A workshop essential that will keep your tyres at optimum pressure with minimum fuss
Workshop essentials to get your tyres up to pressure with ease.
Whether you call it a track pump or a floor pump, a decent means of inflating your tyres is one of the first items you should buy for your home workshop. But the range is vast, with prices going from the tens up to the hundreds of pounds, and presuming they all do much the same job, what are the differences? We’ve pulled together a selection to show what’s available at various price points. Crucial in choosing the right pump for you is to make sure that it is capable of achieving the right pressure – for road bike tyres, this means one with a long, narrow barrel. Also make sure the head is compatible with the type of valves your inner tubes use – for road bikes, that usually means Presta valves, rather than the Schrader valves used on MTB and car tyres. For our round-up, we’ve highlighted the claimed max pressure as well as the ease of reading the gauge, the construction plus the hose and head. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find something here to blow your cash on…