Handy hints and tips to help with your cycling.
What kind of bike pump you’ll need will depend on how you want to use i.e. to quickly inflate your tyre post-ride, or at the side of the road, and the type of bike you have.
What do you need a bike pump for? For inflating a tyre, of course, but not everyone has the same needs. You might just be re-inflating tyres after a ride, or you may be dealing with an urgent repair miles away from home.
Quickly Inflating ypur Tyres after a Ride
Go for a floor pump (or compact floor pump model) to make pumping up your tyres quicker and more comfortable. You’ll be able to push more air into the tyre each time than with a hand pump. Generally, foot pumps will pump to a higher pressure than hand pumps, are more precise and also require less effort to use. This kind of bike pump often comes with a pressure gauge so you can see the tyre's pressure.
Repairing your Bike During a Ride
If you need to carry your pump with you on bike rides, go for a hand pump or CO2 cartridge.
These small, compact pumps are easy to carry in a bag, on your bike's frame or in the pocket of your cycling jersey.
In terms of precision, some hand pumps have a pressure gauge for accurately inflating your tyres. CO2 cartridges are effective and very fast but can only be used once.
Don't leave anything to chance: mountain bike and road bike tyres have very different pump requirements. For other bike models (city bikes and hybrid bikes), the choice of pump won't be so strict.
Mountain Bike Tyres
Go for a pump with a wide body so that you push a large amount of air in each time. This will inflate your tyre more quickly.
Inflating Road Bike Tyres
Go for a pump with a thin body that, even though it pumps less air each time, will let you get up to at least 7 bars – the the pressure you need for road cycling.
Certain pumps also have a telescopic function for pumping even more air when you first start pumping.
Remember to also check the valve on your tyre. There are two types of valve: Presta and Schrader. Presta valves are mostly found on road bikes but can also be found on mountain bikes with tubeless tyres.
Schrader valves are normally found on mountain bikes (and are identical to car tyre valves).
All of the pumps you will find at Decathlon are compatible with both types of valve!