The best cycling mini pumps are light and take up little space, but they vary hugely in quality and usability. Some mini pumps work almost as well as frame pumps while others are, let's be honest, pretty lousy. In this guide we'll steer you towards the best mini pumps, as uncovered in dozens of inflation tests from our reviewers, and help you choose which compromises you can live with.
Best mini pump overall: Topeak Pocket Rocket
Best mini pump for going on holiday: Lezyne Micro Floor Drive Digital HPG
Best mini pump for gravel bikes: SKS Airboy XL
Best mini pump for portability: Topeak Roadie 2Stage
Best mini pump for travelling: Vel AR-Flow Travel Pump
Best mini pump for efficiency: Lezyne Grip Drive HP
Best mini pump for ease of use: Beto EZ-055A Pre-Loaded Alloy Mini Pump
Best mini pump for tubeless tyres: Blackburn Core Slim Mini-Pump
Best mini pump for its size: Birzman Swift Hand Pump
If you value portability and are prepared to invest, you'll want to get a mini pump that will deliver a decent blast of air to mend a roadside repair. Compared to a standard floor pump, which can't be carried on the bike but will be capable of delivering a much bigger blast of air, even the very best mini pump will be a compromise. Too small and it'll take ages to inflate a tyre; too big and it'll be, well, big. And heavy!
Think about how you're going to carry it. The smallest mini pumps will fit in a pocket or saddle bag, while larger ones may come with a mount that shares your bottle cage bolts.
Durability is important. Look for tough materials, so you don't find your pump has been beaten to death in your saddle bag when the time comes that you really need it. Some mini pumps can also deliver the contents of a CO2 inflator cartridge into your tyre, which can be handy for fast repairs.
Without further ado, here is our pick of the best mini pumps plus some handy tips to help you choose whih one is right for you...