Even though the importance of a bike pump is sometimes overlooked, it is perhaps the most essential piece of bike equipment.
Today’s showcase of the best bike pumps out there will help you to pick the right one without too much time or trouble.
Now, while on the surface this might seem like the easiest of all buying decisions, there are several factors you need to consider if you want to avoid making an expensive mistake. The first of these decisions centers on the type of pump that best fits your needs. You have two main options:
- Floor pump
- Mini pump
Freestanding floor pumps are designed for use at home.
You can inflate tires quickly and easily with this type of pump. You will also need to expend less effort than when using a mini pump. The bases of these pumps are wide and sturdy. This allows you to hold the pump still while you engage the handle using both your hands for maximum leverage.
Almost all floor pumps are equipped with a pressure gauge. Maximum achievable pressure varies from pump to pump. The lowest performers will inflate your bike tires to 100 PSI (pounds per square inch), while the best pumps are capable of inflating tires to pressures of over 200 PSI.
Floor pumps will also come with long and flexible hoses so you can inflate your tires without contorting yourself.
A mini pump is a compact unit you can take with you when you ride. Some of these pumps are suitable for attaching to your bike frame. Others are small enough to pop in your pocket or bag.
The sacrifice you make for portability is the lack of firepower. You’ll find it requires more effort to inflate your tires and also might not provide you with enough pressure for your needs.
You will find that most mini pumps attach directly to the valves of your tires. Occasionally, these pumps come with small hoses bundled.
Most mini pumps are not equipped with pressure gauges.
Once you have decided which type of pump makes the smoothest fit, you should consider the following pointers:
- Valve type: Bike tires have either Presta valves or Schrader valves. Less commonly, tires are fitted with Dunlop valves. Almost all pumps are compatible with the two main types of valve. If you use tires with Dunlop valves, look for one of the models we review with that functionality.
- Pressure: The tires on mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, or children’s’ bikes seldom need inflating to beyond 80 PSI. If you have a road bike, on the other hand, you’ll need to pump up your tires to a pressure of at least 120 PSI. Recommended tire pressures will be emblazoned on the sidewalls of your tires. Make sure any pumps on your shortlist provide you with enough pressure for your needs.
- Bike wheel size: Pumps with small heads will be easier to use if you need to inflate the tires on kids’ bikes.
- Hose length: Always look for a bike pump with as long a hose as possible. This will be much easier to attach, and it won’t restrict your movements when inflating tires.
- Stability: Not all bike pumps are well-balanced so consider sidestepping any models with a reputation for toppling over mid-use. The larger and more stable the base, the more seamless your pumping experience.
If you keep those elements in mind, you should have no problems navigating our selection of the most efficient and affordable pumps up for grabs. Dive in!
The 14 Best Bike Pumps
1. Our Pick: Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump
- Material: Hardened steel
- Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Dimensions: 26.8 x 4.6 x 10 inches
If you’re in a hurry to buy a bike pump, consider our overall favorite from today’s selection, the Joe Blow Sport III from Topeak.
Priced keenly considering the solid construction and brand image, you should encounter no lifespan issues with this hardened steel floor pump.
The pump is super-simple to use with a comfortable, oversized handle allowing you to operate the Joe Blow without straining yourself.
You can read the tire pressure at a glance thanks to the large 3-inch gauge that’s handily mounted above the base of the pump. You can read tire pressures to 160 PSI or 11 bar.
The dual hammer-style pump head will fit all valve types, including Schrader, Presta, and Dunlop.
A lengthy hose is designed to not to get tangled up and pivots through a full 360 degrees. This makes your life easier when you’re trying to access tire valves and prevents you from getting snarled up in the hose.
As an added kicker, you’ll find ball and bladder heads included with this pump, meaning you can inflate balls and pool inflatables as well as all your bike tires.
There are six different pumps in the Joe Blow line. If you’re looking for more performance and pressure, explore the more expensive models. All those looking for a bargain without sacrificing longevity or functionality, though, should be satisfied with the Joe Blow III.
