A bicycle pump is an essential part of every cyclist’s kit. It’s one of the first tools we buy, and it’s probably the one we will use most over the years.
There are several different types of bicycle pumps. However, we’ve compiled a list that only includes floor-standing pumps. These are the kinds of pumps that will stay in your garage or may occasionally be taken out in your vehicle when you attend races, events, or go away for extended tours.
These days, the best bicycle pump for off the bike use doesn’t have to break the bank. Good quality pumps, with plenty of features, are available for an affordable price. Our list reflects this, and hopefully, there’ll be one amongst them to suit you and your bike or bikes.
So, let’s get to it and take a closer look…
- 1 Top 8 Best Bicycle Pump You Should Buy Reviews
- 1.1 1 Vibrelli Bike Floor Pump with Gauge – Best Bicycle Pump Kit
- 1.2 2 Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump, Yellow – Easiest to Read Bicycle Pump
- 1.3 3 BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump with Gauge & Smart Valve Head – Best Basic Bicycle Pump
- 1.4 4 LEZYNE Steel Floor Drive Bicycle Tire Floor Pump – Best Quality Bicycle Pump
- 1.5 5 Schwinn Air Center Floor Pump for Bicycles Fits Schrader and Presta Valve Types Black – Best Affordable Bicycle Pump
- 1.6 6 Spin Doctor Essential II Floor Pump, Yellow, Universal ( 40-5517) – Best Value for the Money Bicycle Pump
- 1.7 7 Bell AIR Glide 550 High Pressure Floor Pump w/Gauge – Best Budget Bicycle Pump
- 1.8 8 Beto Bike Pump Portable – Most Versatile Bicycle Pump
- 2 Best Bicycle Pump Buying Guide
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- 4 So what is the Best Bicycle Pump?
Top 8 Best Bicycle Pump You Should Buy Reviews
1 Vibrelli Bike Floor Pump with Gauge – Best Bicycle Pump Kit
The Vibrelli Bike Floor Pump is one of the best selling bicycle pumps, and we can see why. The pump gives you everything you need for a good price.
The pump is 24.5” high. There’s no doubt that it’s relatively small compared to a lot of floor standing pumps. However, despite its rather small size, it’s still enough to get the job done. This one is every bit as good as a larger pump.
Cylinders, gauges, valves…
The hose measures 34” and is attached to a one-liter cylinder. It has a hammerhead nozzle attachment and is compatible with Dunlop, Shrader, and Presta valves. The pump also comes with a needle attachment in case you need to pump up basketballs or footballs.
We love the gauge because it’s big, with large numerals, and so in theory, at least, it should be easy to read. It kind of is, but placing it just 6” off the ground doesn’t exactly make it a great design. It would have been nicer to have it higher up the cylinder and closer to eye level.
Solid footplate, and a warranty…
The pump has a solid footplate that makes it easy to keep steady. Full marks here and full marks for a good quality puncture repair kit. Though maybe a slight keener price would have been nicer.
Finally, we’re impressed that you get a full five-year warranty. That’s a lot. And hats off to Vibrelli for such an extended guarantee. We suggest you hang on to your receipt just in case you need it. Though, given the solid quality of the pump, we honestly doubt you will.
- Large and easy to read gauge.
- Long hose.
- Suitable for use with all valve types.
- Long warranty.
- No bleed valve.
2 Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump, Yellow – Easiest to Read Bicycle Pump
We like Topeak products, and we like this pump a lot. This is because, like all of their accessories, it’s well-made and offers good build quality and attention to detail for a very reasonable price.
The first thing you notice is that Topeak has gone bold with a striking yellow and black color scheme. And why not? It kind of looks cool and is a much better finish than with 99% of black bicycle pumps.
Compatible with all tube valves…
The pump can be used with all types of bicycle inner tube valves. The hose is extra-long, so you have plenty of room to attach the nozzle. Plus, the locking mechanism for the nozzle is super smooth and easy to operate. In fact, it’s one of the best we’ve seen on any floor-standing pump.
If you need to use the pump for footballs, and such like, there is a ball and a bladder attachment. These are neatly stored at the bottom of the gauge.
No bleed valve…
This is all good, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have a bleed valve. It’s a bit of a disappointment as we expect better from Topeak.
More positively, the gauge is one of the best we’ve seen on any bicycle pump. Put simply; it’s superb. The contrasting black and yellow indices and the use of a bright yellow dial indicator make it a breeze to read. This is despite it still being positioned relatively low down the chamber.
