Let’s Look at The Best Bicycle Pump Out There

Available in all shapes and sizes, bike pumps are the ideal alternative to constantly having to buy new tires. It beats having to go a body shop each time a tire deflates. But choosing a bike pump out of so many available models isn’t exactly a walk in the park, especially if you are not the world’s most passionate bike enthusiast. We’re pretty sure that professional cyclists know their way around good bike pumps, but if you’re the average bike rider that enjoys the occasional stroll around the park, you’re probably not familiar with what a pressure gauge is, the difference between Schrader and Presta valves or which are the best materials that make up the most durable bike pumps.

The 6 Best Bicycle Pump Comparisons

Brand

Details

Our Rating

BV Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump

  • Dimensions: 24 x 9.5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

Vibrelli Performance Bike Floor Pump 

  • Dimensions: 24.6 x 3.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

Topeak Sport II Floor Pump 

  • Dimensions: 29 x 10.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

Pro Bike Tool Mini Bike Pump 

  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Max pressure: 120 PSI

Schwinn 5 in 1 Floor Pump 

  • Dimensions: 27 x 9 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Max pressure: 140 PSI

Malker Bike Pump 

  • Dimensions: 1.6 x 12 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Max pressure: 130 PSI

What You Should Know


As always, thorough research is important if you’re buying a particular product for the very first time. There are several things to take into account before choosing a bike pump.

  • Pressure is an important factor to consider. In order to establish how much this factor influences the usability of a bike pump in your case, it’s important to know what type of bike you own. High pressure pumps will often lose volume output, as well as gauge accuracy (we’ll talk about these in a minute).
  • Volume is also dependent on the type of bike you own. High-volume pumps will take a fewer number of stokes to get the pressure you want, but the maximum pressure will be lower. If you own a mountain bike with specific tires, a large volume pump is important.
  • Gauge accuracy is an indicator of how much tire pressure you’ve pumped it. If you opt for a mini bike pump, chances are it won’t have an integrated gauge, but almost every floor pump does. Pressure gauges are a bit tricky, as even some of the best brands are sometimes off in displaying the actual pressure.

  • Valve types are pretty generic, as most pumps come with both Schrader and Presta valves, the most common types found on bikes. Depending on how the pump was designed, you may have separate slots for each of the 2 valves, but there are also models that automatically adjust to several valve sizes.

  • Materials and construction are definitely factors you want to pay attention to if you want a reliable pump to use for years to come. Cheaper models are made out of plastic, while the more expensive ones come with metal barrels and other metal components. Aluminum alloy is quite common in the construction of bike pumps.

The 6 Best Bicycle Pump Reviews

In the following paragraphs, we’ve included some of the pumps that are fairly popular among those who love cycling. Some of them are floor pumps, others are mini portable bike models, but they are all amongst the most reliable products of their kind. Please note that while mini pumps are great tools and can indeed be useful while you’re on the road, you should never rely on a mini pump to replace the actual floor pump. You can have both of them (this is actually the recommended scenario), but if you only want to spend money on a single pump, floor models should be your priority.

BV Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump

  • Dimensions: 24 x 9.5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

The BV bike floor pump has a list of reasons why people consider it one of the best available products of its kind. Thanks to the twin valve design, users can easily inflate with both Presta and Schrader valves without air leaks. The barrel is made of steel and included a pressure gauge that makes it easier for you to tell the pressure (and efficiency) of the product. The hose can pivot at an angle of 360 degrees, which means that even if you turn around while using the pump, you won’t strangle the hose. 

The base is sturdy enough for you to pin it down with both feet as you’re pumping, while the handle allows for a good grip, even for people who have larger hands and often find these handles to small. Attached to the pump, you will also discover a sport ball needle plus an inflatable device which, when out of use, can conveniently be stored in the integrated clip. We found that the choice of markings for the BV bike are pretty odd. Normally, markings go from 5 to 5, but this gauge goes from 2.5 to 2.5 PSI. What’s up with that?

Pros

  • Pressure gauge included.
  • Sports ball and inflatable needle included.
  • 360 degrees swivel hose.

