An inseparable ally to your beloved bike is, of course, the bike pump! Imagine riding your bike on flat tires – that’s not possible. The bike pump is there to save you.
There are 2 main types of pump: floor and mini – each has its advantages and disadvantages.
A floor pump is akin to a tube that stands vertically on the ground. It features a plunger that you normally push with two hands to inflate the tires. Whereas the mini pump is smaller and you can only pump using one hand as the other is occupied with attaching the head to the tire valve.
As simple as it sounds, there are many different options of bike pumps available on the market. And to save you from getting drowned, I shall provide you with a list of 23 best bike pump reviews in 2020. They are categorized into 2 main groups: floor pump and mini pump.
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Best Bike Floor Pumps
BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump
First on the list is the BV floor pump. This brand is famed for producing high-quality bike equipment and the BV floor pump is one of them. Its twin valve design allows you to switch between Presta and Schrader and therefore minimizing air leaks when you try to pump through an unmatched valve.
Its main tube is made from aluminum and the handle is modeled based on ergonomics to ensure comfort to users. The tube is connected to a long hose that can rotate 360 degrees – making it easy for you to maneuver. The maximum pressure is 160 psi.
Not knowing whether you’ve pumped enough air? BV offers a large gauge that is highly visible and allows you to set the pressure you fancy.
- It is inexpensive and easy to use. You will find it effortless to inflate your bike tires.
- It doesn’t last very long. The gauge isn’t large enough. Pump head may leak air at times. And lastly, the base may get unstable. You may need to buy another one after using this pump for a while.
Vibrelli Bike Floor Pump with Gauge
The floor pump coming next is of the Vibrelli brand. This model is supremely sturdy thanks to its tube being made of solid steel – and features many other distinguishing traits. Vibrelli rapid T-valve permits a quick shift between Schrader, Presta, and Dunlop valve types. The T shape prevents even minor air leaks ensuring all the air goes straight into the tire.
Sitting at the base is the pressure gauge. It’s been tested and proven to be very durable. The pressure numbers in the gauge are large and hence easy to read. The pump’s maximum pressure is 160 psi.
A bonus that comes with the shipment is a glueless puncture kit containing patches that can be used to cover puncture holes in the case of flat tires. Vibrelli is incredibly thoughtful towards its customers and even includes ball needles and valves to help inflate things other than bike tires such as sports and outdoor accessories – for example, a soccer ball.
- The pressure gauge is clear and looks nice. It is known as the best-looking pump in the low-end range of bike pumps. If you like nice-looking pumps, consider buying this one.
- It is constructed from plastic and therefore is not very durable or sturdy. Also, the accuracy of the gauge isn’t so perfect.
LEZYNE Classic Floor Drive Bicycle Pump
Looking fairly simple, this floor pump is more capable than it appears to be. Able to pump a whooping pressure of 220 psi, it beats many floor pumps belonging to other brands when it comes to pressure capacity.
The base mirrors a tripod stand which makes it stand firmly on any kind of surface. It is made of durable machined aluminum, whereas the barrel and pistol are made of steel so that the pump remains functional with time and use.
Its hose is a long tube which is of high-strength and features aluminum couplers. The valve only supports Schrader and Presta valve types – excluding the Dunlop. This may not be so significant considering Dunlop is not widely used.
The entire product is covered with premium paint that gives off a classy look.
- It is rated highly for looking stylish and is also long-lasting. Besides, it is equipped with ABS1 flip-thread chuck, steel barrel and base (hence stable), a wooden handle, and a long hose for easy pumping. You can access even hard-to-reach valves on your tires.
- There are some issues with gauge accuracy. You should not rely too much on the numbers.
LEZYNE CNC Travel Drive Floor Pump
Another item of Lezyne brand that made the list is the Lezyne CNC floor pump. In contrast with its Classic counterpart, CNC has a silver outer appearance that is rather shiny. It’s also available in black color, whichever you prefer.
