetic hose, helps to make connecting with the tyre valve and inflating tyres easier.

At the head of this great mini bike pump is a concealed pressure gauge and CO2 inflator, if it's more than a get you home pressure you're after. We found using when air pump only that getting a reasonable 'ride home' pressure took some effort, and think the 130psi claimed is more realistic using the CO2 aspect (just remember to replace the canister if you do use it).

With all these extra parts it weighs in at a heavier 170g, around 30g more than the above mentioned Blackburn.

It's one of the longest mini pumps on the market, although on test we found the extra length actually made the pump a bit wobbly at full extension, even though the actual barrel length at 12.5cm is quite short.

Read here for a full review of the Crankbrothers klic hp gauge+co2 pump.

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Best bike pump for zero compromises on inflation

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
Barrel: Aluminium
Weight: 220 g / 7.74 oz (claimed)
Max PSI: 160psi (claimed)
Length: 35cm
Other features: Converts into roadside floor pump, built in gauge, hose attachement

Reasons to buy

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Extra capacity and leverage over a minipump
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Reasonably portable
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Will get you up to a proper running pressure if you get a flat

Reasons to avoid

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Awkward ergonomics mean you have to bend a lot to use it
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Takes up a bottle cage mount if you put it on your frame

Straddling both the portable mini bike pump and floor bike pump camps, the Topeak Mini Morph G transforms roadside flats back to your ideal tyre pressure thanks to its long barrel, fold-out footplate and handle for great leverage.   

Obviously this does incur a slight weight penalty,  but not much more than the Lezyne Digital Road Drive mini pump, or Crank Brothers Klic Hp gauge and CO2 mini pump, which are the best bike mini pumps which also provide gauge meter readings. 

On test we found that the wide and long barrel together gave great air per stroke rate, but at 35cm in total length, it wasn't exactly pocketable, so relied on its frame mounting brackets. This does mean you'll probably lose one of your bottle cages (unless you can secure it safely and have space on the underside of the top tube, which depending on your frame size, might mean fitting side opening bottle cages).

All the compromises you might have to make in fitting and carrying will be worth it however when you do use it, with the ease with which it inflates tyres from totally flat to perfect PSI, even if it does require a bit of back bending in order to do so. 

A brilliant bike pump for anyone touring or long distance riding where you need more than get you home air pressure and flagging the broom wagon for rescue isn't an option. 

Follow this link for our Topeak Mini Morph G pump review.

Best bike pumps: Floor pumps

Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX

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Best bike floor pump for rapid inflation

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel : Aluminium
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 tyre to 100psi in 11 monster strokes making it the best bike floor pump for swiftly inflating your tyre.

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 tyre 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 tyre 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 in our Topeak JoeBlow Ace DX review.

ZEFAL PROFIL MAX FP60 TRACK PUMP

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Best bike floor pump for stability

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel : Aluminium
Max PSI: 174psi, 12Bar (claimed)
Length: 26.4" / 67cm
Other features : Extra long hose

Reasons to buy

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Large base for stability
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Magnified gauge for accurate pressure readings 
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Capable of high pressures
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Over a metre of hose length

Reasons to avoid

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Footprint and overall large size requires a lot of storage space 
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Looks won't be everyone's taste

The follow up to the successful Zefal Profil Max FP50 (opens in new tab), the semi-classic looking FP60 now features a sophisticated wooden handle to go with its high pressure efficiency, which according to the brand should be around 174psi/ 12Bar.

With its Z-switch system, the French brand says it's easy to change from Presta to Schrader valves. In a break from its traditional looking upper, the bottom half is more functional, featuring a gauge with a magnifying lens, to help make gauge readings significantly easier, although we're unsure what the bright red ring to highlight the gauge in general brings to form or function.

The wide base and sensible chamber height will make this one of the best bike floor pumps for stability, especially when compared to the smaller, single footed Lezyne Steel Travel Drive Track Pump, but will require a lot of storage space when not in use and is far from ideal for travel.

We've more detail in our full review of the Zefal Profil Max Fp50.

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9. LifeLine Motion Floor Mount mini pump

Best mini bike pump for higher pressures on a budget

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Barrel: Alloy
Weight: 183g (claimed)
Max PSI: 140psi (claimed)
Length: 29.5cm
Other features: Fold out foot and hand platforms

Reasons to buy

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Quick and easy to reach higher pressures
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Schrader and presta compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Best suited to frame mounting rather than a jersey pocket

Similar to the Topeak Mini Morph G mini pump, this mini pump from LifeLine falls in the middle ground between mini and floor pump. 

