Despite its relegation to some forgotten corner of the garage, bike pumps are always there when you need them. The best bicycle tire pumps are reliable, fast, and, in the case of mini bike pumps, easy to carry with you if you get a flat on the road. While they seem simple, the best bike pumps come with features that make filling your tires easier and faster.
We’ve looked at a variety of pumps with high-capacity barrels, pressure gauges, and varying pump settings to find you the best bicycle pump for however you ride. What follows is the best of the bunch.
Scroll through to see all of our recommended buys, or jump to the category you’re looking for. For more help choosing the best bike pump, check out our buyer’s guide, comparison chart, and frequently asked questions at the end of this article.
- Best Overall: Topeak JoeBlow Sport III Bike Floor Pump
- Best Budget: BV Ergonomic Floor Pump
- Runner-Up: Blackburn Designs Core Pro Floor Pump
- Best Portable Bike Pump: Pro Bike Tool High Pressure Mini Bike Pump
- Best Portable Floor Pump: Lezyne Micro Floor Drive Digital HVG Pump
- Best Fat Tire Bike Pump: Topeak JoeBlow Dualie Floor Pump
- Best of the Rest
- Lezyne Classic Drive Floor Pump 3.5
- Crankbrothers Sterling Bike Floor Pump
- Bontrager Dual Charger Floor Pump
- Silca Tattico Mini Pump
The Best Bike Pumps of 2023
- Type Floor pump
- Max psi 160
- Length 25.5"
- Weight 3 lbs., 11 oz.
- Valve types Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
- Inflates Presta, Schrader, Dunlop valves, and sports balls
- Rotating hose connection
- Steel construction
- Not the longest stroke
- Budget price
- Unique dual-sided head design
- Small pressure guage
- Type Floor pump
- Max psi 180
- Length 29"
- Weight 3 lbs., 13 oz.
- Valve types Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
- Large air chamber
- 51" long hose
- CNC aluminum construction
- Integrated hose with guage
- Included bike frame mount
- Guage limits hose flexibility
- Impressive PSI in a micro pump
- Digital guage
- Swivel base on hose
- Larger than most micro pumps
- Large air volume
- Dual guages
- Extra long hose
- Won't work well for road bike tires
Best of the Rest
- Type Floor pump
- Max psi 220
- Length 26"
- Weight 3 lbs., 12 oz.
- Valve types Presta, Schrader, Dunlop
- Machined aluminum base
- Airtight threaded air chuck ideal for Presta valves
- Easy to read 3.5" guage
- Can be difficult to swap between Presta and Schrader valves
- All aluminum build
- Smart valve
- High-volume to high-pressure switch
- Guage isn't the most accurate
- High-volume to high-pressure switch
- Auto-select head adapts to different valves
- 4" wide guage
- Air chuck can be tricky to use
- Ultra-compact design
- Hidden air hose
- Integrated heat sinks
- Not the easiest to mount to bike frame
|Bike Pump||Type||Max PSI||Length||Weight||Valve Types|
|Topeak JoeBlow Sport III||Floor pump||160||25.5″||3 lbs., 11 oz.||Presta, Schrader, Dunlop|
|BV Ergonomic Floor Pump||Floor pump||160||24″||2 lbs.||Presta, Schrader, Dunlop|
|Blackburn Designs Core |
Pro Floor Pump
|Floor pump||180||29″||3 lbs., 13 oz.||Presta, Schrader, Dunlop|
|Pro Bike Tool High |
Pressure Mini Bike Pump
|Portable||100||7.5″||4.5 oz.||Presta, Schrader|
|Lezyne Micro Floor |
Drive Digital HVG Pump
|Portable/Floor||160||13″||7.3 oz.||Presta, Schrader|
|Topeak JoeBlow |
Dualie Floor Pump
|Floor pump||75||27″||4 lbs., 3 oz.||Presta, Schrader, Dunlop|
|Lezyne Classic Drive |
Floor Pump 3.5
|Floor pump||220||26″||3 lbs., 12 oz.||Presta, Schrader, Dunlop|
|Crankbrothers Sterling |
Bike Floor Pump
|Floor pump||160||25″||1 lb., 10 oz.||Presta, Schrader|
|Bontrager Dual Charger |
|Floor pump||160||43″||3 lbs., 11 oz.||Presta, Schrader|
|Silca Tattico Mini||Portable||100||9.5″||5.4 oz.||Presta, Schrader|
Why You Should Trust Us
At GearJunkie, we are lucky to play host to a number of cyclists that enjoy all different types of disciplines — from downhill MTB to winter fat biking, to racing cross-country in international adventure races. In order to find the best bike pump available today, we tapped into that knowledge and sought out the pumps that we use ourselves, as well as pumps that have been recommended to us by our riding partners.