2. LEZYNE Compact CO2 Bike Pump
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 0.2 pounds
- Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 5 inches
If you have a mountain bike, a road bike, or a gravel bike, consider this CO2 bike pump from LEZYNE.
Compatibility is impressive. The twin head screws into any threaded CO2 canister and is suitable for use with both Presta and Schrader valves.
You get a 16g cartridge included with purchase and this will inflate your bike tires to a maximum of 100 PSI, ideal for a variety of bikes.
Made from machined aluminum with brass internal components, you get a lightweight pump that’s also built to stay the distance.
Like all CO2 bike pumps, speed is uppermost here. If your tire lets you down, you’ll have it inflated in less than a minute with this nifty pump. All you need to do is attach a cartridge, pop the head onto the valve of your tire and then open the control knob. You’ll be back on the road or trail in no time!
Although the bulk of feedback concerning this portable bike pump is positive, we found some scattered complaints about leaking. Do your due diligence here.
Even if you want a floor pump for use at home, there is no substitute for a mini CO2 pump like this when your tire goes flat on the road. Save yourself the inconvenience of getting transported home to fix a flat tire and invest in this cost-effective solution from LEZYNE.
3. Schwinn Floor Bike Pump
- Material: Alloy steel
- Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 24.6 x 5.2 x 10.6 inches
Schwinn is famous the world over for their design-driven bikes, so how does their pump stand and fall?
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose from one of four subtle colorways. Next, opt for which variant of the pump that best suits. This model is the Air Center Plus.
Made from alloy steel, this floor pump is heavyweight and durable.
As with most of the best bike pumps, you get a twin pump head capable of attaching to both Presta and Schrader valves. Schwinn also throws in a cone so you can easily inflate balls and beach balls in addition to your bike tires.
Maximum pressure is decent at 120 PSI, allowing you the flexibility to inflate a wide variety of bike tires for most types of bikes.
The pump is pretty easy to use and benefits from a wide base to promote stability. The major drawback is the positioning of the pressure gauge. While it is slightly raised from the floor, it still seems quite difficult to read the pressure when you are inflating tires.
Setting this minor gripe aside, you are getting an efficient and long-lasting bike pump for much less than you might imagine from one of the most reputable brands in the bike vertical. What are you waiting for?
4. Vibrelli Floor Pump
- Material: Alloy steel
- Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Dimensions: 24.5 x 10.5 x 6 inches
Vibrelli make some outstanding bike pumps in a range of styles, so how does this classic floor pump shape up?
Perhaps the main selling point here is the high maximum pressure of 160 PSI. This pump is highly accurate when inflating to these pressures, making it the perfect companion for your road bikes.
Another benefit – although a mixed blessing – is the T-valve. On one hand, you will enjoy a seamlessly tight seal with no leakage when you’re pumping up tires. The drawback of this valve is the construction, though. Despite the 5-year warranty coverage, many consumers report issues developing after just a year or two with the reasonably flimsy valve.
All you need to do is flick a switch to alternate between Presta and Schrader valve attachments, meaning this is a user-friendly model ideal for anyone not yet comfortable with bike maintenance.
There is a large pressure gauge which is thoughtfully positioned, easy to read, and highly precise.
The glueless puncture kit bundled is a nice extra and gives you the security you need if you’re not carrying a mini pump with you while riding. The other bonus is an adapter allowing you to inflate balls or pool inflatables.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense and multi-purpose floor pump for your garage or workshop, look no further than this Vibrelli.
5. LEZYNE Steel Floor Pump
- Material: Alloy steel
- Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Dimensions: 27 x 10 x 12 inches
Next up is another offering from the LEZYNE stable with this traditional steel floor bike pump. What do you get for your money here, then?
Fitted with a pump head compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves, you can use this pump to inflate most bike tires.
The pressure gauge is large but sits right at the base of the pump, making it challenging to read while inflating tires.
With this model, the main draw is the class-leading 220 PSI of pressure you can achieve. Inflate the tires on your road bikes and most other bikes with this durable and bright red floor pump. If you don’t appreciate the vibrant colorway, you have four other choices of color at your disposal.