Cons

  • Strange gauge marking (each of the bar lines = 2.5 PSI)

Vibrelli Performance Bike Floor Pump

  • Dimensions: 24.6 x 3.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

Whenever we’re researching the best products in a specific category, we’re always paying close attention to the bestselling and highest rated products online. We’re eager to see why these products set the bar higher than others. When it comes to bike pumps, people sure seem to love the Vibrelli floor pump and we wanted to know why. By simply flipping a switch, you can swivel between the Schrader and Presta valves and flipping the switch in each of their positions will secure the valve to prevent any air leaks as you’re inflating your tires. Vibrelli promises its buyers a very accurate and easy to read gauge, that operates at a maximum pressure of 160 PSI. 

The pump is also delivered with a glue-less puncture kit, which is a real-life saver when you end up having a flat and you’re far away from any help. It also includes a sports ball needle, so if you ever need to pump a basketball or maybe a kiddie’s pool, the Vibrelli’s got you covered. Whenever you’re not using the additional needles, there’s a clip that will allow easy storage. The pump is 24 inches tall and features a highly durable rubber hose.

Pros

  • Sports ball needle included.
  • Glueless patching kit included.
  • Steel barrel is very sturdy.
  • Fast switching between Presta and Schrader valves.
  • Integrated switch that lock the valve to the tire.

Cons

  • Warranty period is confusing: advertised period is 5-year, customer reports 15 years.

Topeak Sport II Floor Pump

  • Dimensions: 29 x 10.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Max pressure: 160 PSI

The T-style Topeak Sport II is a great floor pump, compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves. Thanks to the double-sided head, you can easily pick the side that is appropriate to the valve on the tire you want to inflate. The rotating connection of the hose can swivel at 360 degrees, allowing the hose to move together with you. Since it measures about 2 feet in length, it’s generous enough to allow movement without having to shove the tire into the pump. Just in case the hose ever suffers any damage, you can easily replace it with a new one, by simply removing the plastic fittings that attach it to the pump. 

The included ball and bladder needles are excellent additional that provide extra-functionality to the pump. The base is made of hardened steel, while the barrel is made of painted steel. The PSI gauge has excellent accuracy and is large enough to allow you to read it without breaking your back.

This manual pump comes with a marker that acts as a guide. You can freely move it to the desired pressure and see when that pressure is reached. If you want to reach the pressure indicated by the mark with utmost precision, you can start pumping slower the closer you get to it. The base is sturdy enough for you to sit on it with both feet and not get any wobble or have it break underneath human weight.

Pros

  • Replacement parts are available for purchase on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Hose connection can swivel at 360 degrees for better movement.

Cons

  • Handle breaks under strong pressure.
  • Can present difficulties when trying to lock it onto the tire’s valve.
  • High number of customers reported problems with using the Presta valve.

Pro Bike Tool Mini Bike Pump

  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Max pressure: 120 PSI

Since we’re focusing on finding the best bike pumps, a mini pump would eventually find its way onto our list. And the Pro Bike Tool model is nothing to sneeze at. Since this is a portable bike pump, the maximum pressure it can each is 120 PSI. That is still more than enough from such a portable unit. The piston design has been oversized in order to allow cyclists to use fewer strokes to reach the desired pressure. The flexible hose should make it easy for the pump to reach even the most awkwardly positioned valves. 

There isn’t a single doubt that this mini bike pump is one of the most stylish portable models we’ve seen. The hose itself integrates the pressure gauge, so you can precisely measure it. Made of CNC machines aluminum alloy, this pump is aligned with the highest standards that ensure both lightweight and durability. It’s true that at 8.75 inches, this is not the most compact mini bike pump (there are models that go as low as 7 inches), but it’s short enough to make sure you can easily carry it around. The pump is compatible with Presta and Schrader valves and due to its ergonomic design, there’s no need for switching gears to get either of the valves ready to pump.

In case you’re having difficulty in finding instructions on how to use the pump, here is what you need to know. The hose is located at the top of the pump, underneath the black rubber cap. Unscrew the Presta valve and remove the hose. Locate the black rubber cap on the bottom and open it, as this is where the hose is attached. Select the desired valve between Schrader and Presta. Thread the opposite end to the barrel cup. When you secure the pump’s head to the bike’s valve, make sure that use screw the head deeply, to make sure there won’t be any air leaks. Once you’ve started pumping more than 20 PSI, you will notice that the gauge becomes visible on the pump. Once you have reached the desire tire pressure, remove the hose from the tire by unscrewing it as fast as you can.

