If you like riding bikes for either leisure or business, a bike pump will eventually become a necessity. A definite must-have for anyone considering going for longer bike rides because the last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere with a flat tire. But there are all these terms you have to get acquainted with… Gauge pressure, Schrader valve, Presta valve, etc. But what do they all mean?
Pump heads need to allow you to rapidly secure and detach the Presta and Schrader valves to the actual tire. Presta and Schrader are, by far, the most common types of bike tire valves on the market. It’s important to opt for the ones that don’t show any air leaks, as you may find yourself pumping air in while it sneakily gets out. Depending on the type of pump head you choose, you could even end up having both valve types on the same port. As far as materials are concerned, you should opt for pump heads made out of metal.
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This is a term that’s present in some pump descriptions, but absent in others. Here’s the thing: different bike models require different tire pressure. That’s why a gauge is pretty much a standard feature, at least on floor pumps. To some people, the visibility of the needle and the numbers on the gauge are super important. Others would prefer to have the gauge placed near the upper end of the barrel, instead of way down.
Materials used in the construction of the pump’s components are also important. Long story short: the more metal a pump has, the more durable it will be. Generally speaking, most floor pumps come with barrels made of metal and some of them even have metal bases and handles. Handles should have some sort of rubber casing, just to prevent your hands from slipping off. Thankfully, premium pump manufacturers have made replacement parts available, should something like the hose or the valve suffer any damage. We can’t underline the importance of having a handle that feels comfortable in your hands. When you’re already exhausted from pumping, a high quality and comfortable handle will make all the difference in the world.
The design of the pump is not really that important. Unless you want something stylish and fancy. When looking at the design of one, it’s important to see if there are any additional clamps that help secure accessories into place. For example, if you purchase a floor pump that comes with an included sports ball needle (and most of them do), check out if there is a place somewhere along the barrel where that needle can be secured in place for when you’re not using it.
That being said, we were interested in finding out which is the best bike pump currently available. We examined some of the models and even if we’re far from discovering a perfect pump, there are a few models that come close. Stick around to see the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as my own personal choice.
This bike pump features a modern valve head, allowing you to easily switch between Schrader and Presta valves, without have to worry about air leaks. The hose measures 34 inches in length and can pivot at 360 degrees to make pumping easier. The integrated gauge is large enough to read with no efforts on your behalf and it’s easy to use for setting the desired pressure. Thanks to the large base, you can get more air into your tires with every pump. The oversized handle allows you to get a good grip, without worrying about sweaty hands slipping off of it. The base is very sturdy, which makes it easy to pump air into your tires without any useless pump movement.
One thing you’re going to love about the BV bike pumps is its versatility. It comes with a sport ball needle and an inflatable device, allowing you to inflate not just sport balls, but also pool floats. The average size of the pump will make it easy to throw it in your car’s trunk and take it with you on camping trips, beach holidays or mountain biking circuits. Due to the fact that this pump is all about high pressure and low volume, it won’t help you in inflating large tires. It could work for other small tires around the house, like maybe a wheelbarrow tire. Pumping motion is very smooth and you won’t end up filling tired after using the BV.