The anodized cylinder has a one-liter capacity, and so makes pumping up your tires a quick affair. To help you out, the footplate keeps things nice and stable. Additionally, the handles are large and ergonomically shaped to ensure a good grip at all times.
The Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump is well-designed and made of some good quality materials that should stand the test of time. It’s a great pump for the price and quality. We’re very happy to recommend this one to you.
- Superb gauge.
- Long hose length.
- Inclusion of ball and bladder needle.
- Smooth nozzle locking mechanism.
- Good quality.
- Good value.
- No bleed valve.
3 BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump with Gauge & Smart Valve Head – Best Basic Bicycle Pump
BV makes a range of sporting goods. They make a small number of cyclings accessories, which include bags, handlebar tape, gloves, and pumps. Their products, without exception, are sold at the more affordable end of the cycling accessories market.
From initial appearances, it looks like the majority of other floor pumps. The fact is that the BV pump has a striking similarity to the Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump. However, the quality and finish are no match for the Topeak bicycle pump.
So, how good is their pump?
The BV Bicycle pump uses an all-steel rather than an aluminum cylinder. The capacity is a full liter, which is good for a floor standing pump. We’ve no complaints here.
We’ve also no complaints about the long 34” hose or the use of a twin-headed valve nozzle. The pump can be used with all kinds of bicycle valves, which is great. Not so great is the nozzle locking mechanism that’s too generic and a little clunky to use.
A bit plain…
The gauge is another generic addition. We’ve seen the same gauge on dozens of much cheaper bicycle pumps, and we’re not big fans. This is because the numbers are too small, and there’s not enough contrast between the numbers, dial, and indicator.
It all makes it difficult to read. It’s also not helped by the gauge being so close to the floor. Plus, the marker all too easily gets moved from where you last set it.
There’s nothing wrong with the BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump. It’s just that it doesn’t offer anything that you can’t get for the lower price and similar quality. We think BV needs to work a little harder to get us to open our wallets.
- Suitable for use with all valve types.
- Long hose.
- One liter cylinder capacity.
- Ball and bladder needle included.
- Generic design.
- Quality could be better.
4 LEZYNE Steel Floor Drive Bicycle Tire Floor Pump – Best Quality Bicycle Pump
This is a premium quality bicycle pump. The design and style have a lot of similarities to a Silca pump. However, this will cost you a mere fraction of the cost.
The pump has an extra-long steel barrel and an extra-long hose to match. The extra-long high volume barrel translates to being able to inflate tires much faster. Whether you’re inflating high volume mountain bike tires or track bike tires, you can guarantee that it will be a quick, smooth, and efficient process.
Easy does it…
The extra-long hose also makes it easy to attach the nozzle without having to worry so much about maneuvering the rest of the pump into position. It’s another convenient and time-saving feature.
The nozzle has a solid end ABS1 Pro chuck that has a 90-degree angle to make it easy to attach to your bike’s inner tube valve. This is a premium chuck, and they honestly don’t come much better. It can be switched for use on either Presta or Schrader valves. If you have tubes with a Dunlop valve, then sadly, you’re all out of luck.
High inflation capacity…
The LEZYNE Steel Floor Drive Bicycle Tire Floor Pump can inflate up to 220psi. That’s great though we can’t think of any time you could use it. Maybe the odd track bike might come within 40 to 50 psi. But otherwise, most road tires max out at 120psi.
These days, even on-road tires, there’s a trend for running wider tires on much lower pressures. Commonly, under 100psi, and more probably around 80psi, are much more the norm. On the plus side, even if you are not running crazy pressures, the high volume and efficient pump still make a lot of sense.
Any downfalls are compensated for with design quality…
The pump has a standard gauge that, unfortunately, it’s right on the floor, and so is a little hard to read. It fits in with a retro kind of style, so we can possibly forgive this one.
It does make up for it, though, with a beautiful pair of genuine wooden handles. They add a real touch of class, feel great, and do the job as intended.
- Good quality materials.
- Accurate and high-pressure gauge.
- High-volume barrel.
- Extra-long hose.
- Gauge is difficult to read.
5 Schwinn Air Center Floor Pump for Bicycles Fits Schrader and Presta Valve Types Black – Best Affordable Bicycle Pump
We love Schwinn. They hold such an important part in cycling history. We want to love their Air Center Floor Pump too, but we’re having problems. Let us explain.