The feature that particularly stands out – in my opinion – is the handle design with two ovals each on either side.
The pump is incredibly light as it is made of CNC machined aluminum and covered with durable, anodized high-polish finish. The gauge integrated into the base of the pump is rather small and compact measuring only about 1.5 inches. CNC hose is ABS Flip-Thread Chuck with Speed Chuck adapter that matches any kind of valve.
Worrying about how to carry this pump along without scratching its flawless paint? CNC offers you a gift to help with that – a felt-lined canvas bag.
- It delivers superior-quality high-pressure pumping. It is also light and straightforward to use.
- It is not very suitable for high-volume tires. Consider buying another model if you own such bikes.
Topeak Joe Blow Sport III
Resembling the BV model, the Topeak pump also comes with two colors – yellow and black. It has plenty to offer with many good and distinctive qualities.
The Topeak gauge sits higher than other brands – a few inches above the base and hence allowing a better view of the air pressure. It is of moderate size 3”. The maximum pressure is 160 psi.
Topeak hose is extra-long and can easily rotate up to 360 degrees enabling you to maneuver it as you please to reach the desired spot on the bike tire. The pump head is TwinHead DX that is compatible with all types of valves. Like other thoughtful brands, Topeak also includes ball and bladder heads to help you inflate sports or beach balls, or floaties.
The heads are normally placed in the threaded holder near the valve.
- It is good value for money! Also, it has a very stable metal base so that you don’t have to find things to get it to stand still. And finally, the pressure gauge is fairly error-free.
- It is disadvantaged for being heavier than other floor pumps. Also, it has a short hose making it difficult to reach valves that are far away.
Velowurks Prime Floor Pump
Velowurks floor pump is a combination of style and functionality. Inspired by Bauhaus styling, this pump is simple in design and fulfill the requirements of a high-quality bike pump that is going to last the ages.
Made of aluminum and steel blending seamlessly, the pump is in good shape and able to withstand high pressure – as high as 250 psi. This is made possible by the tall air tube. You can pump more air while not having to strain your back too much.
Located at the base is the pressure gauge that is highly responsive to pressure changes and hence its reading is quite precise.
Sitting at the top is the plunger that stands out for being too large for the main tube. This design is intended to allow more space for you to more quickly fill up the tires. Its shaft is polished with a tough anodized finish that is long-lasting.
- The pump can deliver very high pressure – up to 250 psi. The materials of blended aluminum and steel make sure it lasts for a long time.
- Oversized handles may make it difficult to carry around as it takes up much space and cannot be folded.
Blackburn Piston 2 Floor Pump
Blackburn Piston 2 floor pump does its job well and lasts for as long as you wish. Made entirely of steel, its barrel and base are solid and stand securely on any surface.
Its head is AnyValve that fits any kind of valve types – such as Schrader, Presta, or Dunlop. The hose is 38 inches long that allows you to reach far places like a bike on a stand or rack. While not in use, it sits on the hose keeper that is integrated into the handle.
The handle is 10.5” wide which makes it easier for you to pump while standing. Sitting at the base is the familiar 3” pressure gauge. The maximum air pressure is 160 psi.
- It offers all the qualities of a good pump: good pressure of 160 psi, a head that fits all valve types, and a steel barrel and base that are very well-built.
- The gauge may deliver some errors at times. You should not fully rely on the gauge but check the tires yourself.
Bontrager Dual Charger Floor Pump
The name Dual Charger derives its meaning from the fact that sitting at the base is a switch that allows easy transition between high pressure and high volume settings – each has its advantages. The high-pressure setting is for quick inflation, whereas a high volume setting is for easy inflation as PSI rises. Feel free to switch between the two for your best interests!
Construction is sturdy being made from steel and its internal parts are replaceable. All serve the purpose of ensuring this pump’s years of service. If any part gets broken, you can order a replacement online from Bontrager.
The pump head has an auto-select option to change from Presta to Schrader valve as you please.