Too long (295mm) to fit in your jersey, the frame mounted bike pump comes with a fold out foot peg and handle allowing for a vertical stroke, which should make it easier, like with the Topeak, to reach higher tyre pressures. 

With no gauge, an exact PSI will be tricky to reach, but if you are in tune with your own tyre squish readings then it's a great option for anyone on a budget. 

The frame mounted aspect will mean possible bottle cage loss, or replacement with a side opening version, but it's potentially another great bike pump option for riders who need to ensure they are able to reach high volumes while out on the road or trails. 

Topeak Track pump

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Best for hassle-free tubeless set-up

Specifications

Valve type: Presta/schrader
Tubeless compatible : Yes
Barrel : Steel/aluminium
Max PSI: 160psi, 11Bar
Length: 29" / 74cm

Reasons to buy

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Knob to remove presta valve core for quick tubeless tyre 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

The Tubi 2Stage pump incorporates a knurled knob to remove a presta valve core, so that you can get more air into a tubeless tyre 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 tyre was a bit longer than with a standard pump.

Read our full review of the Topeak JoeBlow Tubi 2Stage track pump.

Specialized Air Tool HP

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Best pump for fast inflation

Specifications

Valve type: Presta/schrader
Tubeless compatible : Yes
Barrel : Aluminium
Max PSI: 145psi, 10.4Bar
Length: 26" / 65cm

Reasons to buy

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Large, stable base
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Fast inflation
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Rebuildable

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic handle feels flimsy

With a stable steel base and alloy barrel, the Specialized Air Tool HP is built to last. Its chuck works with both presta and schrader valves, without you needing to change anything and it's easy to remove without air loss from the tyre.

 Specialized claims that the Air Tool inflates with less effort than other pumps. We couldn't verify this, but it did inflate rapidly to our desired pressure and the pump is rebuildable if parts wear out. The only thing we were less enamoured of is the flimsy-feeling plastic handle.

You can read our full review of the Specialized Air Tool HP pump here.

Blackburn Chamber floor pump

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12. Blackburn Chamber floor pump

Best all round bike floor pump

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Tubeless compatible : Yes
Barrel: Aluminium
Max PSI: 160psi, 11Bar (claimed)
Length: Not specified
Other features : Dual pump and tubeless charge, changeable handle, air bleed, large gauge, long hose

Reasons to buy

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High pressure volume
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Valve options
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Air bleed
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Handle bar swap out
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Readable gauge
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Good hose length

Reasons to avoid

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Large footprint
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Pricy option, but great value if running tubeless set up. 

If you're looking for one do it all floor pump, this is it. The Blackburn Chamber will, according to the brand, easily seat tubeless tyres as well as give them just an air top up with the flip of a switch changing from chamber to regular floor pump.

This is also the perfect bike floor pump for anyone who is finickity about tyre pressure, coming with a handy air bleed button on the pump head for micro adjusting pressure to get it just right.

We love the idea of being able to switch out the standard handle for a pair of your favourite bike handlebars thanks to the 31.8mm stem clamp. It might not provide any extra pump performance, but does give it excellent individuality for your home workshop.

The extra long 4ft of hose should give you enough floor space to effectively pressurise and use (as well as a decent safety distance for tubeless tyre conversion incidents), although this could mean a slight loss of pressure in the hose.

It isn't the smallest footprint, and it's also not the cheapest on the market, but if you are running a tubeless set-up, it provides both space and money saving with only one bike pump required. 

With two valve options (Presta/ Schrader) there's plenty of versatility and a lifetime warranty for performance reassurance.

Topeak JoeBlow Booster track pump

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Best bike floor pump for professional home set up.

Specifications

Valve type: Presta/schrader
Tubeless compatible : Yes
Barrel : Steel
Max PSI: 160psi, 11Bar
Length: 30" / 75cm
Other features: Pressure gauge

Reasons to buy

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Will hold a high volume and pressure of air to seat tubeless tyres
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Very solid build
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Quality Presta/Schraeder valve connector
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Easy to use and to read pressure gauge

Reasons to avoid

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Very bulky and heavy
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A bit spongy when used without the reservoir
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Expensive for the tubeless amateur

We found the Topeak JoeBlow Booster to be as close to a professional floor pump as you can get.

This does make it one of the more expensive options from Topeak, and a fair bit more than the Blackburn Chamber Tubeless floor pump above, both of which come with a reservoir tube that holds air in, so it's the perfect option for seating tubeless tyres.