Pros

  • Very stylish design, available in black, silver and red.
  • Gauge is conveniently hidden on the hose, will spear after pumping to at least 20 PSI.
  • Compact size, measuring less than 9 inches in length.
  • Oversized piston requires up to 30% fewer strokes.
  • Flexible hose can easily reach bike valves placed in tricky spots.

Cons

  • Can cave under brute force.
  • Barrel sometimes gets too hot.

Schwinn 5 in 1 Floor Pump

  • Dimensions: 27 x 9 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Max pressure: 140 PSI

Amongst the customer’s favorites, we discovered the Schwinn 5-in-1 floor pump. This model is pretty basic compared to some others we’ve reviewed before. As you’d expect, it’s compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves, but also includes an air needle and inflation cone, for pumping air into other stuff as well. The base seems pretty sturdy, although it’s made of plastic and we’re always skeptical about items that use plastic in their construction (especially since the base should be able to support a lot of weight). The handle grips are ergonomically molded, to make sure that your hands can get a good grip on them. Even if the base and handle are both made of plastic, pretty much everything else on the Schwinn is made of metal. The cylinder barrell is metallic, just like the gauge (although it is encased in plastic). 

The nozzle itself has 2 holes and doesn’t require a special attachment for the Presta valve. A nice feature is being able to attach the hose to the body of the pump when not using it. It often happens for people to end up stepping or driving over the pump’s hose, which lies somewhere on the floor of the garage and ends up getting damaged.

Pros

  • Hose can be attached to the pump’s body to get it out of the way.
  • Accurate pressure gauge.
  • Affordable pricing.
  • Pump stroke is good, with decent response.

Cons

  • Handle and base are made from plastic.

Malker Bike Pump

  • Dimensions: 1.6 x 12 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Max pressure: 130 PSI

Last, but not least, we’ve chosen a more affordable bike pump, for people who like to ride their bikes every now and then and don’t exactly need the most expensive, top of the line pump there is. This is a mini pump that’s designed to be portable enough as to stay attached to your bike’s frame and go wherever you go. When collapsed, the bike pump measures only 11.4 inches, but it can be expanded to a maximum 16.5. This provides more juice for you to inflate your tire faster. The pump comes with a sports needle, which is generally a common bonus on floor pumps, but not that common with mini pumps. 

Inside the package, you will find the actual pump, 2 tire levers, one glueless puncture repair kit, a mounting bracket, an air inflation needle, 2 screws (for the mounting bracket), one strap and the instructions manual. Since this is a portable pump, it doesn’t come with a pressure gauge. However, there are miniature pumps that do have this feature, like the Pro Bike Tool we spoke of earlier.

Pros

  • Generous package includes glueless puncture kit and tire levers.
  • Comes with a mounting bracket.
  • Can be collapsed to a minimum 11 inches.

Cons

  • No pressure gauge included.

The Bottom Line


Choosing the best bike pump is really a matter of personal preference and finding something that meets your current needs. If you’re looking for a portable mini bike pump that you can have with you every time you cycle, the Pro Bike Tool is definitely the best choice. It comes with a wide array of features and even some bonuses you don’t normally find on a pump this compact (like the fact that it integrates a pressure gauge).

As far as floor pumps are concerned, the Vibrelli is definitely the winner. Allowing you to quickly switch between Presta and Schrader valves due to the T-valve design of the handle, The Vibrelli pump is one of those products you can get the hang of in a matter of minutes, even if you didn’t have a user manual. Once you’ve attached the desired valve to the tire pumps, you can use the little switch to secure it into place, as to avoid air from leaking from the connection. The rubber grips on the base will make it difficult for even the clumsiest of people from slipping off. We are a little bit confused about the actual warranty period of this product. The manufacturer specified that the product comes with a 5-year warranty, but we’ve noticed that customers are praising the 15 years of warranty.

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