Lifeline Carbon Mini pump review£9.00

A very decent pump at a bargain price

BikeRadar score3/5

This is a very small pump by any standards – just 87g in weight and, at 24.5cm long, small enough for a jersey pocket. And it was surprisingly decent to use, too.

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The pressure after 300 strokes – around 40 to 50psi – wasn’t that great, and it would take something over 300 strokes to get a road tyre up to a high enough pressure to ride home… but you’d get there in the end.=

The carbon barrel is responsible for the Lifeline’s minimalist weight, but it still manages to feature a flip-out T-shaped pumping handle that results in a very good grip. The shaft is quite narrow, but the short 10.5cm stroke means you’re not putting undue pressure on it while pumping.

And though reaching its claimed maximum pressure of 120psi would take a near-superhuman effort, overall this is a very decent product at a bargain price.

At a glance:

  • Weight: 87g
  • Length: 24.5cm
  • Stroke: 10.5cm
  • Pressure at 200 strokes: 40-50psi

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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