Its ease of use and easy to read gauge make tubeless conversions or tyre changes a doddle, and well worth investing if you're intending on riding without inner tubes for the foreseeable future, but it might be a bit too much if you're not totally sold on a tubeless set up, or just want to use as a standard pump.

It stands 30in/ 75cm tall and weighs 7.3lbs/ 3.3kg, so it’s not something you’re likely to want to lug around with you, but perfect for leaving in the garage. This is certainly a good, reliable option if you're serious about going tubeless.

If you want a blast, here's our JoeBlow Booster reservoir pump review.

LEZYNE STEEL TRAVEL DRIVE TRACK PUMP

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14. Lezyne Steel Travel Drive Track Pump

Best small floor pump

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel : Steel
Max PSI: 160psi | 11bar
Length: 50.8cm
Other features: Lay-flat design, air bleed

Reasons to buy

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Compact lie flat design is great for travel
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Steel barrel for durability 
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Air bleed for getting air pressures exact
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Great looking with wooden handle

Reasons to avoid

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One sided foot might impact stability
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Small gauge size is tricky to see 

The Lezyne Steel Travel Drive Track Pump is a more robust version of the above 'on bike' mini LifeLine Motion Floor Mount and Topeak Mini Morph G mini pumps and a great compact and lay-flat floor pump. A great choice if home space is at a premium or you want to travel with one of the best bike floor pumps.

It has a steel barrel and piston, an aluminium base and is finished off with a varnished wood handle - making this a stylish option.

Also included is a Speed Chuck which means the pump is compatible with disc wheels, as well as Presta and Schrader. There's even a handy inbuilt air bleed for getting the pressure exactly right.

However, this compact design, standing 20cm or so shorter than the above Joe Blow floor pump does mean the smaller chamber length will require more pumping action than others and the readability of the small gauge might be tricky for some. 

Capable of reaching a claimed 160psi/ 11Bar, the one sided foot might make this hard stability wise, especially at the higher pressures where you have to really put some effort in. 

TOPEAK JOEBLOW MAX II TRACK PUMP

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Best bike floor pump on a budget

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel: Steel
Max PSI: 120 psi / 8 bar
Length: 26" / 68cm
Other features : Ball and bladder needles are included

Reasons to buy

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Efficient at gaining lower pressures quickly
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Stability of pump in use
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Wallet friendly price tag

Reasons to avoid

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Pressure limit hard to reach
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Ergonomics of having to pump hard to reach top pressures 

If you're looking for something a little less pricy than the dual compatible pro-home Topeak Joeblow Booster floor pump, then this is the one. Finished with a steel barrel and a quality gauge, the JoeBlow Max II track pump is a great bike floor pump that meets all your basic needs, but by limiting its extra functionality keeps the cost down.

On test we found that it took just 19 strokes to get a 23mm tyre up to 100psi, which makes it a very efficient pump.

The pump comes with a plastic twin-sided head that works with both Presta and Schrader valves and has a lever to lock it onto the valve securely.

There are even replacement parts available should anything stop working, making it a good long term choice too.

There's more in our Topeak JoeBlow Max II track pump review.

SKS Rennkompressor Track Pump

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Best bike floor pump for lifetime use

Specifications

Valve type: Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel: Steel
max PSI: 230 PSI/ 16 bar
Length: 65cm
Other features : Fold up feet

Reasons to buy

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Easy push/pull at high pressures
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Capable of 230psi
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Longevity - it will probably become a family heirloom 
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Beautifully handmade
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Four valve connector options
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Four hose lengths
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Spare part availability

Reasons to avoid

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Small gauge makes it tricky to see pressures
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No air bleed to get pressures precisely
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Not the most stable of platforms

The Rennkompressor is a beautiful and timeless bike floor pump with a steel barrel and tactile wooden handle. Although there are more practical modern pumps out there with larger pressure gauges, this icon pump still delivers and is capable of pressures up to 230psi.

Here at Cycling Weekly we've had one of these live for over 25 years, having a very hard life travelling the world as part of a semi-pro bike mechanic's set up for race teams and home use, only meeting its demise once caught in a garage flood.

There are four valve head connectors on offer with this pump: Multi-valve, Thumb lock, EVA Head, and Brass Nipple Connector. In terms of performance, it took 40 pumps of the SKS Rennkompressor track pump to inflate the tyre from near flat to 100psi, which is respectable but not class-leading.

More modern pumps with plastic composite feet, such as the Topeak JoeBlow Max II Track Pump, are more stable, and there are pumps with bigger gauges, such as the Blackburn Chamber floor pump, but for life long dedication, you can't get better.

The full SKS Rennkompressor track pump review has more detail.

