We tested five of the top selling bicycle pumps in five different categories that we believe make the difference, if you are deciding to buy the best bike pump for your needs: design, comfort, portability, durability and last but not least, ease of use.
Coming in with a great score in this category is, not surprising, the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive High Volume Pump. The guys from Lezyne constantly provide a clean, modern look, a very important feature when designing their stunning products and this model isn’t any exception to this rule. It really is minimal simplicity at its very best. A fold-out stainless steel foot peg offers you the convenience of a great floor pump and the comfortable CNC-machined T-handle makes this pump stylish and durable. The hose is pretty long (24 in), easy to get to valve stems, either Presta or Shrader and a Speed Chuck is also included, making the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive High Volume Pump the most streamlined from the group.
The Topeak Joe Blow Sport II scored a perfect 10 here. It has an extra long hose with 360 degree pivot and molded plastic handles, that actually made a great difference when we used it repeatedly. More challenging on the wrists and hands were the solid wood handles of the Lezynes.
Ease and comfort are also necessary when you consider a pump’s height, as we discovered with the Serfas TCPG. While the TCPG bike pump features great handles, it’s a relatively small floor pump, which meant that we were bent over more when using this model. Perfect for travel, but not as nice as the taller Pedro’s Prestige or the Joe Blow.
One of the lightest and smallest models that we tested was the Serfas TCPG and it was also great for travel. This bicycle pump tucks easily into cars, tents, and also in bags.
In addition to its modest dimension, it is tough enough to handle all this travel. Although it is not one of the smallest or lightest, the Lezyne Sport Drive is also great for travel due to the sleek, self-contained design and style.
The hose remains securely in position, and the gauge dial is actually sturdy enough in order to withstand getting tossed into a vehicle together with all your other equipment.
Fortunately, you have many choices here in the collection that we tested, with almost all products scoring pretty well in the sturdiness and durability category. Some standouts are, once again, the Topeak Joe Blow and the Lezyne models. All these bicycle pumps endured inflation after inflation. Their gauge needles continued to be accurate, the hoses flexible, and the bodies ding-free. Other top performers are the Serfas FP-200 and the Performance Bike Floor Pump by Vibrelli.
A very useful feature of the Vibrelli Performance Floor Pump is the special “Rapid T-Valve”, whitch allows switches between Presta & Schrader valves with ease. The connection fits perfectly for both valve types, avoiding annoying leaks.
5. Ease of use
This was our heaviest weighted classification for testing, and includes all the aspects that may make you think positively, or better yet, not think at all, about using your bicycle pump. How easy is it to read the gauge? How stable is the base? Does it seal properly onto the tire valve? All of these aspects come in the ease of use category and all eventually contribute to exactly how easily and quickly the pump will inflate.
The winner in this category was the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II, with the Lezyne Sport, Vibrelli Performance Floor Pump, Serfas TCPG, Serfas FP-200 and Pedro’s Prestige also scoring well. The Joe Blow Sport has a double head to accommodate both Presta and Schraeder valves and a firm locking lever that keeps the head securely on the valve. It was rare that we didn’t get a great seal immediately. Additionally, the pressure gauge was easy to read and the base is extremely heavy and stable.
This is a short presentation on what we consider to be the most important features of a good bicycle pump.