Its base is a tripod and large hence quite stable. Integrated into the base is the 4” pressure gauge. Its large size allows easy reading of the air pressure. The pressure can go up to 160 psi.
- The dial is large and hence easy to read. You can switch effortlessly from high pressure to high volume system. It is very light and also has a quick-release mechanism.
- The accessories of the air chuck may fall out of the handle so watch out!
Topeak JoeBlow Dualie Floor Pump
This Topeak JoeBlow is specially designed to be compatible with low-pressure fat-bike tires and moderate pressure MTB bikes. So…if you own any bike of the types mentioned, you must purchase this pump!
You must ask yourself why this pump works well with oversized bikes? Because its barrel is also huge – being about 1.5 times the size of the standard bike pump. It can inflate mountain bikes as quickly as you would using a usual pump for a non-sports bike by delivering a large air volume with each pump.
Plus, it features not one, but two pressure gauges – one for showing accurately the low pressure of fat-bike tires, whereas the other is for showing high pressures for MTB tires. It has a twin head that fits both Schrader and Presta valves.
The head also includes an air release button to make even small changes to the pressure.
- It has 2 pressure gauges that show both the low pressure and high-pressure numbers for different types of bikes. This is especially convenient if you own one of each type. The pump also features a twin head and an air release button for you to adjust slightly the pressure.
- It may be a bit bulkier compared with other floor pumps.
Park Tools PFP-8 Home Mechanic Floor Pump
Getting tired of flimsy pumps that keep getting broken, Park Tools PFP-8 is just the solution you need and a must-have in your garage. And with this price tag, it’s definite value for money! What’s more? PFP-8 suits both road and mountain bikes.
The pump’s design is fairly simple with a steel base and a handle made from composite material. It offers both stability and a comfortable grip while you inflate your tires. The pressure gauge at the base is fairly large allowing for easy reading of the numbers.
The hose is of moderate length and pump head fits all types of valve including Dunlop.
- This pump fills up the tires very quickly and has a large gauge. Overall, it is rather inexpensive considering the quality it delivers.
- The pump head is difficult to engage in the valve – which may lead to air leaks. Also, the plastic base may get unsteady at times. You should consider further stabilizing it with your feet.
Topeak Joeblow Ace Dx Floor Pump
Another Topeak product appears on the list. As its name suggests, it aces with its inventive design featuring 3 stages allowing adjustment of both volume and pressure.
Stage 1 permits air to flow into both barrels reaching a pressure of 60 psi with just 70% of a normal effort. Stage 2 uses the main barrel to push the pressure up to 120 psi, whereas the last stage (stage 3) uses the small barrel to attain a record pressure of 220 psi.
Handles are tone padded. The base is wide – integrated to which is the 4” analog gauge. Its SmartHead DX1 engages well both Presta and Schrader valves without needing to change parts.
It also an air release button that helps deliver just the right amount of air. Last but not least, included in the shipment are ball and air bladder type inflation needles for filling up other accessories.
- Unique 3-stage pressure engagement helps you inflate more pressure with less time and effort. The pump head is of Smart Head DX1 type that fits both Presta and Schrader valves without the need to change parts.
- It is rather heavy and tall therefore will take up quite a bit of space in your garage.
Lezyne CNC Floor Drive
Another Lezyne CNC model item but this time is Floor Drive instead of Travel Drive. Typical of Lezyne brand, all their pumps give off a classy look and features a high-tech pressure gauge.
Like its peers, CNC Floor Drive is made from CNC-machined aluminum and features all the essentials: barrel, piston, handle, and a large pressure gauge measuring 3.5 inches. The pump head is ABS1 Pro that fits both Schrader and Presta valves.
Integrated into the ABS1 Pro is an air-bleed button allowing you to make even small changes to the air pressure and a valve core wrench when you need to do maintenance work. Its pressure output is up to 220 psi.