During testing, we aimed to consider every facet of these bike pumps, including pumping pressure, ease of use, and the space they would take up in a garage or riding pack. Because not every blowout is going to occur at home, we paid equal mind to floor pumps as we did to portable pumps that are easy to bring along with you. Having both styles can cover your bases when it comes to bike maintenance.
And finally, because excellent new bike pumps are hitting the market every year, we are constantly cycling in new testers for our routines and will continue to update our guide as the best of the best becomes available.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Bike Pump
For the most part, when you’re fixing a flat, you’re already in a frustrating situation. Having a pump that’s a pain to work with only makes things worse. When you’re choosing a bike pump, it pays to have one that is reliable and easy to use.
The first step to that is to find a pump that offers a secure fit onto your tire’s valve. Many pumps have hose heads that you just push onto the tire valve. This often works, but you can lose air if it’s not secure. It can also lead to disconnection while you pump.
A loose connection can let air escape as you pump, requiring more pumps to fill your tire. Losing air between the valve and the head of your pump also adds to the time it takes to fill it up. That leads to more time spent pumping away and less time on your bike. Nobody wants that.
Even worse, a loose connection can lead to the pump head popping off the valve of your bike. This means you need to stop pumping and reapply the hose. After this happens three or four times, you might be ready to chuck everything into the bushes and walk home.
When you consider shopping for bike pumps, look for a pump with a threaded connection like Lezyne’s Classic Drive Floor Pump. This means that the head of the hose actually screws onto the valve. This provides a secure, airtight seal between the pump and the tire.
Ease of Use
A pump that’s complicated and difficult to use is not going to help your situation. You don’t need your hands slipping off your pump or the hose popping off the valve while you try to fill your tire.
Mini-pumps are what you’ll be using when you do field repairs. As there’s no foot pedal for extra torque, your hands are doing all the work.
Mini-pumps usually take at least 100 pumps to fill a tire. So, it’s likely that your hands will be tired and sweaty by the time you fill it up. Look for a mini-pump with a solid grip. Many pumps have knurling on the edges, which helps your hands keep a solid grip on the pump.
Also, some mini-pumps like the Silca Tattico Mini are designed to minimize heat buildup. This not only minimizes hand sweat but also keeps the pump from breaking down over time. If you usually ride with a pack, there are some mini-pumps with foot pedals available. Take a look at the list above for some of the best options.
If you’re looking for a pump for your garage or shop, there are a few other things to consider. Floor pumps need to be stable, so look for a pump with wide or long footpegs.
Most floor pumps come with two footpegs, but some come with a third peg for more lateral stability. This comes in especially handy when you’re bearing down on the pump to hit that higher psi.
The handle is also important when it comes to comfort. Larger, longer handles are generally more comfortable when using a bike pump. This is mostly because larger handles don’t dig in as much.
We’re also fans of the feel of wood handles on floor pumps. If you’re looking for more comfort, some floor pumps feature padded handles.
Speed of Inflation
The speed of inflation depends on the amount of air you can move into the tire per pump. So, it makes sense that if portability isn’t an issue, floor pumps are the fastest way to inflate your tires. The larger body takes in and expels more air per pump.
Because you don’t have to worry about carrying it on your back or mounting it on your bike, floor pumps can be built with bigger bodies and carry a higher volume of air. This is a huge issue, especially when it comes to mountain bike or fat bike tires. Some pumps are built specifically for use with high-volume tires like these.
The bigger bodies pull more air in and compress that air on the downward push. Often, these high-volume pumps have a switch somewhere, usually on the base.
This switch allows the pump to change from high-volume pumping (for MTB and fat bikes) to high-pressure (for road bikes). These are a great option for cyclists who ride a wide variety of bikes.
Because they have smaller bodies, mini-pumps take longer to fill a tire than a floor pump. Their portability requires smaller bodies, which means far less volume per pump than floor pumps.
When referring to mini-pumps, the speed of inflation depends largely on how easy it is to use. Look for a mini-pump with a solid grip, as your hands will be doing most of the work. A mini-pump with textured handles or knurling machined onto the grip will work well for maintaining a solid hold.
