If you’re used to logging lots of miles on your bike, you’re no stranger to tyre pumping. It can be an arduous task, but with the right bike track pump you can make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible.
Below, we’ve tested and reviewed a handful of track pumps, including options tested by our friends over at BikeRadar. We’ve rounded up each pump’s benefits to make the buying decision an easy one. Plus, we’ve included some additional pumps to consider that we think deserve a mention.
Best bike track pumps, tested and reviewed
Lezyne Steel Digital Drive
With a striking black and white colour scheme, Lezyne’s Steel Digital Drive is a classy looking addition to your home workshop.
The body is machined steel, the base aluminium and the handle varnished wood, which gives it a really nice feel. The main selling point, as the name suggests, is the digital display.
There are a couple of advantages that come with this: the first one being that you can switch between psi and bar measurements; the second that the display gives a far clearer reading than your standard gauge, so if you want exactly 94psi then that’s exactly what you’ll get.
It’s capable of delivering 160psi total, which is more than adequate for the vast majority of inflation needs. The aluminium head locks into place over the valve using a lever action, which was stiff to begin with but should ease up with time and use.
LifeLine Professional Track Pump
With a wooden handle, steel barrel and all-round chromed look, LifeLine’s track pump cuts a striking figure. It’s pretty light, too, which makes it easy to move about, and the non-slip bottoms on the feet mean you can use it on most types of flooring without any issues.
The head is dual purpose for Presta and Schrader tubes, locks into place easily using a lever and isn’t too stiff, which can occasionally be an issue with this kind of mechanism.
LifeLine claims it can deliver up to 240psi, and while we don’t have anything we’d feel comfortable inflating that high, it certainly manages to climb well over 100 without any trouble.
There are certainly no frills or extra features with this one, but if you’re looking for something to get the job done – and at one penny shy of £40, this is great value – you could do a lot worse.
Birzman Maha Push & Twist V
What makes this pump stand out is the ease at which it can be set up. The pump is connected by pushing and twisting it on, keeping it secure while still allowing it to easily disconnect.
BikeRadar found that the push and twist feature was effective, and that it took around 30 strokes to reach 100psi. The polymer feet and handle felt cheap compared to other pumps, however.
The pump itself has a maximum pressure of 220psi, which is impressive for an affordable pump. It’s constructed with aluminium and is suitable for both road bikes and mountain bikes.
Zefal Profil Max FP60 Floor Pump
This looks like a great choice for anyone after a good-looking pump that won’t cost the Earth.
Zefal says it’s built with high-quality, reinforced materials, including a wooden handle that’s said to be sourced from sustainable forests. The body is made from anodized aluminium.
The FP60 uses a Z-switch system for valve changing and is designed for both Schrader and Presta valves, with a claimed maximum pressure of 174psi. A reinforced base and integrated locking hook completes the features.
Topeak Joe Blow Sport III High Pressure Floor Pump
With a padded handle and a steel base and barrel, the Joe Blow Sport III is a strong contender, as demonstrated by thousands of five-star user ratings on the internet.
It has a rotating connection to help avoid tangling in the hose, and the three-inch chronograph with real-time readings is designed to make it easy to monitor the pressure.
The head is said to work with both Presta and Schrader valves, while Topeak says the pump has a maximum pressure output of 160psi.
LifeLine Essential Track Pump
If you don’t want to splash too much of your hard-earned cash on a track pump, this option from LifeLine could be just what you need, with hundreds of positive user reviews.
A barrel-mounted gauge and a dual-purpose head allow this pump to be used for both MTB and road bikes, as the head can fit both Presta and Schrader valves without any adjustment required.
It has both psi and bar gauges with a maximum capacity of 140psi. Plus, there’s a wide handle and wide feet to help make it a smooth choice that’s easy on the hands.