Pumps & CO2 inflators
In terms of size and weight (165mm long and 94g respectively), the Zefal Air Profil Micro is about as 'mini' as they come, disappearing easily into a rear pocket.
Attached to the bike via the provided water bottle mount, the Air Profil is unobtrusive.
The light overall weight belies the fact that the Air Profil is made from aluminium throughout, with the sole exception of a plastic flip-lock lever. The all metal construction promises good reliability and in the hands, feels reassuringly sturdy and well made.
This is a very good CO2/mini pump that'll get both Presta and Schrader inner tubes up to high pressures – although you'll need to take preventative action to avoid problems if you use Presta valves with removable cores.
Zefal's FP50 Profil Max Track Pump is a tough piece of kit that's fast, effective and accurate.
Weighing 1775g, there's a distinctly old school flavour that runs much deeper than the tough red/black livery. It comprises a steel barrel and base, which don't make it light, but there's a dual compound composite handle and super smooth piston that's a joy to use.
Like many cyclists, my Sunday mornings usually involve packing the car in the pre-dawn chill en route to the far corners of the country for some race or other. I'd dearly like a van but I have to make do with a 10-year-old Corsa packed to the gunnels with bike, spare wheels, tools and enough food to survive a minor environmental disaster. Space, it goes without saying, is at a premium, and this is where the Lezyne Travel Floor Drive comes in.
The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG (with Gauge) is basically a miniature track pump that sits on your bottle bosses. It'll raise a 700x23 from zero to 120psi in just 158 strokes and three minutes while the gauge seems accurate to within three psi. But be careful of accidentally depressing the bleed valve when unscrewing the hose if you are using it with a Schrader valve.
Topeak Mini Morph splices the best features of a track and mini pump - you know, in one of those experiments involving matter transfer demonstrated by Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum's unfortunate scientist in David Cronenberg's visceral remake of the Fly).
Lezyne is a US company producing a wide range of tools, lights and other bike accessories, including this very nice Tech Drive HP pump. The HP stands for 'High Pressure' and the Tech Drive does exactly that: it gets your tyres up to high pressure, in an impressively short time for a mini-pump.
This sturdy floor pump is great and makes you wonder whether there's any point in paying more.
What's good? Funny you should ask... For a start, both the base and the 30mm-diameter barrel are steel, and fairly hefty steel at that. You're going to have to do something pretty darn careless to wreck either... and that's coming from a man who can break most things without trying.
The Portland Design Works (PDW) big silver pump is a beautifully executed example of the ton-up pressure midi size pump that has largely superseded the humble frame-fit.
It might be tempting to dismiss the Birzman Zacoo mini pump on the strenght of its perhaps laughable moniker alone. Don't it pulled the rug from beneath this doubting thomas, delivering a very commendable 110psi into a 700x25 within five minutes. Okay, in the heat of competition, you'll still want the Co2 cartridges close at hand and big volume mtb slicks were a morale sapping slog. However, convincing build quality means the Birzman delivers genuinely realistic road pressures, stealing a march on other pocket-sized competition.