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For years, the main criteria for choosing a bicycle pump was the ability to put enough air into a tire at once. But as bikes and tires got wider, manufacturers began making pumps that could pump more air in less time. We explain how you can choose a high-quality bike pump for your bicycle needs.
What is a Bicycle air pump?
Bicycle pumps are designed to fill a bicycle tire with air quickly. Bicycle tires typically hold 10-20 psi of pressure when inflated, which is enough for most casual rides and vehicle maintenance work. These good mountain bikes under 500
have a small air chamber, so the pump has a lot of pull to get rid of the remaining space in its reservoir. Hoses attached to bicycle pumps allow the user to top off an empty or low-pressure bike tube, allowing some use longer than 30 minutes before needing more air in their tires again.