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Best bike pumps: Tyre inflation that won't let you down

Best bike pumps
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Equipping yourself with a bike pump is a great way to avoid being stranded at the side of the road or sitting at home unable to go for a ride because of a flat tyre. While the best bike pumps can come in a wide range of designs, they can be roughly categorised into four types: floor pumps (aka track pumps), mini-pumps, CO2 inflators, and electric inflators. 

Choosing the best bike pump is very much dependent on your tyre inflation needs, and in all likelihood, you'll benefit from owning more than one type. 

If you're looking for a pump to quickly top up your tyres before you head out the door or only ever need to worry about tyre inflation at home, the best option is likely going to be a floor pump. 

If you're in need of rapid roadside reinflation, then a CO2 inflator will be your preferred method, but each canister can only be used once so you could still find yourself stranded if you suffer a second flat later in the ride. 

If you're in less of a rush and want unlimited inflation, the portability and never-ending air supply of a mini-pump will be your best bet. 

Finally, if you want to save effort, an electric tyre inflator might well be the solution. These are portable enough to throw in a bag or your car, but with a built-in battery, they're not the lightest when it comes to weight. 

Scroll down to see our pick of the best in each sector, or use the links to jump to your chosen option. 

Best mini-pumps

Mini-pumps are the best bike pumps for those looking for portability and unlimited inflation. They are a pocket-friendly evolution of the classic frame pump. While the frame pump has its advantages, a mini-pump is much easier to carry and can be mounted beside the bottle cage for easy reach.

Mini-pumps will attach to the valve with either a built-in valve head or a flexible hose that extends from inside the pump body. While screw-on hoses can present an extra fiddly stage, they reduce the stress on the valve itself and allow a more comfortable pumping position.

Mini-pumps are available in high-volume and high-pressure options. With high volume being designed for mountain bikes and the high-pressure road-specific models that are capable of reaching 100psi and beyond.

While mini-pumps excel as practical and reusable offerings they can require a lot of effort to reach the desired tyre pressures due to their small chamber size and slim shapes.

Best bike pumps: Topeak mini-pump

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Topeak Race Rocket HP

A small but powerful bike pump that will get you re-inflated and back on the road

Max tyre pressure: 160psi | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: 82g | Length: 180mm

Well made
Built-in valve core tool 
Requires a lot of pumping

Topeak has been keeping riders on the road by making innovative tools and pumps for a long time. The Race Rocket HP (high pressure) is a compact and lightweight pump that will easily fit into a jersey pocket while still packing a punch with a max rating of 160psi.

Neatly stored inside the pump body, an extendable hose is combined with Topeak’s Smarthead Threadlock head. This head threads to the valve stem and allows both Presta and Schrader valves to be inflated without needing to change any fiddly internal parts. Topeak has added a handy built-in tool for tightening or removing valve cores as well.

Best bike pumps: Blackburn

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Blackburn Core Slim Mini-Pump

Lifetime warranty gives you confidence that this pump will keep going for years

Max tyre pressure: 120psi | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: 102g | Length: 247mm

Built-in valve core tool
Lifetime warranty 
Presta only
Long body 

Blackburn offers two versions of its Core pump, the slim road bike version is the high-pressure model which can achieve 120psi. Blackburn has paid close attention to build quality as well as product longevity by not only offering rebuildable internals but a lifetime warranty, too.

The Core Slim Mini is pocketable but the pump is long so may be better frame-mounted with the included attachment. A rubber seal keeps the pump from extending when not in use and stops grit getting inside the pump body, there is also a rubber dust cap protecting the valve head. 

The Core Slim is only compatible with Presta valves and features a thread on the head for a secure fit. A valve-core tool is screwed into the bottom of the pump in case you need to tighten your valves mid-ride.

Best bike pumps: Lezyne mini-pump

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Lezyne Carbon Road Drive Medium

Beautiful CNC design expected from Lezyne with some extra carbon bling

Max tyre pressure: 160psi | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: 83g | Length: 216mm

High-quality materials and finish
Serviceable  
Price
Presta only

Lezyne has a well-deserved reputation for making high-quality precision CNC products, the Carbon Road Drive pump is no different, other than carbon fibre replaces the barrel and handle to reduce weight without sacrificing performance.

The long body pushes a good amount of air with each stroke to get you back on your bike more quickly. An ABS flex hose allows a comfortable position while pumping up tyres and although the head is not compatible with Schrader valves it will work with both threaded and non-threaded Presta valves.

Lezyne wants its pump to last a long time, so if the seals become a bit worn or you accidentally lose the hose, there is a seal kit and replacement parts available.

Best bike pumps: Silca mini-pump

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Silca Tattico Bluetooth Mini-Pump

Premium build quality with bluetooth connection for digital smartphone display

Max tyre pressure: 120psi | Pressure gauge: Yes | Weight: 159g | Length: 241mm

World-class build quality
Accurate Bluetooth digital display on smartphone
Price
Battery required

The standout feature of the Silca Tattico Bluetooth mini-pump is the Bluetooth connectivity that facilitates a large-screen digital display of tyre pressure by pairing with the iGauge app on your smartphone. 

