Best Overall Bike Pump
Lezyne Steel Floor Drive
Unlike a dropper seatpost
or brand new bike, a pump for your bike is nothing to get overly excited about. That being said, buying a pump should be a one-time deal. Buying a pump that breaks and needs to be replaced every couple years is a poor investment. We feel the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive
embodies everything that a quality pump should be. This pump is sturdy, easy to use, accurate, and gets the job done in a reasonable amount of time. Like a Napa Valley wine snob, you'll find yourself expounding on the virtues of the ABS2 (Air Bleed System) air chuck whenever you use a different pump. When other people are around, you'll purposely over-inflate your tires and give the ABS button a couple hits, hoping the satisfying "pfft
pfft" sound will garner adoring stares from jealous friends. Until someone starts making a handle out of the tusk of a Wooly Mammoth, the varnished wooden handle of Lezyne pumps will make you turn your nose up to plastic handles.
Best Bang for the Buck
Topeak JoeBlow Sport 2
Don't interpret Best Buy to mean cheapest. We list prices for you and if price is your only concern, save yourself some boring research and pick the lowest number. While the Topeak Joe Blow Sport 2
is 20 dollars more than the least expensive pump in the test, we are confident this pump is dollar-for-dollar a much better choice. The Sport 2 selected a smart mix of metal parts to enhance durability and longevity and then combined that with plastic to keep weight and costs down. Unlike the less expensive pumps whose pressure readings were consistently inaccurate, the Sport 2 was spot on every time. For even more value, Topeak threw in a bladder and ball inflator; a secure and convenient storage spot on the pump assures you're less likely to lose them and have to buy them again.
Top Pick for Seating Tubeless Tires
Topeak JoeBlow Booster
With tubeless tires becoming mainstream in recent years, more and more riders are discovering when it comes time to buy some new rubber for their ride, installation is a bit more complicated than a traditional tubed tire. Tubeless tires require a sudden blast of air in order to seat the tire bead onto the rim, with an air compressor typically being needed for this job. The Joe Blow Booster
functions in the same manner as a regular floor pump, but also features an additional high-pressure air chamber that can be "charged" and released in much the same manner as a noisy, corded, expensive air compressor. It takes about 50 pumps to reach the 160 psi that the chamber holds. A selector dial surrounds the elevated, easy to read gauge; when rotated, the air rushes out and snaps the tire bead onto the rim. Construction of the Booster was top-notch; it featured our favorite base design, ranking it at the top in stability. With a 59 inch hose, you can inflate tires from the neighboring zip code but it wraps up and stows away neatly when you're finished. An air bleed button just below the gauge lets you fine tune your pressure, while still being within a 2 percent accuracy range. Is it worth the $160 price tag? Yes indeed. It's heavy for a floor pump, but you can still easily bring it along on a road trip to Moab. You'll be singing its praises the first time you blow a sidewall on a trip, and instead of driving into town to find a bike shop, you get to stay by the campfire and drink beer with your crew while fixing that tubeless tire.