Bizrman Maha Push and Twist Track pump

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Best bike floor pump for value

Specifications

Valve type : Presta, Schrader
Tubeless compatible : No
Barrel: Aluminium
Max PSI: 220psi, 15Bar
Length : 29" / 75cm

Reasons to buy

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Stable base
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Easy to read gauge
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Excellent valve head design is easy to use, with little air loss

Reasons to avoid

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None found! 

The Cycling Weekly Editor's Choice winning Maha Push and Twist from Birzman is a great value floor pump that we found to be easy to use, accurate, and above all reliable.

Its push and twist head makes an easy, fast connection to the valve and the large gauge allows for accurate pressure reading. Birzman doesn't skimp on hose length. Twice as long as the barrel and secured via a hook in the base, there’s plenty of length to reach a bike in a stand.

It's seen almost constant use in the two plus years since it arrived in the office and still continues to perform.

The base is pretty big, but our tester didn't seem to find issue with stowing away, although with its height it will probably need a specific home anyway.

Read more: Birzman Maha Push and Twist V track pump review.

Lezyne Digital drive pump

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Best for larger volume tyres

Specifications

Valve type : Presta, Schrader
Tubeless compatible : Yes
Barrel: Aluminium
Max PSI: 100psi, 6.9Bar
Length : 23" / 58.5cm

Reasons to buy

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High volume per stroke
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Quality, all-alloy build
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Digital gauge aids precise pressure measurement to 0.5psi accuracy
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Rebuildable

Reasons to avoid

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Screw on chuck rather than lever operated
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On the expensive end of the track pump price range

An Editor's Choice pick, Lezyne's gravel tyre pump adds more air per stroke than a more road-oriented pump, so it's good for higher volume tyres and may help achieve easier seating of tubeless tyres as well. It's made of aluminium and there's even an integrated valve core tool.

The digital pressure gauge means that you can get precisely the pressure you need for off-road riding, where getting it just right, even down to the nearest 0.5psi, is more important than with road bike tyres. Although designed for gravel tyres, the 100psi maximum rating means that it's more than adequate for road bike tyres as well.

Read more: Lezyne Gravel Digital Drive Pro pump review.

Buyer's guide to the best bike pumps

How do I choose a bike pump?

Fundamentally there are three different ways to inflate your bike tyres. We have lots of detailed information below, but as a quick summary: 

Mini pump - The best portable bike pump will balance the ability to inflate your rubber and being small enough to carry in your rear pocket or stow on the frame. Your riding priorities will help you focus your decision here as, like all bike pumps, each one will lean towards a specific talent, eg micro size and weight, but not great at achieving much more than getting you home tyre pressure, or great PSI capabilities but heavier and frame mounted. 

Floor pump (aka track pump) - In the main, this is a stay home pump and the best way to achieve higher pressures, especially when going from totally flat. Most will include a pressure gauge so you can make sure your tyres are properly inflated before heading out for your ride. Some floor pumps include an 'air chamber' which can be pumped to high pressures in order to seat tubeless tyres. You may see them called reservoir pumps. 

CO2 Inflator - Technically this isn't a pump as it contains compressed gas, which can reach up to 120psi in seconds. There are pros and cons to this system, more of which is explained in detail on our page dedicated to the best CO2 inflators.  

What is a mini bike pump?

A mini pump is a bicycle pump that is small enough to fit in your back pocket so you can always take it with you on a ride. As a minimum, it needs to pack enough punch that when you get a flat you can get home comfortably without bottoming out your rim on the road if the going gets bumpy – around 40psi minimum.

Ideally, it should allow you to get enough air into your tyre that you can continue your ride in comfort and so your tyre doesn’t feel overly squishy – which for a 23mm clincher means reaching near 80psi, or 70psi on a 25mm tyre.

Ideally pumping up a tyre with a mini pump won't leave you so exhausted you need to go lie down before you hit the road again.

Some mini pumps are like shorter traditional pumps with a hose which is screwed into the barrel and onto the valve before use. Others have an integrated adaptor that pushes directly onto the valve and is secured by a locking lever.

Many now have a hose integrated into the pump itself, typically stored in the barrel. This design means that the hose extends from the handle, which is held steady in use, while the pump is operated by pushing and pulling on the barrel. In practice, this arrangement has no real disadvantages.

With any mini pump there is a compromise between compact dimensions and usability, with a longer pump being easier to stroke than a shorter one, as it takes less effort to reach higher pressures and you can pump more air volume for each stroke.

If you have invested in one of the best road bikes already, the price of a decent mini pump will seem like a small outlay in order to ensure you enjoy every