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 and help you choose which compromises you can live with.
The best mini pump overall: Topeak Pocket Rocket
Best mini pump for going on holiday: Vel AR-Flow Travel Pump
The best mini pump for gravel bikes: SKS Airboy XL
The best larger mini pump: Lezyne Road Drive Alloy
If you value portability and are prepared to invest to get a mini pump that will deliver a decent blast of air to made a roadside repair, a mini pump could become one of the best cycling accessories you own; although compared to your track pump at home, 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 of seatpack; 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 seatpack when the time comes that you really need it. Some mini pumps can also deliver the contents of a CO2 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...