- It is durable considering its parts are all made from CNC machined aluminum. The pressure gauge is large, and there is an air-bleed button for you to make even small changes to the pressure.
- The pressure gauge may not be so accurate at times.
Planet Bike ALX Bike Floor Pump
With distinctive colors, Planet Bike ALX stands out with a black base, a red body, and a yellow wooden head. Also, the company is dedicating part of its profits into environmental causes and is part of a program called ‘1% For the Planet’.
In addition to its look, the pump is also highly functional – it is designed to fit different kinds of bikes such as electric, fat tire, road, mountain or adventure. Besides, it can inflate other accessories such as sports equipment, air mattresses, and so on.
The pump’s barrel is made from lightweight aluminum with wooden handles, while the pressure gauge sits at the base. ALX’s maximum pressure is 160 – 200 psi. Its head can fit both Schrader and Presta valves. Last but not least, it promises to last!
- It is long-lasting being made from light-weight aluminum and has a nice blend of colors. The maximum PSI is high at 200.
- The base is rather small so the pump may get unsteady at times.
LEZYNE Sport Floor Drive Dual Valve Bicycle Floor Pump
Lezyne Sports FD pump is an award-winning product with an elegant design and does its job well. It features a steel barrel and piston, a polished wood handle, and a base made from molded Composite Matrix material. The rubber hose is extra-long and equipped with connectors also made from Composite Matrix.
For pump head, you can choose to use either an ABS Flip-Thread Chuck or the new Dual Valve head – both cater for Schrader and Presta valves.
Its base has three prongs shaped like a tripod. At one end of the base, there is a 2.5” base that is large enough to read the number easily. The Sports FD model belongs to the high-pressure pump category – known to reach a maximum pressure of 220 psi in total.
- The pump is long-lasting and features an extra-long hose that can reach far places. Also when connected properly, the pump head and the valve provide a good seal that prevents air leaks.
- The wooden handle is somehow not very comfortable during use, and the gauge is a bit hard to read.
|Pump head||ABS2 or Dual Valve|
|Compatible valve type||Presta, Schrader|
Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive Pump
Being the fifth Lezyne item on this list, Lezyne Alloy is like a twin sibling of the Lezyne Classic except for several upgrades. Its price is also slightly higher.
The pump is durable as it is made entirely from CNC machined aluminum. The handle is made from wood, whereas its junction is from aluminum (this differs from the Lezyne Classic). The base is three-pronged with a 3.5” precision gauge.
The entire pump is covered with a resilient anodized high-polish paint that is rust-resistant.
Coupled with the pump are an extra-long rubber hose and aluminum couplers. The pump head is ABS2 which connects quickly with both Presta and Schrader valves. Embedded into this head is a quick-release system that lets you loosen the valve even when the pressure is high.
Also, the head features a 90-degree angle that allows you to inflate disc wheels.
- The pump is painted well that looks polished and is also rust-resistant. The head features a quick-release system that allows you to loosen the valve when tire pressure is too high. Also, the pressure gauge is large.
- It may be a bit difficult to read the gauge numbers at times.
Blackburn Piston 4 Bicycle Pump
Being the second Blackburn item so far and the last floor pump in the list, Piston 4 offers certain distinguishing features that make it a worthwhile purchase.
It stands out for putting the 3” pressure gauge on the top nearing the handle (instead of at the base like the other pumps). The gauge background has vibrant color – making it even easier to read the numbers. The maximum pressure is 220 psi.
Its barrel and base are all made from steel – which together provides a solid stance. The hose is super long measuring 41.5”, connected to which is an AnyValve pump head that automatically detects between valve types – Schrader, Presta or Dunlop.
There is also an Air Bleed button to make even small adjustments to the pressure.
- Being very near the top of the pump, the pressure gauge is highly visible and helps you know which pressure level you are delivering to the tires. The maximum pressure is also high at 220 psi.
- The base might get unsteady at times.
