Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Bicycle Pump

Extend the life of your bike tires by keeping them properly inflated.

Inflating bike tire with pump
Inflating bike tires to the proper pressure setting makes riding smoother and easier.Pro Bike Tool

A quality bicycle pump is an insurance policy against bailing out of a ride because you have a flat tire. Whether you’re a casual biker or a single-track shredder, you’ll want a bike pump handy. But a bike pump isn’t a one-size-fits-all tool, so here are three things to think about when it’s time to pump up.

BV Bicycle Ergonomic Bike Floor Pump with Gauge & Smart Valve Head, 160 psi, Automatically Reversible Presta and Schrader
This model has a comfortable handle and wide footpads.BV

Not all bicycle pumps pump out the pressure needed to fill all tires. Make sure your pump cranks out or exceeds the required air pressure for your tires. You’ll find the psi (pounds per square inch) rating on the tire’s sidewall. A beach cruiser’s tires require less tire pressure than a mountain bike or road bike, so match a pump’s PSI to the tires to keep your wheels rolling.

Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump & Glueless Puncture Repair Kit - Fits Presta & Schrader - 120 PSI - No Valve Changing Needed.
This portable set can fix holes and inflate tire tubes when you’re out and about.Vibrelli

There are two primary tire valve designs on bicycles today: Schrader and Presta. The fitting on some pumps work with both valve types, but the majority are specific to one valve or the other. The Schrader valve is the same used on car tires and is common on less-expensive bikes. Presta valves have a smaller diameter than Schrader valves and are on bikes that need a greater degree of strength along the wheel rim. Make sure the pump fitting attaches to the valve on your tires before you buy it.

PRO BIKE TOOL Bike Pump with Gauge Fits Presta and Schrader - Accurate Inflation - Mini Bicycle Tire Pump for Road, Mountain and BMX Bikes, High Pressure 100 PSI, Includes Mount Kit.
This tool is ideal for emergencies.PRO BIKE TOOL

The fastest way to pump up your tires is with a standard floor pump. But if you strike out on the road or trail, you should take a pump with you. A small-capacity pump fits on the frame of a bike using mounts and clips. Micro-pumps that are smaller than 6-inches long stay tucked out of the way, but they have relatively small air chambers, so refilling a bike tube takes some time and effort. To make the task easier, consider a dual-action pump that injects air on both the down and upstroke.

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