For Silca, the motivation behind using this system was the ability to continue using larger precision parts which result in a more accurate reading, without the need to add a cumbersome dial to what is an otherwise pocket friendly pump. For us using the product, the result is a mini-pump that can provide accurate (to one per cent) readings at the side of the road. While not rechargeable, the infrequent use will undoubtedly result in a very long time before the CR2032 battery needs to be replaced. 

As a standalone pump, it works flawlessly. The aluminium pump features an extendable hose for ease of connectivity, with a locking chuck that is compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves. The pump can handle pressures of up to 120psi which is more than enough for any roadside reinflation.

Of course, with the Silca name, you can expect an extremely high build quality and as such, the high price can be seen as an investment - don't expect to need to replace it for a long time. 

Best CO2 inflators

CO2 inflators are the best bike pumps for those looking for one-time effortless inflation at the roadside. The inflators will feature a screw-on thread at one end and a push-on valve head at the other. 

When you thread a single-use canister of CO2 onto the bottom of the inflator, it pierces the seal and allows the compressed carbon dioxide to be released, through the adaptor, and into the inner tube / tubeless tyre in a continuous powerful blast. 

Many also feature a regulator which can stop and start the airflow, so that it doesn't go to waste before you've managed to push it onto the valve of your inner tube. 

Being able to inflate a tyre in a matter of seconds can be crucial mid-sportive or at the side of the road in the freezing rain. A 16g canister will happily inflate a road tyre to around 90psi and if you have larger volume tyres there are 20g and 25g options available. 

This huge benefit in convenience and speed is also complemented by its diminutive size, which makes it very packable in a jersey pocket or saddlebag. However, as CO2 canisters provide a finite amount of inflation, you're reliant on having enough cartridges, so consider whether CO2 is the most practical for your ride or a mini-pump should also be taken for backup. 

An element of care must be considered when using CO2, the discharge of gas will freeze the outside of the canister and unless protected by a cover or gloves, your skin will stick to the metal. The financial and environmental cost must also be considered due to the throw-away nature of emptied canisters.

Best bike pumps: Lifeline

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LifeLine CNC

Superb value and adjustable CO2 inflator from Lifeline

Max tyre pressure: n/a | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: Unpublished | Length: Unpublished

Controllable CO2 flow
Multi uses from one canister
Affordable
Thread on valve head fiddly and tedious to use

Wiggle's house brand, Lifeline, adorns a mountain of cycling sundries from tubes to turbo trainers for the budget-conscious cyclist. The LifeLine CNC CO2 is about as cheap as a CO2 head comes but this compact unit is more than a basic inflator.

Although having to thread the head onto the valve is fiddly, once connected it creates a strong seal. Inflation can be modulated and a partly used canister can be closed for topping up tyres later.

Best bike pumps: Genuine Innovations

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Genuine Innovations Ultraflate

Fast and easy inflation that is ready to go straight from your pocket

Max tyre pressure: n/a | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: 62g (without cartridge) | Length: 132mm

Trigger controlled
Safety lock
Compatible with threaded and non-threaded
Bulky

Rather than a simple head that screws onto a canister, Genuine Innovations has designed a trigger system that makes accurate inflation easy. A safety switch on the back allows you to save leftover gas for later on and stops the Ultraflate going off in your pocket.

The head is compatible with Presta and Schrader valves, as well as both threaded and non-threaded canisters (a non-threaded 20g cartridge is included). The holder will fit 16g, 20g and 25g canisters. The unit is also fully enclosed protecting your hands from the freezing action of the discharging CO2.

Best bike pumps: Lezyne co2

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Lezyne Control Drive CO2

First-class design and engineering makes the Lezyne Control Drive one of the best CO2 inflators available

Max tyre pressure: n/a | Pressure gauge: No | Weight: 16g (without cartridge) | Length: Unpublished

Controllable CO2 flow
Expensive
Minimal protection from the cold canister

The Control Drive is a small 100 per cent CNCed CO2 head from Lezyne that gives control over inflation. Whether a large blast is needed to re-seat a tyre or you are fine-tuning tyre pressure, the knurled dial on the back makes flow adjustment easy.  

In use, the Control Drive simply presses onto both a Schrader or Presta valves with no need to make any adjustment. The head will work with any size of threaded canister and Lezyne supplies a 16g canister to get you started.

Best floor pumps

Floor pumps are the best bike pumps for big inflation duties, be that at home or in the car park before a race. 

Otherwise known as track pumps, floor pumps are the most efficient method for inflating tyres at home. With a wide steady base, a large air chamber and being able to use your weight to push the handle makes inflation much quicker and easier than a handheld pump. Floor pumps also have long hoses, which makes reaching valves simple, even if a bike is mounted on a work stand. 

Most floor pumps will include a pressure gauge so that tyre pressure can be set up accurately. An analogue gauge is simple and easy to read, however, a digital gauge will provide a more accurate reading. 

As the forces that are put through floor pumps are greater than hand pumps, investing in a high-quality pump - rather than cheaper plastic designs - is worthwhile. Often, high-end brands will offer spare parts and replacement seals should you need to service your floor pump.

