The second item in the trio of Essential Bike Kit to carry very time you go riding. If you get a flat, it’s no good having patches or spare inner tubes if you can’t inflate the tyre again.
Luckily, there are a great range of teeny tiny mini-pumps that are still very effective. It’ll take you a lot longer to get the pressure up than using a track pump, but they are obviously a lot more convenient for carrying around.
CO2 canisters are another option. They inflate the tyre quickly using pressurised carbon dioxide gas.
Bontrager Air Support Pro S Hand Pump
Sleek, silver and with space-age looks, the Air Support has a flexible hose which means you don’t need to hold the head of the pump still and can safely give it a bit more welly when you’re pumping.
Blackburn AirStik SL Pump
Small but perfectly formed, and a bit of a bargain price to boot! This pump has dual chambers, so it’ll deliver more air per pump than most.
Specialized Airtool COMBO2 Pump
Like the speed of CO2 cartridges, but the back up of having a pump? This nifty pump from cycling giant Specialized combines the two.
Weldtite Jetvalve CO2 Tyre Inflator
Lightweight design and a nozzle that will fit both Presta and Schrader inner tube valves – just take an extra canister with you and you’re sorted!