An essential piece of kit when out and about cycling is a good quality pump, and as carrying a track pump around with us is not practical here are Bike Bible’s Top Ten Mini Pumps! Listed in no particular order each one has been chosen on its own merit and we have provided reasons in the description as to why we think it should be in our Top Ten! With many many more on the market there is something for everyone out there – these are simply our Top Ten picks for their own merits. When purchasing a new pump ensure that it meets your needs on pressure and usability no point carrying it round only to find it doesn’t meet your needs when you need it most!
Zefal Air Profil Micro Mini Pump
Small, sleek and practical is how we would describe this pump. If looking for a “does what it says on the tin” pump, that is simple to use, then this is where we would start! Coming in under £15 RRP it ticks a lot of boxes, it won’t break the bank, it has a clip on to keep the pump in place when in use, and is small enough to fit in a rear jersey pocket, down side is it will only pressure up to 100psi so for those who like to get above 120psi in their tyres this is a “get me home” pump. Coming in a choice of colors from everything from Matt Black to red and blue there is one to match everyone’s bike!
LifeLine Hybrid CO2 Mini Pump – Race
Combining the benefits of both Co2 and hand pump in one mini pump that is small enough to fit in a medium sizes saddle bag, is what Wiggle’s own brand LifeLine have done with this offering, RRP at £10.00 it is outstanding value for money. Made from alloy it is also very durable, coming in at 68g it is light too. Compatible with both Presta and Schrader so can be used for both MTB and road. A must have for anyone traveling long touring rides or Audax rides.
Lezyne Lite Drive Mini Pump
The highest maximum PSI of any mini pumps that we can find on the market today – a whopping 160 psi (we are yet to find a tyre that needs 160 psi!), with a hose that attaches to the end for ease of use, which then packs away into the handle for storage. Comes in 2 sizes small (180mm | 80g) and medium (216mm | 92g), only compatible with Presta valves and comes with a pump holder that can be attached under the bottle cage for ease of use and access.
Blackburn Airstik AnyValve Pump
New AnyValve Head adapts automatically to Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves, aluminum barrel and has dual Stroke internals pump both pushing and pulling, ergonomic T handle makes for easier roadside pumping, and can be frame mounted. A good all-rounder that suits people who have maybe multiple bikes with different valves. RRP is £19.99 so wont break the bank either.
Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG Mini Floor Hand Pump With Gauge
The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG mini floor hand pump with gauge combines the power of a floor pump with the portability of a hand pump. It’s even small enough to take with you on your bike. The stainless steel wire foot peg gives you stability while you’re pumping. Aluminium barrel, shaft, base, and T-handle, will go upto 90psi, 60cm long rubber hose make it easy to reach both Presta and Schrader valves and a stainless steel wire foot peg provides stability while pumping. Coming in at RRP £47.99 it is at the luxury end of the scale.
Syncros HP Pump
Capable of taking your tyres to 120psi this the tyre for road riders who like their tyres hard! Small is size but big on performance! Made of alloy for strength and durability and coming in at 83g its light! RRP is £22.99 – but shop around for a deal – currently on sale at Tweaks Cycles for £13!
Topeak iGlow Mini Rocket Hand Pump
Combining two into one – pump and light! Will mount to seatpost or seatstay giving extra visibility whist on the move as well as being practical and accessible! With a usage time of (approx) 50 hrs / 100 hrs, and ability to take the tyre pressure to 160psi it ticks a lot of boxes, RRP of £24.99 wont break the bank, but only for presta valves.
Topeak Race Rocket HP Bike Hand Pump
- Integrated compartment for Schrader valve adapter making it suitable for both off road and road users, but will only pressure up to 70psi so makes this one more of an off road riders pump! CNC aluminium barrel and handle, and optional mount, but is small enough to slot into the jersey pocket! Size: 19.6×3.7×3.3c & Weight: 114g and with an increased barrel diametre to push more air per stroke up to 90psi. Extendable hose takes the stress off the valve stem.
Bianchi Super Micro Road Pump
One for the Bianchi owners and lovers! Precision CNC maschined Aluminium – smooth, power stroke, compact 125mm/5″ super-micro size, 120psi/8bar max pressure but only fits Presta, Dunlop valves. Includes valve dust cap & bottle-boss mounting bracketfor Easy carry and comes in at 70g!
LifeLine Carbon Mini Pump
A second offering from Lifeline, stylish carbon pump, offering a maximum Pressure 120 psi, thumb Lock Lever, reversible Presta and Schrader so suitable for road and mtb! The carbon barrel looks stylish and fits in with the full carbon look!