Any cyclist that doesn’t want to be stranded helplessly by the side of the road needs to invest in a pump. Here we’ve rounded up the best cheap mini pumps, track pumps, CO2 inflators and tubeless inflators that we’ve reviewed.
What type of bike pump do I need?
Mini pump — best for stuffing into a jersey pocket, storing in a saddle bag or strapped to a frame. Slow to inflate, particularly with mountain bike tyres, but very compact
Track pump — a pump with an inbuilt stand that is best left in the house or back of a car. Quick to use but bulky
CO2 inflator — A small head that uses screw-in, one-shot CO2 cartridges to quickly bring tyres up to a usable pressure. Emergency use only
Tubeless inflator — a specialist high-volume chamber that can be pressurised to give a powerful blast of air to seat tubeless road or mountain bike tyres
Cheap bike pumps: our favourites for 2019
- Topeak Roadie Dax
- Topeak Joe Blow
- Fabric CO2 lever kit
- Specialized Air Tool Blast
Topeak Roadie Dax
The Topeak Roadie Dax pumps on both directions of its stroke Topeak
Use: Best for taking with you on a ride
Topeak’s Roadie Dax mini pump is primarily designed for road tyres but, at a push, could be used for mountain bike duty also.
This pump’s party trick is that it inflates on both directions of its stroke, significantly reducing the time it takes to get a tyre up to pressure.
There are cheaper pumps out there, but a little bit of extra outlay now will more than pay for itself in improved longevity and ease of use in the long run.
Topeak Joe Blow
Track pumps are best left at home or in the boot of a car Jacob Gibbins
Use: Best for leaving at home or in the car
The Joe Blow has been in Topeak’s lineup for donkey’s years and has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best value track pumps on the market.
Available in both road and mountain bike versions, the pump can also often be found with healthy discounts on RRP.
Fabric CO2 lever kit
Fabric’s CO2 Lever Kit offers good value for money Jacob Gibbins / Immediate Media
Use: Best for emergency road-side inflation
Fabric’s inflator lever kit offers good value for money and ease of use, with a large flow-control knob and a thick foam sleeve on the cartridge itself, making this one of the easiest to use in our test. That it comes with a pair of tyre levers is the deal clincher.
Specialized Air Tool Blast
Tubeless inflators are an invaluable investment if you have a tubeless setup on your road or mountain bike. Reuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Use: Best for seating troublesome tubeless setups
In an ideal world, a swift stroke of a track pump would seat every tubeless tyre, but this is not an ideal world and this makes a tubeless inflator an invaluable investment.
This simple model from Specialized is just the chamber itself, with a separate Schraeder-head pump used for inflation. At just £45 RRP, it’s the cheapest on test but the build quality exceeds that of far more expensive models.