Best Mini Pumps
Pro Bike Tool Mini Bike Pump
The first item on the mini pump list comes from the Pro Bike Tool brand. Founded in 2015, this company has won many awards and prides itself on providing the best quality products at a reasonable price.
First to mention is its highly compact nature. It weighs only about 3.36 ounces and can be tucked away at various spots during your ride. Due to its small size, you can place it inside the back pocket of your jersey or a backpack that hangs below your bike seat.
You can also attach it onto the bike frame using a pump bracket (included in Pro Bike Tool package) via a bolts-and-holes system. The pump is further secured by rubber straps. You won’t need to worry about it slipping off while you ride!
Next is the flexible hose.
It is packed inside the barrel and handle of the pump. The hose attaches securely onto the valve of the bike tire to minimize air escape. To ensure a perfect seal, you should screw down the hose head deeply into the tire.
Regarding pump head, Pro Bike Tool offers specific valve heads for both Presta and Schrader valves. There is no need to attach adapters.
- Price is reasonable and it can pump good pressures. Also, you will find it easy to use.
- The pump is not compatible with valve extenders in the case of Presta valves with removable covers. And there are no air bleed buttons.
Topeak Road Morph G Mini Pump
Topeak is an expert in the field of manufacturing bike accessories and its model Road Morph G offers many great qualities.
First of all, it is a mini-pump that works similar to a floor pump. With a T-post handle and a foldable foot pedal (with rubber pad at its base), you can take advantage of gravity while pushing the handle with your foot stepping on the pedal. This way, you save much more energy than with other mini-pumps.
The piston is made from shiny alloy and the head has a metal cover, which ensures their durability. Attached to the barrel is the long rubber hose, and at the end is the pump head that has a pressure gauge integrated into it. The gauge helps adjust even small changes.
The maximum pressure is 140 psi.
Due to its size, it doesn’t fit in your jersey or hip pocket. Topeak makes up for providing you with a centerline mount bracket that helps hold the pump along your bike frame.
- It has great pumping performance, easy to use. The price is affordable.
- The pump may be heavy and too big to fit in a jersey or a hip pack (compared with other mini pumps). You should consider mounting it to your bike frame.
MOSONTH Mini Bike Pump
Exquisite design and high compactness culminate in the Mosonth model of a mini bike pump. It offers 2 color choices – golden and green. I personally prefer the golden one as it gives off a rather classy look.
I also guess it is a popular choice among customers. It is among the mini pump family as the magic pump because it is the smallest and lightest, yet is no less powerful.
Pump barrel is made from 6063 high-grade aluminum alloy covered with an anodized surface – making it not only hard but also waterproof and rust-resistant. The head is extendable as you flip it gently at the connection point. It is compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves.
For Presta, you extend the nozzle and screw it onto the stem, whereas with Schrader, you just screw the nozzle clockwise onto the stem.
Despite its small size, the pump is able to pump a maximum pressure of 160 psi and is equipped with a sealing ring at both the air outlet and valve to prevent air leaks.
- This model is extremely durable considering the material being aluminum alloy covered with anodized surface. It is also waterproof and does not rust.
- The head may get flimsy at times so be careful as you connect it to the valve.
Zefal Micro Profile Mini Bicycle Pump
At a glance, Zefal Micro Profile mini pump is not very different from an oversized marker. This tells a lot about its compactness. It may be the most compact pump in the family.
Being about 160 mm long, it definitely fits well in your jersey or hip pocket.
The pump is constructed from durable aluminum making it very light. Yet it can still inflate up to a pressure of 100 psi. The handle features grooves to enhance grip. And a clamp helps secure the pump to the valve.
- It is light, small and durable. There is also a grooved handle so you will get a good grip.
- It may get difficult to connect the head to the valve to get a good seal.
SILCA Pocket Impero mini pump
This small guy is a record keeper for pumping the most air with the least amount of force – for example, at 200 strokes it can pump 89 psi meaning it does not waste energy from overheating.
