The 7 Best Bike Pumps to Buy in 2018

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Whether you’re a novice rider or an expert cyclist, every biker should own one (or even two) bike pumps to keep you on your wheels. Most people assume that all bike pumps are created equal (they just push air into your tires, right?)—but before you throw down your hard-earned cash, you’ll definitely want to make sure the pump you’re buying works for your tires and your needs.

First, consider your bike’s tube valves, which are likely to be Presta or Schrader (for the layman, these are just fancy names for different valve types). Many bike pumps work with both, but some work with only one, so it’s important to make sure it’s compatible with what’s on your bike. Next, do you want something you can take with you on the go, or would you rather refill at home? Once you know what you’re looking for and how you’ll use it, we’ve narrowed down some of the best bike pumps on the market.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall Floor Pump: Topeak Sport II Floor Pump

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The Topeak Sport II Floor Pump is a great all-around pump that will suit the needs of most riders. The Topeak Sport II delivers up to 160 psi inflation and has an easy-to-read gauge. The rotating hose helps to keep things tangle-free, and the dual valve is key if you often switch between Presta or Schrader valves. The entire pump weighs just over three pounds and measures 26.6” inches tall, so it won’t take up the much-coveted shed or garage space.

The Topeak Sport II is an affordable bike pump that has all the bells and whistles you need, and nothing you don’t. Reviewers say it’s dependable, easy to use and feels good and sturdy. If you aren’t sure where to start, this product is a great choice.

Best Budget Floor Pump: Schwinn 5 in 1 Floor Pump With Gauge

If you’re looking for something a little easier on the wallet, the Schwinn 5-in-1 Floor Pump is a more affordable (but still effective) product for most riders. This Schwinn pump can push up to 140 psi of air into your tires and comes with a wide gauge to ensure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Like Topeak’s Sport II, it features a dual valve head, so you can switch between both valve types easily. It’s also a little lighter than our overall best choice, coming in at two pounds and measuring 27”.

Reviews note that, though it’s a lightweight product, this powerful tool easily pumps air up to 140 psi without a lot of effort. If you are searching for a basic-but-dependable pump, you can’t go wrong with the Schwinn 5-in-1 Floor Pump.

Best for Tubeless Tires: Topeak Joe Blow Booster Floor Pump

Some cyclists who strive to ride faster and longer are opting for a tubeless tire, which means there is no inner tube to fill. Avid riders will tell you that are many benefits to going tubeless, but it often means you need a higher-end pump to keep your tires airtight. The Topeak Joe Blow Booster Floor Pump can inflate tires up to 160 psi, and inflates fast enough to ensure an airtight rim seal. The smart head fits both Presta and Schrader valves and has an easy-to-follow gauge.

One key difference with inflating tubeless tires is that you must mount the tire back onto the bead of the rim, which requires a good deal of air pressure. Owners consistently remark that the Topeak Joe Blow effectively allows for bead mounting and keeps tubeless tires well inflated. However, do note that the pump is (understandably) heftier than some of the others on our list, weighing 6.3 pounds.

Best Mini Pump: Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump

Many avid riders own both a floor pump and a mini pump, so they can refill at home and on the move. The Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump provides up to 120 psi and works with both valve types. Its telescope design allows for faster pumping and more pressure. It also includes an attachment that allows you to secure the pump to your bike using a velcro strap, and even throws in a glueless puncture kit so you can repair flats on the go. This aluminum alloy pump weighs just five ounces and features two pumping modes—one that applies high pressure, and one for finishing off the inflation.

Owners love the Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump so much that many say it’s their only bike pump (though we recommend you always have a traditional floor pump at home). If you want a travel-sized pump that gets the job done, this is it.

Best Frame-Fit Pump: Topeak Turbo Morph Bike Pump with Gauge

A frame-fit pump is basically a longer mini pump that’s designed to fit and attach to the inside triangle of your bike’s frame without additional hardware. It’s a great choice for road bikers who want an easy-to-access pump—and the Topeak Turbo Morph Bike Pump is a powerful little tool that can easily morph into a floor pump or stay attached to your bike. It provides up to 160 psi and comes with a Presta and a Schrader piece (though they are attached separately). It easily attaches to your frame with an included mount, and (importantly) is lightweight, weighing just half a pound.

Reviewers say that as far as a mini pump goes, the Topeak Turbo Morph Bike Pump works overtime. Though you can never expect the same power from a hand pump as you’ll get from a floor pump, owners remark that it fills a flat incredibly quickly, no matter where they are.

Best for Long Rides: Pro Bike Tool CO2 Inflator

A CO2 inflator is a great choice for a quick fix, popular with racing cyclists or anyone who wants to travel light. The Pro Bike Tool CO2 Inflator is a nozzle that’s compatible with any size threaded CO2 cartridge (sold separately). It features a twin valve system, so you can use either type, and is made of strong aluminum alloy. Each cartridge is typically used once to help you get back on the road quickly. Once you get home, you deflate the tube and refill it with air.

The pros of a CO2 inflator are that you can easily inflate your tire without pumping, saving you precious time on a fast ride, but the con is that it only works as long as you have an active cartridge. Many reviewers say they found hand pumps tedious and exhausting, and that the Pro Bike Tool CO2 Inflator was the perfect solution.

Best Compressor: 12V DC Air Compressor Pump

When you take your bike to a shop to pump up your tires, they’re probably using a compressor. While compressors aren’t the best choice for most bike users, they can be really handy if you want a versatile product (they can fill your car’s tires too!) that doesn’t require any pumping. The DB Power compressor can fill tires up to 150 psi and includes an auto-off function, forcing the pump to stop once you’ve hit the desired pressure. The 10-foot inflation tube allows you to easily maneuver around your driveway or garage.

Owners love this powerful little compressor (it weighs just over two pounds, but it packs a punch) because it’s versatile and gets the job done with essentially no physical effort. If you want a quick fix that you can use around your house, a compressor is a smart choice.

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