Guaranteeing a tight seal between the hose and valve is also a factor. A good screw-on hose head can minimize the loss of air when you pump. This lowers the number of pumps (and the time) that it takes to fill your tire.
When it comes to floor pumps, stability primarily comes from the base. As pressure builds in your bike tires, pumping becomes more difficult and you must bear down on the pump.
When you apply this weight, there is an increased chance of the pump tipping over. This can result in frustration, damage to the pump or yourself, and if anyone else is around, hilarity.
Most pumps combat this by making longer, wider footpegs to create a more stable base. If stability is your priority, look for a floor pump with three legs. This creates a stabilizing tripod effect and helps prevent tipping. Take a look at our list above for some three-legged options.
With the vast majority of mini-pumps, you’re holding it in your hands as you pump. The base isn’t the issue, as these pumps generally don’t have one.
For mini-pumps, stability refers more to grip and the hose’s ability to stay on the valve. Hose heads that screw directly onto a valve ensure a stable connection, which prevents the hose from popping off while you pump. This is especially important with mini-pumps, as they have much shorter hoses.
As a result, it’s a lot more likely that you’ll accidentally tug on the hose as you pump. A screw-on hose head keeps your hose secure if you accidentally pull it away from the valve.
Stability also refers to a mini-pump’s grips. A textured grip provides a stable grip on the pump’s handles as you pump away. This prevents slippage and wasted pumps — and it gets you back on your bike as soon as possible.
Grip is also a huge part of comfort when it comes to mini-pumps. The aforementioned grip features increase friction on your pump, so you don’t have to squeeze as hard to hold it. Look for a pump with rubberized or textured handles for a better grip.
When it comes to floor pumps, there are a few more handle options. Handles can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are even padded handles for extra softness.
Some people can find padded handles a bit excessive, but we are fans of wood handles. Wood handles provide a warmer, slightly softer feel than plastic or metal. They also give the feel of working with wood tools, which some find soothing.
Strong materials make for strong gear. When you’re shopping for a floor pump, look for strong materials like steel or machined aluminum in the body. This helps the body hold fast in the face of strong pressure buildup within the pump.
The hose head can also be a weak point, especially if it gets stepped on or run over in the garage. If this is a concern for you, look for a hose head built with strong material.
No matter how well-built or how strong the materials are, pumps can eventually break. Many companies sell replacement parts online. This is helpful, as you won’t have to buy a whole new pump if a piece breaks down.
Bontrager’s Dual Charger Floor Pump has replaceable internal parts as well. This way, pretty much everything on the pump is replaceable.
Mini-pumps are smaller and tend to be more delicate. Look for a mini-pump made with strong materials like aluminum. Aluminum is a great material for mini-pumps, as it combines strength with light weight. So, it won’t add too much to your bike if it’s attached to your frame.
Ease of carry is an important feature for mini-pumps. Mini-pumps generally have two carrying options. The first is the frame carry, in which the pump is mounted directly on the frame.
Most mini-pumps come with a mounting bracket. The bracket attaches to the pump as well as to the top tube (or wherever you can fit it).
Frame mounting is useful for several reasons. First, if it’s always attached to your bike, there’s no chance that you’ll leave it at home. Second, it saves room and weight in your pack. Or, if you prefer to ride without one, it doesn’t require a pack at all to carry.
For another option, these smaller pumps can fit in a jersey pocket. This also goes for medium-size mini-pumps. All but the biggest mini-pumps should fit well in a jersey pocket for quick accessibility.
Larger mini-pumps have more features and a higher air volume per pump. Their larger size comes with a trade-off, however. The biggest mini-pumps are too long to sit in a bike frame. Many are also too large to fit into a jersey pocket.
If you choose to buy a bigger mini-pump, be prepared to carry it in a backpack or hydration pack.
As with many things, there is generally a trade-off between features and price with bike pumps. You can easily get a solid floor pump for well under $100.
However, you can expect to pay more if you’re looking for additional features and durability. More expensive pumps offer more durable materials and features that make them easy to use.
If you only have one bike and you only use your pump occasionally, an inexpensive pump will do. And at a lower price, you can replace it without breaking the bank.
If you ride several types of bikes and take them out often, you may want to look at some pricier options. Look for a floor pump that works well for both high-volume and high-pressure tires. Many pumps have settings that can switch to a high-volume mode for mountain bike tires and a high-pressure mode for roadies.