The body is made from full alloy whereas its head is from CNC machined aluminum. It features a piston gasket made from premium leather and a brass check valve. The handle is extendable and at its end is a slide-lock silicone sleeve that enhances grip.
When not in use, it acts as a handle lock. Lastly, the brand offers Silca Shield which is a 25-year warranty for hard parts.
- It protects itself from overheating and has a silicone sleeve allowing you to have a better grip.
- The head may not create a good seal with the valve at times.
Topeak Mountain DA Mini Pump
Another Topeak item on the list and the last pump to be reviewed is the Mountain DA model. Its special feature is Dual-Action Technology that inflates mountain bike tires twice as quickly as a traditional mini pump. This means you save half the time spent fixing your tires!
Pump barrel is made from aluminum whereas its head is from plastic. The head is compatible with any type of valve and is also equipped with an integrated dust cap to prevent air leaks. The maximum pressure is 60 psi (4 bars) with a capacity of 81 cc per each pull and push.
The shipment comes with a side mount bracket so that you can attach it along the bike frame.
- Dual-Action Technology inflates the tires twice as quickly as other mini-pumps. A dust cap helps prevent air leaks.
- The head may not fit nicely to the valve and leads to air leaking from tires as you pump.
The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Best Bike Pumps In 2020
It is an exhausting list with 22 different bike pumps – each with its unique specifications, pros, and cons. To assist you further with selecting a pump that best suits your needs, I shall give you some more advice.
As you can see, there are 2 main types of pumps to choose from – floor pump and mini pump. The list contains 16 floor pumps and 6 mini pumps. Floor pumps are for home use as they are quite bulky weighing on average about 2.5 pounds and are about 25 inches tall.
Due to the barrel size, they can inflate tires much more quickly. It is however not feasible to carry them around when you go for a ride, that’s where mini pumps come in. They help inflate tires mid-ride as you can carry them in your pocket or mount them on the bike frame without noticing any weight difference.
They can pump lower pressures with more time, but you can top up the tires later when you get home with the floor pump. Therefore, if possible, I advise you to purchase both types – especially if you are a regular bike rider.
Another thing to consider is the valve type your bike owns – Presta, Schrader or Dunlop. Presta and Schrader are the common types and therefore most pumps are compatible with them. Dunlop valves are not commonly used so if you own such a bike, you need to look for pumps that can match this type.
Below is the list of pumps that are Dunlop-compatible:
- BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump
- Vibrelli Bike Floor Pump with Gauge
- LEZYNE CNC Travel Drive Floor Pump
- Topeak Joe Blow Sport III
- Blackburn Piston 2 Floor Pump
- Park Tools PFP-8 Home Mechanic Floor Pump
- Topeak Joeblow Ace Dx Floor Pump
- Blackburn Piston 4 Bicycle Pump
- Topeak Mountain DA Mini Pump
In total, there are 8 floor pumps and 1 mini pump that can work with Dunlop valves.
Aside from the general rules mentioned above, you may take into account other factors before you decide upon a particular item such as weight, size, color, style, durability, and so on.
Upon reading the reviews carefully, I hope you will gain a much better idea of choosing which pump to buy and be happy with your purchase.
The last section is a list of frequently asked questions by customers. I hope the answers will be helpful to you.
Do bike pumps work on all bikes?
The answer is generally yes. As I’ve mentioned before, you need to check the valve type of your bike. Most pumps are compatible with Presta and Schrader valves, whereas Dunlop valves are less common. You should consult the list I composed above and pick a pump on that list if you own a Dunlop-valve bike.
Are CO2 bike pumps any good?
CO2 inflators are a more recent invention compared with mini bike pumps. When comparing the two, each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. CO2 inflators rely on CO2 cartridges. You just need to attach the inflator onto the valve and then dispense the air (from the cartridge into the tire) without the need to pump by hand. It is much quicker and saves you energy.