The hose is long enough to give you plenty of room for maneuver and it shouldn’t perish or degrade in a hurry. The couplers are made from a rugged composite, eliminating one of the most common weak points on bike pumps.
The base is made from machine aluminum while the barrel and piston are constructed from steel for added longevity.
As with all LEZYNE products, you won’t need to dig too deep for this bike pump, and you won’t get shortchanged in terms of performance or lifespan either.
6. BV Bike Pump
- Material: Alloy steel
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Dimensions: 24 x 9.5 x 5 inches
This BV floor pump is one of the cheapest bike pumps out there, but is it any good?
First, choice from a bright yellow or muted gray pump to suit. Like all floor pumps, this is designed for home use, so explore some of the mini pumps we review if you are looking for a portable pump you can carry when riding.
The pump head is designed so you can easily switch between Presta and Schrader valves with no air leaks while inflating tires. The valve is lockable.
The substantial pressure gauge is reasonably easy to read due to its size and slightly raised placement. You can inflate tires to a maximum of 160 PSI with this pump, so make sure that fits your requirements before committing to purchase.
You should find the large and ergonomic handle easy to operate without straining yourself. Thanks to the lengthy steel barrel, you can push more air with each depression of the handle.
As with all the best bike pumps, the hose is cut long enough to give you lots of freedom of movement. The hose also pivots through 360 degrees for maximum convenience.
You even get needles included so you can inflate your pool toys or balls, making this bike pump outstanding value with very few meaningful drawbacks.
7. LEZYNE Micro Floor Pump
- Material: Aluminum and ABS
- Weight: 0.45 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.3 x 4.2 inches
Next up is yet another great bike pump from LEZYNE, so how does this model compare to the competition?
As a highly portable mini pump, you attach this model to the bottle bosses of your bike. We recommend investing in some extra-long bottle screws to keep things securely in place while you pedal.
Made from a machined and anodized aluminum, the construction is impressive. The quality of the components and the engineering means this pump should give you plenty of faithful service while offering the ultimate in convenience on the road.
You get a separate hose which is an excellent design feature. The hose itself is heavy-duty and rubberized, capable of lasting for years.
This pump is like a mini track pump, but you can use it by cupping it in your palm rather than employing the conventional track pump style. Indeed, doing so can result in the base getting scratched up so stick to handheld use.
The main complaint we found among a sea of positive user testimony concerns the difficulty of operating the chuck. Setting this aside, you’re getting one of the most effective mini bike pumps out there at a fairly reasonable price point. You can’t ask for much more when you’re comparing the best bike pumps.
8. Topeak Road Morph Mini Pump
- Material: Aluminum and plastic
- Weight: 0.49 pounds
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 2.2 inches
We have another highly versatile and portable mini pump up next, this time from industry specialist Topeak. What are the advantages and drawbacks of this model, then?
Off the bat, this is a pump to satisfy cyclists of all experience levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a hardened road warrior, you’ll find the Morph a cinch to use.
The pump head is intended to accommodate every type of valve, including Schrader, Presta, and Dunlop. Many competing pumps are incompatible with Dunlop valves.
There is a mount bracket included so you can easily attach this pump to the frame of your bike. Say goodbye to calling a loved one or an Uber when you get a flat tire and start fixing your bike at the roadside instead.
Almost all user feedback is positive, but we found a series of complaints about the poor quality of the instructions. If you have never used a pump like this before, you might find yourself looking online for some assistance. We hope the manufacturer takes the trouble to improve these instructions.
Considering the convenience and peace of mind this pump provides, you might be surprised at how reasonably priced it is. If you’re hunting for a bargain and you’re not prepared to compromise on build quality or performance, this is one of the most effective bike pumps up for grabs.
9. Bell Air High-Volume Bike Pump
- Material: Nylon
- Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Dimensions: 23.8 x 6.1 x 10.5 inches
Bell Air delivers a basic pump at one of the keenest prices, so what can you expect if you’re on the trail of a bargain bike pump?