Consider your needs and weigh them against your budget to find the best pump for you.
The best bike for you varies depending on your needs. If you own one bike that you ride occasionally, you are not likely to be using the pump very often. A low-priced floor pump will serve you well.
Do you have a variety of bikes that you ride often? You may want to spring for a higher-end model.
The same goes if you are serious about bike maintenance. Higher-end floor models offer features like high-visibility gauges and air bleed options. These help you make sure that your bike tires are filled to the optimal level for peak performance.
A mini-pump is considered optional by some. But if you ever get a flat during a ride, it seems anything but. If you’re not sure what kind of mini-pump to get, focus on portability.
High-end features are great, but mini-pumps are like spare tires: you hope you never have to use them. Since you’ll (hopefully) only use it once in a while, opt for one that you can easily take with you.
A frame-mounted pump is great for this use, as you can put it on your bike and forget about it until you need one. If you regularly ride over tire-popping terrain or are keen to tweaking your tires’ psi, you may want a higher-end mini-pump.
A great setup would be a mid-to-high-range floor pump combined with a frame-mounted mini. The floor pump helps you dial in your tire pressure before every ride, which can minimize the odds of you getting a flat during your ride. If you do get a flat, that frame-mounted mini will be there to get you home.
First and foremost, you’re going to want a floor pump. Their higher volume and stability make them the best choice for filling your tires in general. For most cyclists, a mid-to-low-end floor pump will do for the initial tire fill and occasional topping off.
Road cyclists should look at pumps that are capable of higher psi. People who ride mountain bikes or fat tire bikes should consider high-volume pumps.
As the name suggests, high-volume pumps fill those larger tires faster. If you ride both, some pumps can switch from high-volume to high-pressure to accommodate MTB and road bikes.
If you already have a floor pump, a mini-pump is also advisable. Mini-pumps are essential when you’re out on a ride and find yourself with a flat tire. Most cyclists don’t have flats often, so a good midrange frame-mounted mini-pump will work in a pinch if you get a flat.
If you ride often or ride long distances, you may get flats more often. In this case, a higher-end mini-pump would be a good option.
Mountain bikers who often ride in rough terrain may want to consider one. This particularly goes for those who tend to ride with packs. A larger, higher-end pump can fit in a backpack and will fill your tire faster.
It depends on how you plan to use it. If you ride occasionally, a smaller, frame-mounted mini-pump is a good option. Occasional riders can use a mini-pump the same way drivers use spare tires. You can stow it and forget about it until you need it. It’s basically an emergency device.
On the rare occasion that you get a flat or a leak, you can do a quick repair and fill it up. If you don’t have a repair kit or spare tube, a mini-pump will fill a tire with a slow leak and help you get home.
If you ride in a way that entails longer distances or sketchy terrain, you may use a mini-pump more often. Look for mini-pumps that have features like longer hoses and textured grips. These features not only fill your tire faster, but they can keep you comfortable while you do it.
Not necessarily. Most ball pumps are not designed to handle the pressure required to fill up a bicycle tire. And many bike hand pumps do not come with the necessary adaptors to fill a sports ball or inflatable device. That said, you can use a bike pump to inflate balls, but most ball pumps don’t fill bike tires.
Bike pumps are capable of filling balls and rafts with an adapter. Needle or inflatable adapters are available on most sporting goods websites and are low in cost. Many bike pumps come with the adapters included.
If you’re looking at an all-around pump, choose the floor pump you want. Then check online and see bike pump reviews to see if the adapters are included with your purchase.
As long as it has an adapter for the different types of valves, bike pumps should work on every bike. Most bikes come with either Shrader or Presta valves. Occasionally, you will find a Presta valve pump or another specific type.
But a good bike air pump will either have an adapter for both or have a hose head that will fit either valve. That said, some pumps work better than others for specific bikes. Higher volume pumps work best for larger tires like mountain bike or fat bike tires. A high-pressure bike pump is great for road bikes.
Minus a catastrophe (like running it over with your car), a good bicycle air pump can last for years without issue. Most companies offer replacement parts. This way, if something does break down, you should be able to replace the part without having to buy a whole new pump.
This usually entails a new hose or nozzle, as these are the parts that tend to break down. Bontrager goes a step further with its Dual Charger Floor Pump. The company also sells internal parts, so if the main body of the pump breaks down, you can repair it.