However, one disadvantage is that if you go for a long ride and need multiple fill-ups, you may run out of cartridges and can’t pump. Also, the cost of CO2 cartridges can be an issue, whereas, with a mini pump, you don’t have to buy anything extra.
What is a Presta valve on a bike?
This is a commonly asked question. There are 2 main types of bike tire valves – Presta and Schrader. Below are the images.
Presta valve is the image on the left. It is about half the size of the Schrader valve (image on the right) and is made from metal. Notice that it narrows at the top. The valve stem opens when you unscrew a nut at its top end.
Unlike the Schrader, this valve does not have a check valve and seals entirely based on the pressure difference between the tube or tire and the outside air pressure. Be careful when you unscrew the top nut as the Presta valve’s entire core is removable. Therefore if you over-do it, you may unscrew the entire core letting the air out of the tire.
Schrader valves are larger and the cylinder has the same circumference top to bottom (no narrowing). The bottom half tends to be covered with rubber, whereas the outer part of the very top bit is threaded to fit into a cap or pump head. In the center of the pin is a spring-loaded check valve (not present in Presta valves) that only allows air to flow in one direction.
The inner pin lets air in when there is pressure applied onto it.
Which is better, Presta or Schrader valve?
Each valve type has its own pros and cons. Schrader may be something that riders of older-generation mountain bikes are more familiar with. They are similar to car valves and you can fill up the tires at the petrol station using the car pumps. A Schrader valve is simple to use and is super durable.
The more recent editions of road bikes have however adopted another type of valves – called Presta valves. They are narrower and need adapters if you use the usual car pump. They are popular because they are narrower and hence take up less space at the bike rim.
They come in different sizes and hence can fit different bike tires. Also, you can remove a Presta valve easily by twisting, whereas with a Schrader valve, you must also replace the tube. In summary, Schrader is found in mountain bikes whereas road bikes are the playground of Presta.
It is safest to purchase a pump that accommodates both types of valves – which most do.
How do you pump up a bike tire without a pump?
If you haven’t got a pump when you get a flat tire, what you need is a good CO2 inflator. First, you need to twist the cap counterclockwise to remove it. Flip the other end up and connect the CO2 cartridge into the inflator tube.
Then moving onto the tire, you remove the valve cap on the valve stem of the bike, then fit the inflator clockwise onto the stem and tighten it. Then push the cartridge and turn it clockwise until you hear airflow. Just hold it still for seconds and wait for the tire to be inflated.
Once you are done, turn the cartridge counter-clockwise to top airflow. Finally, unscrew the cartridge from the inflator, and the fitting from the valve stem.
Replace the valve cap onto the stem.
How do you pump up a bike tire with a Presta valve? Or how do you pump up a Presta valve?
Presta valves are a bit harder to inflate compared with Schrader as they have a specially designed nozzle on the pump. If your bike pump does not have a Presta valve nozzle, you need to buy an adapter for a few dollars. First, remove the cap from the valve stem, and then turn the lock nut on top of stem counter-clockwise until it loosens to allow airflow.
To check, push down the pump head and if you hear air escaping, you’ve done it correctly. For pumps that don’t have the nozzle, connect an adapter to the stem first. Next, connect up the nozzle with the valve stem, and then pump air until the tire is properly inflated.
Once you’re done, disconnect the pump from the valve stem, turn the nut clockwise to seal it and replace the cap.
What pump do I need for a Presta valve?
For Presta valves, you need pumps that have a Presta valve nozzle. If not, you need to purchase an adapter costing a few dollars.
Can you pump a Presta valve without an adapter?
Yes, you can. This applies to bike pumps that don’t have a specially designed nozzle for Presta valves.
How do you pump up a tubeless bike tire?
Valves for tubeless bikes attach directly
onto the rim instead of being part of an inner tube. Usually, they are of Presta type, although sometimes of Schrader type as well. Depending on the type, you inflate your bike tires accordingly.