The first thing you’ll appreciate is the oversized barrel. This allows you to quickly and easily inflate larger tires on mountain bikes without taking an eternity or needing to put in too much effort.
As with all decent bike pumps, you enjoy a dual pump head with compatibility for both Schrader and Presta valves. Ideal for kids’ bikes, BMXs, and mountain bikes, this pump is not suitable for road bikes. The maximum pressure is just 100 PSI, so you won’t be able to get road bike tires properly inflated.
The gauge is mounted near the bottom of the pump, but its size and placement ensure you won’t struggle to read the pressure while inflating your bike tires.
Like every floor pump, this model is ideal for home use. You also get ball and pool inflatable needles thrown in for all your pumping needs. There is a storage clip included for these needles, so they don’t go astray.
If you want a bike pump without spending a fortune, this model makes great sense as long as you don’t intend to inflate road bikes tires or any other high-pressure tires.
10. Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 0.52 pounds
- Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.8 x 3.3 inches
Vibrelli make some great bike pumps that are also very competitively priced, so how does this portable mini pump stand up to the opposition?
While the pump has many advantages, the obvious drawback is the lack of pressure gauge. For many people, this will be a deal-breaker, so we are mentioning it off the bat to save your time if you don’t fancy guessing the pressure when inflating your bike tires.
Arguably the main benefits of this pump are its lightweight nature and total portability. If you’re tired of getting flats on the road or the trail and you want to take matters into your own hands, this is one of the best and cheapest solutions.
The smart valve means you don’t need any adapters. Instead, fix the pump head to either Presta or Schrader valves and it will automatically lock on, saving you from fiddling around and from losing pump attachments.
The telescoping design of this pump lets you switch between high-pressure inflation (road bikes) and high-volume inflation (mountain bikes). The pump is not intended for inflating the suspension on your bike, so don’t attempt this.
Although you get a puncture kit bundled, several customers complain about the poor quality of the patches in this kit.
As long as you can live without a pressure gauge on your bike pump, this is one of the best affordable pumps on the market and it even comes backed by a long warranty.
11. Planet Bike ALX Bike Pump
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Dimensions: 27 x 6 x 9 inches
Planet Bike’s ALX is a design-led pump that doesn’t sacrifice function to accommodate form. How does it stack up, then?
The first notable benefit of this pump is its versatility. The ALX is suitable for the following types of bikes:
- Road bikes
- Mountain bikes
- Fat tire bikes
- Gravel bikes
- Adventure bikes
The design of this pump combines an aluminum barrel with a wooden handle, allowing you to quickly and easily inflate the tires of just about any bike in your garage.
Although the pump is rated to 200 PSI, you can only inflate tires to 160 PSI. This should nevertheless be sufficient for most applications, including road bike tires.
As with all the best bike pumps, you benefit from a pair of needles included so you can inflate beach toys or balls.
The significant drawback of this pump comes in the way it feels rather top-heavy and prone to toppling over. If you’re looking for a pump with ease of use uppermost, we suggest checking out some of the competition.
Backed by a lifetime warranty, this should be the last bike pump you ever buy, depending on how you feel about that imbalance issue.
12. LEZYNE Floor Drive Pump
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Dimensions: 26 x 11 x 8.8 inches
As we near the end of our quest for the most effective bike pumps in a crowded market segment, we have one more model from industry heavyweight LEZYNE.
If you have road bikes and you need to inflate tires to high pressures, this pump maxes out at a class-leading 220 PSI. For anyone needing a high-volume pump, this is not the best bet. Mountain bike lovers or fat bike owners should instead explore some of the high-volume bike pumps above.
Like every worthwhile pump, you’ll find it easy to flick between different valve types. The chuck is designed to move between Presta and Schrader valves and it then threads on for tight engagement.
Overall build quality is truly impressive, even if you need to dig a bit deeper for this model.
The main weak point of this model is the positioning of the gauge. Despite its generous size, you may encounter difficulties when trying to read tire pressure while pumping.
