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Bike air pumps for efficient cycling

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Productive pedaling.

Productive pedaling. (DepositPhotos/)

Cycling with the proper tire pressure is no small thing. When you don’t check and pump up your tires regularly, your muscles will work harder—and you might miss a leak that could strand you in the middle of a trip. These four standout air pumps work for all kinds of cyclists, and will make your trail workout, weekend farmer’s market excursion, or daily commute a smoother, more enjoyable ride.

All of these pumps work with the two main types of bike valves: Schrader valves (you’ll also find these on your car tires) and Presta valves (which tend to be found on more high-end road bikes).

Powerful and versatile.

Powerful and versatile. (Amazon /)

Take the guesswork out of proper tire inflation with this sturdy air pump’s pressure gauge, which works up to 160PSI (more than enough for most tires). It’s compatible with Presta and Schrader valves without needing to make any adjustments to the pump head, and also features a pressure release valve to quickly adapt your ride. The strong aluminum barrel accommodates maximum pressure as you inflate your bike tires, and the pump head can be swapped out to ensure you get many years of use without having to buy a whole new pump.

Save those arm muscles.

Save those arm muscles. (Amazon /)

One of the awesome things about cycling is that it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. If you lack upper arm strength for any reason, traditional bike pumps can be difficult and unwieldy to use. This pump is powered by stepping on a pedal instead. The double-barrel design offers high pressure pumping up to 160 PSI, and the calibrated air pressure dial is directly in front of the pedal for monitoring in real-time. A safety lock keeps the pedal from suddenly unfolding when not in use and anti-skid material on the pedal helps you keep your balance. In addition to bike tires, this pump can be used with soccer balls, pool toys, baby carriages, and wheelchairs.

Fix your flat faster.

Fix your flat faster. (Amazon /)

This unique bike tool is designed to quickly inflate a tire after a puncture out on the road. It works with carbon dioxide cartridges (sold separately), and drastically reduces the time it would take to refill the tube from minutes to a matter of seconds. This Pro Bike model is just two inches long and has a universal inflator head that fits Presta and Schrader valves. If you’re cycling competitively or frequently on long rides far from home, it’s a great little insurance policy. Just know that the CO2 will dissipate with time and you’ll have to address your flat with a regular air pump when you’ve reached your destination.

Ride with a tiny support team.

Ride with a tiny support team. (Amazon /)

Attach this 8.75-inch-long mini-pump to your bike for precision tire inflation on the go. It weighs in at less than 5 ounces, with a pressure gauge stored within the barrel and a hose tucked into the handle. Check your bike tire specs before purchasing, as there are a few limitations: it can handle pumping up to 100PSI but the pressure gauge doesn’t start reading until 20PSI.

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