Basically, it’s all about the pressure…
Having the correct pressure in your bicycle tires is important. Why do you think so many pumps have a gauge? If the pressure is too low, you risk getting pinch-flats and will exert a lot of unnecessary energy. If the pressure is too low, you could very well have an unnecessarily uncomfortable ride.
All basic stuff. So, the problem we’re having with this pump is that it has no omission gauge! We understand that some of you may already have a separate gauge. If that’s the case, then all is good. If you haven’t got a tire gauge, please stop reading now and skip to the next review. This pump is seriously not for you.
If you have a tire gauge, read on…
The Schwinn pump is far from bad. And the fact is that for a very affordable price, this is undoubtedly a decent pump. For starters, it has a high volume barrel and operates smoothly. It’s fine to use with either Schrader or Presta valves but not Dunlop. What’s more, is that the nozzle and attachment system is easy to use and feels sturdy.
The handles and the base also look like they’ll take plenty of abuse.
A neat idea…
Finally, you get a sports ball needle, and an inflation cone included. These are stored in a sealed compartment at the top of the pump. Literally, a very neat idea.
Other than the lack of a gauge, considering the price, the only other thing we can criticize is that the hose is only 27” long. This is a little too short for our taste.
- Suitable for use with Schrader and Presta valves.
- Neat storage for accessories.
- High volume barrel.
- No pressure gauge.
6 Spin Doctor Essential II Floor Pump, Yellow, Universal ( 40-5517) – Best Value for the Money Bicycle Pump
The Spin Doctor Essential II Floor Pump is a reasonably priced and good quality floor standing pump. It may not be the best bicycle pump in our review, but it offers plenty of good value.
The most important feature is that it has a high capacity steel barrel. This makes inflating your tires a much quicker and easier job. It’s exactly what we look for in a bicycle pump.
Some nice design detail…
Another big plus is the design of the dial. We’ve not seen this dial on any other pump, and we like it a lot. It’s very large, uses a good contrast of colors between the dial and numerals, plus it has a very thick, yellow indicator hand.
All of these things make it very easy to read, even though it‘s positioned right on the floor. It’s not where we like to see the gauge placed, but its size and clarity make it work.
The handles are ergonomically shaped and feel nice to use. The nozzle attachment, which can be used with either Shrader or Presta valves, is also easy to use and easy to switch between the two different nozzles.
So, all good then?
Well, not quite. Unfortunately, the hose is a little short. It’s not a deal-breaker, but we would have liked to see something longer. Similarly, the lack of a ball and bladder needle is not the end of the world. A couple more dollars will easily get you both of these if you need them.
- Good value.
- High capacity barrel.
- Ergonomically shaped handles.
- Large and easy to read dial.
- Short hose.
- No ball and bladder needle included.
7 Bell AIR Glide 550 High Pressure Floor Pump w/Gauge – Best Budget Bicycle Pump
This has one of the smallest and narrowest cylinders of all the bicycle pumps in our review. The capacity is just 430 cubic cm. Frankly, that’s not a lot.
The low capacity is going to mean a lot of extra pumping and will take a lot more time to inflate your tires. So, should you ignore it and move on to something else? Not necessarily.
Small capacity but has some nice touches…
It is quite small. But it does compensate for this by having a small price tag to match. We’re sure you’ll agree that some of us don’t spend a lot of time inflating our bike tires. If this is you, and when the time comes, you don’t mind spending an extra minute or so at the job, this little Bell AIR Glide 550 High-Pressure Floor Pump may be the answer.
Things we like about the pump include the dual-headed nozzle, which doesn’t require being switching between Presta or Schrader valves. Just select the correct nozzle, and away you go.
Nice dial and other design details…
We also like that the dial has ‘psi’ very prominently displayed. With most cyclists using psi, this is exactly how it should be. What’s more, the gauge can be slid up and down the length of the barrel to bring it closer to your eye level. So, full marks here for this.
Despite the low price, the quality is solid. It also has some surprising features like the soft-touch handles and the inclusion of a ball and bladder needle.
Other than the low capacity barrel, the only other moan we have is the short hose. Otherwise, this is a great step-up from a handheld pump and with only a small increase in price.
- Good value.
- Soft-touch handles.
- Moveable and easy to read dial.
- Dual-head nozzle attachment.
- Low capacity barrel.
- Short hose.
8 Beto Bike Pump Portable – Most Versatile Bicycle Pump
There’s no doubt that this is the most fully featured bicycle pump currently on the market. It will, therefore, probably be of little surprise that this is also the most expensive bicycle pump on our list.
