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How To Choose A Mini Pump – What Pump Should You Take With You On Bike Rides?

How To Choose A Mini Pump – What Pump Should You Take With You On Bike Rides?


– When it comes to pumping, size really does matter. But bigger isn’t
necessarily always better. So you might find that
if you’ve got a big one, it is quite hard to conceal and doesn’t look
particularly pretty either. On the other hand, if
you’ve got a smaller one, what you might find is
that it doesn’t matter how you use it, how long
or hard you go at it, it just doesn’t get the
job done effectively. – So let’s have a frank
and honest conversation. Which pump should you buy and take with you when you ride? That’s a big one. – Joking aside though, size really is the biggest question or
at least stroke volume which is what is going to determine how quickly you can inflate your tires. However as we said before
many pumps will fit nice and snuggly into your rear pocket and they’ll be a lot lighter as well. So you need to ask yourself a couple of questions when it
comes to choosing one. Firstly how often do you tend to puncture when you’re out riding and secondly how important
is it to you that you’re to inflate your tires very quickly when you do puncture. – Yeah well let’s try
to quantify it shall we? Let’s do a little test. This Topeak Micro Rocket
CB is probably one of the lightest pumps around at just fifty five grams. Where as that, Topeak Master Blaster, is five times heavier but
how much faster is it to actually inflate a tire. Dan, do you care for a race? – I do, I’m up for it. (groovy music) (groovy music) (groovy music) (groovy music) So then, there you have it. A bigger one will mean that generally you finish quicker. And actually I have to say that at least back when I
was a full time rider, I did tend to favor a pump like this because I didn’t mind it being on my frame on the show and I just wanted to get going as quickly as possible if I did puncture while I was out training. – Interesting because
I would always choose a smaller one. That I could just fit
into my jersey pocket. In fact this is actually my pump, much loved Micro Rocket, and when I bought it, I figured that for three or four times a year when I actually do
puncture, I’d rather spend and extra fifty seconds
on the side of the road than to have to carry that around for the remaining twenty
thousand kilometers. – Once you’ve made that decision though, you’ll have a couple other
things to bear in mind. After all pumps don’t
just become different because of their size, but there are a number of other things involved as well. So for example there are 3 main ways in which the pump will lock on or go onto your inner tube valve. Now if you wanted to get your pressure up to 100 psi or even over then you might want to go for something like the thumb lock here, which you can see on this Master Blaster. – Now this next one is really cool too. You get an extendable hose and then screws on to the valve itself, making it even more
secure than the thumb lock but one thing to bear in mind is that actually this won’t work necessarily with all valve extenders cuz what you need is a thread for that to screw on to, and that obviously doesn’t have one. – Finally the simplest
of all is one like this where you simply push it onto the valve, and away you go. Now I find this to be perfectly effective but then I don’t tend to want or need to go above 90 psi, my tires even though this one is capable of getting up to a hundred and sixty. You also should check and I always find that it is fairly easy on most mini pumps to change between a Presta valve and a Schrader valve setting. But it’s worth checking before you buy your pump that it is going to fit your particular bike. – Now while we’re talking about pressure, it’s worth mentioning
that if you are buying a mini pump specifically for road riding, you’re going to need to make sure that you can go over 90 psi because you see, if you use a pump that’s optimized for mountain
biking, so it can handle a large volume tires you
might actually struggle to inflate the tire to over 70 psi. Basically you’d need larger biceps not the downer I have. See Danny’s stronger than he looks which isn’t say he’s actually strong but he is stronger than he looks. – So those are the
mainstream of the pump world but there are a couple of alternatives. For example this bad boy, which is like a robot in disguise, in that it can transform itself into a mini floor pump. – That is impressive but if it was a genuine robot in disguise, it would inflate itself much like this one in fact, which is like a mini pump but with a turbo charger. So you can screw a CO2 cartridge into it and either use it as a gas pump or just use it as a mini pump. – And actually that does bring us on to another very interesting choice. CO2 cartridges on their own. So there’s no doubt that these are both the lightest and the smallest and also definitely the quickest but there is a drawback to CO2 cartridges. They are a throw away product. So there might be a situation where you have more
flats or more punctures out on your ride than
you have CO2 cartridges in your back pocket. – That is true but in time pressured
situations like a sportive where you might have a goal in mind or a race where you have
to be self sufficient, these are the business. For general riding though, we have to say they are probably suitable only for minority riders. – When it comes to
buying a mini pump than, you need to ask yourself a question. Do I want to inflate my tire super quickly or would I rather have
something which fits into my pocket? Only you can decide whether speed is of the essence or you’d rather have something very neatly hidden away. Also you need to make sure that it fits onto your own valves, whether that’s schrader, presta or a valve extender. – Now if time saving is
important to you than one of these next two
videos might be of interest If you click just up there then I will show you how
to change an inner tube in record time or down there and that actually takes you to process of using a CO2 cartridge, which is quite daunting to be fair, for your first time. – And I will suggest you
may want to subscribe to the Global Cycling Network because there are all
sorts of handy videos when it comes to choosing not just pumps but all other things on your bike as well. All you’ve got to do
is click on one of us. – Yep. Whether you like big ones or small ones, it’s worth subscribing to GCN. In case or for both of me. Can you put your massive pump away please now?

