The 4 Best Bike Pumps, According to a Cycling Coach

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Topeak JoeBlow Sport III
SILCA Pista Plus Floor Pump
BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump
SILCA Tattico Bluetooth Mini Pump
Avoid flat tires with one of the four best bike pumps.
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Nothing puts a damper on a scenic cruise or intense bike ride like a flat tire. That's why you shouldn't underestimate the value of a good bike pump.

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Problem is, many cyclists purchase pumps without giving them much thought or shopping around, says cycling coach Garret Seacat, CSCS. "Most often they buy something that does not fit their needs."

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Not you! Learn how to find the best pump for your bike and choose from some of the best products right now.

1. Best Overall: Topeak JoeBlow Sport III

  • For use on various objects
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Quick to use
  • High volume that's ideal for mountain bikes

For an overall reliable steel bike pump, Seacat recommends the JoeBlow Sport III. After using his own for more than 8 years, he loves the versatility you can get with this affordable pick.

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"The reason I love this pump is the dual head, which makes it easy to switch between airing up my tires and my children's tires quickly," he says. "And the locking head also means my kids can use it without fail."

This high volume (more on that below) options works for more than just bicycles. Seacat uses his on stability balls and basket balls, too.

Buy it:REI.com;​ Price:​ $54.95

2. Best in Durability: SILCA Pista Plus Floor Pump

  • Quality materials
  • Replacement parts available
  • Warranty available
  • High pressure that's best for road bikes

"When it comes to high quality that will last a lifetime, SILCA is the name you want and the Pista floor pump is the pump you need," Seacat says.

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Whereas most picks use plastic pieces that tend to fall apart over the years, this floor pump is all steel, brass, leather and wood, guaranteeing plenty years of use, he says.

Plus, the manufacturer even offers several levels of warranty (available at purchase) and replacement parts in case you happen to have any issues with the product.

Buy it:Backcountry.com; ​Price:​ $165

3. Best for New Cyclists: BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump

  • Easy-to-read gauge
  • Wide handle and base for stability
  • High pressure that's ideal for road bikes

With an easy-to-read pressure gauge, BV's product is one of the best bike air pumps for new cyclists. This steel pump has a wide handle and stable base, making it simple to use (even for first-timers).

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Plus, this device's pressure reaches up to 160 pounds per square inch (PSI), a high pressure needed for some road bike tires, according to Seacat. The higher the PSI, the less air you move move per stroke. This helps prevent tires from exploding at higher pressure levels. And since road bike tires tend to be slim (and more likely to pop), that's important.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $32.98

4. Best in Tech: SILCA Tattico Bluetooth Mini Pump

  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Accurate tire-pressure measurement
  • Portable size
  • High volume that's ideal for mountain bikes

One of the best bike mini pumps on the market, SILCA's Bluetooth-compatible product makes inflating up your tires as simple as ever. This alloy metal model connects to SILCA's app on your phone, allowing you to see your tires' pressure as you fill them up — no more guesswork needed.

The 9.5-inch size makes this one of the best portable bike pumps. Seacat also loves the quality of this company's products and the product's 25-year warranty.

Buy it:CompetitiveCyclist.com; ​Price:​ $125

3 Tips to Find Your Best Bike Pump

1. Consider Price

Here, price is a pretty good indication of quality, Seacat says. Although you can definitely get a good deal on a solid bike pump (like the BV one above), the best products typically cost somewhere around $40.

2. Check Materials

Take a closer look at the parts and materials used. "The most important thing you should look at when buying a pump is the quality of the unit," he says. "When you pick it up does it feel solid or like the parts are barely held together?"

Pro tip: Opt for steel- or brass-based products over plastic ones when possible.

3. Look at the Letters

Most tools are labeled as either high volume (HV) or high pressure (HP), Seacat says.

High volume:​ Best for thick mountain bike or gravel tires. They move more air into the tire per stroke to get the job done quick.

High pressure:​ Best for thin road bike tires. They move less are into the tire per stroke to help prevent more delicate tires from bursting.

If you can't find any indication on your device, that means it's a combination of both. You can use it for any style bike.

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