So, is this Best Premium Bike Pump worth it? Maybe?
Easy to read and use…
Firstly, you get an industrial grade accurate and easy-to-read gauge. This is good on its own. But you also get a gauge that can be slid up and down the length of the barrel. Consequently, you can position it in the best place for you to read.
The barrel is long and wide. It measures 25” long and is 1¼” wide. This gives it plenty of capacity to make inflating your tires quick and easy.
Other positives include the extra-long hose and the patented dual-headed nozzle. It takes Dunlop, Presta, and Shrader valves. This means you’re fully covered regardless of what you’re riding.
Great pressure bleed valve…
One of the best features is the inclusion of a pressure bleed valve. This is located on the back of the gauge. We’re pleased to have a relief valve but have to comment that it would have been much better placed at the end of the hose located at the back of the nozzle.
Would that have been so hard?
The rest of the pump we have no complaints with. It is well built, has a strong footplate, cylinder, and handles. Additionally, they’ve even found a way to neatly integrate the bladder needle set into the handles.
- Accurate and easy to read gauge.
- The gauge can be moved.
- Long hose and suitable for use with all three valves.
- Pressure bleed valve.
- High capacity barrel.
- Good quality.
- Bladder needle set integrated into the handles.
- Poor positioning of the pressure relief valve.
Best Bicycle Pump Buying Guide
Our review has focused entirely on floor standing pumps. These are the most popular styles of pumps when you’re not already out on your rides. To an extent, they have pretty much made larger handheld pumps a thing of the past.
This is because floor-standing pumps have a larger capacity plus can be operated with two hands on the handles. This means inflation time is significantly quicker and requires less effort.
The kinds of pumps we have not included in our review include mini and micropumps. These are what you’d take out on your rides and are predominantly for roadside emergencies only.
There are three valve types. These are Schrader, Presta, and Dunlop.
The first two are the most popular and still in very common use. However, Dunlop valves are now a little old-fashioned and something you’re not likely to see too often. It’s nice to have a pump that is compatible for use with all three valve types. However, unless you already have a bike that uses inner tubes with a Dunlop valve, it’s not essential.
If you do need your pump to be Dunlop valve compatible, take a look at the…
On the other hand, you should always make sure your pump can be used with Schrader and Presta valves. Frankly, that shouldn’t be too difficult, as the majority of pumps are able to do this.
Shrader valves are wide in comparison to Presta valves. They are the same kind of valves that you find on cars and motorcycles. Typically, mountain bikes, BMX, and cruisers will have these kinds of valves.
Presta valves have a much slimmer profile. These are almost always found on road bikes and gravel bikes. They are also widely used on city bikes and hybrids.
The bigger the barrel, and the larger the capacity, then the easier it will be to pump up your tires.
…has a smaller barrel, therefore, creating less friction, which means it will be easier to use. This is interesting. But, to an extent, if you think about how small and narrow mini and micro-pumps are, and the effort required to use them, you can see that this doesn’t exactly hold water.
When it comes to a floor-standing pump, a bigger barrel will mean an easier life for you. The…
…both have a one-liter capacity, and so are our choice for being the easiest to use.
A longer hose length makes it easy to attach the nozzle. This means it will be less likely that you will have to maneuver your bike around. Lezyne, Topeak, Beto, and Vibrelli bicycle pumps all have long hoses, and so make a potentially better purchase.
An easy to read gauge is an absolute must. It should be large, with clear indices, and preferably be mounted as high up the cylinder barrel as possible. However, if the gauge is large and clear enough, this last point is not as important as the first two factors.
By far, the best gauges in or review are from Beto, Spin Doctor, and Topeak. All three of these are examples of how a high-quality bicycle pump gauges should be constructed.
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So what is the Best Bicycle Pump?
So, there you have it. Eight-floor standing bicycle pumps to make your life at home a little easier.
The good news is that all of these pumps are not expensive. The least expensive of these pumps still have plenty of features and good quality. The most expensive won’t make you hesitate when you get to the check-out.
We would be happy to find a home in our garage for any of them. However, our top pick is the…
Topeak Joe Blow Sport III Floor Pump
This one impressed us most. We like most of Topeak’s accessories. And the Joe Blow III Floor Pump offers great value and quality. We think this is the top bicycle pump on our list because of the superb gauge, the long hose length, and the super smooth locking mechanism.
Enjoy your bikes and enjoy that (hopefully) flat-free ride!