100 comments on “How To Choose A Mini Pump – What Pump Should You Take With You On Bike Rides?

  1. Watching this with grandmother was a little awkward as I didn't expect it to be full of sexual innuendos, although she giggled all the way through!

  2. Lezyne pumps that screw on can all too easily unscrew continental inner tube valves after inflation. Really annoying after you put a lot of effort in to inflating the inner tube. I saw this happen on so many group rides I now carry a valve removal tool to tighten the valves or suggest they borrow a different pump. Spoken to a few people about this issue and found a few people had thought it was a faulty inner tube and binned them.

  3. I like the Giant Mini road pump as it goes to 160psi and has the flexible screw on hose you demonstrated. In reality getting over 100psi is fine usually so havent gone to the maximum before. Doesnt take long either like you found in the race. Have seen friends break their valves with the rigid pumps which was frustrating to wait for them fitting another tube. They couldnt get more than 60psi either with their wheel flailing around.

  4. Hey guys.. I've been known to tear my valve stem using a rigid system.. well it's happened more than once.. not a fan of that particular design since no matter how hard I try to isolate the movement of the pump from the stem by holding the pump and the tire/rim to minimize stress to the stem.. I've knockered the ride.. thanks for this video.. well actually all YOUR videos.. cheers

  5. I chose to use tires that resist punctures a bit more and hope not ever to use a mini pump on a ride. So small one for me.
    Btw a better test would have been to pump for a minute or 30 seconds and then check pressures.

  6. You need to ask yourself:
    Do I need to inflate support quickly?
    or
    Do I need something that fits in my back pocket?
    It seems CO2 is the answer for both, no?

  7. Thanks for making this video for others. My lifeline floor pump is now pushing air out as soon as I reach 50 psi, it use to go up to 120 psi. Its 4 years old. Does that mean I need a new pump?

  8. 2:10 – With only 3 or 4 punctures in 20,000km of riding, the odds of getting two flats in one ride (5:00) is astoundingly rare, mathematically speaking. Why not then just carry a CO2 unit?

  9. Had this mini crap thought I'm gonna get stroke and only got to 6 bar, bought zefal hpx and it's better than floor pump you can get to 12 without even noticing.

  10. For road bike is more comfortable to using the pump with switcher of high and low influence volume. I'm using now crankbrothers sterling gl and very like this) some brands just write what you can do up to 90 – 100 psi? but haven't some switcher its not good(

  11. Dudes, I just want to say you guys always put a smile on my face. I really only watch your tech videos and sometimes I'll check out Park Tool, but yours by far are the best!!!

  12. Over the last years I tend to puncture about 3 times a year, so a very small and light pump that fits in my jersey is the way I go. Topeak RaceRocket. I’ll only use it three times in a year, don’t mind spending a minute pumping.

  13. Unbelievable. The guys found to something talking about pump for 6 minutes.
    Here's an idea for you. Make a video about what size of the pencil to use.

  14. This is the second video I've taken odds with from these people; the first one was their disk brakes vs rim brakes, not only did the guy riding on the disk brake cheat by getting his butt moved back further on the seat to put more weight on the rear tire, but the rim brake test was done on a full carbon wheel with a carbon fiber brake track which we all know carbon wheels with rim brakes didn't stop well, try that same test with an aluminium wheel and rim brakes against a disk brake bike and lets see what happens.

