What is a Bike Pump
Pumps put air into your tyres through a pumping action which pushes air into your bike tube. So all pumps will have some sort of barrel and a handle. They need to have a connection point where you attach it to your tube valve. These connection points are quite varied.
There are lots of different bike pumps in the market. So we will begin by splitting them
into the two most obvious categories…
- Floor pump (also known as a track pump). Floor pumps are large, they have a handle for pumping, a rubber hose and connector that attaches to the valve on your tube. The floor pump is designed for use at home or in the workshop. It provides an efficient and fast pumping system and is generally easier to use than a hand pump. It has a gauge that measures the amount of pressure in the tyre – termed PSI – pounds per square inch.
- Hand or Mini pump. Hand pumps are smaller and designed to be carried with you on your rides. They have a handle for pumping and connectors to attach to the valve on your tube. These pumps are less efficient but essential and very welcomed when you need to get air into your tyres or change your tube while out riding.
NOTE: Mini Floor Pumps are beginning to enter the market. They are a cross between the two categories above. They are large for a mini pump and will have a T handle that folds out and a foot that flicks down so they can be used like a floor pump yet carried like a mini pump.