The long and flexible hose, on the other hand, means you won’t feel restricted when inflating your bike tires.
If you can live with the minor gauge visibility restrictions, this is one of the most efficient floor pumps for road bike tires and other high-pressure applications, so why not give it a try?
13. Bell Air Glide Floor Pump
- Material: Canvas
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Dimensions: 3.9 x 22.9 x 8.5 inches
Bell Air might not be the most prominent brand in this vertical, bit the Glide is a performance floor pump for bike tires well worth popping on your shortlist.
To lead off with the downside, the pump maxes out as just 100 PSI. This makes it suitable for high-volume applications, but it’s not cut out for dealing with high-pressure applications like inflating road tires.
The pressure gauge itself is ideally positioned so you need see it clearly while you’re pumping up your bike tires.
Thanks to the dual pump head, you can inflate tires with either Presta or Schrader valves. This model is not equipped to deal with Dunlop valves.
Ideal for pretty much any bike tire except road bike tires, you’re getting great value for money as well as a long-lasting and high-performing bike pump. What’s not to love?
14. AerGun X-1000 Bike Pump
- Material: Hardened steel
- Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Dimensions: 24.25 x 5 x 9.5 inches
Last but not least in today’s bike pump breakdown comes from Aer-Gun in the form of the X-1000.
Finished in a vibrant neon green, you’ll have no problems finding the pump in the garage or workshop.
Made from premium-grade aluminum throughout, you can inflate your bike tires quickly and accurately secure in the knowledge this pump won’t let you down.
One of the main draws with this pump is the inclusion of a pressure release valve. This allows you to easily set up your bikes for different purposes, whether you’re training or riding purely for fun.
The pump is suitable for high-pressure inflation, delivering maximum pressures to 160 PSI.
With bladder and ball needles chucked in, you can easily inflate all your balls, beach pools, and inflatable pool toys with this multi-purpose gem.
The gauge is very easy to read when you’re pumping up your bike tires. The other key element – the hose – is designed to provide freedom of movement, cut long and flexible for ease of use.
Although the majority of customers report favorable experiences with this bike pump, several disgruntled users call the accuracy of the pressure gauge into question. If you require precision above all else, we recommend exploring some of the similar pumps we review above.
For anyone looking to inflate tires to high pressure – on road bikes, for instance – this is hands down one of the most effective pumps you can find.
1) What is a Schrader valve?
A Schrader valve looks like the valve on a car tire. This type of valve is mainly found on older bikes.
2) What is a Presta valve?
Presta valves are the new gold standard for bike valves. This type of valve holds air more consistently and for longer than a Schrader valve.
3) What pressure do my bike tires need to be inflated at?
As a general guiding principle, the thinner the bike tire, the more pressure is needed to achieve the perfect fill. Most road bike tires respond most favorably when inflated to pressures of between 80 PSI and 120 PSI. With city bike tires and hybrid bike tires, recommended pressures usually fall between 50 PSI and 70 PSI. Many mountain bike tires need inflating to low pressures of between 30 PSI and 50 PSI. Look for the recommended tire pressure on the sidewall of the tire.
4) Should I use a CO2 inflator for pumping up bike tires?
A CO2 inflator is a great option if you are looking for maximum convenience and minimum effort roadside. These inflators typically feature screw-on threads at one end and push-on valve heads at the other end. Some of these pumps require you to thread a single-use CO2 canister onto the bottom of the pump. Unthreaded versions are pushed on instead. When the seal of the canister is pierced, the CO2 is released into the inner tube of your tire in one continuous blast.
5) What is a reservoir pump and is it worth buying one?
A reservoir pump is ideal if your bike has tubeless tires. You can pump up the chamber in these pumps to pressures in excess of 100 PSI. Next, you hook the pump up to the valve on your bike tire and allow the air to come out in a single blast. At the same time as inflating the tire, this should push the tire beads onto the edge of the rim. Although this type of pump is expensive, it’s an invaluable investment if you often inflate and swap out tubeless bike tires.
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