    Now we have this bogus pump video. I had the Topeak Micro Rocket and it was a piece of crap, I could only get to 70 psi after a zillion strokes with the last 10 psi being a real pain to keep pumping, I sent it back as I did with at least a dozen pumps, and one, a SKS Puro, literally blew apart at 45 psi! (that one was rated for 120 psi, but at least the SKS company sent me a much better pump) And all these guys did was read the marketing crap, because I dare any of those two on a future video to try to get the one pump they said could get to 160 to go ahead and try reaching 160…I want to see that because I would be laughing my arse off!!! In fact I'm LOL right now just thinking about the strain on their faces as they try to even get past 110!! The only three pumps I've found to reach 110 psi is the SKS Wese Carbon Raceday (this was the replacement for the Puro), the Topeak Racerocket HP, and the Lezyne Road Drive, of those three the Lezyne is the better one because it will get to 110 with less strokes than the others with the Topeak coming in second. Now I know there are maybe 3 or 4 other mini pumps that will reach 100 but that is about all that will, unless you have huge biceps and forearms you may get a few more than that to reach 100. Even the three pumps that I have I can't get to 160 which is their rated capacity.

    Maybe someone here can film a video of them taking any mini pump they own and try to get to 160 psi because I doubt Dope and Dupe will film such a thing.

  15. I'm interested in the "Robot in Disguise" featured at 4:23 but it is not named so I don't know how to search for it.

  16. I'll never use CO2 again. I had one blow up in my hand and my skin was numb, red and wrinkled for about 2 hours. I was in a the middle of a empty parking lot and never found a piece of it.

  17. Man, this video from 2016 just seems ancient already. I have an EDC Pump that also houses my mini tool and tire lever, plus it can do Co2 cartridges too, the only time I'd recommend against it is if you really want a tiny mini pump. Otherwise look no further, to me having all my tools stored inside the pump is worth it. I have my spare tube strapped up tight up under my seat and out of the way with no need for a bag.

  18. With our relative avg. less free time, but primarily attention span and patience, many instructional videos on YT are shortened to the extent that they are either not quite as helpful for one or more reasons in their lack of length and detail.

    I'm a little bit detail-oriented. I like the whole picture and details to connect them. I find the videos on this channel helpful, but only to a moderate extent (though sometimes they are more detailed). Not snarky or upset, but I more so frustrated with various issues changing a tube and this video that makes it seem like it's as easy as tying your shoes to pump up a tire. I'm not so sure I'm THAT upper body weak. I've seen the one gentleman in this video in cycling attire, and he doesn't appear to appear to have that big of upper body strength.

    I was trying to get an idea of how long it takes one to pump up a road tire to the tire's recommended min. PSI when pumping with a non-floor pump (like when replacing or repairing a tube). They didn't specify the minimum PSI of the tire recommended nor what PSI they pumped it up to.

    I find I myself am a bit pissed and rushed and just focused on getting it done when I see I have a flat vs. logging how long each phase takes when replacing a tube on the road. I've found a trick to help with a non-floor pump (using my lower body as an aid), but I'm 100% certain it takes me considerably longer than 1 min. 30 sec. to pump up a tire with a non-floor pump (using a Lezyne Pressure Drive M). Probably at LEAST 15 minutes, guessing as many as 40 min. to get up to 90 PSI, and a few min. is added because I'm checking the PSI 2-3 times near the end.

  19. Excellent video which made me decide what racer specific mini pump to buy:
    https://www.crankbrothers.com/products/gem-s

    In my opinion CO2 seems a risk of inflating air far to quick, and also keep in mind that they are consumable and therefore bad for our environment.

  20. dont buy one of these 2 in 1 minipump that you have to screw on the valve. they easily remove the head of presta valves when unscrewing.

  21. Get a Crank Brothers GEM ……
    it does high volume then twist the switch and Now you can also do High Pressure !
    In one pump Less Work !!!
    Rookies …..
    Learn about the best Pump ever .
    This video is a waste …
    Get a Crank Brothers Gem pump !
    Super light Super compact ….
    Nothing to fail or run out ..

  22. How did you keep a straight face in the beginning. 5 stars for acting ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  23. I want to set up an air fork and was wondering about using my normal tyre pump rated to 300psi any thoughts 😄🤣

  24. Adding to the length of the video, it would have been nice to see some discussion on how to attach various pumps to the bike for travel.

  25. Pocket Rocket. (And the local Bike World came through again when a spoke broke and it was time to get a new wheel.)

  26. 1:10 I don't care which one works better, I'm not hauling that giant ass pump around while I'm riding. Why is that thing even in a video about mini pumps?

  27. Can we get a video on specific mini pump styles and features? High volume vs high pressure, digital, use for tubeless / tubes, materials, construction, weight etc.? Basically, why do some companies make a dozen different mini pumps? What wouldn’t work for a certain setup, what is good for another setup…Thanks! Love the videos!!!

  28. If there is anything a person would like or need to know about bikes, this is the channel for learning it.

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