Best bike pumps: Birzman Maha

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Birzman Maha Push and Twist V

Unique valve design and durable build at a very fair price

Max tyre pressure: 220psi | Pressure gauge: Analogue | Weight: 1.2kg | Length: 744mm

Simple push and twist head
Plastic handle

The Birzman Maha Push and Twist V delivers a good level of inflation and uses the company's Evolved Barrel Structure, a CNC machined aluminium barrel which promises a smoother pump stroke. The wide base houses an analogue gauge for pressure readings.

Birzman uses a bespoke valve that connects to either a Presta and Schrader using a collar which is pushed down and twisted to secure. Removal simply involves lifting the collar to release and pulling the head away from the valve. Both actions can be performed easily with one hand.

Best bike pumps: Lezyne track pump

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Lezyne CNC Digital Drive

Lezyne’s material choice and finishing makes this a professional-grade tool

Max tyre pressure: 220psi | Pressure gauge: Digital | Weight: 1.6kg | Length: 635mm

High-quality construction
Accurate digital gauge
Digital gauge risks being damaged

Lezyne’s CNC Digital Drive Pump is a professional pump with its aluminium construction and finish. Lezyne has specced a digital gauge for clear readings which measures to a claimed accuracy of 97 per cent.

Lezyne has redesigned the valve head, the new ABS1 Pro uses a chuck that flips between Presta and Schrader and securely screws onto the valve. The valve head has a valve-core tool that is integrated on the rear of the unit for tubeless systems.

Lezyne offers a range of seal kits and spares should you need to service your pump or wish to fit different valve heads, extenders or hoses.

Best bike pumps: Topeak floor pump

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Topeak Joe Blow Booster

Two-in-one floor pump for quick inflation and tubeless setup

Max tyre pressure: 160psi | Pressure gauge: Analogue | Weight: 2.9kg | Length: 740mm

Topeak is well known for its build quality
Built-in tubeless booster
Bulky, by virtue of the booster chamber

Tubeless has been around in mountain biking for a while but as it becomes more popular for road having a booster is key to successful tubeless setup. The booster works by pressurising a one-litre air chamber to 160psi before blasting the air into the tyre to seat it properly on the rim.

A simple switch on the gauge allows you to transfer between charge and inflate mode, releasing the charged air from the booster. The big gauge is mounted to the top of the booster making it easy to read while using the pump. 

The head uses Topeak's Smarthead technology to adapt to any valve type without the need to change any parts. A 152cm hose allows you to reach your valves easily, even if the bike is mounted in a work stand.

Best electric tyre inflators

Electric tyre inflators are the best bike pumps for anyone looking to save the effort of pumping up tyres. They feature an inbuilt Li-ion battery which will last between around 7 and 15 inflations per charge, depending on the product. 

They are typically compact enough to fit into a jersey pocket, however with the battery built in, they are rarely super light, so they may be better restricted to bikepacking setups or for anyone travelling afar with a bike. 

In operation, they offer a long, continuous shot of air at the push of a button, however, rarely do these options offer enough airflow to seat tubeless tyres. 

Fumpa electric bike pump

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Fumpa

Powerful, pocket-sized compressor

Max tyre pressure: 120psi | Pressure gauge: Digital | Weight: 380g | Size: 42mm x 73mm x 87mm

Effortless
Fast inflation
Price
Rather noisy

Known only as the 'Fumpa', this pocket-sized compressor is small and light enough to fit into a jersey pocket, can inflate a 25c road tyre in around 25 seconds, and displays the current pressure on an easy-to-read digital display in PSI, Bar and kPa. 

It features a small hose, making it easy to get in between spokes, and given you don't need to do anything other than press a button, it'll save you from damaging your valve during inflation, too.  

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the only thing limiting the capacity to inflate is your ability to remember to charge it, but in our experience, it lasts around 10 full inflations (to 100psi) before you need to plug it back in.

Xiaomi electric tyre inflator

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Xiaomi Mi Mijia

Low-cost electric tyre inflator

Max tyre pressure: 160psi | Pressure gauge: Digital | Weight: 440g | Size: 124mm (180mm with hose) x 70mm x 45mm

Auto cut-off at the desired pressure
Auto battery-off if you forget
Effortless
Slower inflation than Fumpa
Noisy (but quieter than Fumpa)

Not necessarily designed for cycling use, the Xiaomi Mijia digital tyre inflator replicates the function of the Fumpa in the only way that Xiaomi knows how: affordably. 

The Xiaomi offers the option to add up to five preset pressure limits, so you can quickly and easily flit between pumping up different tyres at different pressures, and when it reaches the desired pressure it will shut off automatically. However, while the manual mode can get up to 160PSI, the preset modes are limited to a road-bike-unfriendly 65psi. 

In our experience, the Xiaomi was good for around 14 inflations to 100psi, however, compared to the Fumpa, the inflation was slow, and the thread-on head is a little fiddly to use, but at a fraction of the cost of the Fumpa, it's a suitable solution for anyone looking for auto-inflation on a budget.